We were having a peaceful morning, sipping our coffee after breakfast, when I happened to go into the sewing/computer room which faces the backyard. Three deer were "pruning" the Nanking Cherry bushes. No, there were three deer on this side and three more on the other side. Jim ran out with the pellet gun to scare them off. They left.
Less than ten minutes later I happened to look out back again, and saw four deer even closer in, munching up the perennials and shrubs nearer to the house. There were probably a few more hidden behind the shrubbery.
How in the world are we going to be able to grow our vegetables this year with all this destruction going on? We really, really need a cull here. These deer are only the tip of the problem. It was a mild winter and there are herds of deer numbering close to 50 in the nearby areas.