Big Boy

No, this not a restaurant review.  The big boy that I’m talking about is a spotted fawn.  He is very large for his age, and so I’m saying he’s a young buck.

Sylvia and I have been watching him and his mother this year.  We would see them regularly as the sun was starting to set.  They would come out from cover and graze on our lawn or in the small hay field beyond.  I posted pix of them on the eighth of this month.

For the last week, I’ve seen Big Boy wandering around here during the day.  He has been alone and looking lost.  We think he has been orphaned.

Friday afternoon, I stepped out the back door to go to the mailbox.  There he was standing by the propane tank looking at me.  I froze.  We just looked at each other.  A few minutes later, I spoke softly to him.  He did not reply.  I walked several steps down the driveway.  He took a couple of steps toward the barn.  I continued to walk down the drive.  He ignored me and walked on past the barn.  I thought he was gone for the day.

Later, I came into the office and looked out the window.  There he was napping next to the driveway.


It had been a chilly day and I think he wanted the shelter of the tank, the warmth of the asphalt and the softness of the grass.  He had a nice nap.


I really wanted to follow his example and have a comfy snooze myself.


I called Sylvia in to take a look at the sleepy fellow.  Then she called me to supper.  After clean up and doing the dishes, it was time to check on Big Boy again.  He was awake.


He watched us watching him, but did not react.  A later look revealed that he had moved on with his business.  Whatever that may be.

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

8 thoughts on “Big Boy

    • Yes, he is. We’ve enjoyed watching him since early this spring. Judging by his size, he must be a buck. I hope it makes it through the upcoming wither without his mother. A neighbor reports seeing her dead beside the road. 😥

  1. Hope he is old enough to make it on his own, although I have no idea why I’m saying that since we hardly need more deer. It just seems sad when a young anything is left to fend for itself.

    • I certainly identify with your comment. We have a high rate of car/deer accidents in this part of the state. However, it is sad to see a young one (any critter) suffer.

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