On Saturday at 4:30 PM my backyard deer feeding program took on a life of its own.
Up until this weekend, the most deer I ever had feeding at one time was 7. I only knew of 3 other deer that came regularly but never seemed to feed at the same time as my ‘lucky seven’.
Then this Saturday all hell broke loose when an unbelievable 14 deer showed up in my back yard at the same time, eager for food!
Sure, the two family groups totalling seven were there and Granddaddy too, plus another young buck we call Garfield and a buck known as the War Vet.
Then a mystery buck showed up to make 11 deer, and he was followed by three more I have never in my life seen before.
I have fortunately started offering feed at several small piles, as to keep them all separated and not fighting over food.
My youngest daughter Grace has even started to keep a log of deer activity, and now documents all the animals that come and go.
It is much like an after school project for Grace, a girl who like her Dad, has a real affinity for the Great Outdoors.
And just so nobody panics, the pelletized feed I offer these deer is meant only as a supplement to their usual winter diet of browse. Since I have been providing a small amount of feed regularly since early fall, the deer’s’ digestive systems have adapted to take full advantage of it.
Thanks to Richie’s Feed & Seed for a wonderful blend they offer, with the perfect mixture of protein and carbs for a white-tailed deer’s winter nutritional requirements.