Oh give me a home where the buffalo roam...

The deer are running in huge herds now, some of them number in the hundreds. They feed in the evenings and at night. The first photo shows a couple of them that forgot to go to bed - it was mid-morning, March 23, 2006. We figure there must be over a thousand in the district. There's some pretty deep snow for them to paw through. And it has a crust on top.

These buffalo weren't roaming. Why would they want to?

... and the deer and the antelope play

where seldom is heard a discouraging word

and the skies are not cloudy all day

There were and are a lot of grain piles in the fields most of the winter. Donald is following a well-beaten deer path to where one pile of wheat had been. The deer like to clean up what's left. We were looking for racks of antlers that the bucks might have shed.

There might have been some under the snow. If so, they're likely still there.

A well-pawed patch of snow and ground.

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