My yard is apparently the place to rest these days, if you are a blacktail deer. Every single day they bed here. Under the apple trees, beside the deck, beside the pond, and waaaayyyy at the back where the honey bees were.
I even made a TikTok with shots of deer bedding in the yard out in the open in the pouring rain. That’s a thing, I have learned: on very rainy days, they nap right out in the middle instead of sheltering under trees. On my TikTok I added some interesting info about sleeping habits of deer. They sleep for 30 seconds to several minutes at a time, then wake up and scan the area for danger. Then sleep again for 30 seconds to several minutes, then scan again. They do this for up to 30 minutes. Then they get up and stretch and walk around and really really check the area. Sometimes that’s enough sleeping, and sometimes they will curl up on the ground again and begin a new cycle.
When deer are lying in my grass though, they are most often bedding and chewing cud, which is not sleeping.
Yesterday was ridiculous and I had deer sleeping in my yard from dawn till dusk. At one point there were eight of them. As far as I can tell, it’s all does and fawns. I haven’t seen any antlers this year at all. I didn’t get photos of the eight together. I had friends over and was distracted. But I did get a few pics.