Hungry deer

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  1. loneranger

    loneranger Well-Known Member

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    Every year I cut back shingle oak and cherry that are trying to take over my fields and open spaces. They always send up new shoots during the Summer. Most Winters I notice the new growth nibbled on here and there. Yesterday I was out in my fields and every bit of new growth and buds were chewed off everywhere ! Tells me deer are seriously hungry!
     
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    They love that stuff. That’s natural browse for deer that’s high in nutrition and very palatable. Growth from larger trees cut down - in the little shoots they grow up in summer - are mega concentrated with nutrients. Tree tops aren’t as concentrated but if you cut one down, they’ll be gobbled up in a matter of days.
     
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    Just sayin deer definitely more hungry around my place than I have noticed in years!
     
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    Same here. Drove around the "block" yesterday before dark, actually looking at ground to buy. Saw over 100 deer. A normal drive this time of evening would normally have you spotting 10-20. Every deer was out of the woods and on picked fields and front yards.
     
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    What part of Iowa?
     
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    What that tells me is just how tough these critters are. The survival rate for the record cold is apparently quite good!
     
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