02-05-2009, 03:01 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2009
First thanks for the quick responses. The reason I would like them to find another home is that, though they are great to watch (I can even see them from my office/studio at home while on the computer) and let's face it, woods, stone walls and deer are a lot more pleasing and soothing than cars, houses and sidewalks, they actually enjoy eating and what they are eating are my landscaping plants. If they came for recreation and ate somewhere else I'd love them (it's a nice house and landscape plants are kind of necessary).
The fence I installed is about 2100' long (about 5 acres protected) and 9' high with three SS cables running through it and it was a lot of work and expense.
My alternative is to keep repairing the fence which is possible. Coyote urine, dried blood, various chemicals don't seem to make sense in trying to protect so much land though I haven't tried any of them.
The key points you made was that they would keep returning if I used an air rifle and that it probably would not be legal. Regarding the former, are you really convinced they would return or is that more an educated guess...that is, is it worth trying or is it fairly well established that their territorial nature is dominant. Regarding the legal aspect, what damage would an air rifle, as described (I was wrong about grains, they run uo to 16 grains or so) actually do and if it is not serious or permanent is it really hunting.