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Old 02-05-2009, 12:07 PM
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Question A very different question

My situation is very different than others which I've seen in that I am in a situation where I constantly have a deer herd (6 deer) on my property (8 acres, sort of fenced in) who I cannot legally kill (suburban/rural location) but would like to discourage from coming here .
Would "shooting" them with a .177/.22 pellet air rifle (1000/800 fps and 7.5-8.5 grain) on several occassions finally encourage them to go elsewhere without seriously wounding them? I can't legally hunt them with an appropriate weapon so I just want them to feel it enough without long term damage to decide they should relocate.
If this could work any idea on where to aim?
I know this is a fairly unusual question but I would appreciate any info. I assume it would be legal to use a non-lethal weapon, am I wrong?
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:38 PM
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There used to be a product out in powder form that people used in gardens and such that would keep deer away. I'm not sure but I think it was dried blood. You would have to do it regularly but then again shooting at them won't keep them away for long either. If I can ask, why do you want to keep them away?
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:31 PM
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i would say that the game warden would consider what you want to do hunting..cant you bow hunt your own property?id call the local DEC first and find out the rules.i would think shooting any gun within city limits might get you a visit from the police
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Old 02-05-2009, 01:56 PM
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If you want them out you should contact your local game warden.
You shouldn't attempt to use any sort of weapon on them whatsoever.
Let the game wardens remove them for you.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:01 PM
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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.
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:05 PM
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Didn't see your reply and don't know if we have a game warden but will check it out. Is that a state or municipal position?
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Old 02-05-2009, 02:23 PM
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It's a state Dept. here is the Wildlife Link for Ct.<-click to view

They will be able to help you.

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:59 PM
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Sling Shot! Works for me and I am getting pretty good.
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I've used the deer away sprays & powder to keep them out of my garden. Seemed like a waste of money, it didn't stop them. You could also try bottle rockets if they're legal in your state.
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:00 PM
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I'll come up with my bow and the problem will be solved
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