A raccoon eats some feed as two bucks spar at a feeder in this trail camera photo. Credit: Courtesy of Lacey McCauley

Any hunter or wildlife-watcher can tell you, if you’re looking to cross paths with a (name one: deer, bear, moose) you’ll benefit from figuring out where the animal will bed down, and where it’ll seek food.

Today’s trail camera photo proves that sometimes, you might find different kinds of critters bellying up to the food trough. Or, in this case, the deer feeder.

Lacey McCauley sent us a photo from her trail camera, which shows a couple of bucks appearing to square off as a raccoon nonchalantly nibbles on the food below the feeder.

The photo was taken in Fannin County, Texas, where feeding deer (and other animals) is a well-established practice. Many of the wild hog photos that we’ve received have come to us from Texas, and show hogs at similar feeders.

Chances are good that the deer in this photo are eating well, too, but the raccoon isn’t waiting around to see if they’re interested in joining it for dinner.

Smart raccoon.

Thanks for the photo, Lacey!

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John Holyoke

John Holyoke has been enjoying himself in Maine's great outdoors since he was a kid. He spent 28 years working for the BDN, including 19 years as the paper's outdoors columnist or outdoors editor. While...