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Thread: Has anyone seen deer eat round bales?

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    Has anyone seen deer eat round bales?

    I watched a bowhunting show where they had a ground blind set up by some round bales, I live close to a hunting ranch and he puts round bales out there with the deer, That might be an option to planting a food plot if you don't have the time or resources, any thoughts?
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    Haven't seen it....but have seen evidence that they do.

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    I heard that the federal government is going to outlaw the round hay bales in the near future.

    They have concluded that the animals are not getting a square meal.......
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    guy near us cuts biologic, bales and wet wraps it, selles em for 100$/ pop. the deer love them
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    I shoot into a round bale. Its been out for about 4 or 5 years. The deer have only eaten off it once...and that was two winters ago, and it was a more severe winter than others. They did not touch it last winter.

    I suspect it may have a lot to do with quality of the hay and how old it is.
    When they did eat it, they pooped like cows! BIG ole DEER pies!
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    i saw deer everyday on the way home from work for about a month this winer eating off bales. Of course, we had a very harsh winter and it was the most easily accessible food and that more than likely had something to do with it.
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    Using bales in place of a food plot might be considered baiting by the DNR. I suppose it might be argued that you were storing the bales but that really would not be what you are describing. Sounds like baiting to me. Same as putting a bucket of corn out.
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    Ohio baiting legal

    In ohio we are allowed to use feeders all year. There are some stipulations on turkeys, 10 days before the spring season starts except for fall season. Ohio is pretty accomodating for whitetail because we have so many. Keep the tips a comin'
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    If the winter gets tough they will eat plain old grass hay bales, but they will always hammer alfalfa bales if they get a chance especially 2nd cutting ones. I have saw them eat on grass hay even in the summer so they must have liked something in them.

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    Depends on what he's baling. Alfalfa might work. Bermuda...not so much.
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    Like this?

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    Yes

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