deer nutrition

Can You Tell Bucks From Does by Their Droppings? Plus Other Deer Dung Data

Jun 28, 2023 Kip Adams

Can you tell a whitetail buck from a doe by the shape or size of deer droppings? How many times a day does a deer poop? Great questions. The sex thing works for turkeys. Gobbler…

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Why Are These 3 Whitetail Bucks So Different in Size?

Jun 8, 2022 Moriah Boggess

“He’s a good buck for the area.” My guess is you have heard this phrase many times and may have even said it yourself. It’s a well-intentioned congratulatory statement to someone who has taken an…

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What Do Deer Eat? A Deer Diet Breakdown by Season

Mar 30, 2022 Matt Ross

Updated April 4, 2024 White-tailed deer are absolute plant-eating machines, but understanding what foods they prefer to eat will vastly improve your knowledge and effectiveness in both managing and hunting them. A deer needs to…

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What to Feed Deer in Winter, and What NOT to Feed

Mar 24, 2022 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

The 30 most critical days for winter deer survival have a name, and it is March. Research at the University of New Hampshire showed that a healthy deer begins winter with a 90-day fat supply….

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Which Deer Visit Feeders and When? New Research is Out

Sep 11, 2019 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

When Georgia first legalized hunting deer over bait in the southern half of the state in 2011, my dad felt compelled to install corn feeders on our family farm simply to compete with the expected…

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NDA’s Guide to Summer Food Plots

Mar 20, 2019 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

  It’s time to plant and manage summer food plots! Here is a quick guide to all the useful information available on the NDA website to help you decide what to plant, and how to…

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Help Deer Refuel After the Rut

Dec 4, 2018 Dave Edwards

Bucks expend a great deal of energy during the fall preparing for and participating in the rut. Depending on the buck:doe ratio, activities like scraping, rubbing, fighting, seeking and chasing can stretch over weeks or…

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What Should I Plant in My Food Plot?

Jan 9, 2017 Brian Grossman

One of the most common questions we get on social media and through our website goes something like this: “I have X acres where I hunt to plant a food plot. What should I plant?”…

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Food Plot Species Profile: Iron Clay Cowpeas

May 2, 2014 Ryan Basinger

Iron-clay cowpeas are one of my all-time favorite summer forages for deer. I have probably planted more acres in cowpeas during summer than any other species. Cowpeas are relatively inexpensive, easy to establish and manage,…

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Red Oaks are Important in Deer Nutrition

Mar 27, 2013 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Start talking about planting trees for wildlife and the first question asked is bound to be: “Which tree species is best for me to plant?” Many people are hoping to hear there is one almighty…

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