Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Oh dear... OH DEER!!!






           The deer have returned!

 After about 6 years absence, mainly due to extra hunts and a targeted harvest by the DNR due to CWD (chronic wasting disease) we have seen hardly any sign, let alone actual animal sightings. Hubby has been seeing hoof-prints and other signs more often in our yard, which raised our hopes.

 Last night he was standing at the kitchen sink just after dark and saw some movement. A quick trip to another room and careful watching and "yahoo!" sighting success!  They lingered under the bird feeding areas, as they used to do. I had put out some cantaloupe out on our feeding stump, a few days ago (that was not up to ours eating standards) and it had frozen. But it had thawed enough from the slight raise in temperature to allow the fresh snow and the deer found it irresistible! Along with the usual fare of seeds and cracked corn.

I tried to take photographs (without flash to avoid spooking the deer) of course through dirty winter windows with an extra frame of storm windows (used primarily in cold climates for extra thermal warmth, especially if like us, you do not have the newer double or triple glazed windows) so they where very hard to see. I tried fidgeting with them a bit in my old paint shop program and did get something to show in negative form. Hope you can make them out.

white tail doe with fawn


after dark, snacking white tail deer

 We had a total of 6! We have white tail deer in our part of Wisconsin. As I write this it is about the same time as last night and they have come back to snack again.

It is no longer hunting season so they are safe from ethical hunters. Plus hubby only shoots them with a camera in our yard. I have not heard any recent data from our DNR programs so I do not know if the disease is considered under control in our area or not. We just hope we get to enjoy watching them again, like we have in the past, even during daylight hours. Of course it is illegal to feed deer in our area, but they do not "read" any no deer feeding allowed signs, just like they do not "read" any deer crossing signs (heheehee). So there will be no silly call-ins or editorials (at least here at GrammyMouseTails) on that silly argument!

Has there been any exciting animal or bird activity in your yards this winter 
(or spring if located in the other part of the globe)



until next time...

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22 comments:

  1. How lovely. I remember seeing them when I was growing up at dawn and dusk in our pasture. They are so graceful. Love them. I hope they all stay safe.

    Hope you're feeling better each and every day.

    Have a fabulous day. Big hugs. ☺

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  2. 6? That's a lot! How cool! My husband used to live in the middle of no where in MO. He used to see deer a lot.

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  3. I like that fist picture. They look like ghost deer!

    Glad to see you're back, Faythe. I hope you're well.

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  4. Love the night shots of the deers. Happy WW
    Dominique @Dominique's Desk

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  5. Wonderful to hear from you Faythe! Your postings had become nearly as rare as your deer sightings :) so I'm very happy to see signs of your return to the blogisphere. Happy WW

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  6. We live in the middle of a heavily populated suburban area, and the deer here are out of control! They are everywhere!

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  7. Now I am curious where in WI you live! I used to see deer all the time living in the woods, but now I live in the middle of the city (if my small town can be called a city, lol) and don't see them nearly as often. I live in Hartford, in Washington County.

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  8. oh deer! i'm so afraid of deer..:)nice shot!

    Happy Wordless Wednesday! My entry is here and here.

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  9. I think you are lucky to have so many deer around.

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  10. Love deer!!! Soooo pretty! Hoping NO ONE hunts them

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  11. We used to have deer that would sleep amongst the trees outside our kitchen window. It was fun to watch them.

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  12. They are so pretty! Great pics!

    Happy WW!

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  13. That's cool that you were able to fiddle with the program and get their outlines!

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  14. I love deer...but when we lived in the country, the ate all my best bulbs and shrubs!

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  15. Lord I hate CAPTCHA Oh well, luv u though so here I am :) Thanks for the comment and so glad you stopped by to share the good news. I replied to you comment to, but I'll send you and e-mail too. Hugs & hope you're feeling well. Hugs. Love the pics. We see deer around here sometimes & they always put me in awwww

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  16. Deer are such gorgeous creatures. I haven't seen one in my area for a while, but I see their hoofprints when I walk.

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  17. Cool!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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  18. Nice night shots. We have lots of deer around, too. Thanks for joining us at Wordless Wednesday Bloggers!

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  19. They sure are pretty and we worry about them too.

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  20. Fantastic pictures !! Amazing what technology brings us now.

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  21. I'm glad your deer are back! I love watching them. Looks like you've been away from blogging for a while...hope all is well.

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  22. That is so cool! I love deer! I moved to Virginia last year and when we first moved here we where seeing them all the time too. Now I haven't seen one in a long time.

    Nice photos! Thanks for sharing. Happy WW!

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