Curb Appeal? Sorry the deer ate it....

Real Estate Agent with C21 Alliance Realty Group

Bucky Until I moved to Ulster Park NY, seeing a deer was an exciting event. Their graceful beauty always amazed me. They still are beautiful creatures, but I miss my flowers. As soon as I plant anything the deer think I have set a feast for them to enjoy.

Our yard is full of deer- We bought our home four years ago. We moved into our home in April 2004 and were amazed by the daily visits of a lovely doe that I named Princess. In a matter of weeks we became aware that Princess was expecting. In June she came into the yard followed by her twins- My husband who is a deer hunter and studies white tail deer said they were days old the first time we saw them. It turned out that the fawns were a doe and a buck, I call Bucky.

In the 4 years, our backyard deer population has grown to about 13 regular visitors. I have only named Princess and her son Bucky. Our herd is like clockwork, at dawn and at 4:00pm they are in our yard eating the new grass. In the winter they stripped all my bushes except on lone rose bush.

These deer are nearly domesticated- If we walk outside when they are in the yard they pick up their heads to be sure we are not getting any closer than 20 feet or so and go back to eating. Oddly enough they have befriended our very vocal Yorkshire Terrier. When Boomer is out on his leash- They know just how far he can go and taunt him by standing several feet away from his limit.


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Real Estate in New Paltz NY 12561 and HIghland NY 12528

Barbara Carter NYS Licensed Associate Broker

Century 21 Alliance Realty Group
Route 9 Wappingers Falls NY
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Comments (3)

David Spencer
Keller Williams Northland - Kansas City, MO
Show Me real estate in Kansas City
Tall to someone at your local nursery. they can recommend sprays or plants that will make the deer look but not touch. Put out a salt lick and maybe they will go to that and leave.
Apr 14, 2008 12:48 PM
Barbara Carter
C21 Alliance Realty Group - New Paltz, NY
Serving Your Real Estate Needs in the Hudson Valle
Dave- I have tried it all- The only thing that worked for a while was Irish Spring soap but since they ate the bushes I guess they get used to that too- but thanks for the advise!
Apr 14, 2008 01:06 PM
JoEllen Stranger-Thorsen
Eustis, FL
Lake County, FL
My brother and sister-in-law have a house in Northern Virginia. When they moved in ten years ago the previous owner left a set of explicit instructions on how to care for the deer, even provided a salt lick. My brother has grudgingly relented to their existence. He has fencing around his tomatoes and garden. I don't think he's ever eaten a piece of fruit from his numerous fruit trees or seen a tulip bloom. On our recent visit we saw the deer every night at 6:45, sometimes just crossing other times grazing leisurely.
Apr 14, 2008 01:18 PM