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How To Keep Deer Off Pecan Trees
I have been planting pecan trees for about 8 years. Deer are plentiful in this area and use small trees to rake their antlers in the late summer and early fall. This can seriously damage or even kill the tree. I've tried commercial repellants and every other method I could think of to stop them without success.
I finally solved the problem by making a circular cage of 36-in. tall welded 2 by 4-in. wire fencing. I cut off about a 24-in. piece and wrap it around a 5 to 6-in. dia. piece of pvc pipe or wood post. I roll it on a flat surface into a cylinder. Then I place the wire cylinder around the trunk of the tree, using a couple of the cut-off wires to hold the two ends together.
I haven't had a single deer rake a tree in the last few years. When trees reach about 5 in. dia., the wire can be removed. (Jon Tom Staton, 614 Monroe, Waurika, Okla. 73573)

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2009 - Volume #33, Issue #6