Outwitting Deer: 101 Truly Ingenious Methods and Proven Techniques to Prevent Deer from Devouring Your Garden and Destroying Your Yard

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I once believed all those myths about Bambi. I saw the movie, Adler admits. Now a homeowner and a gardener, he has changed his tune. 'Deer are a scourge. They invade our yards and eat our precious plants, shrubs, fruits, and vegetables.' They carry dangerous diseases. And the worst part is, they're nearly impossible to keep out of backyard gardens. As adaptable as squirrels, deer will jump fences, trample flowers, even enter your house - all in search of a good meal. Adler offers over one hundred truly ingenious ...

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Overview

I once believed all those myths about Bambi. I saw the movie, Adler admits. Now a homeowner and a gardener, he has changed his tune. 'Deer are a scourge. They invade our yards and eat our precious plants, shrubs, fruits, and vegetables.' They carry dangerous diseases. And the worst part is, they're nearly impossible to keep out of backyard gardens. As adaptable as squirrels, deer will jump fences, trample flowers, even enter your house - all in search of a good meal. Adler offers over one hundred truly ingenious methods for outwitting these voracious ungulates. With Outwitting Deer, you'll learn how to: identify deer presence in your yard; make homemade repellents; buy commercial deterrents that work; landscape your garden to repel deer; protect yourself and your family from Lyme disease; prevent deer-vehicle collisions; get involved with population-management techniques; develop long-term, successful anti-deer strategies; and more. Armed with Outwitting Deer, you will keep your gardens and backyards safe from the armies of these lovely but ravenous animals. A must for all vegetable and flower gardeners, suburban homeowners, rural residents, and anyone with a yard at stake. (51/2 X 81/4, 192 pages, b&w photos, charts)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781558216297
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/28/1999
  • Series: Outwitting
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.53 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 1
Introduction 3
Chapter 1 The Awful Truth about Deer 11
History of Deer 12
That's a Lot of Deer 13
Types--Yes, There are More than One 14
Characteristics of the Three Most Common Deer 16
Where They're Going, Where They've Been 17
Where and When to Send Deer Mail 18
Society: Everybody Needs a Friend 20
Dating and Mating 23
They Will Survive 26
Take Two Aspirin and Go Back to the Woods 26
Hungry? 27
Faster than a Speeding Bullet 29
Antlers: Unique Deer Hats 30
Chapter 2 Menaces to Society 33
Close Encounters of the Deer Kind 34
Fawn on Your Lawn 38
Lyme Time 38
Road Warriors 44
Chapter 3 Outwitting Strategies from the Ground Up 51
How to Tell If a Deer Has Been In Your Yard 52
Basic Detective Work 52
Deer Beds 53
The Tracks of My Deers 53
Scat, Another Four-Letter Word 54
Menace to Our Gardens and Livelihoods 54
Planting to Outwit Deer 58
Deer-Resistant Plants 63
Vegetables, Fruits, and Some Herbs Deer Dislike 65
Plants Rarely Damaged 66
Plants Frequently Damaged 78
Top Twenty Genera List 80
Camouflage Gardening 81
Plants with Strong Aromas 82
Get to Know Your Neighbor 84
Chapter 4 Smarter than the Average Deer 87
Fencing 88
Scents, Homemade and Otherwise 94
Soap 94
Household Products and Homemade Mixtures 96
Other Stuff That Smells Bad to Deer 98
Wire 101
Scare Devices 102
Lights 103
Netting 103
Noisemakers 104
Ultrasound Devices 106
Sprinklers 107
Dogs 107
Chapter 5 What Deer Fear: Products 111
Chapter 6 Looking at the Big Picture: Overpopulation (and Ways of Dealing with It) 129
Relocation 130
Contraception 132
The Return of the Predators 135
Elimination: A-Hunting We Will Go 136
No Long-Term Solution in Sight 146
Chapter 7 Learning to Love Them 151
This Land Was Made for You and Me 153
When You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em 156
Venison as a Food Source 156
How to Tell if You're Eating a Good Deer 158
Venison for Charity 159
Deer Farming 160
Games People Play 161
Deer Hunter 161
Deer Avenger 162
Chapter 8 When All Else Fails: Dastardly Deeds That Can Deter Deer 165
Chapter 9 Resources 173
Gardening 173
Hunting/Venison 174
Miscellaneous 175
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