Caution - Deer Moving
Inside the Outdoors, November 17,
2017

I had a very interesting experience this week while attending an ethnic dinner at Holy Family Church here in Latrobe. It so happens that a small boy costumed as St. John walked up to me and stated, “Pee Vee, would you like to eat a locust?” You can have it with or without honey?”

My first thought and question was, “Where did you get a can of locusts?” whereby he exclaimed, “From Amazon,” as if I had to ask. Not wanting to let this little fellow down, I responded in the affirmative.

“Sure I’ll have one without the honey, if I may.” So I picked it out of the can with my thumb and forefinger and laid it on my tongue. The first thing people asked me was, “ What does it taste like?” I even got a response, “Does it taste like chicken?” Strange question.

I had to inform all that it was dried and virtually had no taste at all. I’m still here, so it didn’t harm my health. But more importantly, I didn’t let the little tyke down, and to me that was more important!

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I happened to be in one of the local pharmacies recently when I overheard a conversation between two women, one asking the other, “Has your husband been hunting yet? The Cooperstown resident, who by the way refused to relinquish her name, stated, “Oh my husband went out in the back yard and spotted an eight point and shot it on our property! He didn’t have to go any further than that to get his deer this year!”

Several years back I heard tell of one fellow harvesting a deer by shooting out his bathroom window. Talk about not leaving home to get his buck. That’s what you call getting your money’s worth!

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Well, the deer are definitely on the move! All one needs to do is drive near or on forest roads and just when one thinks nothing is around, herds of whitetails show up out of nowhere. There have already been two reports on the news that I heard where motorcyclists have struck deer on state highways causing injury.

When deer are in rut, seeking mates, they only have forty-eight hours to find their counterparts, so both tend to move around quite freely, sometimes disregarding the many roads and highways getting struck and most the time killed.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is alerting all drivers to slow down in areas where woods are apparent particularly where herds of deer may be hiding or crossing the streets. Remember, in a sense, one driving is in their “living room” so to speak. One must use utmost caution when traveling mountainous roadways.

Besides saving an animal’s life, one also may be sparing his life, too, and damage cost to one’s vehicle.


- Paul J. Volkmann
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