Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) In the middle of a snow storm the other day I looked out the back window to see snow-covered deer ears. The same three does had visited weeks before and had surprised me as I stood on the deck. They just jumped the fence and walked straight over toward the house as pretty as you please with that look in their eyes, “where's the food?” This was uncommon behavior for deer, and here it had happened once again! So with the snow adding some interest, I grabbed a bag of stale corn chips and my camera and began shooting deer. Normally, I'd never get this close to a doe. They can be aggressive and hurt you badly with their hooves if they attack. I was several feet above her with a sturdy deck rail between us. I'd chased them away by stomping on the deck at one point, and they went to the neighbors' yard. However, I was ready for fence-jumpers in case they came back….which they did! I believe this young-un might have been one of the fawns I shot last spring. We never feed deer…but this was a “special” occasion so I relented. It was obvious by their behavior though that someone's been feeding them regularly. Usually our neighborhood deer never come towards you….but instead keep a safe distance. Goodbye, “deer” friends, come again some day!