Deer in the Garden

Deer are selective feeding stuffs. The season, plant palatability, supply of substitute crops, weather conditions, and nutritional needs rely on whether a specific plant is consumed. The hungrier they become, the less cautious they are. Have a look at this website for more info on this.

Controls range from sturdy plants to 12 foot fences. Local conditions will determine what works and what doesn’t work.

Deer Deer feeding also sees drought. While we might sympathize with them, consuming our seedlings won’t solve the problem. In normal size residential gardens, there’s simply not enough available to make enough difference.

They will eat anything when they get desperate. This includes not only dislike plants but also poisonous plants.

Of course feeding will make them more selective. But they do have a roaming nature. (Being in one place makes it easier for a predator to stalk and ambush them.) Feeding them close to home can make the problem worse because they’re going to wander back near the food much more frequently. They’re not going to confine their browsing to the food they’re putting out for them as they come and go.

Its acute sense of smell is another problem with feeding deer. They will detect and accustom themselves to the scents associated with the food source. This will make them less fearful of people and they will get much closer to homes than they would otherwise have. Feeding can cause them to associate inhabited places with food, but they may have figured this out already.

Deer learns quickly A farmer told me he had succeeded in putting out quantities of food from his house about 1/2 mile away. Since deer have about two square miles of home range and ranges overlap, you wouldn’t want to feed too far or too close. Maybe 1/4 mile is as close as you should be trying this out.

By the way, hay alone isn’t adequate winter deer food. We stop producing an enzyme that is required to digest cellulose in the fall, ensuring the hay’s nutritional value will not be realized. They are going to eat meat, then die painfully. If you want to try to feed them with hay, you can buy the enzyme (mixed with molasses) for adding to the hay at the feed stores. Feeding with anything else could become very expensive and attract other wildlife, as well as being consumed in even greater quantities.

In fact it’s a bad idea to feed wild animals. Their interests are more nuanced than one might imagine and more damage than good may easily be done. It’s also illegal in many places, for this reason.

Many people who abhor hunting don’t realize that the practical alternatives are usually much worse. When life were in man-free state, wolves and other animals would capture deer depleted by hunger. Maybe wolves would be more appropriate to human standards than dogs that sometimes attack them in rural areas, but in either case the pain would be the same.