. I understand you're dealing, But in south jersey they must harvest dear also because they run in front of cars and ruin crops. There are so many deer they are a real menace and wood over run places. I would love and protect Bambi too. Dear visit my property every night evidence is left each time. I call The little ones coffee beans and the big ones dumplings. Space smile return return I am dictating this response. Tracy Ha! Middle of the night for me right now. Carriage return carriage return did that work?
Can't speak for deer in other regions of the country but in the NorthEast deer are a victim of their own success...without any large natural predators they breed up to plague proportions!
Most people don't realize it, but deer don't really LIVE in Forests... they HIDE There.
Given their dr'uthers, they'd just as soon stand in a meadow all day munching the succulent grass that DOESN'T Grow in Forests..aside from the temporary openings in the canopy that allow sunlight in after a large tree falls, & before it's replaced by quick growing saplings.
Actually... they're a product of OUR Success!
We cut roads through the forest as we push further into THEIR Territory, as we build houses and join them into communities.
The roads let in the sunshine that allows grass to grow right up to the road, over-hung with tender young shoots free for the taking.
Ya' know how you drive down a country road & see the leaves uniformly trimmed-back so they never seem to slap your wind shield as you whiz by.....?
...and the Landscape damage is worse than coffee beans and dumplings (I call 'em 'olives & plums') People spend a fortune on lawns & landscaping that soon become an All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet!
You can get a List of PLANTS That DEER Don't EAT from your Local Co-Operative Extension Offices.. ..but let me assure you.. it's a DAMN SHORT LIST!
Worse still; there are now so many, with so little remaining habitat that they weaken & die, especially during harsh winters... for lack of forage... It's heart rending to see herds of deer that are all skin & bones, too weak to even start & run at your approach... or coming across their dead babies that didn't make it.. It becomes a dilemma: -- They're literally starving to death... and at the same time damaging more and more crops, trees (they strip away the bark and eat it) and landscapes, ...crossing more roads to reach food-- WTH Do You Do?
I've got that list, Cel. Each year, I find that the deer are eating something new they didn't eat the past year. As their numbers grow, the buffet becomes scarcer so they are not as particular, I guess.
I was kind of mad a few years ago when a male with a big rack used a few of my newer trees to try and rub the stuff off his rack. He killed three of the trees. I still..
like the deer around here though. As I drove thru the park today I saw a dad with a 4 year old pointing out a deer to the kid. Bet they were both thrilled.
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