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    do deer like potatoes?

    I was just over at my mother-in-law's place and she had about 20 potatoes that were covered in spuds. She was going to throw them out but I told her I'd plant them down near one of my tree stands. They get to be pretty leafy plants and cover a good bit of ground don't they? I figure the deer would like the leaves and might even dig up the potatoes. But then again I'm thinking it would probably be more trouble than it's worth. What say you?



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    Hogs love them, but I doubt if deer would dig for them.
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    I don't know, but I've had several people tell me that they LOVE sweet potatoes! Not sure if they are talking about the leaves or the actual sweet taters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapejuice View Post
    I don't know, but I've had several people tell me that they LOVE sweet potatoes! Not sure if they are talking about the leaves or the actual sweet taters!
    I've heard the same thing. Sweet potatoes are supposed to be really good for deer as well but I don't know if that's the potato itself or the leaves.

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    No

    We had some potatoe fields near my house in NC. The deer never touched them - even immediately after harvest when the potatoes that the picker missed were lying around.

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    the sweet taters. not the leaves the spud. grandpa tells me they have dug them before when he planted them around a buried hay bale. the soil was sandy so it wasn't too much effort for the deer.
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    I grow tater they don't touch them but they're gnawing the heck outa my cukes
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    ive never seen deer eat potatos, but i sure like to eat deer and potatos myself....
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    deer love them, farmers that grow them in the UP hate what deer do to their crops

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    Quote Originally Posted by bambieslayer View Post
    I grow tater they don't touch them but they're gnawing the heck outa my cukes
    what the heck is a "cuke"?
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    used to use them for bait 20+ years ago, they loved them

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrapejuice View Post
    what the heck is a "cuke"?
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    We used to Bowhunt Potatoe fields in Northern Ws. near UP Mi. border. Those deer were always in those fields..
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    Man, some people say no way others say they do. I may have to just give it a try to find out by myself. If the deer don't eat it I will dig them up and eat them myself.

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    spuds

    Grow them every year right next to my corn fields and food plots. Deer don't touch them. Lots of hoof tracks but they don't eat the plants or the potatoes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archeryridge View Post
    Man, some people say no way others say they do. I may have to just give it a try to find out by myself. If the deer don't eat it I will dig them up and eat them myself.
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    I think the deer around here mostly eat the leaves/stems but they seem to love them. Probably all depends on what other food sources are in the area.

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    Lots of potato fields around my area, I have never seen them in the fields eating the plant but when the farms dump the old/unuseable potatoes in the fields after the harvest the deer are there like crazy. We use to bait the deer with potatoes and they loved them, but I havent seen them eat the plant or bother digging them up.
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    spuds

    I have some very unusual information on this. My brother in law was a game manager in north central WI. He followed up on a lot of different calls. In one portion of his area they would dig them up and eat them and south of that they never touched the potato fields. It must be learned behavior and once they find how to dig them and that they like them they ate them readily.
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    seen them eat potatoes before

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    Thanks guys, sounds like I got a 50/50 shot. Them are pretty good odds.

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    Here in Southern Jersey they go nuts for sweet potatoes, they hunt over piles of them every year. In the summer they eat the plant part before they dig them up.

    I have hunted in Maine over potatoe fields for bears, but the deer do not touch them there.

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    I found that if I just layed them out the deer didn't touch them then after a while I sprayed some attractant on them (cmere deer)....they learned they were good couldn't put them out fast enough ----didn't need the attractant ---
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    They will eat the leaves when they get into full bloom and real bushy. We had a garden every summer while I was growing up and I would sit on the back pourch and shoot the deer in the booty with my pellet gun to keep them out of it.

    If you have good soil around your hunting area, plant sweet potatos in those areas and they will love them. But its usually hard to find good soil in wooded areas due to the large amount of tree roots. I have plented them in the sides of fields near hunting grounds, also trimming your open property back and leaving a big hanging branch over the open area with the potatos planted under the tree will REALLY draw them to the area.
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