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1910 Excerpt: ...bred regularly and have become quite domesticated.
The does have been gentle and act like domestic cattle. The bucks
have been also gentle until they were about 4 years old, when they
have been difficult to manage in September and October, like a bull
or stud-horse. In such cases I generally made venison of them.
Excepting these instances, however, the animals are quite docile.
The first fawn that I raised was very shy. He was in a lot of about
15 acres, and when I went to him he would dee from me, so that I
could hardly get a sight at him. The next fawns raised were not so
frightened when they saw me, and now when I go into the field the
young fawns are like so many calves. My lot is fenced with common
rails, 6 or 7 feet high, and there is no difficulty in keeping the
animals within bounds. Frequently, when the fence may get down,
they go out into a neighboring piece of woods, but as soon as
anything startles them they run for their own field again, and feel
safe only when they arrive there. They are not inclined to stray
off. This lot in which they are confined they consider as their
home, and chase off ajiy dogs that may come upon it. In four
generations, by kind treatment, I have, as I contend, not merely
succeeded in taming them, but in domesticating them. They are as
gentle as sheep that run wild. The great profit in raising them,
however, is for their meat. They live and fatten on useless land.
Where the feeding ground is brush they will destroy it; but the
grass will come up more profusely on this account in the summer;
and it has the result of giving them better feed in the summer
though not so good in the winter. I paid $400 for the first pair I
bought; I have bought 2 does since then, from which, with the first
pair, I have raised my whole stock;...
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