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Spring Deer Eating Habits

Jennifer Smith

Posted on February 27 2019

Winter brought hard times for deer which came with a lot of stress for both bucks and does. Now that spring is around the corner, bucks are slowly growing back their antlers; and does are entering their third trimester of pregnancy before fawns deliver in March/April. 

Deer spent all winter eating hardly anything with protein - only twigs and leaves - and now they are ready to eat from home gardens and farms. They will try to eat as much shrubbery, commercial grains and corn as possible; as well as an array of vegetables. 

In March, gardeners can plant an array of vegetables including: beets, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, chives, celery, parsley, peas, radishes, spinach, lettuce, turnip and Swiss chard.

Gardeners will need to watch out for white-tailed deer and other wildlife during the planting and growing stage.