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Do Deer Like To Eat Marijuana?

Posted on June 27 2019

Marijuana growers have encountered all sorts of intruders on their weed farms including people and critters. even deer. While we know white-tailed deer like to eat corn, soybeans, berries and veggies, we didn’t know about marijuana.

So, do deer like the taste of weed? When plants are small, the smell and taste of the cannabis plant is sweet and inviting to deer; but as the plant grows into the harvest season, the sweet smell of weed becomes pungent and unpleasant for deer. Nevertheless, when deer get the munchies, they will eat the cannabis plants.

What’s more annoying to cannabis growers is watching deer become “high” and passing out on cannabis farms for nap time. To keep deer off cannabis farms and gardens, cannabis cultivators are encouraged to fence deer out.

The best time to grow marijuana is late spring-early summer; which is also prime season for deer damage on landscapes. Shop deer fencing to protect cannabis crops from wildlife.

Marijuana growers have encountered all sorts of intruders on their weed farms including people and critters…even deer. While we know white-tailed deer like to eat corn, soybeans, berries and veggies, we didn't know about marijuana. So, do deer like the taste of weed? When plants are small, the smell and taste of the

Do Deer Eat Cannabis Plants?

by Jenn Smith August 19, 2020

Deer are creatures of habit; and when they want to eat, they will continue to return to the same home-grown spots where they know they can indulge on plants. In the spring and summer months when food is abundant, deer will tend to visit home gardens for flowers, fruits and vegetables but not so much cannabis plants. However, to be safe, Leafly recommends the following tips to protect weed from hungry deer. Here’s what outdoor cannabis growers should know:

  • The cooler months of the year are when deer may wish to sniff out weed plants. It’s best to implement deer management strategies early on in the year when growing marijuana. The only sure-fire way to keep deer out is a deer-proof fence. Depending on your aesthetic and budget, you have options:
    • The classic setup is wire mesh attached to posts.
    • These days a lot more folks opt for polypropylene-mesh. It’s much more affordable than wire, but it’s also a lot less durable.
    • Wood privacy fences or chain link fences also do the trick, but they have to be at least 8 feet tall.
  • Having a dog that spends most of its time outdoors can be a huge deterrent.
  • Repellent sprays can be effective, but again, nothing stops a starving animal. Note: Homemade sprays—using garlic powder and cayenne—are as effective as many store-bought ones, but they have to be reapplied more often.

Blog post shared from Deerbusters.com

Jenn Smith

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