5 Trees That Deer Love
A deer’s diet can’t be filled with food plots alone. Trees that produce mast are important to a deer’s nutrition and survival through winter. Mast consists of the fruits and nuts of any tree, bush or vine. Most of these types of trees can already be found around your property, and all are easy to plant. Here are the trees that you’ll most likely find deer around come hunting season.
Persimmons are to deer what candy is to a child. The fruit is similar in size to a plum, and the tree offers adequate coverage. They start to ripen in the middle of deer season. Set up a trail camera and begin watching as the temperatures near the freezing mark. You can bet the deer are doing the same. As soon as you start to see the fruit hit the ground, set up your deer stand nearby.
Crabapples are small, wild-growing apples that can be found virtually anywhere in the United States. They may not taste much like an apple we are all used to, but deer are crazy for them. When you can give the branches a light tug and the apples fall, they’re ripe. The day before you hunt give the tree a good shake so plenty of the crabapples fall to the ground. Set up nearby in good cover and wait on the deer to visit.
If you’re planning on hunting late season, red oaks are your trees. Red oaks produce acorns that have a more acidic flavor compared to the white oak. Because of this, deer will usually avoid them until food starts to become scarce. Plant a variety to ensure a longer and more consistent acorn drop each fall. Be patient when watching your trail cam. The acorns may lay on the ground for a while, but the deer will eventually come.
Unlike red oaks, deer prefer the acorns from white oaks due to their less acidic nature and sweet flavor. The trees mature in about six months and will produce every year. Popular species to plant include, white, swamp white, overcup and chestnut. As with the red oaks, be sure plant a variety to ensure a consistent acorn drop each fall. The acorns will start to fall around the beginning of deer season. Set up a trail camera in late August and begin checking it frequently to see if deer are stopping by. When the season finally arrives, set up a deer stand near the tree.
These trees produce bean pods that deer absolutely love. The trees and branches are covered in large thorns, and the brown pods are anything but subtle. The pods will begin dropping in early season Though the best time to see deer eating the pods will be later in the season. The pods will be dried out and crunchy, but deer will still go after them.
If you’re looking to plant honey locust on your property, make sure to plant away from livestock. The trees are poisonous to both humans and many kinds of animals.
Next time you’re out scouting, keep an eye out for theses trees. If you happen to find any, be sure to mark that place on your property. Set your stand nearby and you can be that deer will show up.