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Old 06-03-2015, 09:43 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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My daughter hangs soap pieces in mesh bags around her garden, which also has a 6 foot fence. It seems to work. Another thing to do is hit up a barbershop/beauty parlor for hair clippings and spread them around the garden.

A dog in the yard will usually keep deer at a distance.

One problem is that the deer aren't afraid to be around humans. One of the easiest ways to instill that fear could be called the .30-30 solution.
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Old 06-03-2015, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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"Deer eating flowers"

I'm not aware of any flowers that eat deer. That would be cool though.
People used to tell us to plant marigolds because the deer could not stand the smell. Apparently the deer did not listen to those people! Although it was as if the deer did not like the smell - they bit off the flowers and pulled the plants out of the ground to die! One way to get rid of an 'unwanted' crop!
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:19 AM
 
Location: South Raleigh, NC
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Great suggestions from all and it sounds like nothing is going to work - that kind of matches our experience. An eight foot fence is fine for a garden, but that isn't going to work for a yard.

I would think some kind of motion activated noisemaker and light would work. It would need to be battery powered and of course waterproof. I don't know if there is any such thing, but if anyone finds one send me a link to it.

And if it hasn't been invented yet, go ahead and take credit for it with my permission as long as you send me a free one. You'll make millions, so you won't mind.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:20 AM
 
Location: NYC based - Used to Live in Philly - Transplant from Miami
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oh, I was expecting photos here of giant venus fly trap looking things, with hooves and antlers sticking out

(from wiki)
HA HA. Thats what I thought too.
Maybe the title should be plant-eating deer. Not deer-eating plant.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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I would think some kind of motion activated noisemaker and light would work. It would need to be battery powered and of course waterproof. I don't know if there is any such thing, but if anyone finds one send me a link to it.
I have target practiced at firing ranges that had deer grazing down range. They get use to noise - even gunfire.
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Old 06-04-2015, 10:12 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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I have target practiced at firing ranges that had deer grazing down range. They get use to noise - even gunfire.

You were shooting at the wrong targets.
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Old 06-04-2015, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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You were shooting at the wrong targets.
Our Game Commission frowns upon dead deer in the middle of the firing ranges in the middle of the Summer - just a little out of season. Deer become accustomed to noise - even the sound of lead cracking through the air over their heads.

How many deer have you watched peacefully eating on the sides of our busy roads. Roads are noisy; just not as noisy as firing ranges.
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:58 PM
 
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I know people who have good luck hanging by wire Irish spring soap in wrapper. Deer are very olfactory motivated. They do not like smell of or eat lavender for same reason.
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Old 06-04-2015, 09:18 PM
 
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I know people who have good luck hanging by wire Irish spring soap in wrapper. Deer are very olfactory motivated. They do not like smell of or eat lavender for same reason.
can we just get some motion sensors that spray bear mace at them? yeah... not very humane... neither is eating from my garden

yeah yeah, ignore the "liability" issues too in case some kids walk into range... I'm not serious about it, but thinking about it makes me happier since I can't just outright kill them
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Old 06-05-2015, 02:02 AM
 
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Deer are A-holes and nothing but a good fence works for long. With the CA drought they are getting desperate and eating things they used to pass up. The only things I have not lost to them are Black-eye susans, Shasta Daisies, Yarrow, Iris, thyme, poppies, sage, hostas, ivy, mint, and daffodils.
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