Wildlife Management of Montana Outdoor Cannabis Grows

Managing pests in your grow can be a challenge. Larger pests like rodents, deer, and bear can seriously impact an unsecured Montana outdoor grow. Rats and mice are everywhere and are a known and manageable pest in almost every agricultural industry. But here in Montana, where we enjoy so much public land, the population densities of deer, elk, and other ungulates, as they relate to the human population, are drastically higher in this state as compared to other medical and recreational legalized states. Despite deer being common throughout much of the state, the rise in the demand for both industrial hemp and medical cannabis is resulting in increased construction of outdoor seasonal cannabis grows. But are deer even targeting cannabis as a feedstock? Actually, your plants are safer the closer they get to harvest. Once the flowers mature and the terpenes begin to collect in the plant, the deer are detracted to the odor and taste of the organic solvents in the plant. The deer, along with bears, are more likely to target your crop as soon as it sprouts, but it is possible for deer and elk to target your crop through cultivation; they’re deer.

The question is: what to do? Although permanent fencing can be a great option around a large-scale year-round field, running a smaller farming location in an area where feasible smaller temporary electric fence around a specific area might be the better option in some scenarios.

If you want to learn more about wildlife management techniques and specific methods to secure your grow or garden from deer and other grazing animals, you can read about them here.

Taylor Ange

Specializations: Extraction Processes Compliance Product development Taylor has maintained a passion for finding unconventional solutions for problems in the biology and medical fields. From a young age, he was heavily invested in the emergency medical industry as an active member of King County Search and Rescue in Washington State. Taylor attended college at the University of Montana as a terrestrial ecology major. As a field researcher and a lab technician with the US Forest Service, he conducted e-DNA testing on fluvial systems in Montana, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. In the lab, he conducted mitochondrial DNA synthesis and analyzation which taught him how a large scale science and research laboratory is laid out and operated, along with what control measures are used for both personal and product safety. He has been involved in projects spanning beverage, cannabis fiber and extraction, and clean technology. He has been a part of developing various technologies including carbon dioxide reclamation equipment, hemp bioplastic formulations, and semi-autonomous control systems.

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