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Old 05/27/09, 12:43 AM
 
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Is there any legal way to shoot a deer in your yard?

Somebody told me that there was some kinda law that allowed you to shoot deer in your yard even if it is not deer season.. Does anyone know of this.
They are eating up my garden..
I could definitely use the meat too.

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Old 05/27/09, 12:48 AM
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I am not an expert. I know that some predators can be shot if they are going after your livestock. As deer are NOT predators, I would look up your state's game laws to be sure it is legal before shooting a deer. Perhaps a call to your local game warden, and a request for a handbook?

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Call your local game warden and ask him. Some states will give special permits for them if they are eating your garden. In the meantime try putting a string of fresh yarn around the garden. The kind you knit with. Works for some as the don't like the dye smell. Good luck. Sam

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Old 05/27/09, 01:55 AM
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not for eating your lawn or bushes, if you had a farm, some states give out land owners permits to shoot the deer if they're eating their corn and hay. 25-50 deer on a farm can eat a lot of cow food.

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Old 05/27/09, 04:29 AM
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Employ the Three S Rule.
Shoot
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It has worked for hundreds of years.

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Old 05/27/09, 05:26 AM
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I suppose if it assaults you or makes an aggressive move in your direction.

Common law has it that an enditement fails if the deer was shot on freehold property as opposed to a park or warren.

Might be a good test to see if you hold your property in freehold or if the state owns it. My bet is on the state though.

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Employ the Three S Rule.
Shoot
Shovel
Shut-Up
It has worked for hundreds of years.
Before you risk that, you might want to find out the amount of the fine that would have to be paid if you were caught. It varies so much even from county to county in our state. In our area you can get a agricultural permit.
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Coax that king-sized rodent out into your driveway and run the sucker over with the car. :baby04:
Never any questions asked if'n a car did it.

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Old 05/27/09, 06:49 AM
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Coax that king-sized rodent out into your driveway and run the sucker over with the car. :baby04:
Never any questions asked if'n a car did it.
hitting it with a car works sometimes, but doesnt always kill them. they need to hit it with the car and then shoot it to end the suffering. I have even had them hit near our place, and them rascals run off the hiway into my garden where I then had to shoot them.
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Old 05/27/09, 07:01 AM
 
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How close are your neighbors? Can they see your yard? This will determine your course of action.

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Old 05/27/09, 07:50 AM
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How big is your garden? Have you tried a fence? We live across the road from a state game refuge that is full of deer. Even though we see deer in our yard every single day, the deer never bother our garden onaccounta it's fenced.

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A fence or dog?

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Old 05/27/09, 08:01 AM
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Rose's advice is the advice to follow (in my opinion) depending on your state. Most have this as an option.

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Old 05/27/09, 08:36 AM
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You could call the sheriff and they will let you know if you can get a permit.

Or, you could just use a 22, hollow point if you would like it to die in a few days or
Bird shot if you want to try running it off. Either way it more than likely won’t return…

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Or, you could just use a 22, hollow point if you would like it to die in a few days or Bird shot if you want to try running it off. Either way it more than likely won’t return…
Sick~! Please don't even think of doing something like this. Geesh.
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Here in my County depradation permits are quite easily obtained. However, once utilized you now have a reasonably large carcass to dispose of. Just something to consider......

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Louisiana is pretty hard-core about hunting. If I remember correctly, it's the only state that has a clause in the state constitution specifically guaranteeing the right to hunt.

I believe that you can get Landowner Anterless Deer Tags for offseason on your private land. I don't recall all the details but a friend of mine did that and hunted the deer that were overgrazing his land. Not sure if that works in all settings. Check out:

http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/

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Wildlife is pretty much legally considered a common state-controlled resource, even if it is on your property. You have to get the proper permits to legally shoot, capture or otherwise use it.

Your game warden would be the best person to ask as laws vary from state to state.

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Old 05/27/09, 10:15 AM
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I suppose if it assaults you or makes an aggressive move in your direction.

Common law has it that an enditement fails if the deer was shot on freehold property as opposed to a park or warren.

Might be a good test to see if you hold your property in freehold or if the state owns it. My bet is on the state though.
Yea, that might work if you live in England or maybe in Canada. But I doubt it.
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Shoot the darn thing and say it attacked you. It was self defense.

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Old 05/27/09, 11:09 AM
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farmers can get a shoot permit..they can even get a permit to have hunters come and shoot the deer if they are damageing crops

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You could call the sheriff and they will let you know if you can get a permit.

Or, you could just use a 22, hollow point if you would like it to die in a few days or
Bird shot if you want to try running it off. Either way it more than likely won’t return…
Unreal. Please do not follow THAT advice.



Killing A deer is not going to solve your problem.
Fencing in the garden will solve your problem.
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Old 05/27/09, 11:29 AM
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I know what Ohio law says. Only allowed to shoot a deer in season and even then only with the proper permits even if it is on your own property. A fence would cost much less than any fine for taking a deer out of season.

BTW, Ohio div of wildlife has been known to confiscate carcasses and meat and perform DNA testing on all suspect items. If you are found with a poached deer you could lose everything, and I do mean everything. They have taken homes even.

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In some states, if you are Native American, you can kill deer for meat.

Otherwise, prove that it is eating your garden which you use to feed your family, and follow the requirements to save you lots of legal problems.


Marigolds are a great deer deterrent. They hate the smell. In my garden you can see how they circle around the area to avoid the marigolds.

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Employ the Three S Rule.
Shoot
Shovel
Shut-Up
It has worked for hundreds of years.
For deer, "SSS" stands for shoot, serve, shut-up...too delicious to shovel
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You could call the sheriff and they will let you know if you can get a permit.

Or, you could just use a 22, hollow point if you would like it to die in a few days or
Bird shot if you want to try running it off. Either way it more than likely won’t return…
The question was about "LEGAL" ways. What you describe is not. When you get caught I would like to sit on your jury.
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Old 05/27/09, 12:45 PM
 
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I know what Ohio law says. Only allowed to shoot a deer in season and even then only with the proper permits even if it is on your own property. A fence would cost much less than any fine for taking a deer out of season.

BTW, Ohio div of wildlife has been known to confiscate carcasses and meat and perform DNA testing on all suspect items. If you are found with a poached deer you could lose everything, and I do mean everything. They have taken homes even.
You might want to read the rest of the law. Ohio issues "nuisance" deer permits on a regular basis.
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Check with the game warden, my father in law got a big ticket shooting a bear that was attacking him on his property.

The bear was eating his garbage 10 feet away from his door and he was in the doorway trying to scare it off, then it stood up and started running towards the trailer.

It is pretty stupid when animals have more rights than humans - and no I don't abuse animals or humans.

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Old 05/27/09, 02:31 PM
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edcopp, thanks for the info. I did find something on it:
http://www.erie-county-ohio.net/eswcd/pdf/nuisance.pdf

I wonder if anyone has actually ever been issued one of those permits. It used to be that you could register your property as having too many deer which allowed open hunting during the season. Anyone with a license and deer tag had to be allowed access to your property under those regs. I'm glad they changed it.

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Old 05/27/09, 02:34 PM
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Sheripoms, here is the info you need:
http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/publics...isanceanimals/

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