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Bear alert!
« Reply #15 on: September 05, 2012, 07:51:37 PM »

I've started a small apple orchard (real small 4-5 trees).
Problem is these trees attract bears when the apples start to get close to picking time.
I lost 1/2 of a tree last year to a bear when it tried to climb the 4 foot high tree.
I have a bushnell trail cam that I set up to photograph the culprit but that wouldn't discourage it.
I needed an alert  to help me catch it before it could do anymore damage.
I orignaly thought I'd use one of my many unused  MS10A security Motion sensors.
I set one up and armed my DS7000  I figured I'd use the MS10a thinking it would allow me the range I needed.
It did work but hearing the alarm at 3 in the morning was a bit to much to get me out of bed as it woke everyone else. Not to mention finding a key flob or remote to unarm at that time of day isn't easy either. ::) :'

I had a few MS14As laying around and a UM506 (universal module).
I attached the sensor to a wooden stake which I was able to move arround to find a sweet spot and repositioned my CM15A so the motion sensor was in range.
I set the UM506 to sound only and continuous (not sure if a momentary trigger would be enough to wake me).
I have a strong spot light which I can shine on the trees and usualy it and a bit of noise will scare off any thing.
The bear hasn't been back since setting this up but I have been woke up by a doe and it's two fawns.(yep they love the apples to but usualy don't do to much damage).
during the day time hours I usualy unplug the UM506 as the ms14a sends lots of false trips with the warm sun on the trees leaves and a small breeze.

I have a crossbow handy as well but this one seems to know I can't use it at night. :(
One Day it will slip up and come out during daylight hours.




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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2012, 12:28:06 AM »

The deer do tremendous damage to my landscape here. So I [had] constructed my solar powered remote controlled robot to chase deer.... with no real success. Best of luck.
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2012, 08:22:47 AM »

Just the scent of my beagel arround keeps most of the wild life at bay.
The dear stay at the outer edge of my landscaping here.
Thought they were in the vegetable garden and cleaned me out of green peppers.
Then they started on the hot ones but think they had to stop to find some water.  rofl
Wish they had tried those first. ::)
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« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2012, 12:54:26 PM »

As for the deer, got a gun?  Shoot first, ask questions later.  Plus, deer meat is good!!!   Fill up your freezer!!!
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« Reply #19 on: September 06, 2012, 01:09:47 PM »

As for the deer, got a gun?  Shoot first, ask questions later.  Plus, deer meat is good!!!   Fill up your freezer!!!
Oh Dan! You have alienated all our dear, green, X10, PETA friends.
BTW Italian salad dressing makes a wonderful meat marinade. Perfect tenderizer for baby seal meat.
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« Reply #20 on: September 06, 2012, 03:00:41 PM »

As for the deer, got a gun?  Shoot first, ask questions later.  Plus, deer meat is good!!!   Fill up your freezer!!!
yep as well as the crossbow.
However unlike the bear I can't take a deer for doing damage and must wait till hunting season opens. As well I'd need antlerless tags, the pouching fines just aren't worth the trouble.
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« Reply #21 on: September 06, 2012, 03:27:27 PM »

You can't hunt on your own land off season?  That's messed up.
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« Reply #22 on: September 06, 2012, 07:56:57 PM »

Oh Dan! You have alienated all our dear, green, X10, PETA friends.
BTW Italian salad dressing makes a wonderful meat marinade. Perfect tenderizer for baby seal meat.

I'm not offended.  I believe everyone should join "People Eating Tasty Animals".  The Motor City Madman is our poster boy.
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« Reply #23 on: September 06, 2012, 10:09:03 PM »

Even though we have a serious deer infestation.... I live in a city. Even with bow... it would be not only be illegal... but outright too dangerous to kill a deer. Well..... I did bag that one deer.....
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« Reply #24 on: September 06, 2012, 11:07:55 PM »

Here's another little flower eater that hung around the entire day.
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« Reply #25 on: September 07, 2012, 09:02:00 AM »

You live in a City, you pay taxes to the city,  Bother them about the deer problem. Deer are cute except when they over breed.
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« Reply #26 on: September 07, 2012, 09:21:02 PM »

You live in a City, you pay taxes to the city,  Bother them about the deer problem. Deer are cute except when they over breed.

The city... in cooperation with the state has been working on the problem for some time. There just isn't any known way to eradicate animal infestations. They select areas within parks and bait them with food and salt for long periods of time. Then trained marksmen working with a removal team rotate through parks. But they just can't remove the deer as fast as the breed... and move in.

It is apparent that some residents provide feed [salt, and water] for the deer. 
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #27 on: September 08, 2012, 09:15:22 AM »

It is apparent that some residents provide feed [salt, and water] for the deer. 
That is the problem with most wild life in the city.
It's all cute and cuddly and people feel they need to feed them. ::) :'

Up here my neighbours are far enough away they can feed them all they like.
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #28 on: July 06, 2013, 07:53:05 PM »

With recent news of Compact florescent bulbs causing fires I've started to replace them all with LED lighting.
One good thing is these use even less power. Draw back is the price a little steep for bright bulbs right now.
I've found some affordable LED Wi-Fi lights which I've incorporated into my setup both here and in the city.
I've also added a few more IP cameras to help keep an eye on the place.
I've connected these to X10 appliance modules so they can be powered off when not needed. ;)
I have these on a AHP timer to power up in the morning and down in the evening while I'm here.
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Re: Tuicemen's Off grid setup!
« Reply #29 on: July 07, 2013, 02:57:52 PM »

I have also see reports of some CFLs having harmful UV Radiation emissions.
I have replaced my most used CFLs with LED bulbs.
Never used the Wi-Fi LED Bulbs but they do sound interesting.

I had some Lighting Science Group Ecosmart {House brand for Home Depot} LED bulbs recalled. A small portion of a total production run had assembly problems and the whole run was recalled as a percaution. They could overheat and flame out.
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