Even though the deer is soft, its expression conveys such an emotion to the viewer that it makes this photo very strong. The fact you mentioned about the deer being too soft almost doesnt even matter, because the viewers eye is drawn toward the main subject, and the subjects expression completes the picture with an overwhelming sense of emotion.
well for this technically not being a great shot...it's still great! lol. how did you take so many great pictures of deer? Did you have to go to a reservation for wild animals or something? they're amazing