What Do Deer Eat in the Summer?
During the summer, deer require protein to keep their energy high and minerals to strengthen their health and development. The right nutrients can strengthen young bucks and help them continue growing their antlers, while does nursing their fawns can benefit from the right minerals.
Calcium and phosphorous, two critical components of bone development, are vital minerals you can supply in your deer feed over the summer months. Food plots planted with soybeans or other legumes are ideal this time of year, as well as, native fruits, along with herbaceous plants.
What Do Deer Eat in the Fall?
At this point in the year, deer need more fats and carbohydrates to prepare for the rut and winter. Now that does have weaned their fawns and bucks have finished growing their antlers, they need to store up fat for the long, cold months ahead.
Soybeans, corn and nuts are excellent options for this season. Fall is also when the acorn mast drops, so look for deer activity around oak trees dropping white oaks and red oaks. Fall food plots planted with oats, winter wheat, clover, turnips and other brassicas are especially sought out by deer now.
What Do Deer Eat in the Winter?
Throughout the winter, deer need carbohydrates and fats to conserve their energy. With little access to green vegetation, bucks rely primarily on their body fat and can lose a significant amount of muscle mass during the winter months. Create a healthy combination of carbohydrate-rich agricultural products to keep your local game population in optimal health through this season. Deer will eat corn during the winter, but have trouble digesting high quantities of corn and can even die of acidosis — which in deer, can occur if they eat too much corn — so make sure you include other browsing options, too. Also, look for deer in cut soybean and corn fields throughout the winter as they search for leftover grains in the fields.