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    In Your Opinion Deer Prefer Corn or Acorns?

    Hunted last night in a pretty grove of white oaks and to the best of my knowledge it hasn't been hunted.Acorns were falling like squirrels were shaking the trees but I didn't see a single deer. I do however see deer feeding just before dark in the corn fields.
    I am led to believe they prefer corn or do you think with the full moon they may be hitting the acorns in the mniddle of the day?
    Its frustrating not to see deer in 3 trips out.

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    My experience is that nothing is prefered over

    corn (EXCEPT PEANUTS)!
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    for me acorns have been the best mainly in the morning and espically on travel routes to and from a corn feild. if you find a grove of acorn bearing trees back from a corn feild 100-250yds this is a great place to hunt a stageing area. they will arrive here to browse until it get dark enought they feel comfortable to go into the feild. find one of thease locations and the hunting can be amazing but make sure the acorn crop is good in that area. they come and go in cycles so maybe next year the trees that had a ton of acorns have none and vice versa. this in my experience has worked great hope it will help you. good luck
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    acorns except when there is snow cover and the temps are down- then corn

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    When I'm hunting an area that has no grain crops,I've found pin oak acorns to be money.If you've got corn in your immediate area they'll use it hard til it's pretty much gone and then keep using it,picking up the little tidbits that were missed here and there.Corn is where you should be if it's close.Like Stevie said,theyll pick up some acorns to and from but in my experience corn will by far be the preferred food source.I don't know about the temps where your hunting but around here it's still pretty green so,there's lot's of browse left and I don't think the deer are on the acorns really hard just yet.I have a wheat field behind my house and every evening I have a bunch of deer that'll come out and feed on the wheat for 15 minutes or so then walk right past a red oak that's loaded and stop under a pin oak for a couple minutes,then move on to wherever they're headed to feed for the night.
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    They will leave all feeders when the acorns start to fall here in MO.
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    Acorns if there are any.

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    White oaks ,corn when it gets colder.I have been seeing them in picked bean fields also.

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    We don't ahve vast corn fields here in Arkansas, so I cannot say anything about corn on the stalk. I can say though that the deer here will not tary long over dried corn out of feeders when acorns are available. White oaks and almost all other varieties prefered to red oak acorns, but any acorn over corn. Now Buck Grub will still bring them in to check the feeder daily though.
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    I have always thought deer preferd fields early and late after the acorns ran out. But always the acorns come during the middle to late season depending on the size of the acorn crop

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    I bet if you would have shot one of those deer you would have found they probably had eaten acorns before going into the cornfield. I think white oak acorns are their number one food, but they will eat other things on the way to and from food sources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by house
    They will leave all feeders when the acorns start to fall here in MO.
    IMO, it is not just the MO area!
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    acorns

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    acorns, acorns, and just for a change of pace acorns

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    early when they start dropping they definitely prefer acorns and the problem with hunting deer during this period is that the acorns are usually scattered everywhere. if you can find a isolated area with abundance of acorns you can bet deer will be using the area!!!!!!!!!! deer really need acorns to build fat for the winter in alot of areas!!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh boy, I 've had to fight that battle a few times. At home in La. if there was a good white oak acorn crop corn was a total waste of time. Now food plots with well fertilized rye grass or what ever worked pretty good after all the foilage had fallen, but where we were there wasn't a lot of winter crops planted either.
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    Acorns, ESPECIALLY the white oak variety. If you can find a mature white oak tree that is dropping acorns you can find deer!
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    White Oak Acorns

    Around SE minnesota once the acorns start to drop, the deer are on them instantly...over corn, beans, alfalfa, or anything else. White oak acorns are preffered by deer over most other food sources

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    Acorns no question about it, at least in our area. They will abandon all foods when white oaks start to fall. It took me several years, but I have learned my lesson on this.
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    Acorns all the way.
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    you have to remember acorns are supplied by nature and corn is a man-made induced feed source years of natural insticnt will always revert to what nature supplies for them

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    I found two giant white oaks dropping a ton of acorns on the property I hunt. I also found a rub about 30 yards away and piles and piles of deer crap. So, on my first (and only) time out this year I set up my stand 10 yards away and at 6:30 in the evening I had a nice 8 point buck about 50 yards away and 10 minutes later I had 3 does directly below my stand. I'm pretty sure that they had just left a bedding area so I was in a location between their bedding area and a corn field that is located on the other side of the woods to the north. It appears that they stopping to eat the acorns on the way to the corn field.
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    If the deer have access to corn year around, I believe that it will be their preferred food source.

    However in Georgia, we did a little unofficial experiment a few years ago. We planted cow peas and set up a tripod feeder in very close proximity to White Oaks. The deer, which had not been exposed to corn ate it the least of the three. The White Oaks were much preferred, then the peas and finally the corn.

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    Where i hunt they will pass up acorns to get to the corn.

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