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Surviving hunting season

Posted Sunday, November 22, 2009, at 7:17 PM

Needless to say, living out in the wilderness as I do, hunting season is not my favorite time of year. When we built out in this remote area 34 years ago, it was not our intention to dodge bullets and subject ourselves to WWIII, but for several days a year, that's what we have to expect.

Rifle season for deer started last Saturday and concludes -- tomorrow?? I thought it was Tuesday. It encompasses two weekends, anyway.

Deer are running scared, all over the place. They practically run me down every night. My UPS man saw three this week. I can't imagine how he can get around, what with the deer population in a panic.

And, no wonder, with some of the yahoos who are out there, roaring around the countryside on their 4-wheelers, shooting at everything that moves, talking to each other on their cell phones.

It's a wonder we don't have the harried animals on our front porches, charging in our windows. My sister says that they're coming into the Springfield, Mo. city limits, hiding out in residents' front yards. My nephew went out for a smoke the other night and saw six deer standing in the neighbor's yard. He looked at them, they looked at him, and nobody moved! When he went back into the house, they were still there.

I guess it makes sense. Though the human population is greater in the city limits, they aren't carrying guns.

My sister-in-law has seen both deer and coyotes in the Cape city limits. These wild creatures are extremely adaptable.

My husband used to have coyotes watching him when he plowed his fields. They would sun themselves and watch him from the edge of the field. They even chased the mice that he plowed up. But if he tried to go over the hill, climb down off his tractor and get a gun, they were GONE!! He couldn't carry a gun on the tractor, either. They knew!

I'll be glad when the season is over, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is -- I can't go on my morning and evening walks during deer season. Too dangerous.

It keeps my dogs stirred up too. They've been barking like crazy since dusk.

I'm glad I don't have goats anymore; that was always a worry. Every year you hear about some city slicker shooting a farmer's cow or goat, thinking he's bagged a real trophy.

My friend Emma told me of a recent news report about a woman who was shot through the jaw while she was driving. The bullet went through her jaw and out the window!

The ultimate deer story in our family concerns my cousin Jeff, who has a place outside Springfield, where one year he watched a little doe come to his back yard every day and stay there till dark. She spent the whole ten days of deer season there, while Jeff's brother Bruce hunted in vain everywhere but in his brother's back yard. Bruce was none too happy when he heard that his own brother had aided and abetted the local prey!

From the dark and dangerous hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your rural reporter Madeline, trying to keep her head down and her scalp intact!

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It's so funny that Jeff harbored the deer from Bruce. Once Bruce saw how little the deer was, he wouldn't have shot it. He was after a big buck, or at the very least, a big doe. He's a responsible hunter, unlike those idiots who shoot at noises.

There was a woman here in Springfield who found a spent rifle bullet on her patio where her children play. Wouldn't that frost you?

-- Posted by mokath52 on Sun, Nov 22, 2009, at 8:36 PM

I wish Ford made bullet proof windows, it's not safe to drive anywhere, even n the Interstates. Glad the season is over before Thanksgiving Day. Stay safe, keep your head down.

-- Posted by Dexterite1 on Sun, Nov 22, 2009, at 9:13 PM

That picture is just too funny!

-- Posted by fun2teach on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 5:30 AM

I love the way the hunter is looking around behind him! Cute!

-- Posted by goat lady on Mon, Nov 23, 2009, at 8:00 AM

M.D., et al,

I love the picture, they are thick as squirrels in some parts...we took three hundred in a controlled hunt in our county's largest park, just to thin the herd down to non-starvation levels....and we aren't done!! Its what happens when you mess with Mother Nature.....remove the deer, and all of their major predators, THEN, over some decades replenish the deer, without re-introducing major predators, cougar, bear, wolf, coyote, native American, I could go on but you see the point....Missouri can be proud of our conservation efforts, our departments of governance responsible, and our own efforts of habitat restoration for all species, but it still begs the point that we have turned the whitetail into a pasture rat and that circumstance requires remedy, by controlled attrition, habitat control, and wise measures from all concerned. No entity of government would want to be accused of animal cruelty by continuing to remain inert in the face of an out of control, emaciated, diseased, and hazardous wildlife population within its borders, and we shall take measures, and MEASURES implies action with counsel and consent to ameliorate the conditions of some quantity of our current whitetail deer population state-wide......just some thoughts in passing....best to all in the Bootheel, have a wonderful holiday season....Now let's go huntin'......later, kk

-- Posted by kkcaver47 on Thu, Nov 26, 2009, at 12:39 PM
Madeline DeJournett's response:
Kk, one of your relatives asked me about you the other day at the Stoddard County Historical Society dinner. I told him that we hadn't seen you on the blogs in a while. Good to see that you're still alive and kicking!

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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at advancensc@sbcglobal.net.
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