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Oh, deer! Rut season strikes close to home in Greene County

November 20, 2020 - 00:00
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    A doe that was seeking asylum from the pursuit of a big buck took flight on this porch, sailing over the chair and through the large pane glass window into the bedroom of Brian and Kate McCabe in the Carriage Ridge subdivision of Harbor Club. CONTRIBUTED
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    Large shards of glass litter the floor of the bedroom where a doe jumped through a large window pane. No one in the house belonging to Brian and Kate McCabe were injured. CONTRIBUTED BY KATE MCCABE
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    The McCabe family is, from left, 1-year-old Connor, Brian McCabe, Kate McCabe and 1-year-old Charlie. CONTRIBUTED BY KATE MCCABE
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    The frightened doe was cut from the glass and spread blood trails throughout the room trying to get out of this bathroom. CONTRIBUTED BY KATE MCCABE

It is a commonly known fact that, during this time of the year, deer enter their “rut” season, or in other words, their mating rituals are in full force.

Last Sunday Nov. 15, Brian and Kate McCabe of the Carriage Ridge subdivision in Harbor Club, Greene County, experienced the force of nature during rut firsthand.

It was about 1:30 p.m., and the McCabes had just finished a birthday party at their house for about 30 people to celebrate the first birthdays of twins Connor and Charlie. They were taking the babies upstairs for a nap when they heard the first crash.

“We heard a crash and couldn’t imagine what it was,” Kate said. “We thought maybe a tree had fallen on the house. We were carrying the babies upstairs, and I thought my husband had fallen backwards down the stairs and knocked something over.”

Slowly moving down the stairs to see what was going on, the couple came to the closed door of their bedroom on the first floor.

“When it happened again, we opened the door to our bedroom, and there was glass everywhere and a trail of blood all over the room,” Kate said. “We looked outside, and our neighbor was running towards us wanting to know if we were okay. We still had no idea what had happened.”

When the neighbor got to the house, he told the McCabes a “huge” buck was chasing a doe and she jumped over a table and a chair on the porch and plowed right through the large bedroom window pane.

A minute or two later, the doe jumped back through the same window and disappeared, the neighbor said.

“It was wild. It was our bedroom, and if we had been in there asleep or taking a nap, it could have been very ugly,” Kate said. “If our bedroom door had not been closed, the deer would have ransacked our entire house. We were very fortunate that nobody was in there and the babies weren’t on th floor crawling around.”

Understandably, Kate said she and her husband were shaken a little bit and kind of in shock.

“Our clothes in the closet had blood all over them, the carpet had blood trails everywhere and the closet walls had blood smears in several spots,” Kate said, noting there was blood on the broken glass of the window, indicating the doe was badly cut by the broken glass. “She (doe) was just beating her wa through our bedroom. There was even blood in the bathroom on the shower door and the floor. It looked like a murder scene.

“I’m just glad she was able to hop back out the same way she came in.”