Don’t Eat Bambi – Santa Might Need Her

Yesterday afternoon I decided to have a quiet lunch out on my patio.  It was a beautiful, warm, afternoon.  I took my new camera with me.  I thought I'd read through some of the camera instructions and maybe even shoot a few photos while I was outside.  

I had the feeling I was being watched.  You know that feeling when someone is staring right at you?  I tried to shrug it off.  I've had a stalker harassing me lately so I *might* be a little on edge.

The feeling would not go away.  It started creeping me out.  

I glanced at my retrievers.  They were snoozing nearby and didn't seem the least bit alarmed.

I picked up my camera.  I started playing with it.  

And then suddenly I saw …

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Bambi!  

In fact, the entire Bambi family had come to join me for lunch.

I took a few quick photos while they continued to stare at me.  I was proud of myself for having my camera handy.  

A short while later I put the above picture out on Twitter.  I was shocked by the response.  I sometimes forget the people who follow me on Twitter live all over the world and are not just local.  Immediately people began tweeting to me about wanting to EAT Bambi!  One person even mentioned having two Bambi's in their freezer already.

Me?  I'm a beach girl.  We don't hunt on the beach.  We don't hunt at all.  We get our food in cellophane wrapped containers at the grocery store.  Some of the grocery stores in Orange County even have valet parking.  None of them have gun racks. 

Also?  We have margaritas in our freezers, not deer.

I replied on Twitter, "I live in Orange County.  People don't eat deer here.  We eat edamame and tofu and sushi."  

I also started a Twitter campaign titled, "Santa Needs His Reindeer" in an effort to discourage people from killing and/or eating my deer.

Seriously, it doesn't seem like good karma to be hunting right before the holiday season.  What if there's a shortage of deer at the North Pole or something?  

© Twenty Four At Heart

63 Responses to “Don’t Eat Bambi – Santa Might Need Her”

  1. Joanne

    I have suffered the moral dilema of being an animal activist AND a carnivore for a long time. I lived in Maryland ,where deer hunting is as welcome as superbowl. in short I love venison! AND deer. So here is how I have had to manage my problem. I could absolutely NEVER kill or harm a living animal in any way, but once he is wrapped in butcher paper…. get me some onions!!!

  2. Joanne

    I have suffered the moral dilema of being an animal activist AND a carnivore for a long time. I lived in Maryland ,where deer hunting is as welcome as superbowl. in short I love venison! AND deer. So here is how I have had to manage my problem. I could absolutely NEVER kill or harm a living animal in any way, but once he is wrapped in butcher paper…. get me some onions!!!

  3. Joanne

    I have suffered the moral dilema of being an animal activist AND a carnivore for a long time. I lived in Maryland ,where deer hunting is as welcome as superbowl. in short I love venison! AND deer. So here is how I have had to manage my problem. I could absolutely NEVER kill or harm a living animal in any way, but once he is wrapped in butcher paper…. get me some onions!!!

  4. Jan

    Well, those aren’t *reindeer* you know.
    I have yet to have any venison served to me that didn’t taste gamy and nasty, so you can rest assured I won’t harm the deer. Unless they come into my yard and start eating my landscaping (yes, we live in the suburbs but it’s been known to happen) – then I make no promises.
    Good pic, though! They look all…doe-eyed.

  5. Jan

    Well, those aren’t *reindeer* you know.
    I have yet to have any venison served to me that didn’t taste gamy and nasty, so you can rest assured I won’t harm the deer. Unless they come into my yard and start eating my landscaping (yes, we live in the suburbs but it’s been known to happen) – then I make no promises.
    Good pic, though! They look all…doe-eyed.

  6. Jan

    Well, those aren’t *reindeer* you know.
    I have yet to have any venison served to me that didn’t taste gamy and nasty, so you can rest assured I won’t harm the deer. Unless they come into my yard and start eating my landscaping (yes, we live in the suburbs but it’s been known to happen) – then I make no promises.
    Good pic, though! They look all…doe-eyed.

  7. Maureen@IslandRoar

    I don’t think I’d ever choose to hunt unless the end of the world came and there were no grocery stores. But I’m not a vegetarian. People on the Vineyard hunt a lot, but there are lots of rules. With the ocean on all sides, deer would quickly overrun this place w/o a hunting season. Also, there are not a few folks out here who depend on that deer to be their winter meat supply. What isn’t used is given to senior centers, etc. I’ve never had venison and I think deer are beautiful, but living here has given me a different perspective than I had in my affluent NJ suburb. I think your deer are safe, enjoy their beauty!

  8. Maureen@IslandRoar

    I don’t think I’d ever choose to hunt unless the end of the world came and there were no grocery stores. But I’m not a vegetarian. People on the Vineyard hunt a lot, but there are lots of rules. With the ocean on all sides, deer would quickly overrun this place w/o a hunting season. Also, there are not a few folks out here who depend on that deer to be their winter meat supply. What isn’t used is given to senior centers, etc. I’ve never had venison and I think deer are beautiful, but living here has given me a different perspective than I had in my affluent NJ suburb. I think your deer are safe, enjoy their beauty!

  9. Maureen@IslandRoar

    I don’t think I’d ever choose to hunt unless the end of the world came and there were no grocery stores. But I’m not a vegetarian. People on the Vineyard hunt a lot, but there are lots of rules. With the ocean on all sides, deer would quickly overrun this place w/o a hunting season. Also, there are not a few folks out here who depend on that deer to be their winter meat supply. What isn’t used is given to senior centers, etc. I’ve never had venison and I think deer are beautiful, but living here has given me a different perspective than I had in my affluent NJ suburb. I think your deer are safe, enjoy their beauty!

  10. lynn

    These guys are the bane of my existence here in New Jersey….such damage they do in my garden….ugh!!! But in a habitat like LA…that must have been a cool sight! And their expression of ‘deer in the headlights’….lol! Nice pic!
    Lynn

  11. lynn

    These guys are the bane of my existence here in New Jersey….such damage they do in my garden….ugh!!! But in a habitat like LA…that must have been a cool sight! And their expression of ‘deer in the headlights’….lol! Nice pic!
    Lynn

  12. lynn

    These guys are the bane of my existence here in New Jersey….such damage they do in my garden….ugh!!! But in a habitat like LA…that must have been a cool sight! And their expression of ‘deer in the headlights’….lol! Nice pic!
    Lynn

  13. di

    Living in Virginia, well…. lots of country folk here and they do love to hunt deer and trust me, there are an abundance of them! Tons of them become road kill. They are a menace to the safety of drivers on our highways as well as to the fine greenery that people plant in their yards.
    YES, I know they were here first and we moved onto their land, but trust me, there are enough of them to go around to help out the many families who depend on the venison in their freezers to feed their families. We are not one of those families… we don’t hunt.
    Hunting of the deer is needed to thin out the herds so that those remaining have enough to eat.
    Santa would not one scrawny deer pulling his sleigh anyway. He needs the big burly ones from Canada to do the job right! LOL
    DI
    The Blue Ridge Gal
    (Nice photo!)

  14. di

    Living in Virginia, well…. lots of country folk here and they do love to hunt deer and trust me, there are an abundance of them! Tons of them become road kill. They are a menace to the safety of drivers on our highways as well as to the fine greenery that people plant in their yards.
    YES, I know they were here first and we moved onto their land, but trust me, there are enough of them to go around to help out the many families who depend on the venison in their freezers to feed their families. We are not one of those families… we don’t hunt.
    Hunting of the deer is needed to thin out the herds so that those remaining have enough to eat.
    Santa would not one scrawny deer pulling his sleigh anyway. He needs the big burly ones from Canada to do the job right! LOL
    DI
    The Blue Ridge Gal
    (Nice photo!)

  15. di

    Living in Virginia, well…. lots of country folk here and they do love to hunt deer and trust me, there are an abundance of them! Tons of them become road kill. They are a menace to the safety of drivers on our highways as well as to the fine greenery that people plant in their yards.
    YES, I know they were here first and we moved onto their land, but trust me, there are enough of them to go around to help out the many families who depend on the venison in their freezers to feed their families. We are not one of those families… we don’t hunt.
    Hunting of the deer is needed to thin out the herds so that those remaining have enough to eat.
    Santa would not one scrawny deer pulling his sleigh anyway. He needs the big burly ones from Canada to do the job right! LOL
    DI
    The Blue Ridge Gal
    (Nice photo!)

  16. Alan

    Ah…Bambi. Ooooor is it Rudolph? Whichever…nice shot! But around here…if you don’t hunt deer, there are hundreds of traffic accidents caused by deer running out into traffic. I personally don’t hunt, but it seems that a huge population of middle America does…

  17. Alan

    Ah…Bambi. Ooooor is it Rudolph? Whichever…nice shot! But around here…if you don’t hunt deer, there are hundreds of traffic accidents caused by deer running out into traffic. I personally don’t hunt, but it seems that a huge population of middle America does…

  18. Alan

    Ah…Bambi. Ooooor is it Rudolph? Whichever…nice shot! But around here…if you don’t hunt deer, there are hundreds of traffic accidents caused by deer running out into traffic. I personally don’t hunt, but it seems that a huge population of middle America does…

  19. WebSavyMom

    –>I live in Virginia BEACH but hunting is huge in this state even though I think hunters cheat because they can use dogs. However, it’s very important to controlling the deer population (they’re like rabbits!) and prevent the deer from jumping out in traffic and seriously hurting themselves and motorists.
    When properly seasoned and cooked, venison is quite good. I don’t crave it but when it’s offered, I accept it.
    http://www.WebSavyMom.com

  20. WebSavyMom

    –>I live in Virginia BEACH but hunting is huge in this state even though I think hunters cheat because they can use dogs. However, it’s very important to controlling the deer population (they’re like rabbits!) and prevent the deer from jumping out in traffic and seriously hurting themselves and motorists.
    When properly seasoned and cooked, venison is quite good. I don’t crave it but when it’s offered, I accept it.
    http://www.WebSavyMom.com

  21. WebSavyMom

    –>I live in Virginia BEACH but hunting is huge in this state even though I think hunters cheat because they can use dogs. However, it’s very important to controlling the deer population (they’re like rabbits!) and prevent the deer from jumping out in traffic and seriously hurting themselves and motorists.
    When properly seasoned and cooked, venison is quite good. I don’t crave it but when it’s offered, I accept it.
    http://www.WebSavyMom.com

  22. Linda

    If you aren’t careful they will eat EVERYTHING in your yard. Strip every bush bare down to the branch, your hostas to the ground and pull your annuals right out of the soil. THEN you’ll want to shoot them.
    But if you’re like me you won’t care & you’ll just replant and you’ll invite them into your yard with cracked corn or even just bird seed so you can get a real nice close up shot:)

  23. Linda

    If you aren’t careful they will eat EVERYTHING in your yard. Strip every bush bare down to the branch, your hostas to the ground and pull your annuals right out of the soil. THEN you’ll want to shoot them.
    But if you’re like me you won’t care & you’ll just replant and you’ll invite them into your yard with cracked corn or even just bird seed so you can get a real nice close up shot:)

  24. Linda

    If you aren’t careful they will eat EVERYTHING in your yard. Strip every bush bare down to the branch, your hostas to the ground and pull your annuals right out of the soil. THEN you’ll want to shoot them.
    But if you’re like me you won’t care & you’ll just replant and you’ll invite them into your yard with cracked corn or even just bird seed so you can get a real nice close up shot:)

  25. Mike

    Bambi’s family joined you for lunch? Sorry but I think they’d MAKE a delicous lunch.

  26. Mike

    Bambi’s family joined you for lunch? Sorry but I think they’d MAKE a delicous lunch.

  27. Mike

    Bambi’s family joined you for lunch? Sorry but I think they’d MAKE a delicous lunch.

  28. Hallie

    I LOVE meat. But can’t bring myself to eat Bambi. Been offered it many times living here in Maine aka SHOOT AND EAT ANYTHING THAT MOVES.
    I too prefer to get my food from the wonder that is the grocery store. I like my food already dead and packaged nicely.
    Hell, I won’t even let Connor give his snake LIVE mice. We ONLY buy the “previously killed by someone else” frozen mice. MICE ON ICE.
    Yep, that’s what WE have in our freezer!
    Hallie

  29. Hallie

    I LOVE meat. But can’t bring myself to eat Bambi. Been offered it many times living here in Maine aka SHOOT AND EAT ANYTHING THAT MOVES.
    I too prefer to get my food from the wonder that is the grocery store. I like my food already dead and packaged nicely.
    Hell, I won’t even let Connor give his snake LIVE mice. We ONLY buy the “previously killed by someone else” frozen mice. MICE ON ICE.
    Yep, that’s what WE have in our freezer!
    Hallie

  30. Hallie

    I LOVE meat. But can’t bring myself to eat Bambi. Been offered it many times living here in Maine aka SHOOT AND EAT ANYTHING THAT MOVES.
    I too prefer to get my food from the wonder that is the grocery store. I like my food already dead and packaged nicely.
    Hell, I won’t even let Connor give his snake LIVE mice. We ONLY buy the “previously killed by someone else” frozen mice. MICE ON ICE.
    Yep, that’s what WE have in our freezer!
    Hallie

  31. witchypoo

    I live in Eastern Canada, where the men are men and the sheep are afeared. It’s better to have them in your freezer than a slow death of starvation over the winter if the herd is too abundant. They only eat natural food, so no growth hormones or antibiotics. When properly field dressed and seasoned, venison is delicious. I don’t eat beef anymore, something fed to it disagrees with me. I prefer local food, not stuff that was trucked all across the country.

  32. witchypoo

    I live in Eastern Canada, where the men are men and the sheep are afeared. It’s better to have them in your freezer than a slow death of starvation over the winter if the herd is too abundant. They only eat natural food, so no growth hormones or antibiotics. When properly field dressed and seasoned, venison is delicious. I don’t eat beef anymore, something fed to it disagrees with me. I prefer local food, not stuff that was trucked all across the country.

  33. witchypoo

    I live in Eastern Canada, where the men are men and the sheep are afeared. It’s better to have them in your freezer than a slow death of starvation over the winter if the herd is too abundant. They only eat natural food, so no growth hormones or antibiotics. When properly field dressed and seasoned, venison is delicious. I don’t eat beef anymore, something fed to it disagrees with me. I prefer local food, not stuff that was trucked all across the country.

  34. Issa

    I missed that on twitter, but I’d join you.
    When we moved to Denver two years ago, I was shocked to see dead animals on the backs of peoples trucks. Often. Yeah, that’s not so common in Santa Monica.

  35. Issa

    I missed that on twitter, but I’d join you.
    When we moved to Denver two years ago, I was shocked to see dead animals on the backs of peoples trucks. Often. Yeah, that’s not so common in Santa Monica.

  36. Issa

    I missed that on twitter, but I’d join you.
    When we moved to Denver two years ago, I was shocked to see dead animals on the backs of peoples trucks. Often. Yeah, that’s not so common in Santa Monica.

  37. Sandra

    Great picture! I love the orange blossoms on the tree highlighting the deer.
    My brother hunts most things here in N. Calif. When he lived at my parents house he had one hanging from the garage rafters so the blood could drain out. Gross. I’ve eaten venison but didn’t like it much. I’m more of a cellophane girl too.

  38. Sandra

    Great picture! I love the orange blossoms on the tree highlighting the deer.
    My brother hunts most things here in N. Calif. When he lived at my parents house he had one hanging from the garage rafters so the blood could drain out. Gross. I’ve eaten venison but didn’t like it much. I’m more of a cellophane girl too.

  39. Sandra

    Great picture! I love the orange blossoms on the tree highlighting the deer.
    My brother hunts most things here in N. Calif. When he lived at my parents house he had one hanging from the garage rafters so the blood could drain out. Gross. I’ve eaten venison but didn’t like it much. I’m more of a cellophane girl too.

  40. Kirsten

    I actually know quite a few people from OC who hunt – and even more who own guns (enough to validate owning a gun rack…) myself included.
    I think you may be a little too general on your assumptions of OC people. In fact, the best deer I have ever had was killed and served by an Orange County local (and one that has always lived in the OC).

  41. Kirsten

    I actually know quite a few people from OC who hunt – and even more who own guns (enough to validate owning a gun rack…) myself included.
    I think you may be a little too general on your assumptions of OC people. In fact, the best deer I have ever had was killed and served by an Orange County local (and one that has always lived in the OC).

  42. Kirsten

    I actually know quite a few people from OC who hunt – and even more who own guns (enough to validate owning a gun rack…) myself included.
    I think you may be a little too general on your assumptions of OC people. In fact, the best deer I have ever had was killed and served by an Orange County local (and one that has always lived in the OC).

  43. Twenty Four At Heart

    Kirsten –
    I have to generalize in my posts for storytelling purposes. I can’t list every exception and all the what ifs when I write … I generalize a lot all the time for writing purposes. The OC is huge. Of course there are people here who hunt and eat Venison. It isn’t, however, as common as it is in more rural areas of the country. (For instance it is VERY common in Oregon where my folks live.) This post came about in response to the many tweets I received yesterday suggesting I kill and eat THOSE deer when I sent my twitpic out. The part about OC people eating edamame, sushi and tofu was intended to be humorous … because who doesn’t enjoy a great steak right along with their tofu? : )

  44. Twenty Four At Heart

    Kirsten –
    I have to generalize in my posts for storytelling purposes. I can’t list every exception and all the what ifs when I write … I generalize a lot all the time for writing purposes. The OC is huge. Of course there are people here who hunt and eat Venison. It isn’t, however, as common as it is in more rural areas of the country. (For instance it is VERY common in Oregon where my folks live.) This post came about in response to the many tweets I received yesterday suggesting I kill and eat THOSE deer when I sent my twitpic out. The part about OC people eating edamame, sushi and tofu was intended to be humorous … because who doesn’t enjoy a great steak right along with their tofu? : )

  45. Twenty Four At Heart

    Kirsten –
    I have to generalize in my posts for storytelling purposes. I can’t list every exception and all the what ifs when I write … I generalize a lot all the time for writing purposes. The OC is huge. Of course there are people here who hunt and eat Venison. It isn’t, however, as common as it is in more rural areas of the country. (For instance it is VERY common in Oregon where my folks live.) This post came about in response to the many tweets I received yesterday suggesting I kill and eat THOSE deer when I sent my twitpic out. The part about OC people eating edamame, sushi and tofu was intended to be humorous … because who doesn’t enjoy a great steak right along with their tofu? : )

  46. Kelly

    That photo is AWESOME! Love how the leaves and flower blossoms are blurred in the foreground. I knew you’d get some great captures with your new camera. Can’t wait for more!

  47. Kelly

    That photo is AWESOME! Love how the leaves and flower blossoms are blurred in the foreground. I knew you’d get some great captures with your new camera. Can’t wait for more!

  48. Kelly

    That photo is AWESOME! Love how the leaves and flower blossoms are blurred in the foreground. I knew you’d get some great captures with your new camera. Can’t wait for more!

  49. Mad Woman

    Aww they’re cute. I have eaten deer in the past, but I didn’t know what it was before I ate it. Like one of the people above me, I too struggle with the whole animals activist/carnivore thing. But those deer are just too cute.

  50. Mad Woman

    Aww they’re cute. I have eaten deer in the past, but I didn’t know what it was before I ate it. Like one of the people above me, I too struggle with the whole animals activist/carnivore thing. But those deer are just too cute.

  51. Mad Woman

    Aww they’re cute. I have eaten deer in the past, but I didn’t know what it was before I ate it. Like one of the people above me, I too struggle with the whole animals activist/carnivore thing. But those deer are just too cute.

  52. Duchess

    So far I think we can safely say that there is not a shortage of deer… If you are inclined to eat meat, Bambi is probably a pretty environmentally friendly choice.
    The Brits love their venison.
    Sorry.

  53. Duchess

    So far I think we can safely say that there is not a shortage of deer… If you are inclined to eat meat, Bambi is probably a pretty environmentally friendly choice.
    The Brits love their venison.
    Sorry.

  54. Duchess

    So far I think we can safely say that there is not a shortage of deer… If you are inclined to eat meat, Bambi is probably a pretty environmentally friendly choice.
    The Brits love their venison.
    Sorry.

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