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Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Soldier Story

A soldier is hiding out in the goats woods.
Do you see him?

How about now? (click to enlarge)

That is Soldier.  (I think.  Mr J got a better look and says it is.)  He was named by my oldest grand.  A very fitting name, indeed.  You see, Soldier only has one antler.  At first, we assumed he had lost it in battle with one of the bigger bucks that inhabit the woods.  Now, I'm not so sure.  Year after year, he appears, each time having only one antler.  We have seen him every year for at least five years.  Somehow, he manages to escapes the arrows and ammo of the winter hunts.

Before all the electric fence went up for the horses and goats, we had quite a herd of regulars.  We used to put cracked corn down where the goat shed now stands.  It was a perfect view from the living room windows.  Every evening, after dinner, our routine was to clean up the dishes, and then sit and watch the deer come out.

The most regular visitor was a young doe named Cookie, also named by the grands.  (Get it?  Cookie Doe?)  Every day, without fail, Cookie would come for her evening meal.  She didn't mind that we came out the door and yelled hello to her.  She would look up at us as we made our way across the porch to the chairs, and then return to her food.  I don't hunt, but I'm not opposed to hunting.  I do imagine, however, than any deer bagged in this area is certainly not one of ours

We see glimpses of deer quite often in the wood line.  Occasionally, we see them on this side of the fence, but mostly they stay in the front pasture.  After a rain, when the ground is soft, we see enough prints that it looks like the deer path hub out here.  We actually have a place in the woods were several of their worn paths cross.  Before the goats cleared the brush, the only way through our woods was using the deer's paths.

It's hard to say if Cookie comes back now, as she has no markings as distinctive as a one-antlered buck.  But, if you're a hunter, before you pull the trigger on that bow, see if she answers to Cookie.  And if she does...  Please, send her home. 


Shellbelle said...

I love the names your grands gave them, Cookie Doe is so clever.

I, like you, do not hunt and I'm not opposed to it. I don't like it, but I respect the right of others. My cousin owns a 7000 acre hunting lodge in Georgia. I think it would make a beautiful preserve myself. The lodge and all the cabins are built from logs rescued from 100 cabins. I like to go in the off-season and watch the deer. How wonderful you have them so close.

Marla said...

I love this! There is just nothing better than country life. Thanks for sharing this, Lily.

Olivia and Me said...

Lily.. yes I can see him.. what a treat! Our few deer that come out.. come late and leave early. But the ah.. droppings left behind are not thing when stepped in.

Gosh, what a place you have.. from fresh eggs to farm life to great views... perfect if you asked me!

I told hubs that Mr J. is like him.

bacon for breakfast..
bacon for lunch..

and he (meaning hubs) drinks his dinner.. heehee.. only kidding.

kiss kiss


Rae said...

I am jealous. I love deer. They are such graceful creatures and I love watching them. Having your own unique visitor is special. Their names are cute.

DJan said...

I'm glad you told me the cookie doe story (I needed to be told where the name came from), and I do hope Soldier makes it another year. It must be because he doesn't have two that he's not very exciting to the hunters, right? We have a doe and two fawns, and she had two last year, too. This year one of them is a buck, but I think last year's were both does. What a fine animal!

Oklahoma Granny said...

Love the names your grandkids came up with. We have deer wander across our acreage. I bought my husband a wildlife camera for Christmas for that very reason. I think it will be fun to see who drops by regularly.

AL said...

I enlarged the first photo and I saw a brownish creature and I thought it was a bear, I clicked the second photo and ALAS! I saw this timid deer within the bushes. You're so lucky Lily to be visited by shy creatures like this, it could be your lucky charm. Take care of Cookie.


SquirrelQueen said...

That is so neat that the deer come that close, they are such beautiful creatures. I love the names, the grand kids did well. We have lots of deer in this area but rarely see them in the yard.

Nancy said...

What a sweet post! I so hope the one-antlered deer makes it through hunting season and no one kills Cookie. (I hate hunting - always have, always will - despite a father who hunted every year.)