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By SurreyHillsMan      
Not a technically brilliant photograph I know..

Those of us who enjoy watching the rut PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

I was put on my backside by a this chap yesterday.
I had been following him for most of the morning keeping a respectful distance when he decided to lay down for a little rest... I moved to within 80 ft of him and knelt down, he then got to his feet and charged at me, I took v1, I thought he'd stop? he didn't.. he kept coming, bellowing as he ran, I got up, started to run backwards and slipped over... he stopped 2 ft from me head down,.. v2 taken after I managed to get up and retreat.
I know some will say "what do you expect, you fool", but I consider myself very respectful of these wonderful animals, but I was reminded, they might be in the park, but they are wild animals... so please take care!

The most embarrassing thing was, I cried out like a girlie! Smile

I met Mike, (HUMIE) after, he was disapointed he didn't catch it on camera!.. cheers Mike Wink

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CarolG Plus
11 199 20 Greece
5 Oct 2009 9:07AM
Fantastic captures, Jon, you were lucky not to get an antler up the bum! Carol

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5 Oct 2009 9:16AM
great shots
Glad you got the shots Jon, and yes you are quite right, you do have to be careful, we have followed the deer for years and had quite a few close encounters. The red deer are far more of a threat. the fallow are not so bad. Just have to try not to get between the stags and his females, as then you really are pushing your luck. Have had a few reds charge, but thankfully like you they have stopped within feet. Somehow you've just got to stand your ground, run, and they'll come after you.

Anyway - great shots !

maryg Plus
9 66 18 Scotland
5 Oct 2009 9:30AM
Two great shots,very scary story though.The game keeper here says stay downwind. and out of sight. never see them anyway except when they come on to the road at night or in a very bad winter when they come down into the village foraging for food..
Regards Mary
very nice shots,well preented and lovely colours..

Ian-Munro Plus
10 200 15 Wales
5 Oct 2009 9:43AM
Lucky man! Bet you kacked your pants mate. Wink

still, you got 2 great images.

TerryMcK Plus
9 72 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 9:44AM
Wonderful shots & a telling narrative, Jon. I think I'll stick with birds & bunnies!
5 Oct 2009 10:02AM
Great shots great story, well done. Sylvia
FredF Plus
11 1 France
5 Oct 2009 10:17AM
2 great shots. You have been very lucky.

10 2 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 10:21AM
A worthwhile cautionary tale I said yesterday I got a lot closer and even tried to emulate a stag to get my target stag to roar. It's easy to get complacent but a lesson learned here with no harm caused I think in that circumstance I'd follow our guide in alaskas advise , to stand your ground and shout/talk to the animal.....and believe me a hungry bear can run equally as fast as a stag !

V2 's a cracker BTW Jon.

Briwooly Plus
12 452 5 England
5 Oct 2009 10:28AM
I was going to say well worth the risk but on reflection I'm not sure Smile Smile

Richsr Plus
10 91 223 England
5 Oct 2009 10:35AM
Think you had a lucky escape by the sound of thinks, well done on the first capture not easy when you are being charged.
Regards Richard.
Maiwand Plus
11 3 73 England
5 Oct 2009 10:50AM
I heartily endorse your warning tale Jon. These are big animals and as your V2 shows they do have some serious weapons to show. A couple of excellent shots.
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
5 Oct 2009 10:58AM
Two great shots and I'm glad that you are OK but as I'm sure you know no matter how fast you run, backwards or forwards you'll never outrun one of these.

User_Removed Junior Member 11 16 England
5 Oct 2009 11:06AM
Great reportage captures Jon. Glad you're o.k. and this may be an invaluable experience for future occasions anyway.
redshank 8 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 11:33AM
Two great images Jon,V1 my fav,be careful.
somehow the pic looks a lot better now i have read your story
great shots hang in there
Wilmot Plus
9 338 1 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 11:41AM
Lucky lucky man lol
I was at Richmond Park on Saturday and in the back of my mind while i was stalking a Stag,what if he runs at me?
Thank god he didnt!
Brilliant shot aswell
5 Oct 2009 12:07PM
What a great expression.... seems you paid dearly (arghhh) for it tho'. If that charged at me I'd have been terrified, but then I'm frightened of cows. Great story too, made me smile (sorry!)... helen
baclark Plus
8 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 12:15PM
Those are a serious set of antlers to get on the wrong side of! Nice pair of images, but I think I'll stick with my tiger shots, at least I've got a fence between me and them!
pluckyfilly Plus
11 351 33 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 12:45PM
at least you lived to tell the tale and will remember this for all time, I want to go but cant run and will be keeping my distance - good shot was it worth your effort (only you can say) I would not worry about crying like a girlie I am sure you had reason, I am with Mike and wish I had been there for a photo of you - the expression on your face would have been something else - two great shots tho

Quote:Lucky man! Bet you kacked your pants mate.

still, you got 2 great images.


8 10 10 England
5 Oct 2009 12:52PM
Great images and adventure stories too!!
tigertimb Plus
10 40 66 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 1:12PM
Lovely shots and great to see the rich autumn colours.
And a cautionary tale and interesting to read Mike's comment too - I also got a lot closer last year in the fog, but kept low and didn't seem to be disturbing them; reading your experience maybe I was just lucky.
So we have a choice of standing and shouting, or your approach of tripping over and convincing him that you're harmless Wink
Stace Plus
9 2 2 England
5 Oct 2009 2:01PM
Great images Jon, one of days you are going to end up with an antler where you don't want it Wink lol

justin c Plus
14 4.9k 36 England
5 Oct 2009 2:36PM
What's up with you Jon, I'm sure he only wanted to play!! Wink
You should have tickled him under the chin. Smile Smile

Only kidding. Take it easy.
Steve_S Plus
12 180 3 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 3:36PM
Well you got the shots Jon and you're OK. A warning for us all mate!
phil_j Plus
11 134 4 England
5 Oct 2009 3:57PM
You got the point then Jon!!, seriously though, glad you are OK and a good warning to others not so careful as you to follow.

Shroomer 11 14 167 England
5 Oct 2009 4:05PM
Firstly a couple of crackers Jon. All action as you say and have to agree with you about respect for these beasts. Ron and I nearly had the same the other day. Failing that go out with a 76 year old but have caution because he can outrun us as well...Linford Maiwand
Scream like a girlie....never
Seriously though, these are spot on Jon and terrific nerve to get that shot charging.
danja Plus
12 1
5 Oct 2009 5:23PM
Great story, thanks for sharing.

Just reminds us how little we are in nature at times doesn't it lol

Congrats though for being brave
5 Oct 2009 5:27PM
Two lovely shots, We only have fallow round here and they are a bit more timid.
rontear Plus
14 8 8 England
5 Oct 2009 5:49PM
Salutary lesson Jon. They are full of testosterone !!!!!!!! Ron.
5 Oct 2009 6:35PM
I saw the photo before I read your tale
Thought the stag looked strange...Then I read your story
Explains it all
I am totally impressed you took V2
But it is a cautionary tale to us all
Where we look at the deer there is a sadly a fence between us
Perhaps now I will think twice about that fence and be grateful it is there
Where were you ?
Wooly Plus
12 112 4 England
5 Oct 2009 8:44PM

Quote:I cried out like a girlie

PMSL. Y' big wuss! Wink

Can't get within a mile of our local deer.... So I guess they won't get within a mile of me!

SueTurner Plus
13 81 3 England
5 Oct 2009 8:57PM
wow- how scary !!! luck you though eh
FeatherFriend Plus
10 38 217 England
5 Oct 2009 9:23PM
2 outstanding shots Jon, great write up too, glad you are ok though my friend,
arhb Plus
10 3.3k 68 United Kingdom
5 Oct 2009 9:54PM
I wouldn't have got either of these shots Jon - given the circumstances lol.
These shots will always remind you of those moments.
Glad you're okay, and well done on getting 2 fine shots.
5 Oct 2009 10:15PM
Really great shots - glad you made a getaway unharmed
skewey Plus
11 31 England
5 Oct 2009 10:32PM
Jon have you got any recordings if so please make a video.
Great shots though .
6 Oct 2009 4:58AM
Wonderful shot Jon, Glad your OK. I was chased by 5 young cows recently not funny as you can understand.
dmhuynh72 Plus
10 44 3 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 10:04AM
Glad to you are ok.
Fine capture.

6 Oct 2009 10:06AM
Fine shots Jon, and a timely warning too. But the images are great.
Great captures Jon, Glad you lived to tell the tale. Like a true pro you carried on shooting, but take care.
Nice story Jon. Under preasure but you continued clicking.

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