Quick Answer: What Are Deer’S Favorite Foods?

Do deer eat carrots?

Fruit & Vegetables.

Although deer will eat apples, carrots, cabbage, etc., their use is not recommended.

They are like candy to a child� tasty but of little value in providing a well-balanced and nutritious diet..

What attracts deer the most?

Food Plots From larger plots of forage soybeans covering 10 or more acres, to small parcels of broken tree canopy planted to brassica; various crops including corn, milo, turnips, peas, clover, and alfalfa will attract and keep deer. One of the surest ways to attract deer is through their stomach.

Do whitetail deer eat oranges?

Oranges aren’t a particularly common part of a deer’s diet. Like apples, oranges are out of a deer’s reach until they fall to the ground. They are healthy for deer to eat, though.

Do apples attract deer?

Apples work great for deer but unfortunately they attract fox and raccoons as well.

What foods are toxic to deer?

Certain plants, such as rhubarb, are toxic to deer. Deer usually also avoid root vegetables (which require digging) and prickly vegetables such as cucumbers and squashes with hairy leaves. Cultivars with strong odors such as onions, garlic and fennel are not palatable to deer.

What vegetables will DEER not eat?

In the vegetable garden, deer tend to enjoy most of the crops you do, with the exception of rhubarb, asparagus, and garlic. Some gardeners report that deer don’t favor onions or tomatoes, but other gardeners insist they do.

Do deer eat carrots and apples?

Deer can starve with a stomach full of alfalfa they cannot digest. Deer enjoy a wide variety of fruits and vegetables such as apples, grapes, small plums, cherries, pears, pumpkin, carrots, snap peas, tomatoes, squash, watermelon, honey locust, and persimmons.

Do deer travel the creek beds and why?

In open farmland, wooded creek beds are the primary places where rutting bucks can cruise under cover while checking fields for hot does–and their linear nature makes them a natural for still-hunting. The cover, however, can be too narrow to walk undetected.

Where do deer beds go during day?

For starters, daytime beds are almost always located within bedding areas that offer an advantage for deer to hide from and detect predators. These locations might be on points, ridge tops, thick cover, etc. Every detail down to the direction of which the deer faces is taken into consideration.

Does peanut butter attract deer?

Deer love peanut butter, so it is an excellent bait. You can use peanut butter alone or in a mixture to lure deer into an area for hunting or just to enjoy watching them. Peanut butter is much cheaper than most commercial deer attractants and works as well or better.

Will deer come back after they smell you?

Spooked deer will return to their bedding area, but when they return depends on how much the intrusion frightened them. If they can’t pinpoint the threat, they’ll likely return sooner than if they saw or smelled you.

Will deer eat Quaker Oats?

By late February, deer that have been accustomed to eating and digesting woody browse for most of the winter are able to digest this food. Oats: After the formulated deer food mixtures, oats are preferred over all other supplemental foods. They provide deer with a very favorable ratio of fiber and carbohydrates.

Should I feed deer in my yard?

You should feed deer things like: oats, specialty ready made deer food mixes, and legumes. These foods are safe for deer to eat and enjoy. You should not however feed deer things like: corn, hay, human food, and meat as their digestive systems may have issues processing and passing the food.

What is a deer’s favorite apple?

Some good apple tree varieties that work well for most of the country include Liberty, Enterprise, Dolgo, and Chestnut. Just make sure you find one that will be hardy to your specific planting zone.

How far away can a deer smell an apple?

ANSWER: Under normal conditions, a deer can smell a human that is not making any attempt to hide its odor at least 1/4 mile away. If the scenting conditions are perfect (humid with a light breeze), it can even be farther.

Where do big bucks hide?

Look for thickets, steep hillsides, deep draws, little swamps—out-of-the way spots where old boys might hide. The key to hunting one of these places is hidden, quiet access with a favorable wind, so you won’t blow out the bucks. Check your maps and scout further to pin down a good route in and out.

What do deer like to eat the most?

Deer adore fruits and nuts. They love pecans, hickory nuts and beechnuts acorns in addition to acorns. A couple of favorite fruits are apples, blueberries, blackberries and persimmons.

What fruits do deer like best?

Acorns, nuts and fruits are generally called mast. They supply high-energy sources during times of thermal stress or rapid body and antler growth. Fruits such as grapes, blackberries, mulberry and plums are used by deer as a high-energy source rich in carbohydrates during antler growth.

What is a deer’s favorite smell?

Liquid Doe Urine Doe urine in the liquid form is probably the most common attractant scent used by deer hunters. It is good for calming deer’s nerves and piquing their curiosity, since it simulates a new deer in the area. Since it is a common smell in the woods, it very seldom scares deer—bucks or does.

Where do bucks like to bed?

Facing Downwind Typically, bucks will bed against these solid objects (logs, rocks, etc.), watch downwind with their eyes, and cover their rear (upwind) with their nose. Of course, those ears are always on a swivel, too. This “system” allows deer to better protect themselves from danger.

Should you pee in a deer scrape?

Numerous studies have shown there isn’t much difference from urine in whitetails and humans (other than color). And I pee in most of my mock scrapes now with pretty good success.

Can you smell a deer?

We have both smelled deer several times before seeing them. Their scent is much stronger during the rut also. I think quite a few people smell them and don’t realize what they are smelling.

Will deer eat cucumbers?

Deer don’t like thorny vegetables, like cucumber, or vegetables that have hairy peels, like certain varieties of squash. Other vegetables not particularly palatable to deer are tomatoes, peppers, carrot roots, eggplant, asparagus, leeks and globe artichokes.