Later we talked to my parents in law on the phone and the issue came up. They told us they too had deer in the wooded area behind their house. We knew there was a group of 3 out there, but somehow that group had grown to 6! And they were all happily feeding from a couple of feeders my father in law had made. If we would like to have one as well?
Sure we did and we hung up that one yesterdaymorning. I guess we spooked "our" deer, because we did not see them, yet when I went out today I saw numerous tracks around it and some food had been scattered around. It looked like not only the birds had found it!
Helping deer through the winter has another benefit, besides us being able to see and study them. It keeps them alive, so that large carnivores, like the wolves that have been spotted in the area lately, have something to actually hunt for. This way they might leave lifestock alone a bit more, giving the very strong, and often very egotistical and shortsighted, huntinglobby less reason to shoot them.