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Food Plots Turkey/Deer deterrent

Shanman

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Have a few new summer plots to put out this year and wanting to keep the deer and turkeys out so the plots have a chance. Thinking pie pans and cds right now, fencing isn't an option. Anyone have suggestions or experience with this situation. Had some plot failure last year due to turkeys and crows discovering the planted seed in one plot, cameras caught all the action. Season before last we planted a summer test plot and the deer left it alone until it was around 4' tall, then they wiped it out. Yes small plots aren't good for summer plots, but I've had success before, just have to get it above head high then we'll be good. Any scare tactics much appreciated.
 

JCDEERMAN

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We had a garden at our place a couple years ago that the deer started hitting. We made a scare crow and we found that the secret was to move the scare crow to different locations every weekend we were there, so the deer would never get used to it, as it was always in a different spot. If I remember correctly, we also sprayed different types of detergents on the scare crow to keep the scent continuously changing. It seemed to have helped. We named him Clay :p. Best of luck!
 

JCDEERMAN

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Hey - a 1x4x8, several screws, an old shirt that needs to be thrown away and some old pants that don’t fit anymore times 7 and you’re good 🤣
 

Shanman

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Hey - a 1x4x8, several screws, an old shirt that needs to be thrown away and some old pants that don’t fit anymore times 7 and you’re good 🤣
So my favorite most comfy clothes? My wife would be ecstatic. 😆
I actually found some holographic tape online that sounds, at least in the video, thicker or more rigid than that used for wrapping gifts. Going to give it a try along with some pie pans.
 

JCDEERMAN

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So my favorite most comfy clothes? My wife would be ecstatic. 😆
I actually found some holographic tape online that sounds, at least in the video, thicker or more rigid than that used for wrapping gifts. Going to give it a try along with some pie pans.
I bet that would work! Just as long as they don’t get used to it. Let us know - we want a good sunflower field for doves and to keep the deer away and I’ll be looking for answers as well
 

bigtex

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I use fertilizer bags and tie them with a string onto a small tree limb. The slightest breeze will get them swinging.
They have to be moved around every couple of days though as the critters will get accustomed to them.
 

BSK

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Sadly, I have found NOTHING that will keep hungry deer out of newly sprouted plots, short of electric fencing. The key is to make sure there are other early growing season foods available so the deer aren't so hungry!
 

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