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Deerslayer: Retired


"Do deer trails mean you will have some fresh venison this year?" --- Eric

We have even more deer here than we had in Virginia.

There's even a six-point buck hanging out at the borders of our yard.

The neighbors are too close for safe shooting, though. So Anna has hung up her deerslayer rifle.

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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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Perhaps she can pick up a bow like Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games?"
Comment by Eric Sat Nov 4 19:19:18 2017

Hi Anna and Mark,

I have now found a few local farmers who can tell me what the meat they are selling ate. I wish I had local venison.

And the related question: Does your health depend on what the meat you are eating ate, was vaccinated, etc. It MUST!!


Comment by John Sun Nov 5 14:00:55 2017
Where I grew up, lots of folks hunt on plots as small as 10 acres, so your 15 would probably be sufficient, especially if you have a tree stand and are shooting downward. Of course, that would require more dedicated effort than catching one red-handed near the garden...
Comment by Jake Sun Nov 5 22:22:21 2017
Shotgun or archery, including crossbows are short range. Archery is also quiet but does take more practice than a rifle or shotgun do.
Comment by Ned Mon Nov 6 13:23:24 2017
Looks like you'll soon become an expert on how to keep your garden safe from deer. I'll be interested to learn about your findings!
Comment by Rhonda from Baddeck Tue Nov 7 23:04:34 2017

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