Deer are a common sight in and around home yards in the summer. They come to feed on the vegetation, and cause much damage to your garden and landscape. The physical characteristics, feeding habits and other behavior of these animals changes significantly from one season to the next. If you understand how deer behave in the summer, you will be able to apply effective strategies in keeping them out of your yard’s thriving vegetation.
The young deer that were born in the spring continue growing throughout the summer. The white spots on their fur slowly fade away. Their sense of smell is well-developed by this season, and they are more aware of their surroundings, though they still depend on their mother for their food supply. The young deer have good appetites in the summer, and by the end of the season, they weigh between 55 to 85 pounds (25 and 40 kilograms).
A deer’s coat is reddish-brown in the summer, covered sparsely with short, stiff, wiry hair. The antlers of the male deer grow big enough to be prominently visible. They are covered in velvet and still quite soft, so they cannot yet be used for fighting. As an alternative, these creatures use their forelegs to prove their dominance over other deer in the herd. As summer wears on, the deer rub their antlers and forehead on shrubs and tree bark to remove the dried velvet.
With low hormonal levels in the summer, the overall activity of deer is reduced as compared to spring. They spend most of their time feeding and building up fat and energy reserves, because fewer nutrients will be available in the coming months. Their summer diet consists of flowering plants (asters, dahlia) and vegetables (lettuce, green peas and beans) in home gardens, and fruits (crab apples, peaches and plums) in orchards. They are also found at the edge of lakes and rivers, feeding on mushrooms and aquatic plants. Sometimes, they even enter the water and swim towards a source of food. They prefer plant matter that is high in nutrition and energy, and that digests easily. This includes shoots, tender leaves and buds. Deer can eat up to 9 lbs of vegetation each day in the summer.
Deer Repellent Strategy
If you want to deter deer from entering your garden, one of the most effective solutions and one that is easy to use is Deer Repellent Packs. This product uses all-weather pouches containing granules infused with the urine scent of the coyote, which is the top predator of deer. Simply hang the pouches around trees and plants that need protection from deer. The pouches can also be hung around the perimeter of your yard. When the deer pick up the coyote scent, they run away in fear, and will not trespass on your garden anymore.