Deer Friends  
Jody with Flag, his deer.  From the 1946 movie "The Yearling", starring Gregory Peck as Ezra Baxter and Jane Wyman as Ora Baxter. Ocar nominations for both. Based on the novel written by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the best-selling novel in America in 1938.  Plot similar to the later, famous dog movie "Old Yeller". 

Keeping deer as pets has been a common practice historically in many parts of the U.S., from Florida, where "The Yearling" took place, to California.  "During the 1780s and 1790s, George Washington transformed the area just below the lawn overlooking the Potomac at his Mount Vernon Estate into a park for tame deer. ... 
Washington was very fond of the deer, admitting in a letter that he had given up his beloved pack of hounds because the deer were afraid of them... "[Source: George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens August 7, 2012 Virginia, MountVernon.org]

Audrey Hepburn made friends with a fawn during the 1959 movie, "Green Mansions".  She took the deer home so they could bond for the movie, which they did.  Audrey kept the deer, named Pippin,  after the filming ended.

Dilly the Deer,  A famous deer story.

... The image was taken on Sept 27, 1963, less than two months before he was assassinated in Dallas Texas, on Nov 22... Kennedy had stayed in a cabin at the Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, for just one night...

       Deer Visits Wyoming Family Regularly October 9, 2017 101.9 KING
... get annual visits at their homes, from a deer they have named “Tails.” ... while they don’t feed him, he comes into the home, seemingly oblivious to the other deer heads mounted on the walls...

Carl’s deer — a Christmas fare thee well December 21, 2014 Wisconsin, Madison
    “This is my church — the deer, turkey, nature.” — Carl Drake, 82-year-old American Indian ... 
Carl was out searching for the young buck he had raised the year before. He had put a red collar on the little guy when he released him, hoping hunters would not kill a tame deer.  Carl had already visited the DNR offices in Madison to buy a deer license to tag the deer as his deer — but a living deer. The DNR staff laughed in his face... [Photo by Patricia Randolf]

November 29, 2016


WIS-TV 
... The deer's name is Comet, and it turns out he's a family pet on a farm just outside of Simpsonville ... Comet got out after a tree fell on the fence ...




KevinKarlPhoto.com | Andy the Deer 2013 | Gardnerville, NV


Woman Wants To Keep Rescued Deer On Farm July 29, 2013 Ohio, 10TV
Carol Deyo saved the lives of Trooper and Patch two years ago ... she says she's heartbroken because the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife says without a permit, they must be destroyed. The retired longtime veterinary technician has been caring for animals on her peaceful Knox County farm for years...

I was in the woods on the phone with a buddy, heard a noise and turned around and say the deer looking at me. Hung up the phone so I could start filming. I can say I have never had a deer follow me out of the woods before. We played with him for at least an hour, eventually he eased back into the woods and we have never seen him again. It was fun while it lasted though. Feb 2014



...  the deer has been seen in several of their neighbor’s yards, and has had lots of interaction with folks in the area. According to McKown the deer has posed for a selfie, gives “kisses” and lets kids and adults pet her and has even played kick ball with one of our neighbor boys...


... The two-point buck, which some had dubbed “John Deer,” was recently featured in an August YouTube video nuzzling against a boy on a North Okanagan beach. [video a few stories below] ... “I don’t think the deer needed to be euthanized … I just think it’s a tragedy,” said Liz White, a member of the Animal Alliance of Canada and a vocal opponent of a spate of recent B.C. deer culls.

Hunters killed 2 of our very young deer that I have loved plus the mother of one of the young buck was killed after the season for "nuisance deer" which just started because too many heartless and ignorant humans complain about their tulips and fear of lyme disease. The lyme disease is not caused by deer and killing deer is not effective in fact it can worsen epidemic of lyme disease

News

... [video below] Bimbo was never forced into captivity or restrained, even though the family considered him a pet, but he did learn how to go in and out of the home's doggie door by following huskies... they're hearing from a lot of people in the community who have offered to start a petition or fundraising campaign to get the deer back...

... While it doesn’t technically live on the property, she’s always around, plays with their dogs, goes in the house ...  they arrived on her property and shot the doe ...

... The 42-inch iron statue and granite base, dedicated to the village’s celebrated, tame white-tailed deer that captured the hearts of many ... It’s been more than three years since Bella’s disappearance. Up until that point, she fearlessly walked the village streets ...

Fawn seized, euthanized June 10, 2020 Oregon, Lincoln City Homepage
... Over a two-week period, the black-tailed deer lived in the Ready’s house and played with her dogs — apparently dooming the poor creature... . “The deer fawn was evaluated and determined to not be suited for release and was humanely euthanized by ODFW biologists.” ...

Tribute to our beloved Donnie the Deer


... For the past few years, a white deer has made her way around the city, prancing around backyards, being spotted by residents and captivating hearts.  Most refer to her as "Snow," ...

A family in Garfield County, Utah is outraged after accusing a Division of Wildlife Resource Officer of trespassing onto their property to kill a domesticated deer. - January 14, 2020 Utah

... Law enforcement in two southern Utah counties are investigating threats towards a conservation officer who shot a domesticated deer ...  which [the family] had rescued at its birth ....The DWR tells FOX 13 they are still reviewing the incident and are working with the family to come to a resolution and to make sure something like this doesn’t happen again...
... The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources met with multiple sheriffs following an incident in which a conservation officer went on private property to euthanize a deer ... “(The DWR) thinks they can do whatever they want, and they’ve overstepped their bounds here,” ...

... on Facebook last week, which shows the deer walking in a neighborhood street alongside his son... It’s the coolest and craziest thing I have ever seen. A beautiful healthy doe, just cruising the neighborhood...

... A North Dakota neighborhood has adopted an unusual community pet.  Meet Jonnie the deer... A resident and her son rescued the doe from the side of the road three years ago. She was found next to her dead mother with a broken leg. The family nursed the fawn back to health...

... the King of Carson, the great wild buck who is often seen munching on the grasses along the west side, generally accompanied by a dozen or more does and fawns.  Last weekend, the Deer King found himself in a bit of a pickle after getting himself and his massive antlers tangled with what appeared to be a clothesline...

CNY village of Pulaski erecting statue of Bella, its beloved deer January 2, 2020 New York, newyorkupstate.com
... A group of community-minded residents and business officials are working on keeping the memory of a Bella, a beloved white-tailed deer that disappeared back in 2017, alive for generations to come.  The group, P.R.O.P. (Preservation and Revitalization of Pulaski), has raised more than $3,500 in donations and grant money to build a bronze statue of Bella ...

 Rare West Virginia deer harvest sparks major controversy online December 11, 2019 West Virginia, WOWKtv
... Years ago an injured baby fawn ... white with brown spots, was brought to Kanawha County veterinarian ... cared for the deer, which he named “Skip” until the buck was healthy enough to roam free... a well known and loved member of the community due to his kind demeanor and rare look ... a photo was posted of a proud teenaged hunter and his harvest, people were infuriated. The kill was Skip...

... Rachel’s husky Koda got loose and ran away... after a couple of days, Koda came back ... Not only did the cameras pick up Koda, but they also picked up her new, unlikely friend – a male deer...

Originally airing Dec. 18, 1985, it's the story of Jerry Palmer, who nursed a wild deer back to life after finding it dying in a field.


August 5, 2019


  Missing dog forms friendship with deer March 7, 2019 Manitoba, Winnipeg CTV News
... Koda returned safely, but Howatt said she kept leaving for a several hours every few days...  The game camera caught the husky sleeping, eating, and playing with the buck during the time she was missing...

  Girl who befriended deer saddened by its demise December 14, 2018 Indiana WPTA 
...  the fawn was wobbling and seemed to be lone, in need of care.  Ava provided assistance and developed a close relationship with the animal ...


...  Her [Facebook] post says: “Local Hunters... Please don’t shoot the 7pt with the yellow tape around his antlers if you see him, its George! ..." The post has now gone viral and folks are sending their George-spotting updates ...

Burlington Township man seeking lost pet deer October 14, 2018 Illinois, Daily Herald 
... offering a $500 reward to anyone who can bring back the pet doe who ran away after a storm last week... Abigail ... knows her name and is very friendly...

Residents want deer hunting to stop in their neighborhood October 1, 2018 Oklahoma, kfor.com 
... folks who live in Preston subdivision said the hunters are disturbing their peace and wildlife... the deer are friendly and walk up to anyone, and the hunters take advantage of that, killing them as they get close searching for food...

... irregular brown and white markings ... a red collar around its neck ... Putting a collar on a deer is technically legal in North Carolina, but doing so and treating them as pets is "strongly discouraged" ...

Ranch owners share white-tailed pets with summer campers July 25, 2018 Pennsylvania,  CourierExpress
... white-tail deer have become family to Rusty and Roger “Shorty” Snyder, the owners of Double Diamond Deer Ranch...  In the beginning, the Snyders had deer as pets, but after so many people would come to visit them, they turned their pets into a business...

Pet deer goes missing after charming Cache community June 20, 2018 Oklahoma, KSWO 7 News 
... We introduced you to Ben earlier this year after she became popular with locals by walking right up to them and letting them pet her...Rivera's husband found Ben, in bad shape, while hunting, and nursed her back to health two and a half years ago...

... A tame deer beloved in the village of Buckland has been shot dead with a shotgun... appeared to have been "adopted" by cattle in the field and was known to approach people at fences and allow himself to be petted... 

...On Bar MB Ranches lives a pet mule deer named Bambi...The yearling had lost her mother ...  "She was already grown up enough and she made her mind up about where she was going to be...


Chehalis Loves Its Piebald Deer March 16, 2018 Washington, 
Centralia Chronicle
... “It’s lived its whole life in front of our store in that little section of brush and grass between Hamilton Road and I-5,” he wrote to me. “Not sure what  life has in store for this little girl, but it sure has been fun watching her grow up! I can’t believe that such an animal can live her whole life in an extremely small section of green belt next to I-5.” ...

  Orange County couple raises 'pet' deer on farm January 12, 2018 Texas, Beaumont Enterprise
... They have two main types of customers, he said - those who want pets and those who want to let the deer roam free on their ranches.  The couple has a yearlong waiting list for people wanting bottle-fed fawns to keep as pets...

Pet deer charms hearts in Cache January 11, 2018 Oklahoma, KSWO
... "It just walked right up to me, and I got down to take a picture with it, and it kinda nuzzled my neck... her brother-in-law rescued Ben around two years ago while hunting and bottle fed her...