I feel for you KDM, the deer have taken over Michigan. I think there are now more deer in the state than there are people. They are so destructive. They have destroyed tons of my ornamental plants and any attempt to grow a garden. I have tried all the potions but nothing worked. I have tried motion sensors and lights with no success. I have tried fences with little success. I have tried physically chasing them away, with no success. I finally found a solution that worked well for me; it’s called a big dog!
After I got my Alaskan Malamute, I never had any more deer problems. They don’t mess a Malamute. In fact, the Malamute solved all my raccoon, opossum, ground hog, and mole problems. It’s funny, my malamute doesn’t bark (only howls sometimes), but the deer and rodents know to stay away.