Friday night, while eating dinner, I noticed a deer in the yard. Turns out, there were 7! The Man and I must have spent close to 30 minutes watching them in the side and front yard. While we were watching, the dogs got suspicious and looked out and barked a bit. We were able to get them to stop barking so they didn't scare the off. Although a few times the deer did move a bit further away from the house.
The deer we watched the most were a mother (below standing in the yard beside our front porch) and her two babies (the two deer in the background). One of the babies tried to nurse and the mom would have none of it and actually hit the baby with her hoof. I guess that is how she weens them. All the deer looked healthy and seem to be getting ready for winter.
The next day while out with Hailey, she and I found a spot in the bush in the side yard where the deer have been sleeping. I let her have a good sniff of it. Hopefully this made up for not letting her bark! That and the fact that both she and Phod sneak deer poop as a snack (the only problem with having deer in the yard!)
Perhaps the real mischief is more mice have moved up. The number is now 17. We know these are different mice because we have not been releasing but ensuring they were dead. (Initially we tried a live trap, but that didn't catch them so we moved to other types to try and eliminate the problem).