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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