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Best mechanical deer deterrent yet



I've finally found a motor that is sustainable and will last longer than the previous incarnations of this type of mechanical deer deterrent.

The above video demonstrates the range of noise signatures that can be achieved with some adjusting of the primary stopping point.

We've only had one minor deer incursion this year, and we're still not sure if it was due to our recent power failure or a particularly brave and determined deer. The system is working quite well as you can see a very healthy and un-nibbled garden in the background of the video.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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A neighbor told me he buys gismos at party stores which make noise when detecting motion. Says they work well as deer deterrents. I remember last christmas seeing santas which sing when you walk near them.
Comment by Errol Hess Sat Jun 4 18:57:15 2011
That's a great idea! I don't think I've seen those gizmos, but I'll have to keep my eyes open. Sounds like a good April Fool's joke to play on Mark....
Comment by anna Sat Jun 4 20:18:44 2011

What about something like this, all the way around the garden?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_CDLBTJD4M or this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewalHF0T0GY

Comment by pjbaldes Sun Jun 5 19:39:08 2011
Mark has actually dreamed about making some sort of kinetic sculpture deer deterrent, but I have to say, the deer didn't look all that scared in the first video. :-)
Comment by anna Sun Jun 5 21:18:49 2011





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