#1: Find the Hidden Calories
"Knowing the native food sources located within the woods, as well as when they're most attractive to deer, is critical," Foy stresses. "Sometimes natural foods—especially acorns—will be so hot that deer will focus on them exclusively." In Foy's area, blackberry leaves, poke salad, honeysuckle, hydrilla, and kudzu are other whitetail favorites. And bucks may favor one over another depending on the weather. "When it's hot and dry, our deer eat hydrilla in creekbottoms, where temperatures tend to be cooler."