Gardening for Wildlife forum: Deer on my lawn

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Name: Margaret
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mcash70
Nov 21, 2014 3:44 PM CST
Lately it is not unusual to see deer sleeping or just resting on our lawn, this buck was so sleepy looking, finally he put his head down and snoozed until hubby opened the garage door and woke him up.
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A doe and her twins browsed on anything within reach. Photos were taken through the window and sadly there was a lot of glare. The twins, a buck and a doe, were so cute.
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The little one sees me in the window, I wasn't threatening, so they continued to browse.
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Look at the size of the ears!
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Going through this summers photos and found this one of a buck resting outside our fence at the back, took the photo from the deck.
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Nov 21, 2014 9:03 PM CST
Wow!!! I am amazed at all those deer in your yard. It is a wonder you have any plants left at all. For sure if I were a deer I would be hanging out in your garden !! Whistling As long as Serge did not chase me away... Rolling on the floor laughing
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Nov 21, 2014 9:27 PM CST
This summer, the deer that usually stay on my neighbor's property moved down to mine because he did not water his lawn because of the drought. They ate every deer resistant plant I had out there.

I usually chase them off as soon as I see them because I want them to think of my place as hostile territory.

Since I've got all of Mrs. J's roses fenced, I don't mind a deer raid now and then, but this summer I had way too many deer. My tiny lawn was green because I had to water the maple tree.

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Lyn
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Name: Linda
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quietyard
Nov 21, 2014 10:34 PM CST
Sounds like your yard is very attractive as well to the deer, Lyn ! Crying
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Nov 21, 2014 11:14 PM CST
Linda ....

I call the front of the house "deer territory". I live across the road from a large open meadow. So, I only plant deer resistant plants out there. The deer were so hungry this year that they ate all of the plants that they normally don't touch. This year with the drought, there were a lot more deer in town than usual and with my neighbor allowing his lawn to die, I got all of his deer and then some ... Hilarious!

Unfortunately, I did see a lot of starving deer and now I am reading about people finding a lot of dead deer on their properties. I think Mother Nature is culling the herd.

Lyn
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Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 21, 2014 11:32 PM CST
quietyard said:Wow!!! I am amazed at all those deer in your yard. It is a wonder you have any plants left at all. For sure if I were a deer I would be hanging out in your garden !! Whistling As long as Serge did not chase me away... Rolling on the floor laughing


Linda, that is just a small sample of the resident deer in out town, numbers are increasing, the town is talking about a cull.

Lyn, that is a sad situation when you see starving animals like that because of the drought. I don't blame you for chasing them away, they really are very destructive to our lawns and gardens.
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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RoseBlush1
Nov 22, 2014 12:43 AM CST
Margaret ...

This year, I think a lot of deer from the back country came to town, too. Starving deer will eat anything and, yes, they are destructive to our gardens and lawns. However, I think the problem with our large town deer population is even greater than that.

Deer ticks carry disease and I've been told that if I have a lot of deer on my property, I have to check my cat a couple of times a day for ticks.

Another problem is the auto accidents caused by deer simply because they don't know the rules of the road.

The biggest problem, from my point of view, is that the natural predators of deer, in our area, the cougars, follow their prey to town. We have had more big cat problems this year than we have had in any prior year in the ten years I've lived up here.

I think they are beautiful animals and now that rains have come, they are back up on my neighbor's green lawn and I like them there.

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Lyn
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Gleni
Nov 24, 2014 3:57 AM CST
The dear are lovely. So lucky.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 24, 2014 10:10 AM CST
Glen, yes the deer are indeed lovely and I do like seeing them, but not so happy when they eat my trees or jump into the backyard and clean out the bird feeders.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 25, 2014 3:55 PM CST
@RickCorey glad you liked the deer, Smiling Thanks for the Acorn tip. I tip my hat to you.
Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Nov 25, 2014 4:08 PM CST
I thought the photos captured some deer personality.

I do like seeing them in other people's yards, but I never tried to grow anything remotely edible in a yard they could reach.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 25, 2014 4:21 PM CST
I tip my hat to you.

That's why I don't mind them on the lawn so much, I don't grow anything they really like, they prune the trees a little but they grow back ok, and they can only reach so high. Green Grin!
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 25, 2014 5:37 PM CST
What it looked like at our house this morning. Green Grin!

Momma doe followed by the twins.
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The snow, fog and early morning light makes for a pretty picture.
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Name: Rick Corey
Everett WA 98204 (Zone 8a)
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RickCorey
Nov 25, 2014 7:40 PM CST
VERY atmospheric!

The blue reminds me of what French cinematographers call the movie convention of pretending that it's dark with a blue filter: "la nuit American".
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 25, 2014 9:18 PM CST
Hilarious! No filters Rick, it is what it was. Green Grin!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Nov 26, 2014 11:33 AM CST
Great shots of all the deer. Both for the pictures that opened this thread and the new ones in the snow. Still, I am glad that we don't have deer here to get into my garden.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 26, 2014 12:36 PM CST
Thanks Rita, and I'm glad I don't have racoons to get into my bird feeders, I got enough trouble with the bears and the deer. Hilarious!
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
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Newyorkrita
Nov 26, 2014 12:39 PM CST
I don't bother fighting with the squirrells or racoons about the bird feed. I simply just scatter my seed on the driveway. Nothing for the critters to mess up. Of course I thankfully don't have bears here.
Name: Margaret
Near Kamloops, BC, Canada (Zone 3a)
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mcash70
Nov 26, 2014 2:14 PM CST
That would probably scare you to death having bears in your yard. Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Nov 26, 2014 2:28 PM CST
mcash70 said:That would probably scare you to death having bears in your yard. Rolling on the floor laughing


I would never leave the house if I saw a bear here! Crying Rolling on the floor laughing

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