THERE WERE TOO MANY (OR NOT ENOUGH) ACORNS LAST YEAR
A bumper crop of acorns does not mean deer will eat them only under cover of darkness. Nor does it mean that they will simply lie down under a single oak and wait for the nuts to fall into their mouths. Deer are browsers, and by nature, they move around while feeding. In years of heavy mast, you need to spend time on the best oak ridge you have access to, play the wind, and learn how deer are using the food source. In years where acorns are scarce, you simply need to remember this one fact: Deer eat lots of things. So, the oaks didn’t produce this year. So what? Does that mean you’ll soon see the decaying remains of whitetails that starved to death? Of course not. The deer will find other food. You should too. —T.H.