Walmart had rechargeable lantern batteries on sale for 4.50. Just in time. Two dead rechargeables and one weak one. Screw-in tree steps for a buck apiece as well.
This guy is around. Sign everywhere. I didn't go across the creek because I had burned up the afternoon photographing nuns. No kidding.
Looks like he may have broken a brow tine. They keep fighting. A couple years back I had a buck go from an eight to a four. He broke the crab-claws off both sides, fighting through December. The rut is over. I don't know what they are fighting about. The next year I shot him when he was a ten. He ought to be a good buck next year. He's 2 1/2 in this photo.