We grew some corn at the property this year and figured since we feed the deer
in our yard at home, we would bring some over and save some money. We usually have six to eight feeding every night and the shelled corn is gone in no time. Well, we threw out some of the ears from the property and they are still there! They eat all the shelled corn, nibble a small amount on an ear or so and are gone. Do we got some spoiled deer or what? We figured they would tear it up. Is this common? I'm not gonna shuck it for them (spoiled little brats). Maybe they gotta be a little more deprived in the woods (fewer acorns, etc.)???
Hard to believe, but I grew some corn in Fl and the deer never took a bite. Since there was no corn around, they didn't know how to eat it off the cob I guess. I used cobs for a few surveys once and got the same result. In Ga, a little different, they will clean a cob in short order. I have a few rows protected with some eagle beans, plan to drop the fence in 2 weeks.
Had the same thing happen at our feeder at home. Was feeding shelled corn and they were running up a pretty good feed bill. Pulled some cobs from a plot and they ate all the shelled corn, but wouldn't touch the cobs. I left just cobs for a week and they firgured out that's all they were gonna get. Once they start eating it they will continue. Yes, they are spoiled deer, mine aren't any more