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Deer Patterns In Summer

Jenn Smith

Posted on June 12 2020

This spring was a bit different due to COVID-19; and it will lead to challenges for home growers moving into the summer season. 

Deer became fearless - approaching landscapes throughout all hours of the day while people were away following stay-at-home orders. More so, whitetails moved into urban settings - areas that they generally tend to avoid. These actions may affect their movement in the summer. 

If the Coronavirus affecting wildlife wasn't bad enough, female deer have just given birth to fawns; and homeowners will see double-trouble on landscapes. In the summer, bucks will move more than does to scout for food; however, doe will leave their young behind in a hidden spot to approach food sources in the early morning and late evening hours. They will bring back food to their young. 

To prevent plant damage from deer this summer, it is recommended that a 7.5 to 8' deer fence be installed around home gardens along with planting deer-resistant flowers, herbs and trees.