Deer often come into our yard and munch on some of the garden plants.
What can we do to prevent this? A neighbor said that human urine
diluted and sprinkled near the plants the deer like to eat would work.
Is it true? Are there any alternative repellants? Thanks for any
Combination taste/odor repellants that you spray on work reasonably
well, but have to be reapplied periodically. If the deer are really
hungry, not much will keep them away for long, but the repellants will
often make them move to your neighbors.
Any decent garden center will have them, or you can order from:
Search for "deer off".
Sure, there must be thousands. Some work, some don't. I've HEARD that
little mesh bags of freshly-cut human hair, when hung around the
garden, work well. Ask your barber for some extras. One thing I've
actually SEEN work well is bar soap - Dial, Irish Spring, whatever,
more artificial scent is better. Some people drill a hole through the
bar and hang it on a rope; I've also seen it put in a cheese grater and
sprinkled around that way (should probably be re-applied more often).
In my experience, it seems to be a trial&error thing with the deer in
your particular area.
My neighbor has a large garden and I planted habeneros around
the edge of it one year. No rabbits and no deer came into his
garden. At the end of the second year, I had a 10 year supply
of ground habenero. The rabbits and deer returned the third
year. Now he plants Cayene, jalapenos, etc.
There are a lot of things you can try but deer are very persistant
and will become accustomed to the repellent after a few weeks.
Some plants are deer "salad bars" others are "deer resistant"
however a hungry deer will gladly eat stuff like holly and rose
plants during a severe winter.
Did you want to own a dog.... dogs often keep deer away
especially when housed outdoors.
Someone suggested human hair...and bar soap, this works
for a while, but has to be replenished. You can place the hair
or bar soap in nylon stockings (used) for ease of use.
Dried blood mixed with water and sprayed onto the plants
works, but the smell is nauseating.
Coyote urine, but this needs to be re applied after every
rain unless you use wicks and cover them under foam
You might wish to sprinkle "milorganite" which is an artificial
low power fertilizer around the plants. The odor is repugnant to deer and
it can be applied frequently. I've tried it, it seems to work.
For prized bushes, some big box hardware stores sell
deer netting in 10' x 100' rolls. This is a pain to apply
but it works. For several years, deer were completely
devestating areas of my yard. I used the netting and
shrubs actually had a chance to grow. The deer still eat
them, but now the shrubs are large enough to survive.
The area where I live is suburban, and the local wildlife
officials have "managed hunting". Much as I hate to
see any critter killed needlessly, the damage and destruction
done by ever increasing deer populations justifies these hunts as
I've seen the deer literally destroy all vegetation in an area, then
starve during the winter. The managed hunts have made
it a little more bearable (no pun intended) this year.
I use a Ruger M77II in 30-06 with a hot hand load using a Nosler
Balistic Tip bullet in 150grain. Glass on top is Nikon. Its very
effective on Whitetail up to 300 yards. Shot placement is always key
regardless of bullet and velocity.
Be safe and legal.
Something like this
Better on a smaller game unless you can get a good head shot from under
10 yards. Even then the bullet may not penetrate the skull. A heart shot
may also be unlikely to kill as I would suspect penetration would be
limited. I do not know for sure. I DO know these will tear up small game
and are quiet as well.
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