Boy I hate those things. They used to build nests above the door going into the pump house every year. I never got bit but it was close sometimes. Also had a hord of them nesting in my green house. Only a few this year and hopefully I got them all.
Photo's are beautiful. What lens did you use to get them? If I was going to try that, I've got a 70-300 macro that does macro on 300. To close to them for me but still you could get them pretty far off.
Winter is tough on whitetails, that is an accepted fact.
You can help the quality of your herd by providing winter plots - that are not necessarily designed as kill plots.
Having what I call green plots - that the deer can browse in when most of the other food is gone, can greatly benefit the deer herd when they need it most.
Come December - at least in our area of the south - most of the mast is gone, all of the crops were long harvested and this green browse can really make the difference for...