Deer Gardener

Volumes have been written about how to keep deer from destroying your gardens.

 Advice ranges from distributing human hair in the garden to erecting enormous, unscalable walls of netting.

My neighbor Ron has a rather simpler solution. "I shoot them."

"But not before he makes sure they have a balanced diet," says his wife, Betsy.

Ron maintains a hunting property southern Anne Arundel and he provides lots of shelter and plants lots of food for his prey. For the deer, he plants fruit trees.

I am trying to make sense of all of this, especially since the reason so often given for allowing deer hunting is that the creatures would otherwise starve to death.


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