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PHOTOS: Winter afternoon at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton

  • James Glidden relaxes and warms up with some newspapers after feeding the European Red Deer and stacking hay outside at the Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Glidden retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department several years ago and now helps operate the deer farm with his wife Kathy Gilman.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    James Glidden relaxes and warms up with some newspapers after feeding the European Red Deer and stacking hay outside at the Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Glidden retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department several years ago and now helps operate the deer farm with his wife Kathy Gilman.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • After stacking hay on a hill near the European Red Deer's field, James Glidden covers the hay from the elements at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton. During the winter, when the farm gets snow, Kathy Gilman said they clear a path down the hill for sledding.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    After stacking hay on a hill near the European Red Deer's field, James Glidden covers the hay from the elements at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton. During the winter, when the farm gets snow, Kathy Gilman said they clear a path down the hill for sledding.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • After feeding the animals around the farm, Kathy Gilman, warms up in front of a wood stove with one of their cats at their home on Hill Acres Farm, Littleton.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    After feeding the animals around the farm, Kathy Gilman, warms up in front of a wood stove with one of their cats at their home on Hill Acres Farm, Littleton.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Kathy Gilman feeds her European Red Deer at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on a cold Thursday afternoon, February 7, 2013. The deer are fed once-a-day on the farm which has operated since the early 2000's, selling meat on the local level.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Kathy Gilman feeds her European Red Deer at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on a cold Thursday afternoon, February 7, 2013. The deer are fed once-a-day on the farm which has operated since the early 2000's, selling meat on the local level.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • James Glidden relaxes and warms up with some newspapers after feeding the European Red Deer and stacking hay outside at the Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Glidden retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department several years ago and now helps operate the deer farm with his wife Kathy Gilman.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    James Glidden relaxes and warms up with some newspapers after feeding the European Red Deer and stacking hay outside at the Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Glidden retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department several years ago and now helps operate the deer farm with his wife Kathy Gilman.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • After stacking hay on a hill near the European Red Deer's field, James Glidden covers the hay from the elements at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton. During the winter, when the farm gets snow, Kathy Gilman said they clear a path down the hill for sledding.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    After stacking hay on a hill near the European Red Deer's field, James Glidden covers the hay from the elements at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton. During the winter, when the farm gets snow, Kathy Gilman said they clear a path down the hill for sledding.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • After feeding the animals around the farm, Kathy Gilman, warms up in front of a wood stove with one of their cats at their home on Hill Acres Farm, Littleton.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    After feeding the animals around the farm, Kathy Gilman, warms up in front of a wood stove with one of their cats at their home on Hill Acres Farm, Littleton.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • Kathy Gilman feeds her European Red Deer at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on a cold Thursday afternoon, February 7, 2013. The deer are fed once-a-day on the farm which has operated since the early 2000's, selling meat on the local level.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

    Kathy Gilman feeds her European Red Deer at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on a cold Thursday afternoon, February 7, 2013. The deer are fed once-a-day on the farm which has operated since the early 2000's, selling meat on the local level.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

  • James Glidden relaxes and warms up with some newspapers after feeding the European Red Deer and stacking hay outside at the Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Glidden retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department several years ago and now helps operate the deer farm with his wife Kathy Gilman.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • After stacking hay on a hill near the European Red Deer's field, James Glidden covers the hay from the elements at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton. During the winter, when the farm gets snow, Kathy Gilman said they clear a path down the hill for sledding.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • After feeding the animals around the farm, Kathy Gilman, warms up in front of a wood stove with one of their cats at their home on Hill Acres Farm, Littleton.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Kathy Gilman feeds her European Red Deer at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on a cold Thursday afternoon, February 7, 2013. The deer are fed once-a-day on the farm which has operated since the early 2000's, selling meat on the local level.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • James Glidden relaxes and warms up with some newspapers after feeding the European Red Deer and stacking hay outside at the Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Glidden retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department several years ago and now helps operate the deer farm with his wife Kathy Gilman.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • After stacking hay on a hill near the European Red Deer's field, James Glidden covers the hay from the elements at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton. During the winter, when the farm gets snow, Kathy Gilman said they clear a path down the hill for sledding.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • After feeding the animals around the farm, Kathy Gilman, warms up in front of a wood stove with one of their cats at their home on Hill Acres Farm, Littleton.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)
  • Kathy Gilman feeds her European Red Deer at Hill Acres Farm in Littleton on a cold Thursday afternoon, February 7, 2013. The deer are fed once-a-day on the farm which has operated since the early 2000's, selling meat on the local level.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor Staff)

Along Route 302 in Littleton, a mannequin deer stands atop two stone pillars marking the entrance to Hill Acres Farm and the home of Kathy Gilman and her husband, James Glidden. Glidden, who retired from the Fish and Game Department in 2008, climbed a hill in their backyard, a sled full of hay in tow. Past a chicken coop and ducks bathing in a freshwater spring, a large field at the top is home to their European Red Deer, a source of venison for everything from tenderloins and back straps to breakfast sausage and hamburg. Since the early 2000s Gilman has been operating the farm from her home, selling the meat locally and noncommercially. “It’s more of a hobby,” she said.

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