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Old 03-15-2009, 07:27 AM
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This might sound weird, is there a down side to having deer hanging out near our house and yard? My wife loves animals. She throws out deer corn and now we seem to have a herd of at least nine animals milling around in the morning and evenings.

I was thinking of deer ticks or something like that. We have three dogs and I have a 5' fence around the garden.

I don't hunt, my Dad didn't either. He taught me to fish.

OK, that's the story, should I just step back and let her enjoy her herd? Can I shoot 'em if they get in my boat? Lol
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Well you shouldn't feed deer but many do. When you stop feeding them and even if you keep on doing it, I hope you hate your landscaping as they will be feeding on that in no time.
Deer ticks and Lyme disease are a very real health threat and it should not be thought of lightly.
Other than that enjoy.
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Thanks for the insight...
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5' fence, don't waste your time with a garden this year.
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Originally Posted by nanjemoycat View Post
5' fence, don't waste your time with a garden this year.
Exactly what I was thinking!
Old 03-15-2009, 08:31 AM
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just got the damn tiller running... and she's started her plants inside already.

Not good gentlemen.
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The tick issue would be high on my list! Also during the "rut" they can make your lawn look like a thousand rabid moles were turned loose. It's fun to watch their mating antics from your living room, but IF the ground is wet thay can inflict alot of damage. Also there's the chance the bucks might use your favorite tree for a "rub". http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=...&ct=image&cd=1
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if the ticks are there they will be there even without the deer.if there is deer there probably a host of other animal's that carry the same ticks.
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Originally Posted by dpowell View Post
Thanks for the insight...
Little critters did over 10,000 of damage here a short time back to the landscaping. Now I'll admit this place ain't normal but damage is damage.

Might as well just save yourself a whole lot of time and toss the seedlings she's got started into the trash now.
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All of the above here in Vermont it is not legal to feed them for the fore mention reasons
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Plant them some corn and peas and they MIGHT stay out of her pea patch.. other wise ten foot tall chainlink fence MIGHT keep them out..

Post up some pictures...


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Old gill net around the perimeter strung up like a fence will keep them out, they don't like the feel of it. It's just not so pretty.
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8' minimum fence. They can jump a 5.

Peppermint extract also does well. We soak cord in it the run the perimeter of food plots to keep deer out until the food plot has time to mature a little.
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they eat everything and are a hazard to cars...I have personally hit 2... not only that but my mom has gotten lyme disease twice and my dad another time... Ive somehow managed to avoid it but deer suck, they have completely overrun the North East.

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Originally Posted by tommyr904 View Post
if the ticks are there they will be there even without the deer.if there is deer there probably a host of other animal's that carry the same ticks.
the ticks arnt the real problem....is the disease they carry... wood ticks are more common on mice and in fields etc...and are less likely to carry disease...deer ticks on the other hand are much more likely to carry lyme
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Suggest you stop feeding them; stay away from them; keep your dogs away from them and out of the areas where the deer have been hanging out; and keep your dogs current on their flea-and-tick and deworming treatments.

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Can I shoot 'em if they get in my boat?
No.

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Thanks for all the advice! My wife and I agree that the deer shouldn't be fed any longer.

We have a lot of peppermint plants growing wild around here and we are going to plant that around the garden's perimeter.

While I do have a "varmit" rifle, I wouldn't shoot anything unless it's attacking my chickens or dogs (the cats can fend for themselves :-) The boat remark was a joke SurferGirl. Is the black ribbon for those policemen in CA? Curious...

I'll post some photos when/if the deer come back around.

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Dave , you are missing a great chance at lots of great meat. Deer steaks, deer hamberger and deer boloni. Also deer meat is very low in fat and high in proteen. Good for the waist. Go to your local game warden tell him about the damage maybe he will let you shoot more than 2. You could also share with people that are out of work. One deer could feed a family of four for 4 or 5 mounths. Help out your neighbor.

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"I don't hunt, my Dad didn't either. He taught me to fish. "



Get your bottom rod and try to hide a hook in the corn....might wanna use braided line so you can pump like all hell to turn them because they always want to go right down into the woods when they realize they're hooked. If they make it there they are liable to either to get off or snag your line, so be careful.

If you're not a catch and release fisherman -

I suggest a little Dales marinade and some Everglades seasoning and some brown sugar. Take the back strap and marinate in the Dales overnight then rub with the latter two ingredients. Cook over hardwood at low heat (bout 275 Deg) until desired temp. Serve with a nice Cabernet or Budweiser -your choice they both pair well. Your wife will now appreciate the deer that much more.
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