Did I mention that we have deer in our neighborhood? I can’t remember if I have. When I tell friends (friends that don’t live in Texas) that we have deer around here, I know they just don’t understand. In Wisconsin we would see an occasional deer (one deer, maybe two) out the windows of the cabin, or out in the back yard in Minnesota from time to time. We would mostly see them when we were driving and they would run across the road.
So when I tell friends that we have deer here I try to explain by saying….
“When I say “deer” I mean 30 deer. I can’t leave the house and drive down our street without seeing a minimum of 10 deer but usually more like 15-20 at one time” And I can hear it in their voices – they just don’t understand.
The deer here are much smaller here than the deer I grew up around up north. The neighborhood we live in does not allow hunting, so the numbers just keep increasing. Many neighbors feed these deer, so the herd that lives on our street doesn’t have to work for most of their food. They just meander up and down the street based on who is feeding at what time of day.
The photos are taken through our from glass door. I know they are not the best photos, but if I open the door the deer will all run off. Soon all the fawns will start to arrive and the population will increase again especially with many of the mothers giving birth to twins.
It is a challenge to grow things with so many deer around. Our back yard is fenced in and we only had to replace a few low sections when we first moved here to keep them out. Oh they can just effortlessly spring right over our fence if they want to – and they do from time to time, mainly during rutting season and the females are on the run…..right over the fence and through the back yard. All of the fruit trees and vegetable gardens that we have worked on are in the back yard. I just cross my fingers that nothing ever looks too enticing for them.
For now, my efforts are in the back yard. One day I will spend time in the front yard, being creative with deer resistance plants (or as deer resistant as I can get). Even the deer will eat anything when they get hungry enough especially when we have no rain. They have nibbled on my rosemary and lantana in the front yard (very deer resistant plants). I don’t want to invest a lot of time or money out there until I am ready.