Day Out First trip out in a while + deer rutting

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Oct 5, 2020
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Peak District
Just returned from my first three day trip since lockdown -

Had a blast of a time - got very lucky with weather and saw some interesting things...

Could hear the stags rutting and calling every night from a distance, yet about 3am this morning myself and my friend heard an incredibly loud noise that was clearly very near - hunkered down and tried to stay as quiet as possible under the tarp - could then see the vague shadowy figures of two giant black fallow stags fighting it out about 20 metres away - its an experience I feel extremely lucky to have seen but also scared the sh*t out of both of us until they eventually went off -

Woke up to this right on the edge of our camp:

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Safe to say we won’t be camping anywhere near during the rutting season again - we were both completely aware of the risks yet it was the only time we both could get away from work in over 5 months... Definitely not worth the risk on reflection but felt great to be out and about.

Here’s a few shots from camp -

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Stay safe out there guys!


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Oct 5, 2020
31
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Peak District
Incredible experience and great shots. Yeah big stags are quite a sight when close and full off err exuberance,,, Certainly terrifying..

Thanks Dwardo - aye, seen it plenty of times but never within spitting distance - think I prefer watching it through binoculars on the moors haha


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punkrockcaveman

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Wow! That's insane.

The calls and the fights sound intense in the dead of night eh? I don't think you should let it put you off going this time of year.
 
Oct 5, 2020
31
25
Peak District
Wow! That's insane.

The calls and the fights sound intense in the dead of night eh? I don't think you should let it put you off going this time of year.

Yeah real intense - wasn’t the fact it was happening it was the location we picked, will happily camp just won’t return to that spot during the rut - it’s by the stream the deer love to drink/gather at and directly below an area where we know there’s another herd so wasn’t very wise on our part really!


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