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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 14, 2012 7:45:30 PM PDT
My experience with deer is an 8-foot fence -(2-4-foot rolls of field fence stitched together with wire in the middle) that is what the vineyards around here depend on. Not just ME! The other solution in the Contech Scarecrow - a motion-detector attached to a hose - as long as you have a supply of 9-volt batteries - I GUARANTEE that it will work! I am just now planting grape vines in wire baskets (to avoid the gophers) with a CONTECH Scarecrow set-up! Good luck!


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2012 7:10:13 AM PDT
Mix 1 Tablespoon Mongolian Oil (edible) and 1 egg, (beaten) and 2 cups water. Put in spray bottle and spray on plants. Smells terrible, but does the trick. You will need to redo after rain and redo after a few weeks.
Shirley A Bernhagen

Posted on Jun 15, 2012 5:56:57 PM PDT
Some cheap perfume sprinkled around will help

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2012 9:42:26 AM PDT
Ridgehaven says:
Been there- done that- they still eat the vegetables. I really think there is nothing but short of a bullet that will take care of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 7:39:39 AM PDT
I stoped my dear problem with stakes about 4' long and plastic surveors tape tied to them. The tape is inexpensive and available in most hardware stores

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2012 9:07:57 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 17, 2012 9:10:03 AM PDT
I seriously doubt that that will be a permanent solution to your deer problem. Once they get used to it, and know that it is not "hot wired" (which is another solution you could consider), they will easily jump 4 ft. They will not jump over an 8 ft fence, but anything shorter than that is fair game for them. One thing also to consider is that if the fenced area is small enough, and they can see that there is no space to land, they will also avoid that. For some time I had a 6 foot high, 12 foot diameter round garden (Field fence wire) in which I had filled with a lot of potted vegetables and other "deer delights" - it definitely kept them out. But anything that came thru the fencing material to the outside got munched! Good luck!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 11:49:09 AM PDT
Rhoda Minard says:
I haven't had a problem with deer since I started planting garlic around in the garden and flowers!! Before just as soon as the plant would get a bloom on them they would be gone also my hostas would be ate off at the ground, no more since I got some garlic and planted them around, haven't lost any this year!

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 3:36:36 PM PDT
D. Pender says:
use four steel fence posts at the corners, or more depending on the size of your garden. Pound in the ground so that they are rigid. Now warp 20#test nylon fishing line around all the post so that it is taught. Cheap line is great. When the deer come in after dark they cant see the line. As they walk through it it will break and when it does it makes a ping sound and they run for the hills. Remember to re tie it for the next night. It works...

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 1:15:22 PM PDT
Peregrinn says:
How high up the posts do you put the fishline?

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 3:46:17 PM PDT
JCRT says:
I tried all that stuff too... Nothing worked for me until I found a motion activated sprinkler, called Scarecrow, made by Comtec. Pricey, around $45-50, but haven't been invaded by critters since I've been using it! Check it out, I got mine on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 19, 2012 5:04:04 PM PDT
Barring an 8-foot fence, the Contech Scarecrow is the ONLY way to go! I have 3 of them! Just make sure you keep a supply of 9-volt batteries handy! The other reason this beats that fishing-line method posted earlier is that if you go away for a couple of days, and the deer break the line the first night you are away, what's going to stop them from coming back? NOTHIN!

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 8:59:03 AM PDT
Johnny Bravo says:
Just shoot it. a $1 rifle bullet is the most potent deer repellent ever invented.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 1:58:21 PM PDT
Yes, and I LOVE venison, but you have to be there! You can't just stay up all night and wait for them! The bullet is a great idea, if you have someone who just wants to stand there all day and night. Not very practical at all, in a heavily-populated deer area such as where I am. You have to find another way to keep them out of the garden. I vote for the Contech Scarecrow! If a hunter shows up with a loaded deer rifle, (and a permit) I will turn off the scarecrows and let him hunt!

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 2:48:33 PM PDT
Johnny Bravo says:
lol. Yes, venison is quite good. If deer are intruding and causing destruction to your property, In my state, you can shoot them anytime of the year. Of course, no one in their right mind is lazy enough to wait around all day. Just go by a big dog, or a hunting cam. Learn the time of day (usually early morning of late night) when the dog barks or the camera took pictures and just wait it out that time of day for a couple days. Then put one through the animal. We use to of had a garden, the deer would try to get to the goods, but our dog would always scare them away (he was literally right beside our garden). And at this point I am not to concerned about "property" use of the animal because the population is absoultely EXPLODING. Deer are seeking food in the craziest of places in my part of town. I am predicting a large state hunt in the next few years to thin the population.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 4:32:26 PM PDT
We put Irish Spring soap around the entire garden...we have lots of deer....has helped so far!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2012 4:33:37 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2012 2:31:48 PM PDT
camel joe says:
I've had great luck using fishing line. The deer used to devour everything in my backyard. I tied 40-50 test fishing line at knee level across my 300 foot backyard from tree to tree. The deer bump into the fishing line at night and back off. I haven't had any deer problem for around three years.
Occasionally, neighborhood children have broken the fishing line but it is very easy to replace.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 11:46:26 AM PDT
Heiropolis says:
Shave Irish Mist soap around the area - it will keep them at bay.

Posted on Jun 24, 2012 12:32:22 PM PDT
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Sarge says:
An eletric fence is the only answer the farm and garden stores sell them they don't hurt the animal but give them a sting they won't forget and after a few years you don't even need the wire a string will do. I live in the most deer populated parish in Louisiana and have been using this method for 25 years and to date have a deer free garden. The fence controller, wire and I used 1/2 inch pvc pipe about 2 1/2 ft high for posts is relatively inexpensive compared to losing an acre of purple hull peas to the local deer herd in one night. Good Luck

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 24, 2012 10:02:25 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 9:14:54 AM PDT
A friend once told me that the ONLY way to prevent those pesky deer from chomping on everything in the garden is "high velocity lead poisoning". He recommended the same thing for gophers. I'm sure it works, but its a little too violent for my taste. I, too, have tried multiple methods. I don't think anything is fool-proof. If it isn't the deer, its the commando-bunnies that squeeze right through the chain-link fence and nibble away......

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 10:13:15 AM PDT
I certainly wouldn't want to shoot a deer and bring it to my table that had been treated with lead! That treatment out to be outlawed! Also, dogs and cats could get into it too. So far, my Contech Scarecrows are 100% effective! They also keep the dog and cat out of the garden, too! Having a raised garden bed seems to be a way to keep the bunnies away. Not t hat they couldn't jump, but I haven't seen any signs of them. Maybe there are too many coyotes here that keep the bunny population down, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 6:47:53 AM PDT
Jager says:
Irish spring bar soap works well. String tie or zip-tie a soap bar on each corner of the garden on a post or tomatoe stake and one bar inbetween posts for great coverage. Deer do not like the smell at all and it works just as well as the expensive deer repellent sprays on the market.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 2:19:35 PM PDT
i shot the deer and ate it, subject closed!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 5, 2012 7:10:36 PM PDT
Go to your local zoo and get some cougar pee. Spray it around and the deer will avoid the area because they will think that it's a predators territory
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