The homeowner says deer attack her Rudolph replica each year and she just glues it back together
As the famous story goes, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was bullied and ostracized by Santa’s other reindeer for his shiny red nose. As recent video footage shows, a Rudolph-themed outdoor decoration is faring no better with its wild counterparts.
According to CBC.ca, some whitetail bucks in Fort Nelson, B.C., have it out for the Rudolph replica.
“Every year a buck in the area attacks him or hits and knocks him over and breaks him,” said Arlene Chmelyk, who lives in the northern British Columbia city.
Chmelyk says, as in years past, she returned home to find her Rudolph decoration trampled on the ground. When she checked her security camera, she saw the culprit was a young buck.
She says the decoration is actually a 3D archery target that her husband put a red nose on. They first put it in their yard five years ago, where it has been roughed up by local bucks each winter. Her yard ornament, dubbed “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Whitetail,” has lost his head, legs, and other body parts throughout the years to aggressive bucks. But she just glues the pieces on again and continues to set him out each Christmas season.
“I’m like, he has a bright red nose,” she said. “I’m not really sure what they see.”
But the replica does have a large set of antlers, which no doubt make it a target for the rutting bucks in the area.
Chmelyk says her Rudolph is resilient, just like the one in the story, and he will continue to shine brightly in their yard for years to come, no matter the abuse he may receive from the local deer.
Stephanie Mallory is a mom, a hunter and Realtree’s PR Coordinator. She’s here to deliver an insider’s look at the outdoor business and give her opinion on all things outdoors—whether you asked for it or not.