_ Acorns are highly preferred as forage by deer in the fall, but I think that sometimes their importance is exaggerated. First, there are many regions of the country with few or no oak trees where deer still do quite well. Second, they are a high-energy, low-protein food-important for adding fat before winter, but contributing little to body growth. Third, their production is highly variable from one year to another, and even when abundant, acorns provide food for only a short time. Deer have to eat year-round. The grasses, forbs, vines, shrubs, fruits, and berries that make up the bulk of the diet are just as important.