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What Do Deer Eat? #6771222
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Genuine question. Funny thing is; In all my life, I've never actually had cause to consider it!

Thing is, I'm finding them tripping my perimeter alarm system, late at night. I think I've noted, in passing, some of you guys mentioning laying down corn, to bait them? Only, I've started putting down wild bird seed, to bait birds.

I'm wondering if the deer have caught onto there being a source of grains, on the track. Nothing else, on my land, that there isn't miles and miles of around me. Grass, basically.

Thanks.

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a lot more than people think....we were sneaking into a bear bait a few years back, and suddenly a doe picked up her head to look, she had a hot dog bun in her mouth


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Re: What Do Deer Eat? [Re: Pest's Dad] #6771228
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Kinda confused by the question

But Hay this time of year is safer for them than corn


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Re: What Do Deer Eat? [Re: Pest's Dad] #6771229
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deer and these buggers both do it here.


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Re: What Do Deer Eat? [Re: Pest's Dad] #6771230
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Grass,clover,grains,all types greenery, nuts,fruit,and tree browse

Re: What Do Deer Eat? [Re: Pest's Dad] #6771234
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Mineral blocks this time of year


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Re: What Do Deer Eat? [Re: Pest's Dad] #6771237
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Tree/brush buds this time of the year here.They will come into bird feeders and clean up the sunflower seeds and other grains available!

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This time of the year grain and corn.

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Got to be close enough to a deer yard to get them to come in here.

Re: What Do Deer Eat? [Re: Bruce T] #6771255
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Originally Posted by Bruce T
This time of the year grain and corn.

Corn can kill them if introduced this time of year


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Bruce T and Hodag seem to be confirming my ~ seemingly crazy ~ notion then? Only hay here is in my stables, behind a bolted gate. No salt licks. Only thing differentiating this little plot from miles and miles of surrounding countryside is that little skid mark of grain on the paved track.

Amazing! Maybe I should set my trail cam to it? Only, I'm probably spooking the deer when I go out there and play a beam, to make sure it is only a deer.

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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
Originally Posted by Bruce T
This time of the year grain and corn.

Corn can kill them if introduced this time of year

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They'll come in for corn the fastest but it can be detrimental


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I believe what you call corn is the yellow stuff that comes on a cob? None of that in the bird feed.

There Is a guy prowling about with a .303 though. He's a bit of a health risk to them. He sets my alarm off too! smirk

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Alot of miss information out there due to states being scared to death of someone shooting a deer over bait.

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Originally Posted by 330-Trapper
They'll come in for corn the fastest but it can be detrimental

That picture I posted is at northeast carry up on moosehead lake.They have feed these deer corn since I was a child with no I'll effects to the deer at all with alot of the big bucks with names that came back year after year after year.

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Originally Posted by Pest's Dad
I believe what you call corn is the yellow stuff that comes on a cob? None of that in the bird feed.

There Is a guy prowling about with a .303 though. He's a bit of a health risk to them. He sets my alarm off too! smirk

They like milo and sunflower meat


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Re: What Do Deer Eat? [Re: Pest's Dad] #6771276
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Mares eat oats and does eat oats........ grin

Bruce, that pic is awesome and I believe ya!


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Deer will eat grains, browse, legumes, fruits and grasses, Get them stressed enough and they will eat bark, evergreens in order to survive.

I was amazed early on in watching a doe and fawns in back of our home, and they had a real lust for what we call wild lettuce here, a milky sap, plant with spines when it gets older. They do have taste though as I was growing heritage pumpkins and they ate them, only bit my neighbors commercial giants, and threw those up.

All herbivores will eat just about anything, but their favorites are legumes like alfalfa and clover, fruits like apples, grain in corn kernels and they enjoy small corn plants Put out a free meal though, which is safe by your house and they will eat bread, as that is grain and will eat bird seed as that is grain too.

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Originally Posted by Catch22
Mares eat oats and does eat oats........ grin


And little goats eats ivy! grin (And Don't they?!?)

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