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BilletHead

The thief in the garden

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          The yard pets are reeking havoc,

      We have a crabapple tree close tot he garden. As the apples fall deer vacuum them up. Off and on all day and for sure all night. We have taken two does out for eating but a guy can only eat so many deer a year then add all the other harvested game in the mix. Don't mind sharing a bit of produce but it is beginning to get nuts. They prefer the crabapples but when they are cleaned up they hit the lettuce. 

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   So far just working the far edge away from the house. This is a mere 7 to 8 yards from where we sleep on the screened in porch. Last night I was awakened to crunching and munching sound at 1:30 Am. Could also hear the sound of the cattle panel laying flat across the lettuce bed. I sat up and could see the deer as bright as it was with the bright moon behind the clouds. Pat was now awake as I got up and too the screen to say hey deer go away. The deer raised its head and then trotted away. Could see a couple more farther down in the yard. Took a leak and laid back down. 5AM alarm went off, pretty loudly too. I sat up and looked out , cloudless and bright moon really illuminating the yard. Five yards away under the closest dogwood tree was two more does browsing on the leaves  that are falling. They had mowed off almost have the bed they could reach and worked over a couple self wicking planters. What they did not get bit off they pulled up,

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We like our deer and feed them as they feed us. The deer do not even interest the old dog Sadie anymore. She goes out and ignores them. If they are not close they ignore her,

   BilletHead 

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I feel ya, my yard mutt no longer cares about the deer.  So far all they do is eat up the apples which I am OK with.  Their times is coming, wife has plenty of ammo and extra tags if she want them since we are in a CWD zone.

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