Why is it that Whitetail bucks are so hard to find during hunting season and yet their sheds seem to be everywhere in the Spring? We find them often in the fields. The ground cover is gone and it takes vigilance to keep them away from the tractor and machinery tires that work the fields.
Long time visitors of GriggsDakota will recognize the following which was originally posted in April of 2010. So we sing the same song, but keep adding verses.
In Beauty and the Beast, the Disney movie, there is a song about the man Gaston with these words:
No one shoots like Gaston
Makes those beauts like Gaston
Then goes tromping around wearing boots like Gaston.
"I use antlers in all of my decorating!"
Say it again
Who's a man among men?
And then say it once more
Who's the hero next door?
Who's a super success?
Don't you know? Can't you guess?
As his fans and his five hangers-on
There's just one guy in town who's got all of it down
And his name is Gaston!
Now it seems to me that there are quite a few similarities between Farmer Fred and Gaston. Like Gaston, Farmer Fred loves to shoot and wear boots. He has had success and fans and has five hangers on. Count them: wife, two daughters, two sons. Total five.
I believe if left on his own, Farmer Fred might use antlers in all of his decorating, too. I know last Christmas these white tail deer sheds were laced with fresh spruce branches and really captured the spirit of the season in GriggsDakota.
Farmer Fred has his own special way of collecting these antlers.
He finds them in his tractor tires.
This one appears to have just pierced the tread before he noticed it and may not have ruined the tire. Lucky this time.
So he pulls it out.
And believes the tire is OK.
Just like Gaston, Farmer Fred is quite a decorator.