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I have noticed that I don't see much deer movement when the corn is still standing. As soon as the corn has been harvested, the deer start to move to the corn field. Has anyone else noticed this?

Question by hubs731. Uploaded on October 27, 2009

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I've noticed the same near my property but I can't say why. Perhaps their exploring new pathways? Eating what's left after the combine comes through?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Hard to see'um in standing corn.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Part of the answer lies in energy conservation. When the combine comes through, the waste corn is readily available to eat, whereas standing corn requires the deer to pick it off the stock, husk it, and eat it. That's a lot of work when there are other more readily available food sources such as acorns, apples, mast nuts, etc. They're lazy creatures. However, they do generally eat standing corn more toward the winter months after other food source have been exhausted.

The other part of the answer may be that the standing corn acts as cover. It is more difficult to see deer in standing corn than in a mowed corn field, thus reducing the number of observations.

Hope this helped.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

The deer come for the same reason that farmers let their cows graze in a freshly harvested corn field. The combine never gets all the corn so there are some broken ears of corn and other goodies to eat.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I hunt around corn quite a bit and and IMO Bioguy has it right. Deer do seem to flock to a freshly harvested field. Few yr ago saw two of the biggest bucks these eyes have ever seen in a freshly picked KS cornfield. Also saw a 150 class 10 pt buck walk out of standing corn during the Sept ML season. My gun missfired on him at 134 yds.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Like some have said it's hard to see a 5 foot deer in 6 foot of standing corn. The deer are using the corn as cover and as a happy meal.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I have also noticed this happening to me alot lately.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Deer must be HUGE in Cgull's neck of the woods! What state do you live in again, and how easy is it for non-residents to get tags?

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Corn provides great cover and food. They are still moving, but usually you just can't see them.

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

The deer are bedding in the corn before it gets cut, after harvest they have to find other places to bed, and then travel to that field. Thats why you'll notice an increase in movement. A great way to bag a nice deer is to slowly walk through a standing cornfield during mid-day when the weather is damp and windy.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

They stay in the corn when it is standing and you can't see them. After it is cut, you can see them from a mile away but they still like to go out there and eat as much as they can.

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from mcdlacrosse9 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I've noticed the same near my property but I can't say why. Perhaps their exploring new pathways? Eating what's left after the combine comes through?

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Part of the answer lies in energy conservation. When the combine comes through, the waste corn is readily available to eat, whereas standing corn requires the deer to pick it off the stock, husk it, and eat it. That's a lot of work when there are other more readily available food sources such as acorns, apples, mast nuts, etc. They're lazy creatures. However, they do generally eat standing corn more toward the winter months after other food source have been exhausted.

The other part of the answer may be that the standing corn acts as cover. It is more difficult to see deer in standing corn than in a mowed corn field, thus reducing the number of observations.

Hope this helped.

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Hard to see'um in standing corn.

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from rabbitpolice88 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

The deer come for the same reason that farmers let their cows graze in a freshly harvested corn field. The combine never gets all the corn so there are some broken ears of corn and other goodies to eat.

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from Del in KS wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I hunt around corn quite a bit and and IMO Bioguy has it right. Deer do seem to flock to a freshly harvested field. Few yr ago saw two of the biggest bucks these eyes have ever seen in a freshly picked KS cornfield. Also saw a 150 class 10 pt buck walk out of standing corn during the Sept ML season. My gun missfired on him at 134 yds.

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from Cgull wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Like some have said it's hard to see a 5 foot deer in 6 foot of standing corn. The deer are using the corn as cover and as a happy meal.

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from deerslayer1234 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

I have also noticed this happening to me alot lately.

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from BioGuy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Deer must be HUGE in Cgull's neck of the woods! What state do you live in again, and how easy is it for non-residents to get tags?

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from thuroy wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

Corn provides great cover and food. They are still moving, but usually you just can't see them.

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from neuman23 wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

The deer are bedding in the corn before it gets cut, after harvest they have to find other places to bed, and then travel to that field. Thats why you'll notice an increase in movement. A great way to bag a nice deer is to slowly walk through a standing cornfield during mid-day when the weather is damp and windy.

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from DakotaMan wrote 4 years 24 weeks ago

They stay in the corn when it is standing and you can't see them. After it is cut, you can see them from a mile away but they still like to go out there and eat as much as they can.

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