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Red Oak Acorns #7641771 10/25/19 02:40 PM
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Been accumulating Red Oak acorns around my house the last week or two and have a grocery shopping bag full now, also some Burr Oak acorns too. Last year I put these out in my feeder pens in Young county and the deer absolutely hammered both of them. Hours upon hours of pictures of them chomping away; not even sure if either one of these trees exist out my way in SW Young county but the deer didn't seem to care. Looking for similar success again this year. Does anyone else put out acorns or the like?

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Deer like variety in their diet if it is available.
So providing acorns & their reaction to them doesn't surprise me, if it works for you, it's a great idea/plan.

Deer like mesquite beans too when they consider them 'right', usually by rifle season they're off them & on to whatever native browse is at its peak.

On our place in Young the acorns have been dropping for a few weeks, tree's are so loaded probably keep going for several more weeks.
During season I don't put out anything but corn, maybe a mineral/salt rock if they've consumed the previous rock.

Wife hunts corn, I wander & sit around in/near oaks until the acorns are gone or rotted.

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I've always heard the deer out where we are DQ like White Oak acorns. I took some of my live oak acorns out there years ago and they never touched them.


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When I was young we hauled big bags of Live Oak acorns onto a ranch we were hunting and they finally cracked/rotted on the ground that season. No one deer ate any of them.



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Deer, at least in areas I’ve hunted over the decades, love acorns, specifically white oak acorns. The white oak ones are sweet, where the red oak ones are bitter. I even ate a few to prove to myself that the white oak ones were more palatable. Yup!


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Originally Posted by stxranchman
When I was young we hauled big bags of Live Oak acorns onto a ranch we were hunting and they finally cracked/rotted on the ground that season. No one deer ate any of them.



Seems weird since live oaks are in the white oak family and have similar low tannic acid acorns.

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Can only give my experience from last year, they tore them up leaving the hulls all over the ground

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My web research last night indicated white oak acorns first preference for deer due to power tannic content followed by the red oak acorns. Interestingly, the red oaks for slower due to the higher tannic contents.

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Originally Posted by huck18
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When I was young we hauled big bags of Live Oak acorns onto a ranch we were hunting and they finally cracked/rotted on the ground that season. No one deer ate any of them.



Seems weird since live oaks are in the white oak family and have similar low tannic acid acorns.

Even more weird was that this place was in Post Oak country, but Live Oaks were not to far away. One place we tried them also did not have any Oak trees close. I do know on my place here that there are certain Live Oak trees that deer prefer when they have acorns over the other Live Oaks in the same close proximity. Some rot on the ground when other trees have none left on the ground. I don't think I could take Live Oak acorns from my place here to try on the deer at my place in Live Oak county.They would not know what an acorn was in that area. I tried some rice bran as an experiment and it was never touched...not even by coons or rats. Other people try rice bran and their deer will walk over corn for it.



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Originally Posted by huck18
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When I was young we hauled big bags of Live Oak acorns onto a ranch we were hunting and they finally cracked/rotted on the ground that season. No one deer ate any of them.



Seems weird since live oaks are in the white oak family and have similar low tannic acid acorns.

Your thinking of post oak. Live oak are in the dark acorn more bitter family.


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i plant several buckets full every year in addition to the ones i scatter.

finally had some burr oaks this year to plant, about 5 gallons worth.

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Originally Posted by 603Country
Deer, at least in areas I’ve hunted over the decades, love acorns, specifically white oak acorns. The white oak ones are sweet, where the red oak ones are bitter. I even ate a few to prove to myself that the white oak ones were more palatable. Yup!


Got several big Red oaks out in my pasture. I could count the times on one hand I have seen deer eating those acorns. Now the Pin oaks and White oaks, well that is a different story.


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I have all three. Deer will eat the white oak acorns right away. If there is nothing else they will eat the red oaks. If they are eating the live oak acorns it's getting pretty bad food wise.


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"Even more weird was that this place was in Post Oak country, but Live Oaks were not to far away. One place we tried them also did not have any Oak trees close. I do know on my place here that there are certain Live Oak trees that deer prefer when they have acorns over the other Live Oaks in the same close proximity. Some rot on the ground when other trees have none left on the ground. I don't think I could take Live Oak acorns from my place here to try on the deer at my place in Live Oak county.They would not know what an acorn was in that area. I tried some rice bran as an experiment and it was never touched...not even by coons or rats. Other people try rice bran and their deer will walk over corn for it."

All it takes for the deer to eat the acorn or rice bran is ONE deer to be brave enough or hungry enough to eat one acorn or take one bite of the rice bran.







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Red oaks = bitter

White oaks = sweet


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Red oak acorns are kinda like bologna. They will eventually get eaten, but only after everything else is gone.


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Originally Posted by Palehorse
Red oak acorns are kinda like bologna. They will eventually get eaten, but only after everything else is gone.

You've obviously never had the boar's head garlic Bologna from Kroger Deli.


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