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Updates From The Manor

May 15, 2012

You know you’ve been away a while when the deer think it’s OK just to cruise right on up the driveway.  Why jump a fence when the gate is open?

This little herd has been a regular visitor to the feeder, according to the game cams, and I often catch them at night in the pasture when I’m coming back from town.  I even watched them slink across the pasture a couple of evenings just as it was getting dark.  But I can’t say I’ve ever seen them just ramble on up the driveway in the mid-morning sunshine.  It kind of makes me happy to see them so obviously comfortable.  And no, I’m not mentally drawing little crosshairs on them… not every animal has to be a target.

But I am still a hunter, and I am glad to see that my whitetail population is doing well.  It does bode well for the freezer when season rolls around.

And while I’m a meat hunter, and just as happy to eat a doe as a buck, these photos from my game cam show some promising bucks.

This little guy probably won't be a shooter this year, but I'm glad to see bucks coming in.

 

This looks like it could be Funkhorn. I thought maybe the deformity in his antlers last year was caused by an injury, but it looks like it may just be his genetics.

Here's Funkhorn from last year...same buck?

Not sure, but this one looks really promising. Even though he's still just nubs, they look pretty thick around the bases.

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4 Responses to “Updates From The Manor”

  1. Greg C on May 15th, 2012 10:58

    Phillip, that’s how it is on my parents property in Oakhurst, CA. The deer just show up and cruise up on to the patio. My mom actually had to plant deer resistant plants and talks about it on her blog. She is the president of the gardening club in Oakhurst, and is the local expert in high elevation gardening.

    Not sure if it will help you in Texas, (not a good gardener like my mom). Anyways, here’s the link to the article if you want to check it out. There are some great pictures she took right from the living room!

    http://sierrafoothillgarden.wordpress.com/2011/11/08/tried-and-true-deer-resistant-plants-for-california-foothills/

  2. Phillip on May 15th, 2012 12:13

    Thanks for the info, Greg

    I expect that next spring, when I get ready to do my garden I’ll have to put up some sort of defenses so this may be handy info. The dog is pretty much all I need to keep the deer out of the yard, but I’ve been working to break him from chasing small critters, so the rabbits and squirrels get free roam.

  3. Neil on May 17th, 2012 07:42

    Nice to have deer around.

    Up at our place we have the “house deer”. It started with a couple of does and now it’s their progeny and a few hangers on. After we picked apples there were about 9 deer picking through the culls. There’s even a couple of small but legal bucks. It’s a funny thing to hunt all morning unsuccessfully and then walk right by a legal buck on the way to lunch.

    Of course there’s a limit to how many “preserve” bucks will be around, or if at some point they’ll become the reserve bucks, particularly the hangers-on.

  4. Phillip on May 17th, 2012 14:26

    I hear ya, Neil. I haven’t quite established the “safe zone” yet, although it goes without saying that the immediate yard is off-limits… at least until we get the garden started.

    I haven’t got a solid count of individual deer yet, although I’m sure there are at least two definite “herds”. There’s also a bachelor group, but they tend to stay over in the thicker side of the property. I’ve pulled my cameras from that area for now, and I’m only feeding in one area until I get the rest of the pasture cleared, but I expect they’re regular visitors too.

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