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My Land For Deer–2014

October 22, 2014 by  
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Doe With Three Youngsters Feeding on Acorns

Doe With Three Youngsters Feeding on Acorns

For the past few weeks the acorns have been steadily dropping from the oaks in my yard. Just like the changing of the seasons, mother deer showed up recently with not her usual compliment of twins; this time she has triplets!

Of course I am assuming it is the same doe that has been visiting for the past 4 years. It very well may be. This time she is looking a bit grizzled and gaunt too. If you look closely, you can plainly see her ribs showing. No doubt the strain of nursing 3 youngsters has worn her down. Hopefully the acorns and leftovers in the garden will help fatten her up for the winter.

Deer in My Back Yard

Deer in My Back Yard

If it is the same doe, she has been very productive; 3 consecutive years with twins coupled with this year’s additions. They appear healthy and all three are about the same size. This is unlike the “twinning” years when one was a runt and the other was bigger than average.

Again, another “fringe” benefit of owning rural land in Maine’s Northwoods, enjoy the rest of Fall!

My Land For Partridge

November 1, 2013 by  
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Female Ruffed Grouse

Another wildlife species that has taken a shine to MY LAND is the Ruffed Grouse or Partridge as Mainers fondly refer to this gamebird.  They seem to like foraging for clover along the edge of my lawn where it meets the woods as well as among the Christmas trees.  I also find them along my overgrown woods trails. 

Maile Ruffed Grouse in Full Display

This year a pair has found the plentiful acorns under the oak trees.  I know you are wondering ,”How does a partridge eat an acorn with its chicken-like beak?”  Through my bedroom window observatory, I have witnessed gray and red squirrels eating the nuts from the tree tops as well as from the ground.  They are quite messy eaters and let a sizeable amount of the nut meat fall to the ground.  Couple this with the occasional deer utilizing the same feeding habits and the blue jays pecking at the acorns in the tree tops (again with a sizeable amount of nut meat dropping to the ground); now there is a considerable amount of acorn pieces littering the ground.  Along comes Mr. and Mrs. Partridge for an easy meal.

Male "Ruffie"

My “low key, low cost” land management strategy benefits nature.  From deer to turkeys and now partridge (and yes blue jays and squirrels), it is relatively easy to provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species.  If you are a lover of the outdoors and its creatures, consider being a landowner.  Work the land to benefit the animals that are most fond to you.  

Hen Partridge

My Land For Deer–Again!

October 4, 2013 by  
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Two Does Under The Oaks

It is Fall in Maine and the oaks are loaded with acorns.  We had some windy days in the last two weeks which accelerated the nut crop to drop.  I always wonder how they know it; but soon after the first good blow, these two deer wandered into my yard to sample the acorns.  I am not sure if this is a doe and her lamb or the two youngsters from last year.  One was a runt and it is clear that one of these is quite a bit smaller than the other.

This is yet another example that my “low budget” strategy for attracting wildlife, especially deer, is working.  Having these two does hanging around the property through the Fall will certainly attract a buck during the November rut.  It did last year!  I am looking forward to this year’s deer season.

 

Eating Acorns

 

If you are a hunter and looking for prime Maine land for deer hunting, consider being a landowner.  There is no better sense of accomplishment than working YOUR land to make it attractive for wildlife.  Some likely candidates in our inventory include Jackson, Burnham and Dexter.  Check them out and if you are ready, willing and able; consider making an investment in your hunting future.

Two Does Having Breakfast

My Land For Bird Watching

April 3, 2013 by  
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Whenever I hear the word “bird watching”, my mind immediately conjures up the vision of Miss Jane; the character on the TV show Beverly Hillbillies, all decked out in khaki complete with a pair of binoculars.  Not only can birdwatching involve scanning tree tops for feathered denizens in the forest but it can also be searching for waterfowl on waterways.

One of my favorite annual “rituals” is to hike down to the river on my property in the spring to see how many different duck species I can spot.  This is a great time of year to watch waterfowl because the males are in full breeding plumage and their coloration is spectacular.  Moreover, for some unknown reason, these aquatic birds are less skittish than other times of the year; one can get quite close to them and observe them preening, feeding and just being ducks.

This past weekend I took a walk down to where my duck blind is located.  The river was free of ice for the first time this year.  Down river I was watching a small group of Common Goldeneyes when I heard a commotion behind me.  Floating in the downstream current was a flock of 14 “fully amped up” male Common Mergansers escorting a one not-so-lonely female.  They were chasing her, chasing each other, flapping their wings, splashing aggressively and making strange grunting/quacking sounds.

Once this assemblage floated well past me, I decided to continue my hike up-river along the trail.  I just went a few steps and a pair of Common Mergansers, this time a drake and hen, came floating towards me in the channel that separates my property from Hemlock Island.  The male was diving while the female was just floating along oblivious to the male’s activity and my presence.  The male got right to the edge of a remnant sheet of ice that was jutting out about 15 feet from the island.  Then suddenly he dove and surfaced in a basketball-size opening in the ice very close to the island shore.  There he was splashing about and then dove back under the ice.  He emerged at the ice’s edge with a 10-12 inch bass held broadside in his bill.  A few shakes with his head and the fish was gulped down head first. 

Afterwards, he seemed a bit distressed and would flap his wings and “stand” in the water; as if to get more comfortable.  Then he would dip his bill in the water a few times then do the “flap stand” again.  This would continue for a couple more sessions and finally he seemed at ease; all the while the female remained nonchalant.  

I have only witnessed these birds catch minnow-size fish.  A Common Merganser is a bit bigger than a Mallard; the bass was a big fish for a duck of this size to swallow whole.  I was amazed by this feat and gained an appreciation for the predatory prowess of this species.

My Land For Deer (part two)

November 20, 2012 by  
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Buck Deer in Truck

Back about ten years ago when I bought my tractor, my brother was checking it out and asked, “why do you need a bucket?”  The answer, TO BRING HOME THE TROPHY!

Bringing Home the Trophy

 

Yep, I shot a nice buck on my property.  He was swimming across the river from one of the islands when I spotted him.  When he got to my side of the river and climbed the bank, I was close enough to get a shot.  Actually I took several shots before downing him.  My heaviest deer to date; 202 lbs. with an 11 point rack.

Nice Rack

Deer in Truck

I figured he was looking for that doe that has been hanging around my property.  He was actually heading towards my yard.

This is just another example of the perks that come with owning land in Maine.

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