A whitetail buck is silhouetted against the, "Montana Big Sky" along a ridge laden with Idaho fescue, a native bunchgrass and food source for various wildlife species of the Palouse Prairie.
The Palouse Prairie consists of eight western states of the American West. Palouse is a French-Canadian word for the Palus Indian Tribes found in the regions of the by-gone fur trading era. It means, "Land with short and thick grass."
This October buck is sniffing the air for the scent of a doe. It's whitetail mating season in Montana. Note the swollen, muscular neck - This is no guy to mess with!
Montana Whitetail Doe and Twin Fawns. These little guys were born later than normal; in the month of July instead of the normal April and May. Montana old-timers say that when the fawns are dropped in late summer, it indicates the arrival of a late winter, because the little late-drop fawns have difficulty surviving a typically normal to harsh winter, which usually arrives by late November in Montana.