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post #1 of 9 Old 06-21-2014, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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deer destroying our haylage

Hi guys, last night we had some deer destroying our haylage, actually they ripped holes in 9 of our bales which is about $800 damage in our area.
They are stacked along a fence line but accessable to them.

Any idea what we could do to keep them away from it? We feed our haylage for the last 7 years and NEVER had a problem with deer damaging it and there is so much other stuff around, but NO, they have to wreck our nicely wrapped hay!

It is really getting frustrating and we have no solution for the problem. We can't really fence it in as this is not a cheap solution and we need to get to the bales on a daily basis with our tractor.

Somebody suggested to spray some stuff like (cugar pee) or something around the bales???

Anybody has the same problem and maybe an easy and cheap solution?

Thanks so much.
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-21-2014, 12:22 PM
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Call the ministry and complain. I'd just shoot them and bury the carcasses and not tell anyone.
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post #3 of 9 Old 07-22-2014, 10:41 AM
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Not sure where you are located but around my neck of the woods, bow season is rapidly approaching. Try contacting the local game warden & I'm sure they could put you in touch with bow hunters in your area
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Scarecrow of some form - perhaps hanging strips of plastic to flutter in the wind and make noise? Sacrifice bale - cheaper, lower quality hay put a distance from the good stuff? Hay bale guard dog?

That's all I've got right now.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-22-2014, 11:15 AM
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Not sure where you are located, but in my neck of the woods, when you have wildlife damaging your stuff, you can get a permit from fish and game to kill them out of season. I know of property that is over ran withdeer, and the owner received permission to take 30 animals from the wildlife officer. Something to look into for sure.
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post #6 of 9 Old 07-22-2014, 11:19 AM
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You can get motion activated sprinklers that you hook up at night. The deer come near and they get sprayed with water which makes them leave.
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post #7 of 9 Old 07-22-2014, 11:24 AM
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A gun or a bow are about the only things that really work!!!
They've been particularly bad here this summer nipping the buds of lily's and lots of other plants that are supposed be deer resistant
Can you put some tall metal stakes and electric wire around the bales - needs to be at least 6ft high and run from a battery if its not close to a mains electric
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-22-2014, 12:28 PM
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Gather up all your guy friends (who aren't vegans) and have them urinate all around your bales, as often as they are willing. It's what I finally resorted to to keep them out of my orchard. Yeah. I know. But it works.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-10-2014, 07:20 AM
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An electric fence around the bales.
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