I've had many people offer up wonderful suggestions & I don't mean to offend anyone by scoffing at the idea of spreading human or dog hair around the yard, or having my husband & his friends pee outside all the time, but the idea of buying bars of soap to hang outside just seems silly & a bit of a waste.
One suggestion that keeps popping up is the use of blood meal.
Deer have excellent sniffers & apparently will stay away from places that smell of death, rot & decay. (hmm, sounds a bit like my compost tumbler...) So, I will try using blood meal this year. Just a sprinkle around my 'vulnerable' garden areas during the dry weather should do the trick, plus, it's also a very mild fertilizer that lasts for a few months.
So, I just checked it out on Wikipedia & learned a few things... Blood meal has a high concentration of nitrogen, while bone meal has a high concentration of phosphorus. I'm going to assume that meat meal is more like blood meal than bone meal. (if your plants have yellow leaves, giving them a small amount of blood meal will bring the green back to the leaves)
So, the theme seems to be deterring the deer by using scent. I had thought that I would purchase some cat or tiger urine, as I was told by some local gardeners that this would keep the deer away for sure if she thought that a cougar was in the neighbourhood, but I didn't actually see any in the garden centers. I did see some wolf (or coyote) urine but didn't investigate that further as I think it was in pellet form & I knew that would wash away or be buried or picked up possibly by a wandering dog. Just what I don't want - random dogs pooping on my yard... I don't care if that keeps deer away - it's just nasty!!
I also have some netting that I will use when I put in my peas. I used to have bird netting to keep the brids off the currant bushes, but after watching several robins become entangled in the netting, I decided that I wouldn't use it over top the bushes any more. I didn't mind sharing the currants with the robins - the bushes produced much more than I was able to deal with anyway! I actually use the birds as an indication of when the berries are ripe - the robins like the red currants & the pigeons like the red elderberries. We share them just fine. But my idea for the netting now is to wrap it around some poles to deter the deer from eating the berry bushes or getting in on my peas. It's a green colour, so it won't be too visible to both the deer & me, so I'm sure I won't be offended by my own protection measures. I like looking at my plants!
Now to just wait for a dry day to try some of this out!
ps - just received some photos from my neighbour up the hill of the nasty little deer. I wish he would be a collar & leash on them as they are more like his pets than pests...
There are 2 instead of just one & I've heard rumours that there actually might be one more...
What a nightmare!!