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Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns #7314796 10/15/18 01:10 PM
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right now? I have about 15lbs. of fresh Live Oak acorns and Red Oak acorns to throw out in the feeder pens and was just curious as to what the deer are hitting right now in Stephens, Young, Jack or Throckmorton counties for those that have gotten out...

Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7314809 10/15/18 01:21 PM
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Deer should be eating acorns state wide where there are oak trees present


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Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7314815 10/15/18 01:30 PM
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They are hammering my deer feeder and I am throwing corn up

Not a lot of acorns thank goodness but they started dropping about two weeks ago.

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Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7314823 10/15/18 01:37 PM
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We don't have any oaks at our place, but cameras show that the deer have slacked WAY off at the feeders with the rain we have had.


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Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7314831 10/15/18 01:44 PM
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My ground is covered with acorns, but still getting a few coming to the feeder. They just are not eating as much or staying as long.


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Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7314857 10/15/18 02:01 PM
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May have to turn my feeder timer up, they are cleaning it up twice a day and you can see where they have been under the oaks getting the acorns. Oats and Wheat coming on now, so they have more to choose from now then probably all summer, but they are steady at it.

All the rain end of last month really kicked grasses and forbs off as well


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Hitting both here. Hogs are cleaning up the acorns pretty good.


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Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: Stompy] #7314927 10/15/18 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: Stompy
Hitting both here. Hogs are cleaning up the acorns pretty good.


Same in Houston County. The recent rains are sure to sour the acorns already on the ground.


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I don't have many acorns but they still clean up the corn. The buck pairs and groups seem to be running as singles now and feed at od hours.

Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7314987 10/15/18 03:41 PM
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When I hunted the weekend before last the only deer eating corn were the fawns. The does would walk right through the corn and eat acorns while the fawns were eating.

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Feeders have seen very little action the last 2 weeks. A few deer here and there but even the hogs haven't shown up near as much. It sounded like rain from all of the acorns falling while sitting in my stand.


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My properties in North and East Texas hasn't seen nominal deer and hogs since the first week in October.

Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: Texas Dan] #7315980 10/16/18 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
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Hitting both here. Hogs are cleaning up the acorns pretty good.


Same in Houston County. The recent rains are sure to sour the acorns already on the ground.


I always here the fabled "sour" the acorns. I have shot countless deer over soured corn/milo etc. and caught too many to remember in hog traps baited with some nasty sour grain to think that souring acorns will prevent them from eating them.


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Acorns on my place in NE Tx, I put corn in one feeder and only raccoons are hitting it.

Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7318265 10/18/18 02:50 AM
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Iím sure I will be corrected.

But I personally donít think Acorns sour. And if they do, the deer donít care.

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Originally Posted By: Roll-Tide
Iím sure I will be corrected.

But I personally donít think Acorns sour. And if they do, the deer donít care.


No kidding. Pretty sure every single one of our millions is vacuumed up by some critter.

Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7320791 10/20/18 04:50 PM
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We hunt around a bunch of oaks but deer seem to be hitting feeders daily .

Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7325116 10/24/18 12:16 PM
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I switched mine to 1 second spins until further notice.

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we had a flood that washed ours away, but plenty x10 left ready to drop. Never seen post oaks produce so many acorns. By the way I am going to taste a post oak acorn this weekend to see if bitter or not. Also found first ever persimmon tree bearing fruit 2 weeks ago on our property.

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I had acorns hitting the ground back in mid Sept during rain. Most of them split open or were eaten from that time frame. Now the second round is falling while it is raining and I saw some on Sunday that were sprouting to grow with the recent 9"+ of rain in last 14 days. Only two afternoons of sunshine in last 2 weeks or more now. Deer hit feeders on an irregular basis here. I turned a couple up over the weekend after the cooler weather.



Re: Anybody Know if Deer are Hitting the Feeders or Eating Acorns [Re: DQ Kid] #7332913 10/31/18 01:39 PM
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My trees have about 2/3rds of the acorns still on the branches, same with the pecans. The front that is going to move through my County today is supposed to have very high winds so that will put a bunch more on the ground. DeWitt County didn't get the rain that Goliad & Bee did so acorns that have been on the ground look good. It makes hunting hard if not impossible, but it is good for the deer in the long run.

My Christmas Yaupons are covered with berries, and I usually see a well-defined browse line once they are ready. It seems they are a bit earlier this year, it is usually about a month from now, about the time the acorns and pecans are cleaned up.


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