Once again, a group in Brownville Junction is loading up troughs with grain, feeding Maine's hungry deer population.

I love deer. In the summer, Jim and I will often grab cups of coffee and hop in the car to travel around Orrington, looking for them. Our 'deer runs' include checking out some of their favorite fields and wooded areas, just to catch a glimpse and maybe a picture or two. But, in the winter, we tend to sit at home and watch the live stream of Brownville's deer pantry.

If you've never checked this out, you should. It's fun to watch the interaction of the deer, and the many turkeys who mill around, feeding on the oats that fall onto the snow. The troughs are filled at around 2:00 in the afternoon, and the deer know it. If you watch the live stream, you can see them gathering just before 2...anxiously awaiting the vehicle that uses a large spout to fill the troughs.

According to the group's YouTube channel, the Brownville Food Pantry for Deer goes through about 400 pounds of natural oats every single day. It's not unusual to see between 100 and 200 deer at the pantry, at a time, along with 100 or more turkeys. Especially if you watch close to the time the troughs are filled. A GoFundMe page has been set up to help cover the cost of the oats. Check out the feed to watch the deer...well....feed!

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