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Old 11-09-2015, 06:40 PM   #1
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Ive turned into more of a deer observer than deer killer. At my cabin feeder I can watch deer at night plus I have an average of 6-700 camera pics per week. I also have several different oak species on the property. On Oct. 16 I recorded that my water oak acorns began falling and that week deer activity lessened slightly at the feeder. On October 29 I began to see white oak and the next day red oak acorns on the ground, the next 7 days activity at the feeder dropped by 1/2 and turned into almost 100% nighttime activity (no daytime pics). This Saturday I picked up a handful of White oak - swamp chestnut variety (the huge ones) and noticed a lot of red oaks on the ground - no water oaks and deer activity had picked up at night but still very little daytime activity. One other factor, I have become a shiner and have noticed a lot of deer laying down in the open hardwoods at night. They did the same thing at my feeder in Sept and early October. I also think that the deer have found food pots (I don't have one)
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1)Deer like Acorns better than corn and have changed their pattern just in time for hunting season.
2)With sooo many acorns on the ground deer can fill up easily at night and
have little need to move around during daylight hours.
3)Based on past years 95% of acorns will fall and 75% of those acorns will get a worm and rot by Dec.1. The rest will freeze and rot by Christmas just in time for the Dec/Jan lull which will end by MLK day
4)Rut scheduled between Jan 15 and Easter
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good info thanks for sharing
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Can you do a study on Escambia and get back with me please?
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You are spot on. A buddy of mine is a FWC biologist and he made me aware of the 90% wormed (non edible) acorns.
When acorns start dropping, its like a new food source that they have not had in almost a year. They hammer them, and belly up quick so they don't have to travel far.
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Can you do a study on Escambia and get back with me please?

Too thick up there for me - sorry
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Kevin, when you say you are a bit of a shiner I'm sure you mean with the flood lights on the house and the dock since we all know shining is illegal in Bama....
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Kevin, when you say you are a bit of a shiner I'm sure you mean with the flood lights on the house and the dock since we all know shining is illegal in Bama....

Dang autocorrect! I meant SHRINER, I see deer sometimes at night while riding my mini go cart around in circles!
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You are spot on. A buddy of mine is a FWC biologist and he made me aware of the 90% wormed (non edible) acorns.
When acorns start dropping, its like a new food source that they have not had in almost a year. They hammer them, and belly up quick so they don't have to travel far.

So do they crack them open and if it has a worm in it, they toss it to the side? Curious how this works.
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So do they crack them open and if it has a worm in it, they toss it to the side? Curious how this works.

I dunno but I don't think they eat them. Every one with a little round pin hole is rotton
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Maybe they smell the worm and remember a bad night in Tijuana, getting hammered on tequila and watching a donkey show.....Never Again!
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