Saturday, November 08, 2008

Deer Prudence

While birding the King Ranch a few days ago, we encountered these curious white-tailed deer bucks. They were wondering where the food was. On this huge Texas ranch, the wildlife managers sometimes scatter deer feed along the roads, so I'm sure these guys mistook a bunch of birders for the chow wagon.

The bucks we saw had small bodies compared to our Ohio white-taileds, but the antler racks on these Texas animals are huge! Aside from cattle ranching and a little bit of tourism, the King Ranch also sells hunting leases. I found myself wondering if these deer were a little too curious for their own long-term good.

The birding on the King Ranch was really great—this was my first visit. More on birding the ranch in the near future.

I am down here in south Texas for the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, one of the best and biggest in the country. This morning I'll be taking a couple of groups of elementary school kids out birding on the festival grounds. The weather looks good, the wind is low, and I'm counting on a few great-tailed grackles, great kiskadees, and Couch's kingbirds to make an appearance.

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At 8:01 PM, Anonymous Julie Zickefoose said...

Skinny lil' things with big racks. Hmmm.

My weird confirmation is dishipo.

At 8:34 PM, Anonymous rmharvey said...

If you are in the business of selling something you want a good supply of what the customer wants. So you make sure your deer have plenty of "28 % PROTEIN ANTLER ACCELERATOR" or the equivalent. Just google DEER FEEDING ANTLERS and you can find out all about that sort of thing.

At 9:18 PM, Anonymous KatDoc said...

"deer prudence???"

Isn't there some sort of federal law about bloggers who use too many bad puns?

~Kathi, kinda punny herself

At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Julie Zickefoose said...

Oh, the Asian spammers have hit you, too. What joy they bring to us all. Please go stuff some 28% Protein Antler Accelerator up your nose, Planet.

Great comment, rmharvey!

At 8:33 PM, Anonymous Mary said...

Enjoy the kids, Bill. They will love you.

At 9:50 PM, Anonymous April said...

all the better to lure them into the waiting guns.


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