This may all seem a bit weird. I have a cross the street neighbor who managed to get permission to build a McMansion on the wetland across the street. And he is the father of the Crazy Guy who lived next door to the property. Yet he is friendly and we talk.
This guy is SLICK! He not only got permission to build on a wetland (by bringing in 10 loads of soil), he bought the utterly unbuildable property next to his IN EXCHANGE for 6 acres of wetlands behind him. I would NOT play poker with this guy!
On the other hand, he is utterly friendly and helpful to neighbors.
The wetlands behind him have been draining for years. It is now mostly woods and creeks. So we were talking yesterday. He has a personal herd of deer in his 6 acres and hunts regularly (with a crossbow!) and there are several good fishing spots there too.
I tried not to drool while he described it all. I very briefly mentioned that I was an experienced deer hunter in my younger days and still enjoyed fishing, but didn't outright ask. But I would sure like an invitation. We just compared some hunting and fishing experiences though.
This guy is ultra-competent. He does his own deer butchering and aging. He grows corn for the deer (not where he hunts). He can recognize most of them individually by sight. He enlarged his concrete driveway by himself! I saw him atop his 2.5 story house last week inspecting his shingles! He goes to bed at sunset and gets up at dawn. He snowblows other peoples' driveways just for something to do!
He doesn't seem to own a computer. He mentioned being at a target range a mile away and thought he recognized some of his deer there, and thought the properties were adjacent. When I asked if he had "googled" it, he "said" he didn't know what that was (but keep in mind this guy is slick).
He mentioned that turtles all came around when he was fishing in the back area because they had learned he injured the fish when he got the hooks out of the fishs' stomachs. So I mentioned that I had learned a trick for that. You go up through the open gills with a long nose plier, get ahold of the top of the hook and twist it so that it slides right back out. No harm. I'm a catch and release type.
That got his attention! He likes to catch fish, not harm them.
And I mentioned that I had bought a really good hunting crossbow a few years ago but didn't know where to hunt. But I didn't push it...
He says there are too many deer around here, and I agree. I mentioned that there are too few places to hunt, and he agreed. I told him I had driven to southern maryland and back 2 weeks ago looking a lots and saw 4 fresh-dead deer obviously killed by cars. I have a concern about that.
Years ago, a friend and were driving home after a day of fishing and he hit a deer. He stopped to look at the damage to his car; I went to look at the deer. My friend questioned my priorities, but I wanted the deer out of the road because if an unsuspecting driver hit it, it could actually overturn the car.
An injured deer can be dangerous by kicking, so I kicked it a few times myself. It was dead, so I dragged it off the road. It wasn't a busy road, but I would have felt terrible if some other driver had been injured hitting it.
We got to my house and documented the car damage for insurance purposes. But 3 days after, part of my left hand went numb. I feared it was carpal tunnel syndrome (because I spend a lot of time at work typing). After having a doctor basically electrocute me in small doses (enough to finally send me into shock), I learned the deer impact had caused a fracture in my 5th (6th?) vertabra of my neck, impacting the ulner nerve.
To this day, the little and ring finger of my left hand aren't entirely "there", if you know what I mean. They move fine, but I can't feel them like the other fingers.
So I do not love deer overpopulation...
I stopped hunting deer when I was 22 and bowshot a doe. Field-dressing her, milk gushed out. I was fine with intestines and stomach, etc, but milk? Dang. It meant I had orphaned a fawn or two, too.
But I would like to hunt again. I can't use a bow worth a damn (never could really) but I can use a crossbow. And I would give the meat to charities that accept it for food for the homeless.
But I need a safe place to hunt. There are CRAZY gun-hunters out there who fire at anything that moves (my dad was shot by one once). And here is this neighbor with a personal herd of deer who says he has too many there...
And I want him to invite me to hunt with him...
I'm just not in his circle. Yet.
We have some things in common. Hunting, fishing, DIY home and yard stuff; general compency. It could be interesting. He's slick and I'm not. I don't even cheat at solitare. But I am also "slick-proof". He might find that to be a relief. Or a challenge. LOL!
But I sure could use a real-life, face-time, neighbor friend...