The deer are busy trying to survive in the snow – looking for food and a safe place to rest while keeping a constant lookout for predators, including humans.
Meanwhile, all around them, humans are demonstrating all sorts of odd winter behaviour. Some fearfully hide inside, some count down the days to leave to the tropics and others embrace the snow with all kinds of activity.
The mobile folks are self-propelling themselves with cross-country skiing or snowshoes, harnessing gravity through sledding or tubing or more likely flying around on the snow or through the air in snowmobiles.
That all makes varying degrees of sense to me and I’ve done them all. The ones I don’t understand are activities like ice fishing. On our last trip up north we saw this guy in a lawn chair sitting with his fishing rod beside a hole in the lake ice. Hours later we returned and nothing had moved. Yikes. I’ve had people try to explain the attraction but they failed miserably. Even with all that inconvenience and boredom, you’re still eating fish at the end of the day, not even anything special like Saskatoon berry pie.
Another odd bunch are the ones who like to pretend to be deer and go winter camping. Some take tents and some build a shelters from snow called a quinzhee. I have even heard reports this winter of people sleeping in their back yard. I’m fine with being outside in cold weather but sleeping is a whole different category. After all that inconvenience there’s still nothing to eat!
Winter camping is best left to the experts – deer.