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Know Your Deer Plants: Pokeweed

Pokeweed easily has over a dozen different common names, from pokeberry to poke salad to just plain poke. But no matter what it is called where you live, pokeweed is an extremely valuable soft mast and late-summer forage component for white-tailed deer throughout the eastern United States and Canada. Pokeweed is also a large, native, …

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Know Your Deer Plants: American Beech

Most white-tailed deer hunters east of the Mississippi recognize the importance of the fall acorn crop and how it directly impacts their hunting opportunities. The majority of QDMA members also understand the effect this cyclic food source has on the overall health of the deer herd. However, too often I see hunters and quality deer …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Swamp Chestnut Oak

When considering species to plant or encourage on deer hunting land in the Southeast, swamp chestnut oak should be near the top of your list. A member of the white oak family, swamp chestntut oak produces extremely large acorns that are highly attractive to whitetails. Swamp chestnut oak is a native, medium to large (24 …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Allegheny Chinkapin

If you’re interested in planting something on your property that can quickly provide mast, attract deer and provide groundcover at the same time, it’s time to consider an alternative to the standard oak tree plantings. A relative of the American chestnut, Allegheny chinkapin is a tall, native, deciduous, nut-producing shrub that can be found growing …

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Know Your Deer Plants: Devil’s Walking Stick

Aralia spinosa, or devil’s walking stick, is a moderate to highly preferred deer browse from the ginseng family (Araliaceae) found throughout the southeastern United States that also goes by several other common names, including prickly ash, Hercules club and toothache tree, among others. The trouble is these same common names are also used to describe …

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