Brownville’s “Food Pantry for Deer”

by Andrea Greengard
Brownville Food Pantry For Deer
Brownville Food Pantry For Deer

Check out the view at Brownville’s “Food Pantry For Deer”. Each day, approximately 400 pounds are set out in order to help sustain the white-tailed deer population through the cold winters of central Maine. These are wild deer and this is not a deer farm. At times there are 100 to 200 deer at the pantry. Wild turkeys also come and eat the native oats along side the deer. At times you may see up to 100 wild turkeys at once.

Who started the Brownville “Food Pantry for Deer”?

Richard McMahon has had hundreds of deer visit his Brownville Food Pantry For Deer every winter for the past 16 years.   He starts in December and continues until the end of March.

“Basically the biggest joy for me is to watch all the deer frolic, enjoy themselves, be healthy and have a safe place to live,” said McMahon. He’s had state biologists visit his home to make sure that his feed was adequate and that the deer weren’t a traffic hazard. Once those were checked he was given the okay to feed the deer that have given him some of the best views of mother nature’s performances.

When is the best time to watch?

Feeding happens daily around 09: 00 (9 AM) Eastern Standard Time starting December 16 and continues to the beginning of April.

Want to donate?

All donations go to help feed the deer and for the cameras and related equipment. The Food Pantry For Deer is a nonprofit organization. EIN: 81-1458580

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