Sunday, December 23, 2012
December 23, 2012 Over the hump....
Yesterday morning, my favorite big buck was standing in the yard nibbling alfalfa, waiting for me. He saw me in the window so he headed for his "magic door." He was wearing only one antler. So.....work cut out for me. There is very little snow so far.....which means......I should be able to find the one he shed! Well, I went out and brought them a new supply of treats, took Toby for a walk, which included a loop on a deer trail he might have been on, and back in the house to make breakfast.
While we were eating breakfast, I noticed the two 8 point bucks were having their usual morning match to see who was the toughest. All of a sudden, one backed off and just stood there a minute. When I could next see him, he was minus an antler too. He had just lost it in the scuffle. So, now I had reason to go out and find that one too. After an hour or so, the deer all moseyed off for their morning siestas. Into my warm clothes and boots I get again, ready to go retrieve that 4 point half of the 8 point antlers. That was easy.....I walked across the yard to where I had seen them pushing each other and there it lay on top of the snow. Now, to go find the treasure! I headed out one trail I sometimes see him leave on in the morning and made a big loop around some of the areas that trail covers and back toward the house. No luck. Figured before I made the next loop, I better get the mail. So, I got Toby and off we went. Then, back to the deer trails. This time, I started on one other one I thought he used a lot coming in in the morning. I got out there on that trail and was back to the house in 5 minutes to show my husband my "treasure." Oh.....what a happy person I was. I absolutely love shed hunting. I don't usually do much this early....because there is usually too much snow and because, not many have been shed yet. However, now and then I know there is a big one to be found and will make efforts to find it. This time, it paid off. Now, the waiting game starts, watching for the other one to fall off. This morning, both bucks still had one each and the other two bucks had both of theirs. No shed hunting today!