Deerhunter86 wrote:I have another concern now. All the apples are going rotten and there are bees everywhere eating them. The deer wont come in the orchard at all now. Maybe a few steps then they back out. Was wondering if anyone else had experienced this before or if the deer are affected by the bees? Im guessing they wont come in because of the bees.
Those bees are working FOR you, not AGAINST you.
Your first thought would likely be poison or bee traps. You see them as a problem, i don't. You do not need deer to eat apples, you need deer to WANT apples, there is a difference. It has been said, that a deer has a nose 7 times better than a blood hound. It is their primary defense.
You have seen them approach, pause just at the edges, then leave. Fine. where did they approach from? set up on the approach to the apples, not on the apples themselves. that smell is what is drawing them in, not their taste, an the bees are keeping that smell strong, and not feeding the deer. hungry deer are more active, and more likely to be up and about looking for food. they follow that smell, approach, then pause to see what is going on, that pause is the perfect time to hit them! You have a draw, a hungry deer, and a natural distraction in the wrong direction. (keeps their attention elsewhere) Use it to your advantage!
As for the bees, you are aware that nearly all plants require bees to pollinate them, and several things are killing off bees at an alarming rate. Without bees, there is damn little food for animals or people, so don't kill them. In fact, if this is private land, you might see if you could add a bee hive, and see if the bees will like it. People have taken their bee hives on the road from crop to crop as a business, You could make some money with minimum effort, also, honey is a cash crop, and a natural bandage. (raw honey will never rot or go bad. it kills bacteria).
if nothing else, call a bee keeper and give him the location. he may have an empty hive and will likely want more, for all the reasons I just gave.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.