It's autumn and that means the deer have returned.
This year we have had as many as three multiple-horned bucks in our yard at the same time. Odd that they are traveling together, I think, but I'm not an expert on deer. For years, we haven't seen any deer, but now we see lots of them, including one year, a mother and THREE fawns. They were so cuuuute...
There were three bucks in our back yard one afternoon: a four-point, a ten-point and a twelve point. They seemed to be peacefully co-existing until the ten-point walked TOO close to the larger buck. Suddenly he stopped moving and the two of them stared at each other from about four feet apart.
I did not want a fight in my back yard which could result in an injured deer to deal with, and I was about to walk out on the deck to distract them, but suddenly the smaller deer blinked and backed off. And then turned around to walk into my perennial garden and started munching.
It's hopeless. What the deer don't eat, the rabbits and squirrels do.
I do wonder if deer hunters get to see these large bucks as often as I do.