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  •  I had one like that (4+ / 0-)
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    kdub, kayak58, Quackerz, KenBee

    It was a while back and I'm pretty sure she's gone now, but she lived here for six or seven years. Always dropped twins every year and I swear she'd leave them close to the house for me to babysit. I've got some fantastic pictures of both her and her kids.

    I've never encouraged too much friendliness though because, as you know, hunting is huge down here. I don't want them to think hoomans are no threat.

    As for the garden, I always had a chain link fence for the bunnies and coons, but of course the deer laughed themselves silly over that. I went out and got some 8 ft. wooden poles and some of that black plastic netting. Attached the poles to the fence stakes and stapled the netting to them. I figured if they could jump that they'd earned whatever they wanted. I tie strips of cloth to the netting here and there. I know mine are on the hill watching this exercise, but I don't want the occasional drifter not realizing there's something there and getting tangled in it. It works like a charm and has the benefit of being cheap.

    So we're simpatico now. They can have all the apples they want 'cause I have lots, and I sell the pictures I take of them.

    Meddle not in the affairs of dragons... for thou art crunchy and good with ketchup.

    by Pariah Dog on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:11:24 AM PST

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      erratic, KenBee

      My garden was too much trouble and expensive to fence. I tried everything short of fencing though, and the last straw was when one of them somehow managed to step into an unused wire tomato cage and did a panic tour through the green beans etc. Pure carnage. I would rant and get mad when things would be destroyed, so I finally decided it just was not worth it and seeded some grass there. I enjoy them now.

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