Worms, citrus blight and even the occasional aphid or slug chewing on the plants? Yup, Dealt with that almost all my life.
But this one I have to admit caught me by surprise.
I believe that some of the blog readers do not consider backyard-invading deer a hindrance but a saved trip to the supermarket.
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Depends where you are. Some Blue states have restrictions on hunting deer. Therefore they are over run with deer. And too frickin dumb to figure out that hunting is wildlife management….
Also depends on if the neighbors can hear the shot.
Archery, I hear, is very quiet. For those with hoplophobic neighbors.
Really? I never heard that. 😉
…you weren’t supposed to….
When I was farming I learned that you can consider animals destroying your crops as varmint.
7.62×51 is a good varmint round.
One of our neighbors (last house before the woods begin) has several bushes spaced out along either side of his driveway. The ones up near the house are large and bloom nicely. The closed you get to the street, the smaller they get. The ones nearest the street are much, much smaller. The deer that wander out of the woods through our neighborhood find them quite delicious. They used to eat my wife’s daffodils also. One of the does gave birth in our next door neighbor’s back yard and kept the fawn in a small thicket in the far corner this year. The fawn would sometimes wander into our back yard. Had to jump a three foot high fence to do it.
As NoVa yuppified, the change in attitude from look at Bambi, how beautiful, changed to kill the voracious the F&$@%! as the rhododendrons were razed by starving deer. One little township sent in the SWAT officers with NVGs and suppressed weapons. After some initial dismay, more or less universal approval was the norm.
Depends on the season, but even though free meat is nice it won’t bring back your tomatoes and everything you spent months growing.
All the things they eat, grows my food just fine. As John Wayne said, salad? That’s what my food eats. Works well, from squirrels in my pecans, to Bambi in the garden, to hogs everywhere.
Just don’t hang the deer on a tree outside. That is what the rafters in the garage are for, and you keep the door closed.
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