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    Breakfast Guests

    Some of you know that I feed a lot of the wildlife around here. Started doing it several years ago when we were in a bad drought. Just hated seeing the deer and others struggle to find something worthwhile to eat for themselves and their young. So, I started feeding them and keeping fresh water out there as well and the rest is pleasant history. I know there are those who say I should kill some and eat them, but I like to think of them as pets. Besides, I have seen all the killing I care to as a 26 year Marine who started out in Nam. So, I just thought I would show these photos I took this morning. There were 4 of them, but only managed to catch 3 in the photos. The 4th one just kept off to the sidelines. Oh, well. Hope you enjoy seeing these.


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    Good stuff, Dave! All we get around here are raccoons and possums that come in our garage to eat cat food!
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    Beautiful animals, Dave. You've got quite a menagerie there.

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    Got some great pics Dave. Unfortunately feeding the deer is being banned here in MO in many counties due to Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The conservation department studies have shown that it was mostly being spread when the deer were coming together, un-naturally , through deer feeding spots. It's usually spread by nasal contact from deer to deer and is 100% fatal if contracted.

    http://www.kirksvilledailyexpress.co...NEWS/160519158

    Of course, in your case, they would starve, so danged if you do...well you understand.

    Might be worth checking with the conservation department to see if there has been any cases of it around you, might not be an issue down there.
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    Darren, we do have CWD here. I read that there are 1300 deer breeders in Texas and from what I gathered the cases of it that have been detected where in breeder herds, not wild free roaming animals. Of course a wild animal can jump a fence and get in with an infected herd, then leave and spread it further. All I can figger is that these I have around here are nice and healthy good looking deer so I don't think they have a neurological disease. Them prions will get you every time.

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    Nice pictures. Somebody will say cull the herd to avoid overpopulation. Myself I don't really care for venison anymore.
    Enjoy the wild life.
    David

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    some nice critters, dave. 2 yrs ago we had a bad epidemic of EHD and it was an eye opener..looked like the world was coming to an end dead deer every where.. but things are picking up now.. i can enjoy seeing them before season and respectively take a couple during season.. so to each his own
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    Dave,
    You're probably like my wife... once you've named an animal and fed it, you can't eat anyway.
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    hehe Chuck, I don't name the deer. Thought about it but my brain can't come up with enough names. I have quite an influx of them, I never know who I will see on any given day. But, these bigger bucks have been hanging around now for about 3 years. I don't hunt. Haven't since I was a kid. If a disaster hit, I am sure I would take one out to survive. Or, however many is needed. Most people that say they are going deer hunting is what I call "bait and wait". They also consider shooting something from 200 yards with a scope a "heck of a shot". Sorry, but that's child's play to me. I could take either the M-14 or M-16 with standard military sights at 600 meters and cut near center in 24" targets. And, I didn't even qualify to be a Marine Sniper. Anyway, enough of that. I like sitting on my deck early morning and watching my critters.

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    Had boss that said Texans don't hunt deer, they shoot their pets. Lot of truth in that.

    Texas actually banned deer hunting in the early 20th century. With few natural predators due to predator control, the deer overpopulated and starved to death. Texas Parks and Wildlife took over herd management with hunting quotas (total numbers, number of does, numbers of bucks, etc) in each region of the state based on surveyed populations. Since then the herd has prospered and avoided starvation. I'm not a deer hunter either, but do recognize the need for scientific wildlife management.

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