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Scott. I tried the gum thing & it didn't work at all. I also tried the poison bait down the gopher holes. They pushed the bait up on top of the dirt they pushed out of the holes. There are a couple of good comments about deer prevention here.
Don't know what to tell you Marv. When I opened the package of gum I could smell the spearment from it a good two feet away. I was also very careful not to actually touch the gum itself, just the paper wrapper, when putting it down the holes. For whatever reasons it worked, thankfully. I've also tried the strichnine laced gopher bait to no avail too.
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Deer tracks?
Don't look like deer tracks to me either.
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Don't look like deer tracks to me either.
"Bambi" is the hot neighbor, in flip flops, with a corn fetish.

This has nothing to do with deer.
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based on this "losing apples" thread, I can't wait for the next Lyme Disease thread
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Correct

We have invaded their territory, offer them up a buffet and then we get upset if they take us up on the offer.

We don't get mad at the house dog of he eats the t bone we place on the floor.
I wouldn't shoot a deer unless I had to. But if I did it would be with a pellet gun right in the eye so it could go home and tell its friends and family to stay off my lawn.

Dirty, rotten and worthless animals they are.
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They don't look like split hooves. Maybe not a good picture?
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looks like you need a bear, talk to Varmit.
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Best gopher killer I've used yet. Fought 'em for years in our garden with gopher bombs, water down the holes, etc etc to no avail. Finally bought this pack of gum. Two sticks is all it took. Haven't seen hide nor hair of them since.

My experience with deer is limited to what I dealt with up on the vineyard. A very tall fence is what kept them out.
Interesting. One of the deer repellents I use is peppermint based. I use it and Plantskid, which is dried blood, on my apple trees and haven't had a deer attack them all season.
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Don't look like deer tracks to me either.
What else would they be? They are the right size and shape for deer. The hooves don't appear to be cloven, but that has to be an anomaly - clogged with mud or something.
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Got any more pics? Those do not appear to be deer tracks....

Mebbe the lower imprint stepped over the top one? Get another pic...

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We have plenty of deer/rabbits and the occasional black bears to contend with . My wife read online that Irish Spring brand soap is a good repellent . You take bars of soap and shave them down into smaller slices . Take cheese cloth or similar and make bags with the Irish Spring shavings in them . Hang them around your garden and the theory is they don't like the smell and will go elsewhere . We have game cameras and while we do see deer we don't see them going near the garden . Your results may vary
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Last year they nearly ruined my apple trees. This spring they munched their way through the strawberries.
Last night - arghh! The early sweet corn was about 5 days from being ready to eat.
Sounds like you have found the secret recipe for converting crops into Venison.

Man verses nature..........good luck with that.


https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/keeping-animals-out/5452.html

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Fencing is the only sure-fire way to keep wild and domestic animals out of a prized garden. Although it can be expensive to keep out large animals, such as deer, it may be the only way to protect your yard from costly damage. Here are some points to keep in mind:
In one trip that lead me between country and city I noticed a fence dome that was about 40 feet in diameter.

Maybe search Craigslist for a worn out Geodesic dome and staple chicken wire to the open frames?

Perhaps two baseball domes face to face?

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The 10 acre Frank Lloyd Wright house/estate I was at last year had high fences and raised beds as in the first image.
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So this AM I happen to look out the window waiting for the coffee to be done and I see two small piles of mulch maybe the size of a figallon bucket’s worth smack in the middle of my lawn.

Coffee got done so I poured myself a cup and slid open the slider to check out this new development.

Those two piles of mulch jumped about 4 feet straight up, hit the ground running on four spindly-swivel legs with the whitest of two white tails high-tailing it outta there.

Fawns.

Got to get me a dog. Thinking very small German Shepherd 24-7 on perimeter patrol.

The other day I was nearly close enough to stab one. That loathsome thing stared at me, wondering what that goofy thing yelling at me wants now?

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When we purchased our current house, we wanted enough land to have a garden and for me to have a workshop. First year in, we cleared an area 35'x65' for a garden. The dimensions were chosen so that a 200' roll of wire fencing would surround the area. We also knew there were deer in the area - as they actually pass through our property every other night or so as a herd. I used wooden 6' fence posts - sunk 2' in the ground and then used electric fencing posts inserted holes drilled in the top of the fence posts. I bought an electric fence charger and wire from a Craigslist add for $40 or so and went to town. As it ends up - I haven't even had to energize the fence - ever. I guess I consider myself fortunate. We have had ZERO issues with wildlife in the garden.

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Yes, sorta. SL,

Township officially calls it low-density residential. 1A minimum lots in pockets of huge Ag-rec plats, State and National forests. Really tough zoning, too.

Goddamn deer got no right whatsoever to live here.

Filthy things. Two years ago the Giant Mammoth Gargantuan or whatever hosta that I’ve been nurturing met its demise on account of three of them chatting away with giant green leaves hanging from their organs of wanton destruction.
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WD. how big is the garden? is is cost prohibitive to put a tall fence around it?

i've seen some nice hog-fence options around some of our local gardens. the deer stand outside, staring at the succulents from afar.
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Oh there’s lotsa ways to protect food plots.

But how do you keep the diseased overgrown rodents out of potentially award-winning home landscaping? I mean esthetically.

I can’t nuke em with poison fire from space, a right they have justly earned, so a dog is in my future. A smart dog.
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When we purchased our current house, we wanted enough land to have a garden and for me to have a workshop. First year in, we cleared an area 35'x65' for a garden. The dimensions were chosen so that a 200' roll of wire fencing would surround the area. We also knew there were deer in the area - as they actually pass through our property every other night or so as a herd. I used wooden 6' fence posts - sunk 2' in the ground and then used electric fencing posts inserted holes drilled in the top of the fence posts. I bought an electric fence charger and wire from a Craigslist add for $40 or so and went to town. As it ends up - I haven't even had to energize the fence - ever. I guess I consider myself fortunate. We have had ZERO issues with wildlife in the garden.

You were smart and took charge from day 1 so they didn't develop the habit of easy food.
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