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15 Magnificent Velvet Bucks Captured During My Summer Photography Ritual

Justin Hoffman

I think we can all agree… velvet is the next best thing to bone.

In the summertime before deer season, I am captivated by velvet bucks. I roam the crop fields in July and August, hoping to capture with the camera those whitetail bucks sporting their glorious velvet. It’s a game of first and last light, but if you can find them, bachelor groups abound. And that is pretty cool to see.

Here’s a glimpse into the many bucks I’ve crossed paths with over the years. Most sport the headgear that is sure to quicken the pulse once the season begins. Others will get a pass until the next year.

These bucks were all photographed in Eastern Ontario, Canada.

1. Bosom buddies

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2. Dandy nine-point

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3. The staredown

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4. Early in the season

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5. Sneaking through the sorghum

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6. The gang’s all here

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7. Watching the traffic go by

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Here’s a video I shot of this fella:

8. Big and wide

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And here’s a video I shot of this looker:

9. One to watch

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10. The future

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If you had your choice, which buck would you be gunning for come season opener? Number eight is a definite favorite for me.

Gotta love those sweet velvet bucks… but please hurry up, hunting season!

Images Courtesy of Justin Hoffman

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15 Magnificent Velvet Bucks Captured During My Summer Photography Ritual