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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 06:22 AM

Looking out my window this morning.

 

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Seeing deer around here is normal. They're everywhere, but I've never

seen them hunker down so close to the house.

They found the only patch of grass around, and where grazing on it.

I've been watching them all winter, eating pine trees, in places

they normally wouldn't. I don't think pine is their food of choice.

There's been just too much snow in the bush for them.

A couple times I came across 3 or 4 on the road, right after one

of those major blizzards. They wouldn't get off the road. They

where smart enough to know, that if they tried to jump over

the snow banks, they'd land in 5 ft of snow in the ditches.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 06:44 AM

Same thing here Will. It's the first time I've had them 5 feet from the front door eating every green leaf in sight.
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Posted March 31, 2014 - 06:52 AM

One good thing about all the snow, is that the wolves have just as hard

a time with it, and they're even less likely to come near us humans, or

out in the open. As long as the deer make the next week or 2, the herd

may be Ok.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 06:56 AM

Wait, they were on the road? Did they pay taxes then?

We had the cold, but not the accumulation. Ours are doing fine and multiplying faster than the farmers can feed them.
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Posted March 31, 2014 - 07:25 AM

Our local herd was thinned out but there is still a doe with 2 yearlings. The coyotes are around too. What has me puzzled is that something came over the fence and took the suet holder. We've had heavy rain so, no tracks. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 07:31 AM

Our local herd was thinned out but there is still a doe with 2 yearlings. The coyotes are around too. What has me puzzled is that something came over the fence and took the suet holder. We've had heavy rain so, no tracks. Good Luck, Rick

 

Racoon?

 

2 weeks ago, we had a 2 day warm up. The wife had put a big plate of Sushi outside

on a table (too big to fit in the fridge) to keep it cool for when I came home.

I came home to find a racoon standing in my plate of Sushi. :wallbanging:

 

Vented Fur Hat for sale. Pm me. lol


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 07:35 AM

We've had a harsh winter for us, had one -12 f, which was a record, but our 6-7 snowfalls have not overlapped much. That kept open grazing for most of the winter, our herds are way overpopulated.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 07:51 AM

We've had a harsh winter for us, had one -12 f, which was a record, but our 6-7 snowfalls have not overlapped much. That kept open grazing for most of the winter, our herds are way overpopulated.

That's what happens when they protest firearms ownership. Wait! Was that too political???

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

reason for edit; spelling correction


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 07:54 AM

Over populated here also, hunting is sky high $$$, too much :bs:  and too short a time with everyone scrambling to make as much $$$ before full on winter so the herds were not properly thined.

 

For months they were digging around the apple and pare trees until the deep freez stopped them, the same group kept coming back every night until end of Dec.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 08:05 AM

Last September our herd was 7 deer, now its 3. There is always alot of shooting in the woods around me. There is also a large pack of coyotes. I was talking to a guy at the dump, he shot 6 coyotes in his yard in 2 months. It did not make a dent in the pack. So, I don't know what cut down the herd. Probably a combination. I live in "The Last Green Valley" so there is alot of woods but not that many deer. We do have pumas and wolves too. There is a ballance, I guess. I try to make life a little easier for the deer. I never know when I may need some venison. Good Luck, Rick

 

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Posted March 31, 2014 - 08:27 AM

Over populated here also, hunting is sky high $$$, too much :bs:  and too short a time with everyone scrambling to make as much $$$ before full on winter so the herds were not properly thined.

even on your own land?

 

In KY you need neither a hunting license nor a "tag" to deer hunt on your own land... you still have to adhere to bag limits though.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 12:08 PM

I almost took one out this morning, same five I've seen all winter in mom's back field crossing the road. 1 just happen to be in my lane, thankfully I saw them in advance.

Couple of them look like the herds' Buck had a good winter :smilewink:  :rocker2:


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 12:22 PM

Yeah, this was a particularly shocking winter for them in Sourthern MI.  The heard in Northern MI is used to eyeball deep snow, but I'm sure the long stretches of cold took their toll.  The winter severity for deer measured locally set a few records...I don't know if it drove up the mortality rate or now, but would have to assume so.  I'm betting fawn production will be a record low this spring too.  The big story recently has been the affect on the Turkey population, and a big fish winter kill we're expected to see due to record ice thickness and longevity.  There's a dozen guys out in front of my folks place today, sitting on buckets over a foot of ice.  I hear they are killing the Gills, but when the ice leaves, a lot of the once who escape the hook will simply show up dead.



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Posted March 31, 2014 - 12:40 PM

Hunting regulations and firearms laws are to blame here for the over population. They get hit by vehicles all the time, very dangerous!

I have a buck herd every summer that goes from spikes to 14 pointers, that live in the woods near the creek bed behind my land, the forage the fields and our backyard every evening from summer until the rut in the fall. There were 18 bucks last year. It's funny, when the bucks finished feeding, they would come around a hedgerow and run beside our house in the side yard, across the road to the fields over there just after sunset every day. As soon as they were gone, a doe herd of about 15-20 would show up and feed where the bucks just left. We have a total of 30-40 just in my little patch, within a mile or two there are 4-5 other herds as big and some bigger.

We don't have a large coyote population yet for some reason, they're all around us but the Eastern Shore of Maryland and the state of Delaware are the last areas to be populated. We have a few in the county, as well as a small cougar herd (4 legged :D ), and the black bears have started to repopulate here after being gone for around a hundred years, but the population is very small yet. We have a few bob cats, but the DNR denies it.

I'm originally from Northeastern NC and they have a real problem there with bobcats, wolves, cougars, bears, and now a large population of coyotes to go with the alligators.


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Posted March 31, 2014 - 03:50 PM

    I keep thinking with the cold hard winter we have had here it would put a dent in the herd, Not a chance.  The other day me and dad went into town and on the way I swear I counted at least 50 dear in all the fields around here.  Where I hunt I also tap trees, the other day I was down there and jumped the herd, at least 20 strong.  I guess it is up to me to thin the herd in the fall.






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