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tator 10-12-2013 01:05 PM

Hickory Nuts
This may be a very dumb question,,, but do deer eat/like hickory nuts? And if so, how much? I do not have ANY hickory trees where I hunt, but I have 3 very mature hickory trees in my yard and normally I rake up the nuts and shells and burn them with my leaves. Today, however, I had an idea.... I wonder if deer eat these or like these? I realize deer love acorns the best, but was wondering about hickory nuts. Any comments welcome.

BruceBruce1959 10-12-2013 06:18 PM

I have no idea if deer like hickory nuts but if it's legal to bait/feed the deer in your area, I'd give it a try and see if the deer like them...

Hunting Man 10-12-2013 06:51 PM

They eat pretty much any nuts. You would just have to explain how the nuts migrated to your deer stand area from your front yard.

Hellbilly 10-12-2013 07:17 PM

In NC they will eat them,but its not there first choice. They will wait till there is nothing else before they start on the hickory nuts

Scorpion8 10-14-2013 09:42 AM

Regardless, I wouldn't burn them. Take them with you on your scouting or hunting walks and drop them so they grow and propagate. Hickory nuts make good food for lots of other critters.

Hellbilly 10-14-2013 06:56 PM

keep some of the husks and soak in water then use them in you BBQ fire

tator 10-14-2013 11:14 PM

great ideas and comments everyone- thanks guys I really appreciate it!

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