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Venison dreams

using Stihl weed trimmer to clear fence line

We recently noticed our first deer damage of the year.

It's hard to know for sure, but we think she came in through our weakest fence line.

Weed eating around the fence and repairing the weak spot might help to make this deer think twice before coming in, but it might also be time to ask the local Game Warden for another deer killing permit.



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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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not sure if it was deer or coons but 3/4 of my corn in my three sisters garden has been pillaged over night. it is discouraging to say the least. do ya'll still have the deer deterrents? do/did they work on coons as well?
Comment by Elaine S Tue Jul 2 21:58:12 2013
Huh, I have this vague recollection that you learned in a previous round that you can always kill a deer on your own property. Am I mis-remembering that? Or do you need to go off of your property to properly hunt this one down, or something similarly more-complicated?
Comment by irilyth [livejournal.com] Tue Jul 2 23:04:56 2013

Elaine --- That does sound like raccoons in your garden. You can read about our deer deterrents here. We've never tried them against raccoons because Lucy does our coon-deterring for us, but would be curious to hear what you think if you try them out.

Josh --- A lot of people around here act like you can kill a deer on your own property at any time, but it's technically illegal to do so outside hunting season or unless you have a kill permit. The game warden has such a large area to patrol that it's unlikely he'd find out if we did so, but better safe than sorry....

Comment by anna Wed Jul 3 07:49:52 2013

Trail cams or game cameras as they are known are relatively inexpensive and will show exactly what critters are invading your space.

In eastern GA and SC, I notice people with a 6' high electric wire fence wrapping their gardens, strands low for raccoons, high for deer.

Here is an example-

http://www.bing.com/shopping/wildgame-innovations-trail-camera-n2e/p/A11D40AB124338885001?q=wildgame+innovations+camera&lpf=0&lpq=wildgame%2binnovations%2bcamera&FORM=EGCA&lppc=16

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