The Old Doe

She is old. She won’t make it through another Minnesota winter. Shunned in the deer world so she keeps to herself and decided humans are better. She follows me around the yard hoping for a hand out and a few words to perk her ears up. She doesn’t show signs of having CWD as the local Department of Natural resources has assured me from pictures. They asked me to watch her but not feed her. I sin frequently as do a couple neighbors.

Social distancing at six feet away from humans…sometimes

Last weekend our group of deer hunters gathered in the yard before daylight as we all hope to harvest a deer or two for the freezer. The old doe walked into the middle of the group. I should have warned them. One of the nephews commented “somethings really wrong with this picture” as he tried to pet her.

Life is full of ironies. The old doe has become as innocent as a newborn. Her instincts of flight and danger are gone which suggests some type of disease which will kill her either directly or by car, wolf, coyote, slowly this winter or any number of possibilities. No matter, it’s straight forward. She will die. So will we.

Lessons from the old doe. One: don’t live in fear (however that translates in your case) because life is short. Two: lets take better care of our neighbors, than we do the old doe. They need us, we need them. Three: don’t worry about what the rest of the herd thinks. Shut off the news feed. Do what we were created to do. Figure out how you should Love God and love people. Eternal things are the most essential

“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Not giving up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing(which was dangerous back then), but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see The Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25


Published by Gary Fultz

Outdoors Man, Hunter, Fisherman, Guide, Writer / Author, Photographer, Public Speaker, Musician, Song Writer, Story Teller, Follower Of Jesus. Love God and family and total strangers

32 thoughts on “The Old Doe

  1. Priceless! Wish I could have been there when she walked into the midst of the hunters. This year I’m only going for a mature buck. Because of my weakness from the cancer/chemo I couldn’t pull my bow back this season, so I have to settle for rifle season. I’ve never liked shooting does and have only done so when the freezer is empty . . .
    Take care Gary, Ron
    P.S. Hope my comment isn’t insensitive to non-hunters . . .

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    1. I don’t really know many non-hunters because of our farm and woods culture I have always lived in. We all grew up growing a garden and all kinds of animals for food, butchered them ourselves and learned all about anatomy and biology and how to cook wild game. I thought PETA was an acrostic for people eating tasty animals. Seriously.
      There, now I was the insensitive one. And, yes, I got my buck for the freezer.

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  2. Amen, Gary. You always tell good stories with Biblical life applications. I wonder if the old doe knows her time is short? I’m glad brought her to your GPS location. God speaks to us in so many ways. Blessings.


    1. Deer are pretty simple David. I’ve never seen a deer or a dog or any animal admire a sunset. They take life moment by moment. We could learn some things from a deer’s approach to maximize every moment. We have watched wolves take a deer down and the rest of the deer flee a short ways away and start browsing as if nothing happened. They just reset and go on. A fawn will hang around for awhile after losing their mother and source of food, but they seem to adjust unless too young. In many ways it solidifies the fact that we are made in the image of God and not animals.


    1. Thanks for your vote Laurette, I can’t hep but root for the old gal. She has a fawn that was born early spring and is already self sufficient and healthy. Just a handful of grain now and then has made a difference so far. We don’t leave any doors open though.

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  3. I love your everyday life stories, especially how you extract a spiritual lesson or truth from them. Today this line stands out, “Eternal things are the most essential.” If we live with that in mind, oh what a better perspective of life!

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  4. So true Manette. Gaining God’s perspective in our world is like weeding the garden daily so the carrots not only stand out but they grow. Otherwise it’s hard to keep eternal things in view.


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