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David Petersen
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Etter — My apologies if I missed something earlier, but where is this island? From the name and photos (eerily beautiful)it’s obviously the deep South. I believe Blackbeard’s ship was sunk off the Carolina Outer Banks so am guessing that’s the area. Is there an actual history to go with the name? Congrats on your deer. The smallness you speak of is a biological effect called, no surprise, the island effect. Populations stranded on islands with no major predators gradually switch their adaptive evolutionary strategy from Bigger is Better to “more of us can share this place if we’re small and have smaller needs, and since no monsters are chasing and eating us, we can get away with being wee.” The FL Keys deer, smallest deer species on the continent, is the prime example. I doubt smallness makes them any easier to hunt. Certainly the Sonoran Desert Coues whitetail, smallest deer in the interior West, is the most difficult animal I’ve ever hunted and makes an Iowa or Kansas cornfield buster book look like a dummy. Sounds like a fantastic annual adventure for anyone within reach of the place. And maybe you’ll find some buried pirate treasure. 😀