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I have a deer problem

alleyyooper

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No problems with deer in my open garden even the sweet corn was left alone despite it being beside a over grown vacant field and a lot of deer in our yards for 29 years. Last year since it is just me and the wife I switched to raised beds to just grow a few things I really like picking and eating standing by the garden, still no problems. This year the dam deer ate the tops off several of my tomato plants and egg plants. I put it all inside a dog kennel fence except one end just 6 feet from my pole barn door. the dam deer found that opening and again ate some tomato plant tops off. I now have a electric fence around it all.
I did use the fish line knee high for many years around the wife's flower gardens and it did work just fine. Some times I would have to replace a section of broken line but the deer were not eating any thing I think they were to spooked from the fish line they couldn't see and kept going.

Come deer season I can buy 5 doe tags a day over the counter for the whole fire arm season. I will be eating a lot of meat in 2016.

:D Al
 
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I harvested all my onions, potatoes, field peas, and butterbeans without further incident. Most of the okra has been harvested. Watermelons and canteloupes are coming in daily, so hats off to rotten egg spray.
To edit-I will be harvesting some deer this year.
 
alleyyooper

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I bought this one.
http://www.patriotglobal.com/en-us/energizers/ac-110v/pmx50?scc=ca&src=ab
Isn't the most expensive or the cheapest either. 2 year full replacement warranty (including lightning) which many will not cover.
Mine said made in New Zealand on the box so assume not a cheap China hunk of junk.

Saw a deer touch it and it jumped way high and ran away. Have not seen a deer near the fence since.

:D Al
 
ChoppyChoppy

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I harvested all my onions, potatoes, field peas, and butterbeans without further incident. Most of the okra has been harvested. Watermelons and canteloupes are coming in daily, so hats off to rotten egg spray.
To edit-I will be harvesting some deer this year.
Wow, early season? Around here we still have another 2 months before harvest time.
 
lindnova

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I had deer and rabbit problems and had to build a cheap fence that I move to rotate my crops every year. I still grow onions potatoes and squash outside the fence.

Used long steel T posts with fiberglass extensions u-bolted on to the top. Heavy chicken wire on the bottom 3 ft and 3 rows of electric up to around 8-9 ft tall. Zip ties to hold the wire mesh on and a gate made out of the wire with 2x4's nailed on and a bungee cord. I have a buried high voltage wire to the shed (just right of the tractor in the picture). I don't even normally turn on the electric. This spring the deer started eating my peas by reaching through the fence. One day with the electric and they stopped. Should have had a camera on it to see the surprise. IMG_5464.JPG
 
Michigan Escapee

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Blood meal used to be the way to go, if you don't mind a few random scavengers licking the ground around your garden. ;P 40-50 pounds of it won't set you back a whole lot, and you get long term nitrate release out of it as part of the bargain.
 
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A guy I work with saves his hair from haircuts and puts it around his garden. It seems to work he doesn't have any fencing
My neighbor did the same thing, he had the barber shops in town save the hair in feed bags. He would make a strip about 6" wide all way around the garden with it, he said it kept the rabbits out also.
 

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Thanks. I would shoot him but he only visits at night.

I would take the time to stay up one night on the weekend and shoot it. fallow you local laws but if its a nuisance than its hard for you to get in trouble for shooting it. crop damage is a bid deal.
 
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