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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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Snowy Food Plots and White-tailed Deer

Snowy Food Plots and White-tailed Deer

Snowy Food Plots We’ve been waiting for snowy food plots to learn how to the wildlife will react to the food we’ve provided. There are turnip and radish tops above snow but as you can see, the deer are pawing through the snow to get to grass. Unfortunately we don’t know what kind of grass seed was in the seed mix. The deer have flattened one food plot, their favorite, and moved into the larger plot behind the house. The…

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Deer Hunting Season Ends – wins and losses

Deer Hunting Season Ends – wins and losses

Deer Hunting Season Deer hunting season is over for me. It’s my least favorite, least productive hunting season. I get cold easily, though this year it was unusually warm for the first four weeks and I wasn’t cold until the end. There aren’t a lot of deer around so we can shoot only bucks. I hunted almost every day and saw one buck right here on our land. I heard him crunch dry leaves and snap a branch on his…

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Snow Cover – last day of November

Snow Cover – last day of November

Snow Cover Enough snow fell last night to bring out the plow and sand truck. We were going to get up at 3 am to drive to Molunkus Stream Camps, hunt our way to the blind at Big Field, and wait for deer. I’ve had a feeling of gloom and doom for five days and willed the alarm to remain silent. And it did, through no fault of mine. Steve woke at 6 am, unusually late for us. We got…

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