Whitetails are experts at selecting foods that provide just the nutrition they need at a specific time, and some of these food sources are ignored for much of the year. In northern states, sumac “candles”—the red flower atop a woody sumac stem—are like deer candy now. Even better, they frequently grow on the brushy, south-facing slopes that whitetails prefer for bedding, especially during cold snaps. In the lower Midwest, honey locust pods, which deer often step over as they travel to farm fields, suddenly become a preferred food in December. Keep an eye out for quirky food sources in your area, and you might add one more hotspot to your late-season deer lineup.