How A Garden May Put Meat On Your Table

guest post by Kim B

For months, I have been wondering, just how in the world am I going to put meat on the table if, at some point, I have no attractants for deer or other creatures. I spent hours trying to figure out how I was going to do it and I thought that it was going to be impossible.

That is until I was in the garden the other day and I began to think about the deer that, when I do not put out Irish Spring and other soaps to repel them, come through my land. My mind kept focusing on the fact that when they are not repelled and therefore find a reason to hang around, such as foraging through my garden to eat every tasty thing in sight, they become the pest that I most do not want to have around.

My thoughts also went through a series of information that I have learned from them through watching and having some form of interaction with them, in my yard and their natural environment away from my location.

I was nearly ready to give up trying to figure out how I could do what all of my friends do not know how to do, without a salt lick or other sneaky and/or underhanded tactics to get deer to come to them such as using sex-driving substances and mimicked calls. It’s not that I have minded that their use of commercial methods and unfair trickeries but I have wanted a better, simpler way of doing things.

My only desire has been to be able to go anywhere in the great outdoors, without carrying around a lot of extra weight, and to use more natural means of plucking off meat as I need it.

Feeling hopeless, the solution suddenly hit me. I felt a bit awkward because what I realized was so obvious, staring me right in the face, and because I have been working so hard at keeping the deer away I could not see the answer I was looking for. One that had been sitting in my wonderful garden all along. What I had was a special plant that has always attracted every deer around, as they love its leaves and I knew it was certain that it would help me as I had seen them go after it every year.

Now, I no longer sit around, wondering how I am going to put meat on the table. Because I will naturally attract them by planting things that deer love.

The plant that would solve my problem was peas and I have no doubt because without scented soap they show up and devour every leaf in sight.

When I have to survive for the long-term, I will have fresh vegetables not only for myself but deer as well. I know that although peas are a favorite food item of the deer living in my area, there are other plants that I can use in their place should I run out or something happen to the supply that I have on hand.

I will not worry because a garden will help to put meat on the table.


  1. One of the things I plan for our new property is having a “forage” area for game animals. Salt, plants, water, shade/shelter in an area that they will not be bothered (for now).

    • j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

      Yep, a small sanctuary where many of their needs are provided helps level the playing field. Try and make sure that kills aren’t right in their living room, paths leading to it and from it are fair game.

      When we clean our roads, we make sure to pile the cut brush to form small game / bird hiding spots. Hunting around them can be more productive.

      • There are some real good ideas here. There are some deer around where I live and if I can I expect to pop one or two right after the SHTF. But there are not many deer and there are a lot of good deer hunters around. I would expect that around where I live that the deer will get wiped out fast. Once wiped out they won’t come back for years. So I am planning on hunting rabbits for the long term. Rabbits come back. Good hunters can go in and almost wipe them out and in a matter of months they come back. You can also hunt rabbits with a pellet gun or snare them. I have scouted rabbit habitats near my home, and once or twice a year I go out and take 3 or 4 for rabbit stew. Mmmmmm good.

  2. patientmomma says:

    This year I planted feed corn and grains for my small animals in one of my meadows; right between 2 hunting blinds and a natural spring. Turkey, fox, deer have wandered right in front of me. I also have fruit trees near my pump house and large chicken coops. I bet if I wait in the chicken coop my scent will be covered. Just have to move the roos to another spot when I want to use the coop as a blind. My son wants to use his new crossbow this season.

  3. Deer love rose hips. I have 5 acres and plant for them uphill. I have a west facing protected spot that gets sun and in the winter they show up most afternoons. I have scrub oaks that they eat down every winter, but have protected a couple so they are now over the deers heads, but I want a few for acorns for mast and me. I have currants, Oregon grape, crabapples, bearberry, sumac, and have started wax currants this year. I plant for rabbits, deer, bear, but attracted mountain lion too. Plus these are part of my open food forest. I have laying hens but want angora rabbits and pigs. I would like a nanny goat for dairy but that’s over my head at the moment.

  4. Hosta, tomato, peppers, beans, peas seem to be my local deer population’s favorite plants. More were attracted when the neighbor used to put corn and birdseed out at the edge of the woods.

  5. mom of three says:

    Apples, they always clean up the apple’s, at my dad’s place it’s neat to watch them from the windows.

  6. CPA Prepper says:

    I didn’t scratch and claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat grass.

    Salad is what real food eats.

  7. Anonamo Also says:

    deer in our area will break down a fence to get at zucchini or Okra.

  8. j.r. guerra in s. tx. says:

    Don’t neglect feral hog as a food resource either. Feral hog are classified as nuisances in many states and methods to harvest them are different from game animals. No closed season, traps and even hunting at night (great for summer when day time temperatures are crazy hot) are methods legal in many instances.

    These animals are destructive to many farmers / ranchers crops and livestock and would probably welcome any help to remove some of them from their property, as long as the hunter is careful. You gain some extra protein in the bargain. Check your local game laws before proceeding.

  9. Chuck Findlay says:

    I don’t see deer or even rabbits as a source of food as a very realistic. There are going to be a LOT of hungry people post-SHTF that all will have the same idea. The animals were hunted to almost extinction during the 1930’s, it would be foolish to not expect it to happen again.

    More realistic to grow your own rabbits then to hope you will be able to hunt wild ones more then a few months into a collapse.

    One meat source that does seem to be overlooked is birds.

    There is a lot of birds on the planet.

    They think they are safe 30-feet up in a tree.

    All birds on the planet are safe to eat.

    No there is not much meat on a bird, but with an hour hunting time you can kill a lot of them.

    Even an inexpensive kids BB gun can kill them. But if you buy a good air rifle you will do well with it and pellets are inexpensive. With a pellet rifle you can hunt with little noise and be relatively safe shooting it up into the air. Even a 22 Long Rifle bullet will go 1.5 miles when fired into the air and could kill someone at a distance.

    The real meat answer is to grow your own, but at the same time be ready to take advantage of opportunity when you see it. But every one of your neighbors are going to be looking for the same opportunity.

    • Just remember if hunting birds,have a good supply of hot sauce in your food storage. Makes them like chicken wings. Lol

      • Chuck Findlay says:

        Not big on hot sauce, but garlic butter would do it. And I have been planting lots of wild garlic in one of the raised beds.

  10. I have a cat that was getting in my garden sooo… Lol
    Kim jong in would. ROF!!!

  11. How many liner feet will soap protect. I have 500 ft of perimeter around my big garden.

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