The shock of seeing a deer hanging in a tree in front of your house, in the otherwise serene neighborhood, for which I live, caused quite a stir among the neighbors.

We’re a pretty close-knit group. Everybody knows  each other, and take a lot of pride in the exclusive area in which we live. So this scene was totally out of character — even if it was deer hunting season.

Everyone was out taking pictures and scheming up a plan to further implicate the villain of the neighborhood, for they knew, by association, my involvement in my sons-in-laws deer processing enterprise.

They were already dragging out the Christmas lights and extension cords to decorate my new-found Christmas centerpiece. Little did they suspect that the deer wasn’t even mine. But before they were able to carry out their ill-advised prank, the deer was gone — processed and packaged.

Then they were certain that someone had dropped it off to be processed, and that I had taken it out to my kids before the dawn of day. What other explanation could there possibly be? They knew I didn’t hunt. So this just had to have been someone, inadvertently, trying to get the deer delivered to Kinneman Bros. Deer Processing.

Come to find out it was my neighbor’s deer. We share a common yard and a big, beautiful tree in front of our houses.

Our neighborhood mystery, hanging in a tree in the front yard.

My neighbor, Jim Henrich, is handicapped, but has a fetish for the outdoors and hunting. Unknown to any of us, his son Scott had taken him hunting — providing for all the amenities of a memorable hunting experience, including that of the carcass hanging in the tree and being cut-up right there in his own garage.

The mystery had been solved and a life lesson for all to be shared will be embodied in our neighborhood forever.

The bond between father and son to share such an experience is the epitome of a relationship of love that will ingratiate our neighborhood for as long as folklore will be shared over a cup of coffee or backyard patio chatter.

Thank you, Jim and Scott, for embracing a quality of life that has awakened and enriched the lives of those around you. 

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"PONY TALES by" Ponty is written by Ken E. Knight, the author of the “Knightro Report”, a nationally syndicated livestock-marketing column, which is featured in the "Farm And Livestock Directory" every month.