After three and one half months deer season finally came to a close this evening. First it was archery, then a week of muzzleloader, back to archery then to gun, a short break followed by three weeks of flintlock and archery combined. Now the deer will be safe from lawful human predators for eight months.
This yearling apparently thinks that the end of the deer hunting season is something to kick her heels up about as she kicks up a cloud of snow playing with her sibling.
The coming weeks will not be easy for the deer as winter's cold and snow will test their strength. The season of the hunger moon is upon us and the deer will need to spend more and more time in their quest for nutritious food to sustain their bodies. Coyotes will occasionally test the deer looking for weakness in a particular animal. With the coming of spring life will become easier but survival in the wild is always a challenge. With the guns silenced the deer have one less thing to worry about in the coming days.
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