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  • eldermike
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    Some states (like NC) will give you a nuisance permit if you make part of your living from those trees.

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  • JEBar
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    you've still got plan B :

    30-30 at short range

    30-06 at longer ranges



    Jim

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  • amerfinn
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    Deer

    Thanks for the ideas, I'm going to go with the fence plus wrap the lower parts of the trees.

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  • Crazy Otto
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    I have heard that deer do not like the scent of Irish Spring bar soap. Certain elements hang a bar from a branch with a string to keep the deer from nibbling on their marijuana plants.
    Maybe it will work for you?

    Steve

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  • Clevelandjim
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    Deer including bucks with huge antlers just run my neighborhood like the squirrels. It is outrageous that the anti-gun liberals are OK with it b/c someone is going to get killed when a buck comes through the windshield and the antlers impale the driver. Without predators, what good are deer anyhow??

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  • ColoradoNative
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    Originally posted by muddy princess sara View Post
    If your land was producing crop you wouldn't need a license.
    Maybe in Ohio, but not everywhere, Check with your local game department.

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  • muddy princess sara
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    If your land was producing crop you wouldn't need a license. I learned long range shooting from a porch Into a corn field below. I just had to keep a mental note where they dropped so the guys could pick them up prior to harvesting the corn for silage. Cole also got really good hunting like this.
    I've watched him hit a few running animals over the years with only one shot.
    An idea to go with the bags. Use an old broken mirror glued to ribbon and tie to the tree limbs.


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  • MAAX2
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    Originally posted by amerfinn View Post
    I have deer foraging on my new apple trees. My thought is to kill them all but it might not be legal to do that. Any ideas besides all the repellants that don't work very well for very long. I do have a lot of 30-30 and 30.06 ammo.
    This may be too simplistic, and may also not work in all areas, because the presence of a regular windy climate may be needed. We have heard that by attaching plastic grocery bags loosely to the trunk of the new trees so that wind will keep them in motion will keep deer away from them. The motion of the bags blowing in the wind is enough to make deer avoid that tree.

    I have used for the past 4 winters, strips of 3 inch wide yellow "caution" tape to do the same. With the recent harsh winters here in North Dakota, the deer have taken to migrating into the small towns where they wander into the parks and yards overnights and forage around the grain elevators.

    My trees that are adorned with these strips of plastic that blow in the wind, are never touched by the deer. I can observe the deer tracks in the snow in the mornings, and see where they have been overnight, and it is clear that they go out of their way to avoid even walking near the small trees that I have so "protected". They are content to bed down in, and feast on the trees and shrubs of those who do not take such action.

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  • Jim
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    Originally posted by amerfinn View Post
    I have deer foraging on my new apple trees. My thought is to kill them all but it might not be legal to do that. Any ideas besides all the repellants that don't work very well for very long. I do have a lot of 30-30 and 30.06 ammo.
    It will help by thinning the deer population. In most areas there are too many of them. Maybe wolves should be re-introduced to control the deer population... :sack:

    Seriously, deer are not the only risk to small fruit trees. There are lots of wild critters who love to eat the bark/branches. As soon as the snow falls, the mice will be eating the bark and killing the trees also. The best prevention is to build a wire fence around each tree you want to protect. I use hardware cloth and surround the trees trunks up 3-4 feet. Above that, the branches may get nibbled on, but it does no permanent harm.

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  • JEBar
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    I'd suggest you contact your state's Wildlife Resources office (the folks who issue hunting licenses) .... in many states farmers/land owners where deer or other wildlife are causing such problems can get special licenses/permission to hunt them

    Jim

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  • amerfinn
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    Deer problems

    I have deer foraging on my new apple trees. My thought is to kill them all but it might not be legal to do that. Any ideas besides all the repellants that don't work very well for very long. I do have a lot of 30-30 and 30.06 ammo.
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