This is nose-high. That means whatever deer left this little tuft behind, jumped OVER it. My height is 5 ft. 3 inches. I just looked out the east window and saw eight of the critters (kind word,here....others unmentionable) just on the other side of our fence. They consume an incredible amount of forage! The meadows are laid flat by the end of winter with their feasting on what should be Marigold's food.
Out here JOTOLR, we "support" a herd of around fifty deer. There is no way we can begin to eat that much venison. The deer are ubiquitous. And, of course, we have all the "goodies" they want inside the fence and close to the house...goodies so tempting that the deer are willing to risk getting scraped as they try to fly across barbed wire.
The WV Dept of Natural Resources believes this is a good thing. Because, it's good for the hunters. I have no objection whatsoever to hunting...In fact, this time of year we could use a few more. I just wish someone in a place of authority in the WVDNR would take it upon themselves to stage a few "clean-out" hunts and thin the population. We need mass irradication! Driving at night is scary. Talk about deer in the headlights! Many a deer accident has put drivers and passengers in the hospital around here. In our little town of Lewisburg, deer are eating the daylights out of people's shrubs and ornamental plantings right in the middle of town.
Deer hunting rifle season begins essentially on Thanksgiving weekend. Shots will ring out for several days out here JOTOLR and it won't be safe to go in our own woods. So, I hope this year some needy families will take advantage of hunting season to add to their meat locker! For those of you who are tender-hearted, I understand. But if you've ever worked hard to plant a fruit tree or a garden or landscape a lovely setting, only to have it ravaged or consumed by hungry hoards of deer, you'll probably feel better about leveling the odds that it will survive their nibbly mouths as we head into Deer Hunting Season 2010.