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Old 05-29-2012, 10:48 AM
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Default Irish Spring soap as deer repellent?

I was lurking around on the crop talk section of Ag Talk and a farmer was talking about using irish spring soap to keep deer out of his soybeans.. So i googled it and surprisingly there are quite the number of discussions on it. Anyone try it?

Scarecrows, soap, stinky stuff, etc.,,,, i don't know, maybe i should buck it up and buy a couple spools of wire.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:54 AM
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Not sure about Irish Spring as a deer repellent, but it was very effective as a girl repellent when I was a teen
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:08 AM
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I'm thinking our deer would probably eat it. After all, everything we've done to the ground has been just like candy bars popping out of the ground for them!
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Old 05-29-2012, 11:22 AM
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We use grated Irish Spring in a spray bottle, fill it with water and shake it up.

My wife sprays it on the hostas around the landscaping in the yard. It seems to work...... But it needs to be done periodically. Its not a one application fix....
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Old 05-29-2012, 04:12 PM
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I was visiting a friend one day when he showed me his garden. There were several wooden stakes around it with a piece of string tied to them and something hanging on the string. When I asked what this was he showed me 1/2 cakes of Irish Spring soap with holes drilled through them hanging on the strings. This was for keeping the deer out of the garden. I talked with a few other folks later and they all said they do the same thing.
I tried it and sure enough it worked. I'm a believer now.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:10 PM
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Thanks for the inspiration. When i read about it on AgTalk from a farmer it had my attention.
Maybe i better freshen up my employees.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:17 PM
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Looks like you might want to talk with your employees about drinking on the job.
Looks as though they put down a Strohs 30 pack before planting that corn.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:20 PM
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Trying to make the deer dizzy when they walk the rows
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:30 PM
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My Father In Law had apple orchards and they would hang small bars of soap, like the hotel kind, off of each newly planted tree to keep the deer away....they had a big orchard operation in Michigan...knew what they were doing.
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Old 05-29-2012, 05:35 PM
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I have used Irish Spring in my garden and it works. Prior to using it deer almost cleaned me out. In two years since adopting it deer avoid it like the plague
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:05 PM
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Wonder how the soap would work in the winter to protect new seedlings?
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Old 05-29-2012, 08:56 PM
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Well, I guess I should stop using Irish Spring during hunting season then...
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I wonder if that would also work to steer deer away from areas you don't want them? Does anyone know how far away the deer stay from the soap? It would be interesting to setup a cam and see if they come near it. Anyone up for that experiment? I would, but my cam dumped out on me last winter.
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Looks like you might want to talk with your employees about drinking on the job.
Looks as though they put down a Strohs 30 pack before planting that corn.

LOL! I wouldn't have even noticed if you didn't mention it
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"You can grow just as much corn on a crooked row as you can on a straight one." - Marcel Ledbetter.... I miss Jerry Clower
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"You can grow just as much corn on a crooked row as you can on a straight one." - Marcel Ledbetter.... I miss Jerry Clower

It makes it easier to sneak up on a deer too!
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