At first, Jesse stayed right in camp and usually within a couple of steps from me. As he got bolder and bolder, he would take little excursions into the meadows and forest. On day three he through caution to the wind and took off on a great adventure.
As we were finishing our dinner this deer came wandering by about 30 feet from our table. The deer stood there staring at Jesse and he was transfixed, this being his first deer sighting. The deer was nice enough to wait there long enough for me to walk over to Dod and fetch my camera. Just after I took this shot the deer decided it was time to go and she loped off. Her lope soon became a run for her life as Jesse decided he needed a little exercise. My last view of the deer was of her jumping over a small mound, her white tail sticking straight up, with Jesse in hot pursuit, his tail in a similar position. Jesse returned a few moments later with a very self-satisfied expression on his face.
Later that evening as we took our nightly hike, we rounded a bend and found another deer (maybe the same one) standing up on a hill.
Jesse isn’t visible in the picture but he is at the base of the bare dirt below the deer. Being the quick learner that he is, Jesse bolted up the hill and was hot-on-the-heels (huffs) of this poor doe as she retreated into the forest.
All things considered, Jesse is adjusting very well to the boondocking lifestyle!