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Spotting Deer…

January 23rd, 2008

Deer Farm BuckSince I was very young, my dad made it a game to spot deer while driving along the roads of West Virginia. There are areas of the state in which it is not uncommon to spot over 100 deer while driving a stretch of interstate less than 100 miles long. I can remember getting frustrated with not being able to spot the deer before my dad. However, our little game taught me to spot deer pretty well, and I think it has helped me to spot deer better while hunting too. Now, my kids are learning the same thing. They love to look for deer along the road, and will squeal with joy when they see some. My son (4 years old and the namesake of this blog for newer readers) is becoming quite proficient at spotting deer, even a good distance from the road. While we were visiting in Alabama over the New Year’s holiday, we had opportunity to stop at a little deer farm that iSkylar Shows Doll the Deers close to where my in-laws live. We saw this really nice buck (over there to the left) laying down in the pen. Of course, the kids loved seeing such a nice buck. But, what happened next was completely unexpected to me. As I was taking a picture of the buck (its a little blurry because he was so far from the road) I looked into the back seat, and saw my daughter(2 years old) looking out the window. That was not the surprising part. The surprising part was seeing her hold up her baby doll and pointing the deer out to her. It was very cute!

I was reading an article earlier today by a PETA writer who argued that hunting and love of animals were mutually exclusive of one another. I have some pictures of my daughter examining the dead carcass of a deer I brought back to camp, and she was just as excited as my son. But, they get just as excited about looking at live animals, when there is not even a thought of shooting them. They both already share my love of these great creatures, whether in a hunting context, or wildlife viewing context. This just proves that a 4 year old and a 2 year old have more sense than a PETA media writer.

10 Responses to “Spotting Deer…”

  1. I have never thought that hunting and the love of animals are mutually exclusive. I really don’t see how anyone could make that connection.

    By the way, I love the picture of your daughter showing her doll the deer. Too cute!

  2. Since I married my hunter, I too now look for deer. But try not to make it known to others.

    That is the cutest picture of your daughter and her baby.

  3. Excellent post!

    My kids and I do the same thing all the time. There is one road in particular that we call the “deer trail” and where we often see as many as 30 deer in a two-three mile stretch.

    Now if we could just get permission to hunt some of those properties!

  4. Good post, we do that all the time too, it’s alot of fun unitl you run off the road while trying to spot a deer. :~) I still need to get better at seeing them in the woods, my eye doctor says glasses might help.

  5. Hello,

    Very nice blog you have here. Thanks for the link to my blog and sharing some outdoor fun with me. I just linked your blog today on my blog.

    I love looking for deer. I have a favorite route of travel up the Salmon River in Idaho that usually produces a few deer to look at. Sometimes lots of antelope too!

  6. Great post and I am completely positive that your kids are smarter than the PETA member. It is great that you have your kids involved in the outdoors in so many different ways. I can’t wait to have kids so that I can do the same thing.

  7. Really good points. You are obviously bringing up your children to respect and enjoy the outdoors. Ignore PETA.

  8. Patty Brewer Says:
    January 25th, 2008 at 11:20 am

    Great post, and I love the picture! Don’t worry about the PETA people. I know your children are smarter than they are — I’ve seen them in action around animals (alive and dead) and their interest and excitement over each shows that you are teaching them what they need to know.

  9. Kris,

    I dug this article. My children and I play that game too. My 4 year old will watch hunting videos while I am at work. Many days I come home to find him decked out in his Mossy Oak Coveralls and hat. All the while holding his toy hunting rifle. It gives me butterflies thinking of all the hunts we will share over the years.

    Blessings,
    Sean

  10. Wow i really enjoy reading the story, and i hope me too can spot a Deer here in the Philippines…LOL

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