Just saw a nice 10-point a few miles from the house.
I live in a neighborhood, but it’s not what one might imagine when someone says “neighborhood.” Yes, the neighbors are pretty close, but we have about 6 acres, and our neighbors all have a few acres as well. There’s a creek that winds its way through the woods, and in the summer you can’t even see the neighbor’s houses.
There’s a ton of wildlife, too. Earlier this week I saw a buck with a gorgeous, 8-point rack, and a few weeks ago saw a 4-point, both still in velvet. There are numerous other wild animals, like foxes, raccoons, opossums, snakes, turkeys, etc, and of course, does and fawns.
There are two hand-made signs outside of a house down the road that says watch 4 deer and 2 fawns. I’ve seen it for a few weeks. I think I’ve seen the fawns with their mother as well. It’s so lovely to see all these animals, especially in the spring and summer when the babies are around.
But then I read in the local paper today that some asshole going way too fast (the whole neighborhood is only 25) hit one of the fawns and made no attempt to slow down or stop, just kept driving. The people who witnessed it happen rushed to help the fawn and brought it to the vet, but it sustained such severe injuries that it had to be euthanized. Of course, they got a description of the vehicle and I’m guessing they know where the guy lives, and called him out in the paper stating that he’s no longer welcome and that he’s heartless. But it doesn’t change anything.
Of course, it’s sad when the baby deer are hit and killed, but I can’t even count the number of dead squirrels I saw in the beginning of summer. It was pretty ridiculous. I wish people would be more careful driving around here.
As I was leaving for school, just down the road from my house, I saw a deer cross the road. I was pretty sure that it was a buck, so I slowed down to get a look at it in the woods and it had to be an 8 point at least!! Antlers still in fuzzy velvet. It was a very nice rack!
do u ever feel bugs on you when there are no bugs
theyre the ghosts of bugs that youve killed
i wish i could unread this
Let’s explore this idea. The highest rates of insect killing go to pesticide applicators. Therefore, I would…
bunny-kei asked: Another input for the red meat/carbon footprint discussion: Eat kangaroo meat! Super high in iron, super lean, and they breed so prolifically that they actually have to be culled from time to time. No real downsides to eating the tasty tasty roos!
If you can get access to the meat, that is. In the US it’s only sold as a specialty item in a few boutique shops. Also, outside of Australia shipping the meat in a timely enough fashion and keeping it from spoiling on the way adds to its carbon footprint.
We could potentially do the same with whitetail deer and other venison, except it’s illegal to sell wild game meat, and deer farms usually only sell to restaurants and specialty butchers. (That and deer farms are all about BIG ANTLERS) with meat as a secondary consideration.)
Not only would selling deer meat probably result in more poaching, but with captive bred deer comes Chronic Wasting Disease. It occurs in wild deer as well, but I believe it’s more common with captive deer and can spread to the wild population and can completely wipe out deer in the affected area. Bad news.