Our mowed field has been home for a large group of female deer and their offspring for the past several weeks. Two bucks are sometimes seen but the ladies are for the moment left alone. Each evening found them grazing or resting on the ground. Flattened grass indicated that they may have spent the night sleeping here. Then for no apparent reason they were gone. This morning the group was back. This youngster is looking at Becky who is watching it just outside of our living room window. This deer gives every appearance of knowing that we pose it no danger. The worst thing that has happened here in the recent past is us opening the window and instructing the deer not to eat, step on, harm or disturb Becky's Prairie smoke plants.
This group of four, one is hidden behind the trunk of the Trumpet vine, is just outside of the kitchen door. That planting area has been lost to the weeds so no encouragement to move away has been recently given. They know that we are watching them but they were slow to go elsewhere.
This is the view outside of our kitchen window. A third deer is feeding nearby but was just beyond the area pictured. Once again the deer is making eye contact with Becky before returning to its frozen breakfast.
Clicking on this photo will make it larger allowing the two deer to be more easily seen. I was able to walk clear across the garden with these deer watching me to get this picture. My movements were slow and my gaze was directed away from the deer. An attempt to get even closer sent these two running through the trees up the hill.
We have yet to hear any gunshots this morning but there may well be movement as the hunters seek a prime location on this day one. For now we will not venture to our acres to the south. I have not welcomed trespassers in the past and see no reason to give them a free shot at me.