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watchin the deer at watchthedeer.com got me to thinkin. do any of yall ever observe deer eating baled hay? i cant think why they would not. makes me wonder why i dont put out some of those bales on our food plots...
 

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They won't eat hay. There is no nutritional value in it. On the other hand...if you get peanut hay they will tear it up. I've got a friend who puts it out at his lease in Jay and the deer will demolish it in no time. Being it'snot planted it will be considered as baiting in AL.
 

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The bale is alfalfa or clover hay costing about 25 CAN. They use about one bale every two weeks and the bucks will only eat it at certain times of the year. Wonder if that would work in Southeast US?

That is the quote from the site.
 

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we store our hay in fields where deer are regularlly seen. Also close to pea patchs and such. Never seen a deer eating they hay but they have tore up everything else.
 

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i think alot has to do with what the deer in their normal feeding range are accessible to. we do not have any alfalfa fields at the house. i think i have better luck holding deer better to my feeding stations because i do mix it up a bit. the guy that hunts the adjouning property next to ours feeds corn 10 months out of the year, and i have 4 times the traffic he does at the feeder. i do trough feed though, because i live where i feed. very accessible to me.
 

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Regular hay will not work! Only Peanut Hay (not peanut plants, there is a big difference) and alfalfa hay, and they will tear the crap out of it once they find it. I have notice that they will eat peanut hay through out the year and alf. only during the winter.
 

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Call the coop in Jay. They will put you in touch with one of the farmers in the area. Better hurry though. There aren't that many fields that still have peanuts left to pick. Last time I checked one of the big rolls was like $20.
 

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Grassflatsfisher (10/26/2007)Call the coop in Jay. They will put you in touch with one of the farmers in the area. Better hurry though. There aren't that many fields that still have peanuts left to pick. Last time I checked one of the big rolls was like $20.
You need peanut hay, not peanuts. These are two different things. And peanut hay (as well as all hay) is scarse this year with the drought we had(bad hay year). We only were able to bale our feilds twice(first cut was minimal)this year and normally get five.
 
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