WE have always been able to see deer from the house of course, (this is very rural), but lately the deer are literally in our backyard. The coyotes are pushing them closer and closer to peoples houses. Last year was real brutal as the snow was so deep (197 inches over the winter) and the hunters could not hunt the coyotes so the deer came in. You could see them bedded down 20-30 yards from the house.
In some ways I did not help the deer as I was cutting wood. The deer would get on nice packed trails and have fallen trees (with buds and limbs) to browse on) but the coyotes would circle these areas and then pounce. This spring I went back to see how the area looked without4 feet of snow, and the stench from rotting deer carcasses drove me out. The coyotes wiped out 30% of the deer population in Mainelast year because of the heavy snowfall.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"