Often called “ice cream trees,” these oaks drop nuts that deer like better than others, and you can identify them in several ways. First, look for acorns without caps; the meat from these nuts are rarely wormy or spoiled. Second, search for trees with feeding and/or buck sign near them. Even if there are fewer acorns, deer are telling you that the nuts that fall under this tree are better than the abundant acorns under nearby oaks. This two-step method for scouting oaks has helped me take the guesswork out of those years when acorns seem to fall like rain.