by LYLE GLASS.
The mule deer bucks are in rut. This buck has an unusual high set of antlers and many small points. He would make any deer hunter a nice trophy.
It wasn't until I cropped the photo that I noticed the fresh blood on his face. Evidently he was in a fight not too long ago.
Photographed in Theodore Roosevelt National Park, South Unit, Medora, North Dakota, at 8:28 a.m.