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.