Bugaboo Island Deer

Excerpt from the 1926 book History of the Okefenokee, by Hamp Mizell and AS McQueen:

Whitetailed Deer crossing the swamp on Billy’s Island; Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge Georgia. March 11, 2015. ©www.williamwisephoto.com. Please don’t steal my images. Downloan and use legally at Dreamstime.com.

“When Bugaboo Island was first discovered it was then traversed by various trails and paths made by the numerous wild animals on this particular island. There were quite a lot of deer on this island, and it is said by the oldest inhabitants that very few islands of the swamp had more game than Bugaboo, although there were several larger, this prairie gives the deer good feeding grounds. We had traveled several miles during the first day without seeing or hearing any sound of a human being or any living thing except hundreds of alligators and several deer that would sniff at their scent and scamper off a few yards and look back in amazement, for these deer had never seen or heard a human being before.”


iNaturalist observation: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/30501783

Published by William Wise

Hi, I’m conservation photographer and nature writer William Wise. Nature journaling and wildlife photography has been a favorite pastime since the ‘90s. I graduated from University of Georgia Warnell Forestry School's wildlife program in 1996. I'm currently an animal shelter manager/photographer and reside in Athens, Georgia, USA with my wife and two teenage daughters. My website www.williamwisephoto.com is a wildlife and birding photo website documenting the beauty, design and wonder of creation. I have a deep love of the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia. I became a devoted Christian in 1993 under a campus ministry while studying wildlife biology. My love of the outdoors quickly turned into a love for the Creator and His works. Creation Speaks is my teaching ministry that glorifies our Creator and teaches the truth of creation. I am also a guest author at Lee's Birdwatching Adventures and The Creation Club. The theme of my blogging comes from The Message version of Psalms 104 -- "What a wildly wonderful world, God! You made it all, with Wisdom at Your side, You made earth overflow with your wonderful creations."

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