Watching the video will make a post about decomposition a little more personal, since you will see the deer while it is still alive.
In a still shot of her standing, (not shown here) she shows a buckshot pattern along her rear flank so I don't think this is a road injured doe.
Most likely a poor shot resulted in this deer winding up here ... a really bad shot considering that the wound is a from a shotgun. The general gun season opened last weekend and with large tracts of woodland adjoining PFHQ, "our" deer wander back and forth and take their chances. I could legally take them here if I chose to do so.
If I liked venison more, I would. As it is, we are a safe haven for the ungulate clan.
I have no quarrel with hunting, but I have zero tolerance for poor marksmanship off of the range. Don't step off the training range with a weapon until you are proficient.
You hear Mrs. FC's voice in the background when she stepped out on to the porch. The buck's concern for the injured doe is pretty touching from a human point of view. The deer literally dropped in the brush about where the video ended. I didn't realize that at the time and didn't discover her until later in the day ... This was Sunday.
Sunday afternoon when I first located her. She's lying on the wounded side.
By the next day, the open wound is seething with maggots and flies are covering the body.
A closeup for you bugologists.
This is a nocturnal shot on Tuesday night. I walked out through the smilax to see if anything was different at night. The body is still intact, but a different type of fly was working it in the dark.
No buzzards yet, due probably to the thick vegetation and the fact that the roads are littered with deer and hog remains during hunting season. Lots of pickin's out there.
It's warmed up in the last day or so and it's getting a mite stinky at PFHQ. The deer is only about 80 feet from the PFHQ porch.
I'm not sure how long wifely tolerance will hold out on this little experiment...