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Need some advise on how to keep deer from eating my garden. Never had a problem until my dog died a couple of years ago, and don't want another dog. I've been told such things as hair, old splice, and ivory soap. Just wondering if anybody else has had this problem and had any other suggestions.
 

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Anyone who lives in an area with a healthy deer population has probably had this problem. You can use all kinds of deterrents but from what I've seen they'll eventually get accustomed to whatever tactic you use and keep coming back (unless you shoot them). Some folks even go as far as to run an electric line/fence around it at effective heights. Something similar happened to me with rabbits. I would only occasionally see them when my dog was still alive and kicking. After he passed away the rabbits are all over the place. If you're serious enough about it you may want to try and contact the wildlife folks and inquire about a depredation permit (shoot them). Not sure about the stipulations there though.
 

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You MUST put up a fence for deer and rabbits or you are just feeding them.....Been there done that
 
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I used to do alot of garden when my wife was living and I live in deer country.
Several years before I stopped gardening I started planting purple hull crowder peas. I had less deer traffic and they wouldn't touch a purple hull pea plant for some reason. I had a lot of pass through tracks and very little eating of anything.

You don't stand a chance with Dixie Lee peas unless you sit on that garden night and day.

Something else that does work for crows and may work on the deer as well. Kill a crow and hang him by his feet from a pole beside the garden. Just leave him there. Deer may shy from the smell of the carcass.

Radios in the garden will work for a time. As someone said they get used to whatever you do.
You could change up on different things to prevent that though.
 
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I have had pretty good luck with the different sprays like deer off and others... you can make your own also. That with your sprinkler should work. Try to stay up late a few times and early mornings to scare them off. A bb/pellet gun sting to the rear helps alot also. And since you have now a vested interest, harvest a doe or two.
 

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Last night they ate 50' of a 60' row of running string beans, and about half of the butterbeans. Don't think I will replant it. Still got potatoes, tomatoes, onions, 3 different kinds of peppers ,squash, and cucumbers. Don't know if they eat that stuff or not.
 
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