I couldn’t grow pumpkins or squash in an unprotected setting at my old place. Deer densities there were around 35 per square mile. I can grow both here unprotected. Deer density here right around 25-30.
Deer are funny critters. In some places they’ll eat stuff that they won’t touch in other areas.
very true. if they get hungry enough they will even strip bark off fruit trees! got to admit hearing about pumpkin eaten is a 1st. for me. invite some archery hunters to come in and thin some for you or get one and do it yourself. i hunted a friends farm down in easton, MD you guys sure have a problem with them esp. in the burbs.
I am a rural hick and I still say “oh, look at the cute deer”
As I type this I can look out my window and see a doe eating in a 1/3 acre foodplot planted to clover and alfalfa. I put that foodplot there just to feed deer and so we can watch them from the house.
That said, I am also a deer hunter. The deer problem in suburbia is due to PETA and other such organizations. Deer are wonderful animals, but their numbers need to be kept in check. The only way to do that efficiently is by hunting. Period
Open deer season, from weeks to more months and don’t send poachers to jail or fined them. If you are able to control the deer populations, they would not show up in your open garden or around the cities, case close.
We have a pantry in town that is always loaded with poor and old people that would happy with a decent meal, even if it is deer meat.
Oh well, i live in a part of Arkansas, that has a lot of poor people. In town we have a pantry that some of you should visit.Here is a part of land what i have to deal with.
My yard is 200 x 100 for my priced tree’s and plants, it is fenced but sometime i find one in there.
This morning something strange happens, there was one that was about 100 feet away, i watch it for a minute while i was busy in my garden, when i look again she was just on the other side of the fence looking at me,20 feet away.
I know for a fact, that most of them here in my area are not healthy. Arkansas used to send deer to other states, now they don’t want them.Poachers in my area don’t slow the herd at all, every year there are more.
We have removed their natural predators so we have no choice but to control the population. Here they now have CWD , I don’t know if I will continue to hunt them because of it. I won’t let them eat my trees though,
Tony, that’s too much work for a couple old geasors. In my area we have poachers every fall, nobody bother them. they pick them of left and right and staying on the main road.
They do things quickly. Besides i would rather eat fish. An hour later, they are in the pan.