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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NDA’s Guide to Clover Food Plots

Aug 28, 2017 Brian Grossman

When it comes to planting food plots for white-tailed deer, it’s hard to beat clover for several reasons. Clover is relatively easy to establish, readily available, affordable, and there are a variety of species to…

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Cereal Rye for Deer

Aug 15, 2017 Ryan Basinger

If there was ever a tough-man competition for deer forages, cereal rye would likely make the title bout. Cereal rye (rye hereafter) is a durable forage that can overcome adversity on many levels, such as…

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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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Plant This, Not That

Sep 12, 2012 Matt Ross

Oh man! I could not believe it. In an effort to relax and wind down from a long day, I had just sat down, flipped on the television to my favorite hunting channel and proceeded…

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Food Plot Species Profile: Chicory

Aug 29, 2012 Bob Westerfield

For a change of pace, try growing chicory – a tough cool-season perennial crop that is a preferred deer forage – in your next fall food plot. This nutritious broadleaf crop is actually in the…

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Put Green Leaves at Deer Level

Aug 22, 2012 Kip Adams

Everyone knows the leaves of most deciduous trees are green during summer. Most also know that leaves grow on a tree’s branches originating in spring and falling off in the fall. However, how valuable are…

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Mixing Corn and Soybeans in Food Plots

Mar 28, 2012 Craig Harper

The species and rates of plants included in a seed blend is an important consideration when planting food plots. Certainly, you want to include species that are compatible with each other in terms of growth…

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Know Your Deer Plants: Partridge Pea

Mar 20, 2012 Matt Ross

A member of the pea family, partridge pea is best known as a producer of valuable cover and food for upland game birds, waterfowl, and various small mammals. However, it also happens to be found…

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Know Your Native Deer Foods

Mar 9, 2012 Kip Adams

Food studies have identified several hundred plant species that deer will consume during the course of a year.  Some are used seasonally, some only when little else is available, and some are preferred regardless of…

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