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Cardboard deer

Cardboard deer

Last year, the acorns fell on the hillsides and the deer stayed out of our valley. But we've had lots of deer sightings this fall already. So I'm hoping to snag one of the three does who have been occasionally making their way into the garden.

First step --- pay attention to their patterns. Due to goats, my usual spot (which allowed me to "hunt" from the couch) no longer sees much deer activity. Instead, I've been spotting the nibblers mornings and evenings on the other side of the chicken pastures when I go to check on our flock.

Friday, Mark helped me set up a cardboard deer around where I've been sighting the real ones. Then I blew through a bunch of bullets to remember that I need to aim a little above and to the right of my sight and that I do better if leaning against something solid (like the coop) to brace myself against the gun recoil.

All told, I bagged that cardboard deer a little over half the time. Here's hoping the real event goes as smoothly.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Hi Anna and Mark,

That used to be an old joke around the engineering rooms :).

I hope you get a nice one :).

Have you done any recent soil tests? Maybe you could share your soil test history?

Also, have you done any soil profile tests?


Comment by John Sat Nov 7 11:50:14 2015
Do you and Mark still keep score on who gets the most deer? :D If so, what does the scoreboard look like?
Comment by Emily Tue Nov 10 10:40:39 2015
Emily --- I'd lost track, but Mark says I'm at 3 and he's at 1. Unfortunately, cardboard deer don't count. :-)
Comment by anna Tue Nov 10 15:52:44 2015

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