What To Feed Deer In Your Backyard: Safe & Healthy Options

Whether you are just a nature lover or a big game hunter, there are plenty of reasons to want to feed deer.  

Deer can eat a variety of plants, including: – Acorn – Soybean – Oat – Alfalfa or hay (Warning: Do not feed during the winter) – Turnip

Deer prefer freshly grown plants, so you should plant these legumes and vegetables for the deer to eat. 

What Can You Feed Deer In Your Backyard? For people with smaller backyards or planting areas, using deer feeders can be a great way to start supplemental feeding for your local herd. 

What Foods Will Attract Deer? Vegetables and legumes. Deer also enjoy gnawing on larger branches and ingesting smaller ones. 

The best species of tree twigs for deer include: White and yellow birch Witch hazel Red oak Beaked hazel Mountain maple Striped maple

Another way to ensure that the food you put out will attract deer is to put the food near a water source close to or on your property. 

What Should You Not Feed Deer? Wheat, barley, and corn should not be fed to deer. Unfortunately, deer are not sophisticated enough to know not to eat things that are especially bad for them. 

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