Nov. 5: Jim Johnson, who lives near Roseburg, Oregon, photographed these two Columbian whitetail bucks squaring off this week. The buck facing the camera is wearing a radio collar as Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers monitor the formerly endangered species, which has recovered to a huntable population. Johnson is lucky enough to live in an area where he sees the deer regularly enough to observe and understand their habits.
“These two bucks are grooming each other,” he explained, describing their light sparring. “They will establish dominance once (in the upcoming heat of the rut), and then pal around together like best of buddies.”