- Nov 5, 2005
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Farquod said:I sympathize, doc, but the deer are like vermin by me in mid-NJ. I've had at least 8 close encounters with them this year alone (that's on the road, in front of my car), with one impact. They are a hazard, and their numbers continue to increase. We continue to create acres and acres of meadows, and then plant arborvitae, which is candy to them. There are more deer in my area now than in colonial days ('course, there are no more pumas around....)
Now, they've tried a bunch of tactics to reduce their numbers in Princeton (the next town over), including sterilization and "culling," using this gent from Utah or ND who comes in an sets up bait points for two weeks, then harvests over 2 or 3 nights. (I think they donate the meat to shelters.) He does take a large number during that time.
Unfortunately, none of the surrounding towns, mine included, will permit similar efforts, so the deer continue to thrive unchecked, undermining Princeton's efforts. The only culling in these areas occurs during hunting season. I have hunters entering the woods down at the end of my street throughout the season; they generally emerge in no time with kills.
Without these efforts, I think I would have Bambi and the crew in my living room, munching on a few Doritos and playing reindeer games ('tis the season ).
What do you do?
Rockford35 said:Hard to blame them, if you think about it.
VtDivot said:Farq - be thankful you don't have these suckas to watch out for...