Deer Problem

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How can I keep the deer from destroying my landscape? Are there any methods known to man that will keep them out of my plants? Are there some nice looking plants that they will not eat? Any rational ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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You can reduce the possibility of damage but I think deer will find a way in if they want something tasty.
Run an electric fence at the property perimeter. Keep dogs loose in the yard.
Don't know about non-tasty plants. Consult with the county ag extension specialist.
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Good suggestions. I'll give the agent a call.

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See what the agent thinks of Hot Pepper Wax, http://www.hotpepperwax.com /. The mfg recommends it only for rabbits and squirrels but http://www.mydeergarden.com/ seems to think it's okay for deer, too. http://www.mydeergarden.com/Deterrents/hot_pepper_wax.htm has some home brews at the bottom, too. A combination of methods will probably be the way to go. Think Integrated Pest Management. Good luck.
-- Tom
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Winston Smith wrote:

http://www.mydeergarden.com/My_Store/Deterrents/Garlic.htm
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Have you had any experience with this stuff? I've used a similar product and the deer seemed to find it quite tasty!

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Winston Smith wrote:

Always worked for me on whitetails. Worked so-so on rabbits.
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Thank God for our right to bear arms. Maybe the deer problem is what those old buggers had in mind when the established those rights. Establish yourself as a "farm" - no one questions it around here. That allows you to shoot bambi all year long to protect your "crops". I use a shotgun with slugs in close quarters or a lever action 30-30 when I have room.
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Sorry, guns are not an option. I live in the city limits.

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My first and second thought is still that these deer belong in your freezer. Do this, shoot the deer(s), then park your truck right in front of the deer(s) in the driveway and say you hit it, broke it's leg and had to shoot it to put it out of it's misery. And you forgot the number to 911.
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Friend of mine had problems with deer and went out and bought a radar sprinkling system. It worked and got rid of all the deer.Best thing to do is check with a hardware store to get one.
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Hmmmm.....I'm fond of gadgets. I've never heard of this one. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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On Sun, 03 Apr 2005 18:49:20 +0000, Winston Smith wrote:

You can find them here: http://www.leevalley.com/garden/page.aspx?c=2&pD958&cat=2,51555&ap=1
These work o.k when it comes to deer... really works well with cats and dogs though.
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On Sun, 03 Apr 2005 14:51:09 +0000, Winston Smith wrote:

I have to deal with deer alot and very little works on a permanent basis. Sprays wear off with time or rain and planting deer resistant plants will only work so well also. The young deer will tast everything once it seems. The one thing that I have found that works really well is a double fence.
It turns out deer have very bad eye sight and they can not tell depth perception very well at all. If you were to put up a fence that was 3.5 feet tall and another fence that was 4 feet tall seperated by 3 or 4 feet, this would be rather effective. Granted that this is *not* deer proof and that one or two deer will learn to jump it, but the other fourty will not.
I've had people argue that deer can jump 12+ feet over a fence and this is true, but for them to gage the distance of two fences with a space between is very hard. I've seen up close and personal what the deer will do when confronted with this type of fence. I've installed this fence on a clients property of lummi island where the deer are thick and plenty. In three years we've had about 3 deer a year on the property and most of them climbed the cliff to get there. We have watched the deer attempt to jump the fences and it's a bit humorous.
If a fence it not cost effective for you then your only other option is to get a dog that listens well to you and like to chase deer 80)
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My six foot fence stops them from coming into the garden area. I'm sure they can jump higher - if chased - but to get to something without being chased they haven't been that energetic by me.

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Contact your neighbors and petition your local g'ment. Your local g'ment made the laws restricting your use of fire arms without regard to consequences. Hold your elected officials responsible. Make lotsa of noise. As suggested by others get a dog. A nearby friend erected an electric fence, at considerable expense in money and labor, that works perfectly. Or use the plastic mesh that discourages deer from nibbling on your shrubs. Personnally, I am considering a dog as the most effective way to keep deer outa my yard.
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On Sun, 03 Apr 2005 17:53:18 -0400, Chas Hurst wrote:

In fear of sounding like some tree huggin' liberal, that's just crazy talk. There are reasons that local goverments have discharge laws inside the city limits. High powered rifels can be very dangerous in the wrong or inexperienced hands. Almost all counties in the usa have discharge laws also. No fired bullets can cross a road for instance. So have you taken your own advice and repealed your city's hunting/discharge laws...?
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I haven't advised to repeal any laws. Nor have I suggested the use of firearms to control deer. Please re-read my post or take a remedial course in reading comprehension. You actually sound more like a jerk than a tree hugger.
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Chas Hurst wrote:

Then what did you mean by, "Contact your neighbors and petition your local g'ment. Your local g'mentmade the laws restricting your use of fire arms without regard to consequences. Hold your elected officials responsible."? What was he supposed to petition them to do?
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Control the deer population. You're as thick as the other jerk.
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