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I figured a shot or two or 30 from a paintball gun would be non-lethal and maybe scare the crap out of it enough for it to not come back.?
i'm not a very good shot and I don't think my husband will teach me. so far so good on the CD's hanging on ropes and a whole bunch of other line strung everywhere. haven't seen him in 3 days. last time I did he was sitting in a tree over the pond, then jumped down and walked away. I may have discouraged him enough. I can only hope.
 
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I get herons. I tried the motion water sprinkler but it didn't work out. My mother law went out to look at the pond and got sprayed and was sure I did it on purpose! :)
Now I just net which is practical in my case because my pond is about 20 feet by 12 feet. I net in the spring and fall. As soon as my lilies have the water covered I remove the net. The added bonus is that the net keeps the leaves out so my pond doesn't need much spring/fall cleaning.
 

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I leave mine on all of the time. I caught the heron fishing one time in the snow in Jan.
 
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I get herons. I tried the motion water sprinkler but it didn't work out. My mother law went out to look at the pond and got sprayed and was sure I did it on purpose! :)
Now I just net which is practical in my case because my pond is about 20 feet by 12 feet. I net in the spring and fall. As soon as my lilies have the water covered I remove the net. The added bonus is that the net keeps the leaves out so my pond doesn't need much spring/fall cleaning.
so far my CD's on rope and about 2,000 feet of braided line strung at all angles is working. I think he's decided it's too much trouble. Haven't seen him in 4 days so I'm hoping. My pond is too big to net (wish I could).
 

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Mr heron found my pond yesterday. sommabitch.
net time...................I fought them for years, the wide weave net hung 3-4 feet over the pond works great. It does not trap anything but does keep the heron out.
 
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Mr heron found my pond yesterday. sommabitch.
if I'm not mistaken, you have a gazebo over your pond, so netting shouldn't be a chore. Were it mine, I'd make it so you can draw the net back when you're there enjoying the pond and then slide and attach it again when you're not. Best of both worlds. Or, you can do as I did and screen the whole thing in!
 
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if I'm not mistaken, you have a gazebo over your pond, so netting shouldn't be a chore. Were it mine, I'd make it so you can draw the net back when you're there enjoying the pond and then slide and attach it again when you're not. Best of both worlds. Or, you can do as I did and screen the whole thing in!
I did have 5# netting around the sides but a deer got tangled and died so I removed it.
Just ordered some new netting with much smaller weave.
 

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I did have 5# netting around the sides but a deer got tangled and died so I removed it.
Just ordered some new netting with much smaller weave.
I think if you make the netting taut, it won't be easy for anything to get tangled, but smaller weave might do it. I'd still make it taut, though, just in case something smaller than a deer gets into your net.
 
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I had a deer smack into my 4inch weave, she was eating the pond lilies, went to back up, the net was touching her. So into the pond she went and out the other side right under the net, I never have it all the way to the ground, just low enough to discourage the herons. I also hang it tight.
 

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