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    Deer Food?

    Evening all, we have roe deer on a site where i do voluntary work which is a dense woodland site, i want to put some food out for the deer but not quite sure what would suitable for them? i was thinking of possibly putting down molasses, salt licks and apples from a small orchard we have on site and putting it near to where i have seen the deer regularly what do you recon? i welcome your thoughts on this.

    Cheers

    Corrie

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    I guess it depends on what your intentions are for this feeding, what do you hope to achieve?

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    My intensions are to keep them interested with a food source to keep them on the site as this is the second season we have had them on the site, i have been a volunteer there for approx twelve years and up until last season never seen them there, plus i am new to the stalking hence why im not too sure, would this be a normal thing to do or is it something best left alone for them to feed naturally?

    cheers

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    Who owns the woodland? The owner of the woodland is unlikely to be in favour of you actively encouraging deer.
    Have you considered the amount of damage the inflated numbers will do to the environment?

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    A pheasant feeder with wheat always seems to be attractive to them in late winter / early spring.

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    tyr putting a big sign up saying free deer feed with a big arrow pointing down.. that worked in road runner . . only dif was sign said free bird seed

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    tyr putting a big sign up saying free deer feed with a big arrow pointing down.. that worked in road runner . . only dif was sign said free bird seed

    Life should be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving skidding in sideways, Merlot in one hand, Cigar in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!

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    If you want to attract deer , plant highly scented rose bushes if you enclose the bush in chicken wire they can only eat the shoots that are protruding as the bush grows and is a constant supply of natural attracting food source

    Warning though your land owner wont be pleased but that depends on him, encouraging deer to land has its problems not least a possible source of T.B and foot and mouth which may infect his cattle and its not all about crops being attacked by more deer
    Last edited by Mannlicher_Stu; 09-07-2010 at 06:57.

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    ha ha ha ha thats the one mate, you have done this before im thinking??
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    Quote Originally Posted by calmac View Post
    ha ha ha ha thats the one mate, you have done this before im thinking??
    Oh yes indeedy!
    Life should be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving skidding in sideways, Merlot in one hand, Cigar in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO HOO what a ride!

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