Lots of people like to feed the deer around their property. Some are hunters who want to provide proper nutrition for their deer, while others just want to take pretty pictures and viral videos. These people, however, really don’t want to feed the raccoons and squirrels around their area.
The problem is that these varmints take the feed intended for the deer and eat it themselves. They may even frighten the deer off so that they have the feed to themselves.
So, how do you get rid of these pesky raccoons and squirrels from your deer feeder stations? The short — and unfortunately un-sweet — answer is that no one really knows.
There’s no definitive guide to keep them away, and no foolproof way of getting them to avoid your preventive measures. They’re too smart and too adaptable, so even a way that seems to work at first won’t work at all in the long run.
Get Rid of Raccoons at Deer Feeder Stations: How to Get Rid of Raccoons
Here are some methods on how to get rid of raccoons
- Get in touch with the wildlife control authorities in your area. They have the final say on what you can and can’t do in regards to your varmint problem. They can tell you about all the pertinent laws regarding wildlife control that apply in your neighborhood. This means you get the legal guidelines on what you can do about hunting, poisoning, or trapping these pests. It’s quite likely that some of the measures you’re thinking about may be illegal. Also, these experts may have some suggestions that may turn out to be ineffective in the end. You never know, right?
- Before you try anything, make sure that you have game cameras in place near the deer feeder area so you know whether your measures are working or not.
- You may want to try setting your dogs or even cats out to hunt these raccoons and squirrels. This may work, but then again, your problem is that these pets can scare off the deer as well so it’s often a counterproductive measure.
- Some commercial products are supposed to help, such as the “Shark Teeth” deterrent strips. These are applied to the legs of the feeder so that the varmints can’t climb the feeder without getting cut. Unfortunately, reports vary as to how effective these really are. Raccoons seem to have a problem with these things, but some squirrels may be able to climb up anyway.
- You can also use a varmint guard on the legs. These are cones or baffles attached to the legs that prevent raccoons from climbing up the legs.
- Others try just greasing the legs of the feeder. This may work and it’s simple enough. However, you’ll need to reapply the grease frequently.
- Another type of varmint guard works as a cage around the feeder, so that the raccoons and squirrels can’t get at the feed. Moultrie offers several models of these guards for deer feeders. They’re made of metal with tight spaces that the coons can’t go through.
- One persistent rumor has it that “Monkey Chow” will work. You add it to your feed, and this won’t harm the deer. Supposedly, it’s deadly to raccoons because they’re not able to digest it properly, and so they eventually die. Some who have tried this method admit that they haven’t seen a raccoon die because of this measure, but they swear that the number of raccoons that have raided their deer feeder has dwindled significantly after they’ve tried this tactic.
- In some communities, you may find trappers in the area whom you can hire to teach you how to manage the coon population properly.
- You can build or buy traps meant specifically for raccoons. Normally these things use corn on the cob as bait.
- A few have tried to just stop operating the feeders for a while until the raccoons stop trying. Unfortunately, the deer also doesn’t get fed. When you do resume your operations, the raccoons come back along with the deer.
- Some people just admit defeat and build two feeder stations. They have one for the deer and one for the raccoons and squirrels. Unfortunately, there’s always the possibility that the varmints will claim both stations for their own!
Just keep in mind, however, that you must only stick to legal methods when it comes to doing battle with raccoons and other varmints. You really don’t want to end up getting fined, and you certainly don’t want to use any method that can also hurt the deer or your dogs and cats.
Consider the consequences very carefully if you’re resorting to extreme measures such as shooting or poisoning the critters.
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