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Motherless Fawn Update

Motherless Fawn Update

Do you remember the motherless fawn? It arrived alone one day in mid-November, spent time with a buck after the rut ended, and left with a flood of deer on their way to their winter feeding grounds. I hoped she would leave with the others. With coyotes and bobcats in the area I knew a lone fawn didn’t stay much chance of surviving the winter. I’ve been watching for her since I put the game cameras out last week. It…

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Deer in April

Deer in April

The deer are back! Even before the food plot we had deer in April. I thought they returned a couple of weeks ago because I noticed damage to the apple trees. Looking at the damage up close, I realized it was old, probably January before they left for their winter feeding grounds. I couldn’t find tracks in the mud, fresh nibbles to the trees or any hair from their winter coats. As always, when I pass a window on the…

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January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

January 1 2018 – Sappy New Year!

Sappy New Year! So…It’s not really a secret that I can be a big sap but I don’t show that very often. It’s usually about kids or animals that my sap starts showing. I’m going to be a bit sappy for a minute. January 1 2018 – a fresh start. I’ve thought a lot in the past six months about the people, things, opportunities and such that I’m grateful to have in my life. You’re all included in the list….

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Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless – Fawn Alone

Motherless She showed up alone one night. I didn’t think much of it because does and fawns don’t stay close together all the time. Her mother was simply in another part of the food plot or out by the pond I imagined. It was November and there weren’t a lot of deer in the plot. A doe with twins came to the plot one day, just one day. She had bobcat scratches from her nose down the side of her…

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Life and Death in the Woods

Life and Death in the Woods

Life and Death in the Woods – Boo Boo Deer (Upsetting but please read until the end.) The best thing about having the food plot is watching and learning about the wildlife, especially the deer. The worst thing about having the food plot is watching and learning about the wildlife, especially the dying deer. Life and death in the woods can be sad to watch. We don’t – can’t – interfere. Putting food out for a deer that’s clearly starving…

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Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns – How do they lose their spots?

Spotted Fawns “You know what I’d like to have here,” I asked my husband, Steve. “A food plot. We have the strip in the orchard the deer like but I’d really like to have a small food plot behind the back left corner of the clearing..” He agreed and we went to work cutting down trees, and by “we” I mean I cut a few small trees and he did the rest of the work. In mid-July (2016) a bulldozer…

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Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn: Food Plot – Living With Wildlife

Fawn in the Food Plot Good morning! It’s a beautiful, cool morning here on the homestead. It feels more like September than July this week. It was 48° when I looked out at 4:45 am. Here’s an awwwww to start you’re day. This little buck fawn runs like a thoroughbred through the then-tall grass (Steve mowed since this was taken) while his mom grazes. Do you know how I know it’s a buck? Can you tell? We think this fawn…

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Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife When You Live A Life In The Wild

Living With Wildlife For Steve and me, living a life in the wild means living with wildlife. The animals we share our homestead with are special to us. We get to know some of them through personal encounters, photos on game cameras, and signs of what was in a place when we weren’t. Those signs are tracks, scat, strands and tufts of hair, what’s left of a carcass, a small blood spot in the snow. We spend a time fishing…

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Feeding Deer in Winter – Keep it Natural

Feeding Deer in Winter – Keep it Natural

Feeding Deer in Winter (My February column in Maine Woodlands) Feeding deer in winter is tricky. We mean well but we can kill deer with kindness if we aren’t careful. Farmer’s Almanac said we’d have a lot of snow this winter, and they were right. We had more snow on the ground in December here in Talmadge than we had all last winter. Steve built a new food plot for the wildlife and the deer came. There were three bucks…

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