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Old 04-18-2017, 04:37 PM
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I've planted about 1/3 of an acre in front of my house. Deer cross through there every other night though. Is there a certain time they will start/stop eating them and should I protect it?
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Old 04-19-2017, 05:59 AM
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I don't think 1/3 of an acre will last very long if the deer pass thru there. It will be like lays potato chips ...... they can't eat just one and they will be gone quickly.

If you can protect them, then that's probably what you should try. Fencing or milorganite.
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Old 04-19-2017, 07:55 AM
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Planted them twice. First time in 2012 in about 1.5 acres in front of cabin. Most beautiful thing you ever saw. It was like a picture! Did same following year and they never got above a foot tall. Deer wiped em out. Haven't planted since.

Good luck! Post pics of progression if you plant.
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Alright, thanks guys. I guess I will put up a plotsaver fence this weekend. I don't have a planter, so all seed was broadcast. I planted one area way too thick and did not cover seeds. Lots of sunflowers coming up. I planted a 2nd area a little over recommended seeding rate and covered. They look pretty good so far. Then, I planted 2 more areas similar to the last. The 3 separate plantings have been 2 weeks apart each. Getting good rainfall so far. You can see dirt/grass in the back left corner. It was seeded 4 weeks ago with fescue/rye to try and restore grass from logging.
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Old 04-19-2017, 08:38 AM
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Deer love sunflowers, I've planted 'em on my place & they wiped 'em out. I even bought several rolls of polywire & intended to put around the field but I talked myself out of it. Fence has to be in certain patterns to be effective.
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Deer love sunflowers, I've planted 'em on my place & they wiped 'em out. I even bought several rolls of polywire & intended to put around the field but I talked myself out of it. Fence has to be in certain patterns to be effective.
I assume some people here have used this stuff. I think it's pretty effective:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Plot-...Kit/707534.uts

I learned about it when I was at Clemson where I took a "hunting" class. The guy who introduced it to us worked a large WMA owned by Clemson (Fant's Grove). He also professionally managed several other areas. He recommended the 4ft stakes you put in the ground with your foot and a 1 in ribbon. Mix a solution of plotsaver/water and use a sponge to apply to the ribbon. Hold the container under the sponge to capture excess and this stuff goes a long ways.
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I assume some people here have used this stuff. I think it's pretty effective:

http://www.cabelas.com/product/Plot-...Kit/707534.uts

I learned about it when I was at Clemson where I took a "hunting" class. The guy who introduced it to us worked a large WMA owned by Clemson (Fant's Grove). He also professionally managed several other areas. He recommended the 4ft stakes you put in the ground with your foot and a 1 in ribbon. Mix a solution of plotsaver/water and use a sponge to apply to the ribbon. Hold the container under the sponge to capture excess and this stuff goes a long ways.
That just may be a good alternative rather than putting up 3 strands of offset electric fence. Thanks for your info.
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That just may be a good alternative rather than putting up 3 strands of offset electric fence. Thanks for your info.

YW, only problem is you have to re-apply every 3-4 weeks. It doesn't take long to apply - you just walk slowly around the perimeter with the wet sponge on the ribbon. Very convenient if you are close to the plot....but not so much if you are miles away.
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YW, only problem is you have to re-apply every 3-4 weeks. It doesn't take long to apply - you just walk slowly around the perimeter with the wet sponge on the ribbon. Very convenient if you are close to the plot....but not so much if you are miles away.
Would be a perfect fit for me, I live here on the property & I'm out & about the property every day except when we spend time in the mountains but if it only has to be reapplied every 3 or 4 wks then that won't be a problem either.
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One fence is up and treated, sunflowers are up, weeds are coming up. We'll see what happens.
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This is how I keep deer out of my sunflowers. I fence 10 acres. Works great
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This is how I keep deer out of my sunflowers. I fence 10 acres. Works great
guido, have you found an easy way to wind the fence back up when you take it down? Getting the fencing back on some sort of spool is the only part I hate.
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We took a couple of water hose reels and reeled up our fence when finished. It worked real good.
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guido, have you found an easy way to wind the fence back up when you take it down? Getting the fencing back on some sort of spool is the only part I hate.
I use the winding reels for electric drop cords they sell at HD & Lowes, but I agree: it takes a lot more time & work to take it down than to put it up, esp when the wire is new. Lot hotter when you take it down, too.
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I use the winding reels for electric drop cords they sell at HD & Lowes, but I agree: it takes a lot more time & work to take it down than to put it up, esp when the wire is new. Lot hotter when you take it down, too.
I bet we could let the brilliant minds at McDurdellson Enterprises, Inc. come up with a ground driven set of pickup reels!

http://www.rappa.co.uk/products/7-at...encing-machine
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I use the winding reels for electric drop cords they sell at HD & Lowes, but I agree: it takes a lot more time & work to take it down than to put it up, esp when the wire is new. Lot hotter when you take it down, too.
That's what I used last year, Grump, but this year I'm fencing 8 acres and I've got to figure out a better way. It's 3500' around the plot X3. Ouch..

I've actually thought about rigging something up to the back tire of my Ranger and jacking the back end up and use it as a winch. Gas it in!
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That's what I used last year, Grump, but this year I'm fencing 8 acres and I've got to figure out a better way. It's 3500' around the plot X3. Ouch..

I've actually thought about rigging something up to the back tire of my Ranger and jacking the back end up and use it as a winch. Gas it in!
I bet a feller as handy as you can rig somp'un up...

https://www.ruralking.com/king-kutte...Fcm3wAodf64Dpg

http://www.7llivestockequipment.com/wire_unroller.html

http://www.zarebasystems.com/zareba-...de-reeler-htsj

http://www.zarebasystems.com/zareba-...re-winder-140z


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I bet we could let the brilliant minds at McDurdellson Enterprises, Inc. come up with a ground driven set of pickup reels!

http://www.rappa.co.uk/products/7-at...encing-machine
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I bet we could let the brilliant minds at McDurdellson Enterprises, Inc. come up with a ground driven set of pickup reels!

http://www.rappa.co.uk/products/7-at...encing-machine
They do like their toys over @ McDurdellson...

I think this version is a little more my speed:

http://www.rappa.co.uk/products/3-ba...der-three-line

I'm gonna wish I had one a few months from now... That thing is pretty clever.
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I wonder how those work, I would assume they'd have some sort of slip clutch in them? That would be nice though.
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I wonder how those work, I would assume they'd have some sort of slip clutch in them? That would be nice though.
On Canuck5's linked page, there are tabs for a video for the ATV version (that shows the reels taking up slack in one line while the others are taut) and a PDF that mentions oiling the clutches, so clearly it has them. Their ground is a lot softer than mine, if he can place or pull those posts from the seat...

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That's what I used last year, Grump, but this year I'm fencing 8 acres and I've got to figure out a better way. It's 3500' around the plot X3. Ouch..
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I attach the spoil to a cordless drive to wind them back up. I usually put up around 20 spoils of 1/2 inch tape
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They do like their toys over @ McDurdellson...

I think this version is a little more my speed:

http://www.rappa.co.uk/products/3-ba...der-three-line

I'm gonna wish I had one a few months from now... That thing is pretty clever.
McDurdellson Enterprises, have it all! And yes, that "one" is my speed too!
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I use the cordless drill as well to roll it back up. Use like a 1"x1"x3' piece of wood. Drill bit into the the end and start rolling. Every now and then the bit will slip but works for me. Better have backup batteries though.
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