Monday, 05 February 2018 16:55

Oh, deer! Brownville man feeds hundreds of deer daily through food pantry Featured

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BROWNVILLE - Each winter hundreds of deer migrate to Brownville, capturing the attention of thousands across the country.

This is all thanks to a Brownville man who's passionate about the cause he holds near and "deer" to his heart.

You might say, Richard McMahon is a deer whisperer.

"They know me and the four-wheeler I think is the key. The engine, they hear that sound, they come out of the woods," said Richard McMahon.

For decades, McMahon has been feeding these animals through Brownville's Food Pantry for Deer.

"It helps sustain the herd and give them a place to stay that they're safe, and gives them a boost when spring comes," McMahon said.

Every day at 2:00 p.m. like clockwork, McMahon backyard fills with hungry patrons.

"We've got somewhere between 175 and 200 deer here every day," McMahon said.

That crowd draws quite a following of it's own.

"Everybody congregates in the road out here," McMahon said.

"I come over about every other day," said Roger Bivins. "I live about 4.5 miles away, I come to watch them before I go to work."

"I love it," said McMahon. "I've got names for a few of them."

With the help of a daily live-stream...people outside Brownville can watch too.

"It was nice at first but now it's getting big," said McMahon.

He uses 400 pounds of grain a day, adding up to nearly 21 tons each winter. That's a lot of weight on one man's shoulders.

"I think it's my calling and as long as I can afford it I'm going to do it," McMahon said.

McMahon keeps it going with a donation box and a go fund me page. After all, a couple bucks can make a difference.

"If this wasn't happening, the young ones wouldn't make it through the winter," said McMahon.

Even after racking up years of feeding, McMahon is still rather "fawn'd" of his project and the animals he's helping.

"They just love it," said McMahon.

A link to the pantry's donation page can be found here.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!