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Hunting to keep deer out of your garden

Deer huntingWhen I talk to locals about the deer overpopulation problem, their inevitable response is "why don't you get a gun?"  The problem with hunting as a solution to deer in the garden is that it's illegal to kill a deer out of season, even on your own property, unless you get a special permit from the game warden.  Hunting during the normal season does keep deer out of your garden...for about a week.

That said, I'm convinced that hunting is the long term solution to our deer overpopulation problem, but only if our game laws are changed.  Currently, most game management agencies are actively working to promote deer population growth, a throwback to a few decades ago when deer were scarce.  If laws are changed to allow hunters to kill more does, we might be able to get our deer populations back under control.

This post is part of our Homemade Deer Deterrent lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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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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