Nice, Now if you take the improved shot and copy the bottom section with a 200 pixel feather then paste it on top of this one you would have the best of both worlds? Meaning I like the darker shadows in the top of this and the less intense foreground in the next.
Nice shot and I agree with G on toning the front down maybe. The front deer is really nice, but I think this is one I would like a bit more DOF on. Not sure how that would work either, probably not a do-over:-)