Monday, October 01, 2007

Deer Season


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.


Wanderlust Scarlett said...

Yikes... you have a lot; abundantly blessed.


I tagged you with a book meme over on my page.

Scarlett & Viaggiatore

Dominic said...
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Dominic said...

"I can’t stand to see anything go hungry."

You're including me, right?

1 pound bacon
2 pounds cubed deer meat
2 medium turnips -- cut up
1 large can mixed vegetables.
1 can tomato sauce - (16 oz)
1 onion -- diced
Salt -- to taste
Freshly-ground black pepper -- to taste

Fry the bacon first and then use drippings to brown floured deer meat (or beef). Put browned meat in a slow cooker and pour in the liquid from the mixed vegetables. Add the tomato sauce, the diced onion and cut up turnips.

(Add water as needed to obtain desired consistency.)

Cook in crock pot 3 to 4 hours on HIGH (all day on LOW) or until meat is very tender.

Add mixed vegetables and bacon and cook an additional 15 minutes.

Minx said...

Earth Mother - in the truest sense of the word.

Roberta said...

Dom~~ I could not eat something I've been admiring from afar for so long. Tonight their was a six point buck below the house...he was following the females. It's almost rut.

Minx~~ I have never owned a pair of Birkinstocks. However, the same thing was said of me when a former boss of mine met me at what we used to call an AOL Bash - where you finally meet the people you have been working with for years. I was the "Earth Mother" of the group.

I need to find some crystals and say a few haints.

Dominic said...

Good rule to live by:
Never eat anything while it's rutting.

Shameless said...

Oh country life ... I want a deer coming close! :-) Roberta I will try to help this week re your sidebar if you like ... I'm off work Wednesday and Thursday. :-)

Roberta said...

Thanks Seamus! I'll email you the particulars this week. I didn't want to intrude. Know you've been busy!

Minx sent me detailed instructions, which look like Chinese arithmatic. LOL!

Minx said...

Oh dear!