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Reply to: #597079 by felixpezgirl
Apr 4, 2011 9:58am
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I have deer routinely in my back yard.
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Reply to: #597079 by felixpezgirl
Apr 4, 2011 10:28am
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Come to Detroit. We've got metroparks that are so overrun with deer they bring sharpshooters in once a year to cull the population. It's a great place for deer sighting!
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Reply to: #597079 by felixpezgirl
Apr 4, 2011 11:19am
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I'd love to see a deer while hiking

Generally speaking, my 5 1/2 year old son makes enough noise to drive off any critters in a coiuple mile radius of where we are! However, I had the rare chance sometime early last fall to go on a hike with just my daughter - who was small enough at the time I could put her in a baby carrier on my chest and she'd fall asleep. So I'm walking along - not being super quiet, but more quietly than normal since I have no chattering 5 year old with me. And all of a sudden a deer about 50 feet away from my path got startled and went leaping and crashing away. It woke up Baby Rowe-ver too, though that may have been partly because I shrieked in her ear because I didn't see the silly deer until it was running away!
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Reply to: #597095 by TrailTroll
Apr 4, 2011 11:51pm
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We've got metroparks that are so overrun with deer they bring sharpshooters in once a year to cull the population.

I've heard deer described as "rats with antlers." Where my brother lives in Texas they have crosswalks for the deer -- and they actually use them, which never ceases to amaze me. But the road signs don't say "Deer Crossing", they say "Please Don't Feed The Deer". Apparently everyone is miffed about people encouraging the deer to stick around the suburban neighborhoods rather than wandering off to some wilderness where they belong. When people are bitching about the deer rather than being happy to see them, I guess there are too many.

We all know the problem, of course: We humans have killed off all their predators. Whenever a species has no predators, its population expands until it suffers widespread starvation and disease. The deer need more mountain lions to keep them happy and healthy. Since we seem unwilling to coexist with mountain lions, we have to substitute hunters with rifles -- who usually kill the strongest and healthiest rather than the sick and weak.
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Reply to: #597299 by Kirbert
Apr 5, 2011 4:50am
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Why do you say hunters (whether they're sport hunters or paid sharpshooters) kill the strongest and healthiest rather than the sick and weak? I'm not a hunter, but wouldn't the sick and the weak make good targets for human predators too? Or is it because trophy hunters want big healthy specimens? Not disagreeing - just curious.
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Reply to: #597299 by Kirbert
Apr 5, 2011 6:30am
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Heaven forbid should hunters actually kill something that provides food for their families.

I sure as hell don't want my husband, son, or myself bringing down (and wasting tags) a sick animal. They won't fill our freezers or our bellies.
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Reply to: #597323 by TrailTroll
Apr 5, 2011 10:48am
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Why do you say hunters (whether they're sport hunters or paid sharpshooters) kill the strongest and healthiest rather than the sick and weak? I'm not a hunter, but wouldn't the sick and the weak make good targets for human predators too? Or is it because trophy hunters want big healthy specimens?

The trophy hunters want the biggest, most impressive specimens, and the gun doesn't care, it can kill the 12-point buck just as readily as the weakest doe. The food hunters -- and there are a lot of them around here -- typically will just shoot the first deer that enters the clearing, but guess what, the first deer that enters the clearing is normally the leader of that group, the strongest and fittest.

SWMBO and I refer to the "redneck mentality" that is prevalent in our area of FL. Basically, it's the conviction that rules and regulations are for other people, not for them. We went fishing this past weekend because it was Free Fishing Weekend here in FL, the two days of the year you can fish without a license. We mentioned that to several other fishermen we met, and at least two of them told us outright they didn't know anything about free fishing weekend, they had never bothered to get a license anyway! Likewise, the redneck hunters around here don't give a rip about hunting season, or the fact that it's illegal to hunt from a public highway, or that hunters are only supposed to shoot male deer, shooting females is extremely limited. Basically, they see a deer, they shoot it, wherever they are, whatever date it is, and "we don't need no stinkin' license, we've been shooting deer around here since forever." Then they dress the deer and dump the carcass off the side of a dead-end road somewhere so it can stink up the area real good.

And don't forget that they seem incapable of holding onto an empty beer can or bottle, it falls wherever they happen to be standing. These people are incredible slobs. Any good fishing spot or picnicking spot invariably requires a half hour spent filling a couple of trash bags before it's habitable by regular human beings.
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Reply to: #596800 by felixpezgirl
May 15, 2011 1:32pm
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I was out letterboxing in a local park last year and encountered a rafter (this is the proper term, I looked it up) of turkeys. About 30 of them. They were crossing the path I was walking on. I waited until they were well into the woods before I continued. LOL.
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Reply to: #606522 by bfarowl
May 16, 2011 4:05am
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Never knew that was a rafter! Thanks for the information.
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Reply to: #606631 by felixpezgirl
Jun 30, 2011 1:41pm
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Heeheehee. I looked it up after I saw them. I wanted to make sure I used to proper term.