Sunday, November 11, 2012

'Tis the Season

I woke up at daylight this morning to movement in the yard.  Five deer were running one after the other, backyard to front, front yard to back.  Three were does, two were bucks.

Halloween is over but not for the does--a buck is her nightmare.  He'll chase her until she's too tired to move and then he'll mount her.  She'll bear hoof marks on her sides for a month and later a swollen belly.

 If the months ahead are hard and dry she'll have a single fawn.  In a good one, twins.  And they'll drink out of our birdbaths, poach the birdseed and munch our plants.


So I'm not too fond of that buck either.

Copyright 2009-2012 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.

6 comments:

  1. I hear you on their munching and frolicking (and of course, he wears her down!). But in the end, I heart venison!

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  2. Oooof. Watching bucks chase down the does in our otherwise very suburban neighborhood is a stark reminder that we can plan and landscape and install and fence all we want but we live on borrowed ground in shared territory.

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  3. What gorgeous pictures and I hope they don't munch all your plants!

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  4. How fun, though to have this play out in your yard. I am so thankful every day to be surrounded by nature!

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  5. Hi Kathleen,
    Very interesting pictures. Keep your fingers crossed, please, that our plans of selling (some of) our property here and relocating to the Hill Country [we found our "dream home" already] will come true. The we'll have deer in our garden, too.
    Take care, and Happy Thanksgiving,
    Pit

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