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Are chestnuts good feed for deer? I have a tree at my parent's house that I can get bags full. Would I be able to put them in a pile near my stand and see the deer come?

Question by Cabohusky. Uploaded on August 28, 2009

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from WTXWildlifer wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Deer like all types of mast, I think it would not hurt your hunt. Place on spots that would offer your a shot, if anything it may stop them long enough to get a shot. It may take them a few days to find them but once they do you might have some luck with them.

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from berky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

They would work fine but they like the nuts off of the oak trees the best. they are more natrual to them but if you got to pick them up and take them to your stand or something make sure you wear some kind of rubber glove so they dont smell your sent on them.

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from Cabohusky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Berky What about the bag? Would you suggest getting like a potatoe sac so there isn't much room to have a funky sent left on the nuts...

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I beleive that is called baiting and one would want to make sure of the local legality before doing such. Deer do find them attractive as a forage source. But, you will have to hall a bunch of them over for the chestnuts to provide a sustainable attraction as the deer will consume them repidly.

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from Cabohusky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I read in another post that it is legal to bait in North Carolina which is where I live in the small town of Kings Mountain.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

If not, at least you would have a bunch of squirrels to watch while you're in the stand.

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from country road wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I used to have a couple of chesnut trees behind my camp and the deer thought the nuts were candy, but so did the squirrels, coons and feral hogs and they'd clean them up every night. They fell well before hunting season and the critters never let enough accumulate for me to pick up any amount, so the only things I was able to kill there were some of the hogs.

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

deer will eat them but best believe you will see more squirrels at the same time

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from Cabohusky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

hopefully the squirrels wont chase off my deer and plus if I dont see any deer Ill have target practice with some squirrels (30-06 + Squirrel = well prolly not a squirrel) so I may just take my 22 with me for fun.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

The deer should absolutely love it. But you will probably attract all types of animals not just deer.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Chestnuts are almost as good as venison. I'll trade you a bag of acorns ....

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Acorns work very well and are easier to collect. I have three oak trees in my yard!

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from WTXWildlifer wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Deer like all types of mast, I think it would not hurt your hunt. Place on spots that would offer your a shot, if anything it may stop them long enough to get a shot. It may take them a few days to find them but once they do you might have some luck with them.

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from berky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

They would work fine but they like the nuts off of the oak trees the best. they are more natrual to them but if you got to pick them up and take them to your stand or something make sure you wear some kind of rubber glove so they dont smell your sent on them.

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from gman3186 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

deer will eat them but best believe you will see more squirrels at the same time

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from Cabohusky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Berky What about the bag? Would you suggest getting like a potatoe sac so there isn't much room to have a funky sent left on the nuts...

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I beleive that is called baiting and one would want to make sure of the local legality before doing such. Deer do find them attractive as a forage source. But, you will have to hall a bunch of them over for the chestnuts to provide a sustainable attraction as the deer will consume them repidly.

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from Cabohusky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I read in another post that it is legal to bait in North Carolina which is where I live in the small town of Kings Mountain.

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from matouse3 wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

If not, at least you would have a bunch of squirrels to watch while you're in the stand.

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from country road wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

I used to have a couple of chesnut trees behind my camp and the deer thought the nuts were candy, but so did the squirrels, coons and feral hogs and they'd clean them up every night. They fell well before hunting season and the critters never let enough accumulate for me to pick up any amount, so the only things I was able to kill there were some of the hogs.

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from Cabohusky wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

hopefully the squirrels wont chase off my deer and plus if I dont see any deer Ill have target practice with some squirrels (30-06 + Squirrel = well prolly not a squirrel) so I may just take my 22 with me for fun.

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from Hunt_Hard wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

The deer should absolutely love it. But you will probably attract all types of animals not just deer.

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from MLH wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Chestnuts are almost as good as venison. I'll trade you a bag of acorns ....

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from Jere Smith wrote 4 years 33 weeks ago

Acorns work very well and are easier to collect. I have three oak trees in my yard!

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 36 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper and + 1 for you sir!!!

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