The summer has been very long with very little rain. It’s the beginning of autumn and we’re still seeing temperatures in the high 80s.
The doe have been coming in too close to the house. My chrysanthemums are half eaten. The squirrels have been cutting the acorns too early. There is very little meat in the nuts that do fall to the ground so without the mast, the doe will starve. We are already seeing their rib cages.
So it begins. We haven’t done it for years because food was plentiful.
We bought one hundred pounds of shell corn. Spreading it on the ground below the house, the deer race to be the first to eat. I’m going to have to find a couple of bushels of "deer apples" to feed them. This will go on and on until the spring sprouts green leaves for them to nibble.
I can’t stand to see anything go hungry.