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Saturday morning deer attack!

at war with local deer population

More deer damage last night....but from a new direction down by the barn.

It might mean the recent chicken pasture fence barrier is actually making the deer change their daily route.

The latest incursion struck a deep blow to what we thought was a protected area or at least a spot that's made it the whole year without any deer nibbles.

We continue to deploy the mechanical, non-lethal deer deterrent contraptions and added number 5 to the mix this morning, but.....if that doesn't work the above trail camera should give us some data on which way they're coming in from and at what time. The logic is that maybe this particular deer has a window of time when she stops in this area, and I'm not above a good old fashioned ambush if that's what it's going to come down to.

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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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Why don't you guys invest in an outdoor dog?
Comment by Ross Mon Aug 29 21:45:53 2011
We have a dog, but dogs are only a very short-term, partial solution to deer control. Unless you're willing to get an excitable yearling every six months or so, dogs soon realize that deer aren't a danger and sleep through their depredations.
Comment by anna Tue Aug 30 07:49:30 2011
Try a breed with a strong hunting instinct. Really, my dog goes nuts for deer in the yard and she's 12.
Comment by Ross Tue Aug 30 23:28:15 2011

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