Early this morning, I heard a conversation that included several different children – older children – saying things like this:
“Of course deer come up on our deck! We hear them tap-tapping around on the deck. Last night one was bumping on the door.”
“Mom, you knew that. I told you I saw one last year!”
“So did I! You weren’t surprised when I told you.”
I’m not sure what to think. Our deck is completely railed, and 12-14′ off the ground. It is accessed only by a single staircase. Wouldn’t that smell like a trap to any self-respecting deer?
Of course, the deer around here are rather tame. Some of the neighbors feed them, so they are used to human presence. They do come into the front yard and watch us. Sometimes they wave and say hi. I’ve seen them in the chicken house, helping themselves to the laying mash. They’re really not concerned about us unless we head straight toward them.
My mom even has an adopted orphan buck. He shed his baby spots long ago but still sneaks into her house at every chance, not convinced that his bottle-fed days are over. He also plays with the highly territorial family dog, and chews on bones. Deer bones. Rupert is not your average buckling.
But does that mean that the unnamed whitetails around our property are bold enough to wander the deck at night, peeking in the windows and knocking on the front door, asking to use our restroom? And exercising the courtesy to abstain from our 40 lb. box of apples that was out there last night? Do deer do these things?
I’m not sure about this. Would you buy the story?