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My Generation

Like Deer, Questions Come in All Sizes

I’ve just wrapped up writing on our November issue, and one of my stories this month centers on Illinois’ deer popul...

I’ve just wrapped up writing on our November issue, and one of my stories this month centers on Illinois’ deer population and the impact it’s having on producers’ bottom lines. As deer have consumed my thoughts for much of the past few weeks, I recalled another deer story that’s too good not to share.

 

About this time last year, I was driving down the road with my 5-year-old, Jenna, and 3-year-old, Nathan, in the backseat. As we drove past our neighbors’ place, we noticed a group of people in the front yard. These neighbors run a hunting lodge in the fall, and bring in several bowhunters for the season. Apparently, one of the hunters had harvested a deer, and they had it all laid out in the yard, getting ready to take a few photos. I did not stop to visit, as I wanted to avoid a bazillion questions. Nonetheless, the conversation from the backseat:

 

Jenna: “What are they doing?”

Me: “Well, it looks like one of the hunters got a deer.”

Jenna: “But why are they wiping it?”

Me: “Um, they probably just want it to look nice for the picture.”

Jenna: “But what will they do with it?”

Me: “Well, they'll probably take it home and eat it.”

 

Long pause.

 

Jenna: “But how will they get it to fit in the pan?”

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