What do Deer Eat During the Winter?

What do deer eat in winter?

The winter season can be a challenging time for whitetail deer.  The nutrient-rich foliage and live plant food that they eat during the warm growing seasons is no longer available.  Because of that deer lose a relatively large amount of their body weight over the winter.

During the winter, to replace the nutrient-rich and growing food of the warmer months, deer turn to eating twigs from woody plants and trees including ash, hemlock, aspen, maple, hazelwood and red osier dogwood.  They will also eat tree bark, fallen leafs, and needles from evergreen trees.  If their territory is near human agricultural land, deer may find refuse corn, soybean or other plants to eat.  Interestingly, it is reported that deer prefer to eat refuse food stock from the ground and do not like to pluck from the stalks that are standing. Continue reading

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Lyme Disease on the Rise and Stevia Could Offer Cure

According to an article on Foxnews.com:

“Stevia, a common coffee sweetener, could be a possible cure for Lyme disease after tests conducted by a Connecticut professor and her students showed it was most effective in treating the tick-borne illness.

Professor Eva Sapi, chairwoman of University of New Haven’s Department of Biology and Environmental Science, and her students have been testing the liquid, whole-leaf stevia extract to treat Borrelia burgdorferi — the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, according to Fox 61. Stevia is usually consumed in a powdered form.

Compared to other antibiotics such as doxycycline, cefoperazone and daptomycin, the sugar substitute proved to be the most effective in preventing the bacteria. ” Continue reading

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Autumn Can Mean Deer Problems

Autumn Can Mean Deer Damage

To the deer hunter, the arrival of autumn means hunting season has arrived.  To a homeowner or a vegetable gardener, it means deer are hungry and may target their landscaping and crops as food sources.

During the autumn deer eat to put on weight for the lean winter months ahead when their food sources will be hard to find.  Vegetable crops and lush landscaping plants sometimes make easy to access and nutritionally rich targets for deer.  The possibility for deer damage grows each year that deer become less timid around humans and that their natural feeding areas are eliminated for human development.

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Deer Can Be Funny – These Videos Prove It!

We all know that deer are beautiful and graceful creatures.  Young deer are cute and almost cuddly looking.  Even so, deer can often be a terrible nuisance when invading our landscaping, yard and/or gardens.   Additionally, the combination of a deer and our motor vehicle is down right dangerous.  Of all the characteristics deer can display, on not often thought of is the capacity to be funny.  The Continue reading

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3 Interesting Facts About Deer

1) The Deer Family Includes 47 Different Species

Tiny Southern Padu Deer

In your neighborhood in the United States, it is likely that when you think of “Deer” you envision White Tail Deer as they are the most prominent species.  You may be interested to know that the Deer family includes 47 different species that include Elk, Caribou, Wapiti, and Moose.  Each species of deer display different physical characteristic, however, each species has cloven hooves. Continue reading

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Deer Species of the United States

North America, and in particular the United States, is populated by two main species of deer:

  1. Whitetail (Odocoileus virginianus)
  2. Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

According to an article on Mother Earth News, there is a third type of deer called Pacific coastal (or Columbia) blacktail (O. h. columbianus), however, they are are a regional variation of the species Mule deer. Continue reading

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3 Ways to Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

Keep Deer Out of Your Yard

It is Spring and deer are on the move.  Hungry from a winter of not enough to eat, deer utilize Spring’s abundance to replenish their nutrition and gain strength.  That means that your yard and newly planted garden can be their target.  Here are 3 ways that you can keep deer out of your yard and stop deer from ruining your garden.

1. Don’t Grow the Plants that Deer Like Most

English ivy, lettuces, beans, peas, hostas, impatients, pansies as well as fruit trees mean attractive high protein meals to deer.  Those plants are not only likely to be eaten by deer than meander into your space, they may even attract deer.  If it is important to you to grow the deer-attracting plants, place them close to your house where you can observe them and where deer are less likely to feel comfortable foraging. Continue reading

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Homemade Deer Repellent Recipes

Deer are one of the most graceful creatures to watch.  Their long spindly legs and large dark eyes make them appear almost enchanted.  Their whimsical appearance aside, deer can be on of the most destructive creatures to your yard and garden.  Keeping deer out of your space can be very important to preserving your hard outdoor work.  Below are two homemade deer repellent recipes that may help get deer out of your yard. Continue reading

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How to Protect Your Trees in the Winter

winter-lawn-careIt’s easy to forget that the large trees in your yard might need protection in the winter seasons, but you should take care of them just as you would any other green perennial.

Protecting from Deer

One threat to your trees is local deer. They are hungry and will strip the bark off exposed trees if they get the chance. While it may not seem like major damage, it can kill a tree come spring. Burlap is fine but a determined deer may be able to chew through it or just get it pulled off. Plastic tree guards or wire mesh are a more reliable way to protect your tree trunks. These are also handy protections against any bark damage done by rabbits as well.

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For smaller trees, just remember that these shields need to be removed when spring arrives or the tree won’t be able to grow outward properly. You can also trim back any lower branches to prevent deer from pulling on them to get at the edible buds and bark at the ends of the smaller twigs. Continue reading

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What do Deer do All Winter?

What do deer do all winter?

What do deer do all winter?

It’s hard to say with complete accuracy what any animal is doing at a certain time, but we have learned a few things about deer behavior and movements that give us an idea about deer in the winter.

Migrate

Actually, deer don’t generally migrate, though it depends on the region and the specific species of deer. If we’re talking about the common whitetail, then most don’t migrate. There have been recorded exceptions, usually in northern areas where the conditions are very extreme during the winter months. Continue reading

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