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THERE WERE TOO MANY (OR NOT ENOUGH) ACORNS LAST YEAR

Outdoor Life - - NO EXCUSES -

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.

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