Deer are deer, people are jerks

If you've read my blog for a while you know that deer (and other animals) visit my garden regularly. (In fact, deer probably spend more time in my garden than I do.) A couple of years ago I spotted this guy:

There's a big buck in the neighborhood right now (probably not the same one pictured above), and he's causing some commotion.


It's not that he's more trouble than other deer. In fact, my experience is that the bucks are more wary of people and it's difficult to get a good look at them. My neighbor caught this phone camera shot of him recently:

So what's the commotion?

I'll quote that same neighbor who texted me yesterday:
"So have you seen that huge buck I mentioned a while ago? Well he now has an arrow sticking out of his shoulder! (sad face emoji) I guess some a$$*&@# thought they could bow hunt in the subdivision. I'm on this neighborhood email list and a few others have seen him and called the police but when they get there the buck has already run away. Someone said they called Animal Control but said there is nothing they can do. Anyway he was in my backyard yesterday. As much as I hated the thought that the police would take him down, I hate that he is suffering. Definitely limping. So police came and saw him but wouldn't take him down determining too residential to shoot his gun. He suggested calling MO Conservation, that possibly if they could track him, could tranquilize him and remove arrow. Otherwise I guess it will eventually get infected and he'll die (crying emoji). Anyway, though I'd keep you in loop and share my misery."

Who could do this? This is Missouri and deer hunting is a big thing, even to those who live in the suburbs. Hunters know though that you can't hunt in this area -- you go out into more rural parts. Who is shooting razor-sharp arrows around here anyway? (It was scary enough a decade ago when golf balls would fly into my yard -- finding an arrow would justify a 911 call I think.)

What were they thinking? Was it just a kid? Was it a frustrated gardener? (We know another neighbor who shoots at the deer with a pellet gun.)


I think her follow-up text sums things up pretty well:
"I hate people."
I'll post an update once I learn more.


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Mark and Gaz  – (November 13, 2017 at 3:26 PM)  

What a terrible thing to do to such a lovely creature :(

Peter/Outlaw  – (November 13, 2017 at 5:01 PM)  

Poor deer. Sorry that some jerk did this.

Hoover Boo  – (November 13, 2017 at 6:02 PM)  

I'm fine with people hunting deer for food, but a non-kill shot with an arrow is plain cruelty.

Jerks? Yep.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage  – (November 13, 2017 at 7:11 PM)  

A couple of weeks ago my friends had a huge buck in their backyard. He spent the day there. when it started to get dark he left, eating my friend's lilac bush on the way. Amazing, because it was in one of the older subdivisions not too far from St. Louis city.

Deer aren't frequently seen around here, but that one was a beauty. I think my friends and I would cry if it had been shot with an arrow. Surely, bow hunting isn't allowed in subdivisions with dogs, cats, kids and adults all over the place. That was a lazy, wannabe hunter in your neighborhood, I hope that there are no wannabe hunters in my neighborhood.

Chickadee Gardens  – (November 14, 2017 at 11:35 AM)  

So sad. Very cruel thing to do to a wonderful creature. Especially in a neighborhood. When these things happen I imagine that it was me with an arrow in my running around in pain. I wish people would empathize and sympathize with other living creatures to be able to hunt, when appropriate, responsibly. Or not at all.

Jim Gallagher –   – (November 14, 2017 at 6:49 PM)  

It is my understanding that when you bow hunt you have to hit the deer in exactly the right spot or they just run off. The wound gets infected and the deer dies a slow death. Real sportsmanship. Deer population control is a necessity since their natural predators are gone. But bow hunting is a cruel sport. Just my opinion.

chavliness  – (November 15, 2017 at 11:21 AM)  

I don't hate people, but lack of humanity never cease to shock and disgust me. What goes around comes around.

Alan  – (November 27, 2017 at 9:59 AM)  

An update: my neighbor reports that others (from the email list) have seen this deer, and the arrow has fallen out. Don't know if that means all is well with him, but I guess it's a good sign.

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