Mar 12-04

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2004: March: Mar 12-04
Look who's coming to dinner!    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Patti Vickers

Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 03:35 am:

Now this is something you just don't see every day, not even in the Keweenaw. Patti Vickers has quite the slideshow of this friendly winter visitor, in Bootjack, MI. I can hear the question you all are asking... YES, this is a wild deer. Imagine being able to get close enough to tie bandanna scarves around it's neck! Then it ventures inside to see what all the commotion is. Or maybe she just figured that they dressed her up, maybe they'd invite her to dinner too! :-> Lucky for us, Patti was quick on the draw with her camera.

By Steve - Troll, MI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 03:48 am:

How are the deer holding up - surviving this winter? Lower penninsula papers are saying "no problem" in the UP. What is the local feeling? Great photo - the little guy looks in good shape.

By Taka on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 05:42 am:

Hey, nice ribbons! I'm sure these colorful ribbons will stop hunters to shoot this girl. Patti, do you have any idea why she is not afraid of human?

By UP_gal on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 06:27 am:

Sure hope the DNR does not come knocking on your door. They take a dim view of capturing wild animals.

By Whitey on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 06:51 am:

Hey Breeze,
Must be hard to stretch carpet with a deer bedded down in the bedroom, eh? Last year's fawn? Orphan?

By A yopper wanna be on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 06:59 am:

Though I am sure there will be many negative comments on this I loved it!

By RA on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:00 am:

I had a pet deer once, it's name was Dinner!

By dave s Mad City Wi on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:04 am:

here in Wisconsin they have chronic wasting disease..I'll probably never eat another one

By EM,MI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:08 am:

UP gal
This deer is not in captivity. It is wild and wandering, just likes to visit people once in awhile.

By Joe W., Boyne City, MI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:23 am:

From the looks of the bumps on deer's head I'd hazard to guess that this deer is not a "she" but rather a young "he".

By Jurmu on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:26 am:

This reminds me of a friendly buck that liked to visit us and eat our apples. He was delicious.

By Taka on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:36 am:

I think this house is under reconstruction (see the steps and all the tools on the floor). I assume there is no carpet on the floor because of that, not because the deer is bedding here.

I like to feed wild animals with hands. I have managed to feed some wild birds and chipmunks, but no deers yet. It's so cool..

By mohawk boy on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:39 am:

Is that a 5 gallon gas can on the stair well?

By Lori on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:43 am:

What a joy! I had a friend once who also had a friendly fellow show up in a remodeling job and stayed for a snack and left. It does happen, they know who to visit and who not to! Just enjoy folks.

By Tom...Calumet on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:43 am:

Mohawk Boy..... wrong color for gas. It looks like some type of construction tool case. I have lots of that color in my shop.

By Bucko U.P. on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 08:19 am:

Breeze & Randy, Fatten him up for next fall. Yum Yum.

By Brent, Rochester, NY on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 08:27 am:

Great pic. Good eatin'?
Just found my first Michigan Quarter yesterday.
When does the UP quarter come out???

Toivo: Brent, Haven't you heard? They withdrew the U.P. quarter from production because of a flaw in the design. Seems that vending machines were getting jammed by the duck tape holding the nickel and dimes together.

By Dave of Mohawk on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 08:27 am:

Steve-troll, you asked how the deer in the U.P. are doing this winter; that depends on what part of the U.P. you are referring to. Some areas they are doing real well and other areas that have had 200 plus inches of snow they are not doing so good. Snowfall and amount of snow on the ground can very greatly even in a distance of 30 or 40 miles. Also if we have an early spring and the snow melts fast we will have a much better survival rate than if we have a long cold spring.

By Patti Vickers, Brentwood, Tennessee on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 08:31 am:

Oh my gosh, I knew this could start a debate, however...

Thank you to all who read Mary Drew's comments that this deer is WILD, and to those keen observers who looked and read BEFORE commenting. Credit also should go to my brother, Dave, for taking the pictures.

This wild deer likes to visit in Bootjack. It invited itself in thru the open door of this house that is under construction. (Thanks for noticing, Taka!) (Hence, no carpeting, floor being laid, tools ready for use, no gas can inside, no paint on the drywall, etc.) In the rest of the slide show, you'll see how the deer invited itself in to play construction superintendent.

My e-mail is included below if you wish to comment directly to me, keeping the negative & nasty off this terrific site.

Please enjoy it for the humorous moment and slice of Yooper life that it is.

Thanks Y'all, Eh? I'll be home in June, You Betcha! :)

By DJB-MI. on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 08:34 am:

Speaking of lunch;yesterday we had fresh frozen blueberries pancakes with pure maple syrup. It was so good, I have to tell the whole world.

By ME, IA on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 09:18 am:

Patti, Cool slide show. Ah, the joys of new house building. Do it again in a nano second:) I just love getting my morning chuckles with this fab site;)

By Mary Drew at Pasty Central on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 09:33 am:

Just a thought about new house building...The saying goes that if a relationship can survive building or remodeling a house, it's a solid one! (meaning the relationship of course!) :->
After surviving remodeling two homes now, I'd have to agree!!

By Lori, WI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 09:46 am:

Patti, Thank you for sharing the slide show! Loved it!

By Buckeye Bob, Ohio on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 10:08 am:

Brent: Good one!

By JRH, MI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 10:19 am:

What a pretty animal. These pictures remind me of why I can't hunt these creatures. I have no problems with those who do.

By Sandy, Lower, MI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 10:55 am:

How special you are to be able to touch one of God's beautiful and serene creatures while it's still warm and looking at you with those beautiful brown eyes. Altho I have no trouble with those who hunt them for food and I enjoy my share of venison, I would much rather enjoy them as in the photo above. Way too cool! Thanks for sharing!!!

By danbury on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 10:57 am:

In a certain area in the forest near where I used to live in Berlin, you were well advised not to crinkle paper - because the resident group of wild boars translated the sound with "opening of a bag of noodles", and of course hurried to get their share!
They never made it to the adjacent livingrooms, in construction or not, but over the years there were several visitors in the gardens of the adjacent neighbourhoods, as well as the churchyard - right after they planted some hundred bulbs. Guess they were tasty after the winter.

By Dave - Colorado on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 12:39 pm:

This photo reminds me of a time when I actually caught a deer with my hands. One night when I was working in Texas we were driving down a road with a low barbed-wire fence along it. We came upon a group of about five deer. Four of the deer jumped over the fence into the field, but the last deer apparently didn't see the fence and he ran into it and fell down. I jumped out and ran behind the truck and approached him from behind the headlights so he couldn't see me. He got up and tried to run through the fence again and fell down right in front of me, so I jumped on top of him. We checked him over to make sure he wasn't hurt (he wasn't) then I lifted him over the fence to rejoin the others. I'll bet the other deer teased him about getting caught by a slow moving human...

By Sue, MI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 12:48 pm:

What a beautiful site - this is what the U.P. is all about - enjoying nature.

By ca in az on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 02:07 pm:

Love the little deer, what a great picture!

By John from NJ on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 02:19 pm:

I'm amazed you were able to even touch him, let alone put a ribbon on! (I agree with Joe W. on the deer's sex.)

Down here we're never able to get within even 5 feet of one.

By Doug, Minnesota on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 02:22 pm:

This picture reminds of the time when an uninvited guest of the buck kind, broke into my boss's house. I nearly died of laughter when Alan told me about it at work. I wish you all could hear him tell the story… I’ll try to give it justice.

He lived in a new development at the edge of the Twin Cities, near the Minnesota River. Apparently there was this buck in his neighborhood that got plenty of people’s attention one afternoon. Well, this buck walks/runs to the front of my boss’s house, turns its head towards the front door, notices a reflection of a buck in the full glass storm door, and charges! Ka-blam! The buck, aka Bucky, smashes its way into the house with the “real” front door offering little resistance. Alan and his wife jump up from the TV set in the family room at the back of the house. Meanwhile Bucky is making its way into the dining room via the front living room. In amazement they see a buck staring at them from the dining room.. The kitchen is between the dining room and family room, straight in from the front door. Bucky charges them running into the kitchen, slips on the floor, and slams into the cupboards. Bucky jumps up and starts “going nuts”, flailing all over the place. Alan grabs a barstool and starts swinging away at the beast. After a few good hits, Bucky stops, looks towards the open front door and runs out of the house getting away. As Alan steps outside, one neighbor says, “Hey, there was a buck in your house!” “No kidding!” yells Alan. Well, they were the talk of the neighborhood for a while. He should have charged admission for tours that night. I can’t recall how much the insurance claim was for, but Bucky sure did a lot of damage. I remember new carpeting, new front doors, holes patched, cabinets repaired, new paint, and the ceiling fixed. He said that it was jumping around so much trying to get out that its horns kept punching the ceiling.

Well, for some reason, he didn’t find it amusing when we asked him if we could deer hunt in his front living room.

By Jennifer, WI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 02:48 pm:

Great story, Doug! Thanks!

By George PINI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 03:49 pm:

From George in Milw You made me feel like I am home in Bootjack. Is Breeze going to do the carpeting ha ha. Love this

By Alex Tiensivu, Georgia on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 04:15 pm:

A deer in the house? WOW! I remember when my dad would travel the Gay Road, (the 12 mile stretch that connects Mohawk and Gay)... We NEVER knew what to expect! Deer were common, but once, a Mama bear and her cubs BLOCKED the road and wouldn't let traffic flow! (All three cars). LOL! I got to feed them FROM THE CAR. What a weird experience! All of this, including the deer in the house, to say: ONLY IN THE KEWEENAW!

By UP_gal on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 04:37 pm:

I was only JOKING about the DNR. I certainly did read the notes. LOL ;-)

By ric, WI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 04:57 pm:

This is a great photo...I wish I had never left the UP

By T.H. MI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 05:21 pm:

If my 6th grade teacher Sees this Ler said hi

By Liz Benson, Pocatello ID on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 05:53 pm:

When I was a toddler in Eagle Harbor (50 never mind years ago), the resident deer was Bambi. She/he sniffed the top of my head....must have been good baby smell or something. Dad took the picture and Grandpa Rod was right there in case Bambi wanted more. I personally don't remember it but have seen the pictures. George Hite had a picture on the site with the deer near Eliza Creek when he was a lad.

By Nemo, South Pacific on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 06:03 pm:



By Kevin K. Lodi, CA. on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 06:22 pm:

But good tasting friends they are! ;)

By fth, bootjack on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 06:29 pm:

To George, Milw - glad to hear you're feeling better, (I talked to my bro); this is FTH and the picture is in my neighbor's house, to let you know exactly where it is (without saying exactly where it is)

By maijaMI on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:20 pm:

Nice slide show, but I was more interested in the heating tubes under the floor. That's going to be a great house!

Thanks Pastycam folks for editing out the very negative postings! There are some interesting opinions here, but none offensive. That is very much appreciated.

By Fran,Ga on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:32 pm:

Alex, it is a good thing that Momma bear wasn't very hungry!!!!

By DMac on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 07:35 pm:

HEY Breeze!!! Happy Birthday. You are getting old. hahahah...and that glimmer in your eye, while you are looking at that poor little deer...I know what you're like!

Happy Happy Birthday!!

By WALTER P TAMPA on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 08:20 pm:


By Rivera on Friday, March 12, 2004 - 08:33 pm:

Ahhh, just enjoyed a grilled venison sausage (courtesy of me trusty .308) and cheese samby today for lunch at me place of toil-deer are indeed one of God's most beautiful (and tasty) creations and deserve one's utmost respect.

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 01:47 am:

Reminds me of 'Millie', an orphan deer that the DNR had brought to a neighbor's farm here in Cornell a few years ago. She was so tame she'd come from behind and bunt you in the back and under the arms like a big dog. Very friendly. She also wore a blaze orange scarf around her neck.

By Ken and Mimi from da UP on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 01:49 am:

Had friends over tonight, we drank too much coffee! :>) (That's why we're up so late.)

By Alex on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 02:19 am:

Fran... It was MAMA BEAR that I fed!

By Fran,Ga on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 11:50 am:

Hi Ken,where is Cornell located? I

By Sharon -Lower Michigan on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 03:26 pm:

Could this be tinkerbell from Torch Lake??
He visited us while vacationing there last fall.
We fell in love with him.

By Craig downstate on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 06:08 pm:

Breeze is ANOTHER year older... He must be getting up there in age by now.... :)

By John Fields on Saturday, March 13, 2004 - 08:42 pm:

I remember "BAMBI" in Tapiola. Nels Peterson had an orphan deer. The deer ate out of my hand. Hey Liz from Pocatello Id. Know any Reichardts?

By jh Michigan on Monday, March 15, 2004 - 12:29 pm:

Hey guys - just want to let you know that I was
the adopted momma of Bambi back then. She roamed all over the area sometimes with our two dogs and sometimes she went solo. She would come into the house just before a snow storm (she was a good weather forcaster) Also if she would want to go out during a blizzard,we knew it would be clearing soon. We could identify her by the scar on her nose from digging into a empty soup can, she cut her nose on the edge of the can, if left quite a scar!
I have many fond memories of Bambi.

By tr on Tuesday, March 16, 2004 - 08:10 pm:

thats my teacher and she sent the same photograph around the class

By McCallum Lane on Sunday, May 29, 2005 - 10:40 pm:

As of May 16th, 2005 Tinkerbell, in the photo above was taken from his bootjack home. RENTERS... decided to call the DNR...
So not only one officer came, but 4 officers showed up...WOW... Then the DNR officers had asured us that they wouldn't kill him, but trasport him to a different area... We have asked for proof that he is still alive... But no one seems to know anything...

McCallum lane

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