Bucks Feeding Habits

bucks feeding habits changeNow that winter is upon us and deer season is over in most areas. The whitetails are relying on a lot of our food plots as there main food source.

Bucks Feeding Habits Vary

Learning bucks feeding habits and different foods can be helpful in finding whitetails or better yet big bucks. Have you ever been deer hunting one week and there was a lot of deer sign in a particular area? Only to discover the next weekend the deer sign had disappeared. Was it do to hunting pressure? Or could it have been the food source diminished in that particular area? That’s one thing I like about deer hunting. The challenge of figuring out what the whitetails are eating at different times of the year.

Whats for Dinner

The foods and feeding habits can change from season to season or one place to another. If your deer hunting property doesn’t have many food sources on it you may not see that big buck. Deer eat anywhere from five to eight pounds of food every day per one hundred pounds of body weight. During the winter up to December does and fawns are gaining weight. While the big bucks are trying to maintain there weight.

During the rut big bucks don’t eat much. They have something else on there minds. Not to say you won’t harvest one on a food plot. He may eat a little, but he’s there because the does are. Whitetails throughout the southern, eastern and central regions of the United States  eat fruits, acorns, pecans, hickory nuts, and berries. They love the white oak acorns the best. They also like herbaceous plants. And grasses legumes ferns, and asters. They like leaves and flowers also. When times get tough in the winter they turn to woody stems and twigs. Mushrooms are important to the deer in the winter. Farm crops and food plots are really important after the acorns are gone.

Deer love corn, oats wheat, peas, soybeans, alfalfa, clover, apples, and rye. These are just a few of the foods deer have in there diet. They are able to adapt well to the food sources in many different regions. Getting to know your food sources in you area can help you when  hunting season rolls around next year.   Big Buck Rosco visiting feeder in Jasper county in Georgia.


2 thoughts on “Bucks Feeding Habits”

  1. There is a new food plot mix on the market call Sweet Spot. It contains White & Red Clover, PT Turnips, Trefoil and chicory but the main component is high sugar forage perennial ryegrass. These new ryegrasses are available only in Sweet Spot and were bred in the UK for the beef and dairy industry. The high sugar plants are very hardy and very attractive to deer. Some folks in Georgia have tried it this year and it seems to be working very well for them. I have several plot here in SE Iowa also and they have outdrawn deer 10 to 1 over some other nationally known brands. Check out what the Georgia boys are saying:
    I’s available either thru a dealer network or on Amazon.com

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