Wildlife Magnets of the First Order!

Aug 10, 2023 | 0 comments

At Surfside, August 10, 2023 – by Tucker Wachsmuth

I’ve never been hunting — not with bow and arrow or shotgun or rifle or even a slingshot.  But I’ve read a lot of books and know that there are some hunters who, seemingly, have to work hard at their job and others who seem born to the task.  On a website called “Rod&Rifle,” six “core hunting skills” are listed: 1) Marksmanship; 2) Mental Toughness/   Physical     Fitness; 3) Navigation; 4) Bushcraft; 5) First Aid; 6) Observation and Patience.

I don’t vouch for any of the above.  But even though I’ve never been hunting, I’m here to tell you that I think there is a seventh “skill” — or actually, more of a pre-requisite, that transcends all of the others.  For lack of a better term, I’ll call it being a “Wildlife Magnet.”  I’m sure it’s not a scientific term, but it might be measurable.  The Magnet I have in mind seems to be a genetic quality belonging to many members of the Wachsmuth Family.

Bear Family, 2020 by Tucker Wachsmuth

If you have followed my blog over the years, you have seen picture-perfect evidence of this magnetism.  Bears, porcupines, raccoons, squirrels (Douglas and Gray), deer, and a gazillion birds regularly visit Tucker and Carol’s tidy backyard.  They arrive frequently, giving Tucker photo-ops galore, delighting his children and grandchildren and even the visiting cousins from Germany.  I used to think of the Wachsmuth garden as “Nature’s Little Half-Acre” but I’ve realized that this gift for visiting with the denizens of our Peninsula happen away from home, as well.

Raccoon, 2018 by Tucker Wachsmuth

Last night, for instance, Oma and Opa went on a 45-minute drive around the streets of Surfside with granddaughters Gabi and Danielle.  During that time they sighted 104 bunny rabbits (“lots of them hopping,” said Danielle) but, even more amazing, three young bucks who walked right up to the car and some 20 others during the course of their drive!  WOW!

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