22 April 2006

Where do deer go when it rains?

A storm front has been dumping rain on our area for the past three days. I keep wanting to get outside but things just won't dry out enough to spend much time without getting wet. I don't mind so much but since my outside time is often accompanied by a toddler and infant, it's not really much of a possibility to drag them out in the rain. And so we sit inside...

However, the local deer are definitely not taking a break. As the lettuce and carrots in my garden begin to grow, their presence is becoming more of a nuisance. Hoofprints in the raised bed are the giveaway and I know I've got to do something about it. A fence is in the planning but I'm still not sure how to construct it so that its easy for me to access the 4 x 8 raised bed without totally taking it down and putting it back up each time. C'mon, blog readers. I need a suggestion here.

1 comment:

Jim Fulton said...

I live on Jekyll Island, a Georgia State Park. We have many deer on the island and of course hunting is not permitted under normal circumstances. Sixty five percent of the island is undeveloped and therefore completely natural, so there are dense forests and extensive marsh areas. However, the deer see a lot of human activity and while they maintain a safe distance, they often allow you to approach on foot within 50 feet before they begin to move away. Still, any sudden movement will send them scampering. Every evening a herd of deer, (often 10 to 20), frolic in our front yard and look for scraps we often leave or an occasional tray of deer corn. We turn off the interior lights and enjoy watching them frolic and play late into the evening. Different groups seem to arrive at different times. Often groups of bucks, sometimes groups of does w/fawns, and sometimes mixed groups.

Since I have been observing their activities on a daily basis for years I think I have some insight on how weather affects their movements. The reader must bear in mind that while these deer live in the wild, none of them have ever been hunted by man, at least legally. When severe weather such as a hurricane or a tropical storm is forming out in the Atlantic, even though it may be a day or two away, I have noticed a significant decline in activity and when it is in the area and particularly headed our way, no deer at all, sometimes for several days. Heavy rain (downpour) which occurs here regularly, will keep them away until it slacks off, then they appear in numbers. Light rains do not seem to bother them much, especially following a period of heavy rain that has kept them bedded down.

I have concluded that deer have a very keen ability to detect severe weather and appear to dislike heavy wind and rain. They do not seem to be adverse to light wind or rain when it comes to feeding time.