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Outwitting deer
Adler, Bill, Jr., 1957-
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Publication Information:
New York : Lyons Press, 1999.
Physical Description:
ix, 177 pages ; 21 cm
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SB994.D4 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
SB994.D4 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB994.D4 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SB994.D4 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening
SB994.D4 A34 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Gardening

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A new book by the bestselling author of Outwitting Squirrels and Outwitting Critters, offering more than 100 truly ingenious methods for surviving around these voracious ungulates. Photos & illustrations throughout.

Author Notes

Bill Adler, Jr. is the author of over a dozen books. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Chapter 1 The Awful Truth about Deerp. 11
History of Deerp. 12
That's a Lot of Deerp. 13
Types--Yes, There are More than Onep. 14
Characteristics of the Three Most Common Deerp. 16
Where They're Going, Where They've Beenp. 17
Where and When to Send Deer Mailp. 18
Society: Everybody Needs a Friendp. 20
Dating and Matingp. 23
They Will Survivep. 26
Take Two Aspirin and Go Back to the Woodsp. 26
Hungry?p. 27
Faster than a Speeding Bulletp. 29
Antlers: Unique Deer Hatsp. 30
Chapter 2 Menaces to Societyp. 33
Close Encounters of the Deer Kindp. 34
Fawn on Your Lawnp. 38
Lyme Timep. 38
Road Warriorsp. 44
Chapter 3 Outwitting Strategies from the Ground Upp. 51
How to Tell If a Deer Has Been In Your Yardp. 52
Basic Detective Workp. 52
Deer Bedsp. 53
The Tracks of My Deersp. 53
Scat, Another Four-Letter Wordp. 54
Menace to Our Gardens and Livelihoodsp. 54
Planting to Outwit Deerp. 58
Deer-Resistant Plantsp. 63
Vegetables, Fruits, and Some Herbs Deer Dislikep. 65
Plants Rarely Damagedp. 66
Plants Frequently Damagedp. 78
Top Twenty Genera Listp. 80
Camouflage Gardeningp. 81
Plants with Strong Aromasp. 82
Get to Know Your Neighborp. 84
Chapter 4 Smarter than the Average Deerp. 87
Fencingp. 88
Scents, Homemade and Otherwisep. 94
Soapp. 94
Household Products and Homemade Mixturesp. 96
Other Stuff That Smells Bad to Deerp. 98
Wirep. 101
Scare Devicesp. 102
Lightsp. 103
Nettingp. 103
Noisemakersp. 104
Ultrasound Devicesp. 106
Sprinklersp. 107
Dogsp. 107
Chapter 5 What Deer Fear: Productsp. 111
Chapter 6 Looking at the Big Picture: Overpopulation (and Ways of Dealing with It)p. 129
Relocationp. 130
Contraceptionp. 132
The Return of the Predatorsp. 135
Elimination: A-Hunting We Will Gop. 136
No Long-Term Solution in Sightp. 146
Chapter 7 Learning to Love Themp. 151
This Land Was Made for You and Mep. 153
When You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Emp. 156
Venison as a Food Sourcep. 156
How to Tell if You're Eating a Good Deerp. 158
Venison for Charityp. 159
Deer Farmingp. 160
Games People Playp. 161
Deer Hunterp. 161
Deer Avengerp. 162
Chapter 8 When All Else Fails: Dastardly Deeds That Can Deter Deerp. 165
Chapter 9 Resourcesp. 173
Gardeningp. 173
Hunting/Venisonp. 174
Miscellaneousp. 175