When I was hiking at Sleeping Giant Provincial Park last weekend with Mike Link and Kate Crowley (they’re the Willow River couple hiking around Lake Superior this summer), we had a remarkable encounter with a whitetail buck. He came swimming across a broad bay of the lake, perhaps chased into the water by wolves, although we’ll never know for sure.
He was a 10-pointer with antlers in velvet. The rack was high and wide, and the buck was big-bodied as well.
Here is a series of photos I made as the buck approached shore, thought better of leaving the water and spent the next hour contemplating his next move:
I wrote a column about the encounter with the buck for Sunday’s Duluth News Tribune (Aug. 29). Look for it in the back of the Sports section.