Pets & Animals

What Does It Feel Like to Have Deer in Your Backyard?

Deer in backyard

It is quite common in the winters to find deers visiting people’s backyards and lawns. If you also have a lush green backyard, you will know how it feels to have deer in there.

However, if these mighty animals do not visit you, there is surely so much you are missing. Also, there are numerous benefits deer bless your lawn with.

A deer roaming in your backyard feels like a whole different world. The beautiful appearance that these creatures have, and their unique horns make them quite attractive and soothing to watch.

This beauty can be rarely seen otherwise and if you have any children in the house, they would be thrilled with the experience. Deers bring a different ambiance and elegance to your yard that cannot be established otherwise.

Imagine having the privilege to watch and photograph beautiful deers from the closest view possible, that too in your own yard! Moreover, deers might also help you maintain your garden free of cost. Yes! These creatures can help you keep the unwanted vegetation and greens under control and hence lessening your problems.

Moreover, if you are a hunter, it will become extremely easy for you to play around. What they do, what time they come around, their habits, likes, dislikes, you will be able to observe all this.

Ultimately, your hunting game will just reach another level. Now you probably know how it would feel having a deer in the backyard. But for experiencing their ultimate presence, there are a few things you will have to do.

What Do You Need to Do?

Among the few things you would have to take care of, the most important is about what to feed deer in the backyard. There are many ways and a variety of food you can choose from.

However, depending on the weather and other conditions, the food needs to be chosen carefully. Moreover, depending on the food you choose, the deer will decide if it wants to visit you again or not. So, choosing the right food is very important.

The most common options people prefer for deer food are corn. But corn is not something that you can feed the deers regularly. With a lesser quantity of corn, you should also consider other heave foods they can rely on.

If you have trees of crabapple, oaks, cedar, dogwood, willow, or yew, they can serve the best for the purpose. Though poisonous to us humans, deers can eat yew and ivy easily.

Apart from trees, deers also love eating bushes like azalea, holly, and blueberry. Strawberry, sweet clover, and ferns can also be fed to deer to invite them repeatedly. You can also get a deer feeder to ease your tasks. This was all about the food supply but with food, there are some more things you need to do.

After food, what deer need the most is water, like any other living being. Consider adding a water source in your yard to attract deer regularly as they use it for both drinking and bathing occasionally.

The best way of making a water source is by digging a trench in your yard with heavy clay soil. This trench will store rainwater and it will not drain, making it a natural water source.

To increase the chances of deer attraction in your yard, consider placing salt licks or salt blocks in your yard. The sodium in salt lick is loved by deers and they easily come to an area where they can find salt blocks.

However, no matter what you use and place in your yard to attract deer, make sure that you do it all a little away from your house.

Will the Deers Visit?

After you create the sources of healthy food, water, and use attractants, the deers will visit you. However, if the deer visits you, you need to keep an important thing in mind.

Deers are after all just animals, so they might ruin your garden’s flowers or any of your delicate greens. So, make sure that you have some space dedicated solely to the deers.

Developing the best possible space for deers will make them come to your yard repeatedly and you will love their presence!

Cesar Millan
Cesar Millan holds a Master’s in Animal Behavior from Cornell University, dedicating his 11-year career to understanding and improving the human-animal bond. Since joining our website in 2022, Cesar has provided insights into pet care, behavior modification, and animal communication. His background includes roles in animal research and as a professional dog trainer. Cesar’s previous roles included working as a veterinarian and animal behaviorist. Cesar is an avid wildlife photographer in his leisure time and participates in conservation education programs.

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