Backyard wildlife

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  1. John T.

    John T. Die Hard Bowhunter

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    The wife and I were walking our puppies this morning about 7 AM. Out from the hedgerow waddles a possum. A few seconds late possum #2 follows. Have seen one before but never two. Now to the front yard. Our friend stopped and said a hawk was on the ground under the bird feeder. Seems to be dove feathers. Carried off the dove as nothing else was left besides the feathers.
    A few years ago, I saw a fox running along the same path of the possums.
    A friend lived east of town. They put a bird bath in the back yard. Well. doves would get water and fall asleep on the edge of the bird bath. A hawk learned if he roosted on a nearby tree, he could get an easy meal. They watched one day. A brown streak, a puff of feathers and the dove flew off in the talons of the hawk.
     
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    I get deer in the yard all the time I watched a doe with her two fawns just outside the bedroom window this morning. The hawks and crows discovered my squirrel traps and help themselves to the trapped ones. Possum, they get shot on site, horses and possums do not mix. I go with a 410 at close range top of the head. I have Sandhills and canada geese that argue every morning. The wood ducks have returned they love my oak savanna pasture lots of oaks for them to nest in. Place will be for sale week from next Monday.
     
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    How old would you say the fawns were?
     
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    BTW, I'm in a subdivision so this is novel. My daughter and family built a house. The boys would sit by the upstairs window and watch the deer and turkeys. They were the second house. Now that there are several more houses, wildlife is getting scarce.
    Our church is two miles away. We have seen turkey and deer on the property. We stopped to photograph a hen and poults. The poults disappeared in the woods. Mommy didn't like us hanging around. She flapped her wings and moved toward the car. We decided to leave. Another time there was a hen on the back of the property. I called my son to show it to his youngest daughter. She looked and asked if she could hold it. Saw a big buck come out of the woods, cross the property and go into a patch of woods. My wife was coming in and the buck ran across the road.
     
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    Similar story, we live on the edge of a neighborhood. Wildlife viewing a nice bene, since we have undeveloped land adjacent.

    Turkeys, Deer, Fox, Coyote, Hawks, possum, etc caught on trail cams from time to time, or a glimpse out the window.

    One morning, I shot this, from the sofa...


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    Last years fawns, they are still fawns till the new fawns hit the ground, suppose some might call them yearlings but they are not.
     
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    I did not mention the turkeys those ugly things show up too.
     
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    Have everything Sota has. We have a few ponds so we get a ton of ducks and geese around, but not right in the front yard.

    We also have a commercial chicken barn 2 hundred yards from the house. We have bald eagles in one of our dead trees every week. The dead chickens on the barn compost make for an easy meal for eagles, hawks, owls, skunks, and possum.


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    Hey Jake $289,000 all could be yours BHOD discount.:cool:
     
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    Things I've seen in my yard include deer, bear, bobcats, coyotes, turkey, wolf, porcupine, woodchuck, couple of different hawks, bald eagle, golden eagle, cranes, geese, grouse, pheasant, snakes, squirrels, rabbits, raccoon, fisher and badger. There may be more. We have a pretty good size elk herd around here but I've not seen one in my yard.
     
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    We have two bird feeders- front yard and back yard. I'll try to get a photo of the squirrels hanging upside down to shake out the feed and then drop to the ground. Wife put out two hummingbird feeders. Had one come by the house last week. Wife said a magazine article said they send out a scout to see if food is available. BTW, we got interested in hummingbirds from a special issue of a magazine, Birds and Blooms. Interesting publication.
     
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    I love having the bird feeders, and seeing the birds. When I go outside and do stuff it is rare when I do not constantly hear a bird singing. One of the things I appreciate about my place.
     
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    Turkey season is wide open... I see two gobblers coming in the back field every morning like clock-work at 9:50... Can't bring myself to hunt them with a shotgun and shoulder surgery is keeping me from using me bow.
     
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    So, what you are really saying is that if picman gets an elk tag, you can show him where to hunt?
     
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    ^^^^ Oh, I can show you where to "hunt".
     
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    Sounds like a snipe hunt in the making, to me

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    Yea. those quotation makes make that response scary.

    Elk tags are once a lifetime here. Not like I would be taking any opportunity away from him. I will probably die before I get one.
     
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    I was referring to the Elk herd in Jackson county around the Warrens and Millston area. I have no idea if tags are even available for this area but I could certainly show you where the Elk are hanging out.

    A couple years ago a large 7 x 7 was hit by a small car. I don't know how but the car survived and the elk did not.

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