Deer in yard eating stuff=Bad winter?

kadasuki(z6 NW AR)October 23, 2006

Hello All,

Does it mean a bad winter? I've never had deer come up the ravine to eat from my front yard before, not in nearly 7 years. They have eaten 4 o'clocks, and ornamental cabbages and ornamental peppers.

Just curious, as they usually stay below and in ravine.

KK

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oakleif(z6 AR)

Deer ate my sedum for the first time ever and there is a bumper crop of acorns all around us this year.
They got into a neighbors pears but have'nt touched ours. Can't explain it.
vickie

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 4:06AM
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christie_sw_mo(Z6)

I'm guessing, but I think it would mean they're either running low on food already (have you had a drought?) or you just have more deer and they're expanding their territory. Either way, you may have a lot of deer damage this year.

I've been lucky so far and the deer have stayed away from my yard although I see more and more every year when I'm driving. Last week, I had to break for two does casually walking across the road as I came up over a hill. It was early in the morning before daylight. My knees were shaking it was so close. This is why old ladies drive slow.

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 8:20AM
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oakleif(z6 AR)

Christie, I hear you about old ladies driving slow. Never know when i'll see a deer or whatever in the road. :o)
Have'nt seen many squirrels as i usually do tho.
Vickie

    Bookmark   October 24, 2006 at 8:31PM
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Marian_2(Z6 ARKozarks)

The dozen or so deer that frequent our woods snacked on almost every shrub abd perennial in my yard this year. It seems the new arrivals are developing new tastes! I had to resort to moving my potted plants on to the deck to save them. I even put a 'gate' at the head of the steps, just in case.
I certainly hope this is not a permanent situation. I like to see a deer now and then, but enough is enough!

A good friend hit a deer at dusk the other day. Totaled her vehicle, killed the deer, but thankfully didn't hurt her. So far I have had no really close encounters. ( I am another of those aging drivers.)

Marian

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 12:47PM
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beerhog(z7AR)

I like to see deer and most aninals but when it somes to my plants I say time to fill your freezer.
Beerhog

    Bookmark   October 25, 2006 at 2:35PM
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oakleif(z6 AR)

Beerhog, I'm hoping some neighbors will thin some of my deer out,and of course share some meat. Am a hypocrit. Can't shoot a deer but love the meat but than could'nt kill a cow either and boy! oh! boy! do i love beef.
vickie

    Bookmark   October 26, 2006 at 2:06AM
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