One of the coolest videos shoots I have been on was at the Deer Ranch St Ignace. The Deer Ranch in St. Ignace, Michigan, is known as the oldest live whitetail exhibit in North America. A great family experience where you can see Michigan Whitetail Deer and fawns including white deer all in a natural setting which you can photograph and feed while walking along a nature trail.
Now what made this so cool. This young buck made his way to use to be our star. Once the camera was off, I was able to pet this guy. It was like petting a cat. The more you scratched it behind the ears, the more it would rub against my body. At times lifting me up – the whitetail deer is very strong. This buck was in velvet. Very soft to the touch and when you rubbed its antlers – it loved it.
Once tidbit I found interesting and I guess I knew this without knowing this (if that makes any sense) – their antler when in velvet are very hot to the touch. Like a young child with a high temp. This makes perfect sense as there is blood flowing under the velvet. I guess until I touched it myself – that correlation never hit my brain waves. Any ways – really cool.
According to the Deer Ranch St Ignace website, “The Deer Ranch in St. Ignace first opened in 1950. Since then, the Deer Ranch has grown to include: whitetails, white whitetails and albino deer.” All I know is it was a blast and an experience I was able to share with my son. Priceless…. all in Pure Michigan!
The Deer Ranch in St. Ignace, Michigan, is known as the oldest live whitetail exhibit in North America.
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