Faint trace of deer – actually pretty clear trace

With 3″ of wet snow on the ground I did a little tracking.   Outside the fence I immediately found deer prints, coming and going randomly as they do.   They’re either smaller than I imagine, or have some kind of 6th sense when it comes to navigating through brush at night; they chose paths through a thicket and a stand of little pines that I had trouble navigating during the day.    Found a bed spot where one had laid down, 2-3′ long by about half that wide.  No idea what size deer that is, although last year I saw a pretty decent doe in the area.  I know there’s a 6 pt buck in the area too.   It bedded down probably 100′ into the woods from my fence, and another 200′ from the neighbor’s.   It looked something like this.  Scale seems about right, too.

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Smokebeard has hiked the 2652 mile Pacific Crest Trail, the 2160+ mile Appalachian Trail, the 73+ mile Great Glen Cycle Route, all 46 of the Adirondack High Peaks, the 78+ mile Rhode Island North/South Trail, and the Saranac Six. He is also a certified Leave No Trace Trainer. A former MATC Caretaker in the Piazza Rock/Saddleback area, he’s passionate about applying Leave No Trace as an ethical system. His latest adventure was a 3 week thruhike of the 273 mile Long Trail in Vermont.

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