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(Not so) Waterfront News

It’s been rather slow down at the waterfront as of late, so I planned something different for today’s blog entry. It’s all about bucks and antlers. Over the past few months I have developed an interest and passion for deer. I find the animals fascinating and I study them on a daily basis. Recently, I built an antler trap and set it up in the wild. It’s a shelf attached to a horizontal log. Above the shelf is a piece of wood which forms sort of a roof. Bait is placed in the rear of the trap on the shelf. The idea is to get the bucks to go into the trap after the bait, thus knocking off their antlers on the section of wood above. So far I have not had any results. But most of the bucks I the area of my trap are still carrying their antlers. Time will tell if my experiment works.

I set up my trail camera above the antler trap to see who is visiting it. I get at least five different bucks at the trap on a nightly basis. Also, I have started antler-hunting. I have never done this before. I go to a different section of the island to search for antlers. One day recently I found 7 antlers in an hour of searching. Among those seven antlers were two matched sets! That was a good day. Other days I found as many as four antlers and as little as one or two. So far in four afternoons of antler-hunting, I have found 18 antlers. Not bad for a rookie. It took me a long time to finally figure out where the antlers could be found. I spent endless hours searching in all the wrong places. Now that I know where to look, I am having very good luck. In any event, here are some pictures from my trail camera overlooking the antler trap and a picture of all the antlers I found so far including the biggest one I found.
– Martie Mack (usually) writes the Nantucket Waterfront News blog

6 Responses to “(Not so) Waterfront News”

  1. Maryanne Says:

    I cannot understand why you would want to break off deer’s antlers. It seems that you are able to pick them up reasonably readily. Surely it is cruel to cut off their splendid antlers and maim the magnificent animal. Why?

  2. David Says:

    Martie isn’t breaking them off. When a deer is about to shed their antlers, brushing through scrub or bumping against a tree will make them fall off. All his “trap” is intended to do, is help the (natural) process take place where they’ll be easier for him to find. There is no cruelty, or maiming of the deer.

    You need to train your dog to find antlers, a la Ted Godfrey.

  3. Martie Says:

    Maryanne was kidding. I got her joke.

  4. David Says:

    It sounded like a PETA rant to me.

  5. Martie Says:

    I can understand Maryanne’s concern. Most civilians do not understand anything about animals or nature. Perhaps I should have explained my trap better and stated it does not harm the deer in any way. My antler trap is very very safe, I have seen pictures of other traps made out of wire which gets caught in the bucks antlers.

  6. Tom Says:

    David sounds like an idiot. Heaven help the other creatures trying to live a life free of the human creatures’ cruelties if it weren’t for PETA and the other Protection groups like them. The “rant” is usually from the likes of you. Thanks Martie for trying to find a gentler way to escalate the process (as opposed to the wire you mentioned). PETA would probably give you a pat on the back for that.

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