In winter, a deer's life is a dog's life. Besides running the gauntlet of the?
GV ZOOM IN Farmer throwing food from bucket.
SV Farmer throwing hay
GV Farmer's house with stored hay.
SV Farmer spreading fodder.
SCU Farmer speaking SOF STARTS:
SV-and CU Deer feeding (6 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 6: STANLEY SHERNO: "I started last year. After reading in the paper that deer were having a very rough winter I started feeding. About five or seven started coming around. Then the herd grew and grew. And right now in the whole herd there's about 200 deer. There's as high as about 70 deer at one time out there. There's been different herds actually. The day deer are really funny ones. The night deer are not funny at all. Its a different herd. They keep coming and leaving."
NEWSMAN: "How much does it cost you to feed 200 deer?"
STANLEY SHERNO: "Well it grew. This year its about 700 dollars. And if it keeps going, next year it'll be more.
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Background: In winter, a deer's life is a dog's life. Besides running the gauntlet of the hunter's bullets, the deer has to roam in the search for food. This means crossing highways and facing the danger of heavy traffic. Snow covers grazing grounds making the search for food even harder. But there's one salvation........Stanley Sherno. Three times a day he plunges into the snow covered slopes around Cresco, Pennsylvania with buckets of corn and bales of alfalfa. At the moment he feeds two herds, saving some of the deer from starvation.
SYNOPSIS: Stanley Sherno of Cresco, Pennsylvania, used to be a deer hunter. But last year he stopped because he's afraid he might shoot one of his adopted friends. The winter's are rough on deer in the Ponoco mountains, even at this time of year there's still a foot of snow. It covers most of the grass and only the strongest deer can survive. Stanley Sherno doesn't feed them all but he tries to get food to as many as he can.
Mr. Sherno says that next winter he plans to rent some land across from his house and ask local school children to help him plant and harvest corn and alfalfa.