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Posted: Thursday, October 11, 2012 1:00 am | Updated: 4:01 pm, Tue Jan 22, 2013.

Writers always enjoy hearing from their readers and I received an unusual number of responses after the article I did two weeks back on albino deer.

One of the most interesting stories I heard was from Kaye and Andy Reams of Winchester. They have a friend they call Quasimodo, a pie-bald buck that has adopted the Reams family.

“We first sighted the albino deer early this summer, eating on one of our shrubs,” Andy said. “About a week later, Kaye was in our vegetable garden picking tomatoes and heard all this snorting and foot stomping. She went to the end of the tall tomato rows and saw Quasi standing between her and their two cats.

Kaye scolded the deer with, “Don’t you hurt my kitties.” Then she approached the deer and he let her touch him on his nose and rub his forehead.

That same night, Kaye and Andy were on their way back from town and saw Quasi munching apples beneath a neighbor’s tree.

“Stop the car,” Kaye said. “I want to go visit Quasi.”

She walked directly to the deer and he came up to her and she again petted his head.

The following evening, the deer was back in Andy’s garden, helping himself to some fresh corn and again, Kaye successfully approached the deer while Andy took pictures. As recently as 3 weeks ago, Kaye and Quasi were still best friends.

“In all my years I have never seen anything close to this,” Andy acknowledged. “This deer isn’t afraid of my wife at all. He never backs up when she approaches. He looks to be an 8-pointer, and I would guess he’s 3 years old. And he’s so tame, not a characteristic of a wild animal.”

And this from Dennis and Sandy Erksa of Charlottesville: “We live on the southwest side of Charlottesville, near the Fry’s Spring Beach Club,” Sandy wrote. “We’ve been seeing this white deer for a while now. It was very small the first time we saw it, but it is getting bigger. Last spring, the mother left it under our back porch stairs for a day. She came back sometime when we were eating dinner because it was gone when I went out to look at it again.”

There are certainly lots of interesting things in nature, for those who pay attention.

Fun time for Bass

Early fall is one of my favorite times to fish for bass. The weather is generally cooperative, the scenery is magnificent and the bass go shallow. In shallow water, bass are susceptible to topwater offerings, and nothing beats seeing a big hawg bass come to the surface and bust a topwater bait.

At Lake Anna, for example, the bass are going shallow and heading back in the creeks, chasing the bait.

Chris Craft, a Lake Anna guide, says one of the hottest topwater baits he’s ever seen is a Boing Lure. Boing Lures are apparently new on the market. I’ve never used one, but I like the name.

According to reports, the lures produce a unique sound, simulating both the high and the low spectrum frequencies. The audio attraction of Boing Lures is unlike any other, says Craft. At Anna, Rat L Traps, Tiger Shad spinnerbaits and shallow crank baits are also putting fish into livewells.

Fall is also an excellent time to fish for crappies. Craft says the Lake Anna “specs” have started their fall migration to the shallow water up lake. Boat docks, rock piles, boat docks and grass are holding lots of fish.

“Fish slip bobbers with small minnows or two-inch Kalin curly tail grubs rigged on a 1/16oz jig head,” Chris advises. “My favorite colors are John Deere Green and Wally World.”

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