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I am curious as to what type of acorns everyone's deer go crazy for, We have different varieties of white and red oaks, But i have noticed chinkapin oaks(Suppose to be the sweetest acorns of all oaks) are the most prefered Acorn on our place hands down. They bring the deer running for them. Second would have to be the white oaks.
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I am curious as to what type of acorns everyone's deer go crazy for, We have different varieties of white and red oaks, But i have noticed chinkapin oaks(Suppose to be the sweetest acorns of all oaks) are the most prefered Acorn on our place hands down. They bring the deer running for them. Second would have to be the white oaks.

Never have given them the pepsi challenge, but they will readily feed on red oak over most other foods on my farm, I have 80 acres or so of red oak. The only thing that seems to compete with them in terms of preference is apples in my experience.
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Old 09-30-2008, 10:36 PM
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Bur Oak acorns the size of golf balls, and that is no exaggeration. You would have to see these monsters to believe it!!!

No other acorn even gets a quarter the size, and they are sweet white oak. There are nice sized Bur Oak, and then there is Magnus Bur Oak. They are hard to gather for seed, because deer can hear them drop.
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Swamp Chestnut Oak. We don't have any Bur Oak down here (except at the Auburn University Campus). Swamp Chestnut is the largest and most prefered white oak. Most any other white oak is more prefered than red oaks here.
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Passthru,

I hunt Macon County and found just the opposite last year. The deer focused on white oak acorns first, then swamp chestnut. We had such a huge crop of these two trees, most red oak acorns rotted on the ground and are still laying around. No matter what, it was nice to know where they were feeding.

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[quote=Missouri whitetails;171228]I am curious as to what type of acorns everyone's deer go crazy for,QUOTE]


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I suspect it varies some even in properties that are relatively close - perhaps even from year to year. My experience in Barbour/Bullock, and Coffee county has been that Swamp Chestnut is most prefered, White Oak proper is next, any other white oak (like post oak) is next, then the red oaks - generally with the larger ones more prefered than the smaller ones. Water oaks seem to have very little draw, but the properties I hunt have so many Water oaks a deer can eat them almost anywhere.

If you can believe it, on my property in Coffee county, I've planted a number of pear trees that have produced for several years and the deer have just started eating them well this year. I guess there weren't any other pears around and it took them a few years to "find them". I cut up pears and left them, but the deer still wouldn't touch them. The armadillas started eating them the first year they made. Does that mean armadillas are smarter than deer
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The deer on my farm will feed on any acorn that is on the ground at the time. But if I had to pick the best one I would say white oak. I have planted several Sawtooth oaks and Red Oaks but none are old enough to produce acorns yet. I have a lot of pin oak and some other oak with a small acorn and some good White Oaks so I dont have as many for them to pick from as most of you do.
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Whichever hits the ground first.
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Just wondering if Swamp Chestnut and Swamp White oak are being referred to as the same oak? In our are the most highly prized oaks are the Swamp White Oak some oldtimers refer to them as Cow Oak. Puts on a quarter sized acorn and are really prized by the deer. Also regular white oak is highly preferred. I have pictures of loose corn on the ground under a regular white oak tree with deer nosing for acorns and totally ignoring the corn. The corn was never eaten and the acorns were eaten as fast as they fell.

In a recent walk in a bottomland patch of woods I noticed a good many redoak acorns already falling and a lot of overcup but have not seen any swamp white oak on the ground as of this date.
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Looking at a book Kent Kammermeyer has, swamp white oak and swamp chestnut oak are very different species. I used to refer to swamp chesnut oaks growing along the Ogeechee River in Glascock County as Swamp White Oaks. Regardless, both are highly preferred. And, if any of you have swamp chestnut, swamp white, or overcup acorns that you can pick up fresh and send me about 2 of them, I'll pay the postage.
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I can get you swamp chestnut oak and possibly overcup acorns this year. I haven't ventured deep enough into the bottoms to check the overcups yet. I have one huge swamp chestnut on the edge of a field that is going to produce some this year. Gotta beat the hogs though...
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Bur oak. Watched deer once walk through a patch of red oak woods full of acorns to get to a lone bur oak up in the farm yard.
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Same here with the Bur Oak over the Reds.
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Hey LLC, if you will remind me later in the year I will be glad to send you a few Swamp Chestnut Oaks. I planted a bunch last year and just put them in individual pots last week. Once tree planting season rolls around (Jan-Feb in S Bama) I will put them in the ground and it would be no prob to send you some bareroot..
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Just wondering if Swamp Chestnut and Swamp White oak are being referred to as the same oak?.

They are two different white oaks, but some people I guess could be calling them one in the same. We don't have any swamp chestnut oaks up in my area it is dominated by swamp white oak, bur oak, regular white oaks and chinkapin oaks. The white oaks are preferred over the reds, but in the years where there are no white oaks the northern red oaks draw them just as good. I have seen lots and lots of deer beds underneath the reds when they drop. The shingle oaks are great draws, but not tops on the acorn list by anymeans. When the others are gone I have seen 10+ deer gather at one shingle oak tree to finish off the acorns.

I may have to plant some swamp chestnut oaks since I hear such good things about them.
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we had a HUGE white oak acorn crop this year on the farm, white, bur and swamp white's so I planted 15 pounds of regular white oak acorns off a monster tree and the deer walked my path and ate them all!!!! I did not see that coming with so many acorns around the area and I planted these out in the middle of the hayfield. I guess anytime I do something the deer have to come check the area out afterwards.

It looked like a cattle path in just a few short days!!!!
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I can get you swamp chestnut oak and possibly overcup acorns this year. I haven't ventured deep enough into the bottoms to check the overcups yet. I have one huge swamp chestnut on the edge of a field that is going to produce some this year. Gotta beat the hogs though...

Let me know when you get "adventurous".
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