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  • Writer's pictureSonya Allen,

Painting White Tail Deer In Virginia's Hunting Season

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

On the edge of Virginia and North Carolina are many wild animals. Just take a drive down the back roads and drivers will find wildlife everywhere. Rabbits, birds, squirrels, skunks, possums, fox, bear and deer are all prostrate for viewing, splattered across the roadside. And it 'tis the season for big Whitetail bucks to jump and become road kill.

Almost everyone I know has dented a fender or crashed a truck after an explosive encounter with a deer. My husband says, "It's only a matter of time before you hit one Sonya." My mother in law says, "I speed up when I see a deer so when I hit one it deflects better." I just nod and grimace at her statement. I'm puzzled by her logic but often confused by her reasoning, so I let that pass.

I'm not here to criticize hunting or squeal in delight over a baby deer like a kid. Speaking of kids, one time my 4-year old was so memorized by a baby deer we stopped the car to watch it. The baby Bambi and her whitetail deer family started to cross the street. Another car zoomed past us. Bambi didn't have a chance and was smashed flat.

Life is rough in the country. My daughter and I were horrified. As a parent, I took the opportunity to remind my child, "Look both ways before crossing the street. Don't be like Bambi." True story.

So, deer hunting season has just started in Suffolk, Virginia. I hear the gunshots and see the hunting dogs. Personally, I like to watch and paint these majestic and graceful creature. My area is teeming with them. For my part, I paint using acrylics and gather my deer anatomy from personal encounters, hunter's gifts, and internet photos. We even put up trail cameras on our property and see the wildlife at night.

And if you know a hunter that doesn't bag the big buck he wanted, think about supporting him another way. Buy him a big buck that he can look at year around in a big buck painting from me. This way, he can enjoy staring at big antlers year round and dream of getting the perfect shot next season.

Happy hunting everyone. Oh, and wish me luck on avoiding the deer crossing on the road this season.

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