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Old 09-16-2018, 06:39 PM   #1
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Since deer prefer acorns to corn. Would it make any sense to gather acorns and then throwing them in the feeder pen? (acorning, versus corning) I thought if you hunted the blind/feeder pen for several days, maybe the deer would stay longer in the pen during the rut. I live next to several live oaks that are raining down acorns and it would be easy to collect 50# before we go hunting.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:42 PM   #2
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I’ve always been inclined to do so. I’m going to try it this year when the neighborhood oaks start dropping. It’s free (except my time) so there is nothing to lose. Interested to see what others have found. I’ll be distributing outside of a pen so I’m worried about hogs but we shall see.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:47 PM   #3
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Yes, they work great. If you have a place you can easily collect them I recommend it over corn. Even better if you can freeze them to save for late season when all the acorns are gone.
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Old 09-16-2018, 06:54 PM   #4
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I did collect acrons one year for my nephew as a Christmas gift, but I don't think they used it. But, a word of caution. There are some type of larvae on acrons, we noticed this as we stored them in plastic grocery bags. So, the way to zap the larvae is to freeze them. I would put the acorns in the freezer for a day or so, and I never saw them again.

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Old 09-16-2018, 07:05 PM   #5
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Iíve always wondered why theyíve never made a protein feed with acorns as the main ingredient
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:05 PM   #6
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I think it would be easier to simply locate and hunt a good oak that is dropping acorns.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:11 PM   #7
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Ive even gone as far as to grind and dry them. Stored them in a freezer and after the trees were done dumped it out at the feeder. Like moths to a flame!! Only problem it was just does and small bucks.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:21 PM   #8
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I think it would be easier to simply locate and hunt a good oak that is dropping acorns.
Easy to say unless you hunt a place that is 75-90% oaks
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:46 PM   #9
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Easy to say unless you hunt a place that is 75-90% oaks
Yes it is, because I do.
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:48 PM   #10
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Old 09-16-2018, 07:57 PM   #11
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With that many trees dropping acorns why would deer jump into a pen to eat some?
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:05 PM   #12
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With that many trees dropping acorns why would deer jump into a pen to eat some?
In my case that would mean because we have a total of 5 oak trees on 7000 acres where I hunt, but here in town I 'live' with 2 big oaks in my front yard that can choke the grass out with acorns and fuzz.

Having said that...I am too lazy to collect them like the OP
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:09 PM   #13
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Iíll pass.


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Old 09-16-2018, 08:13 PM   #14
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When you go to HEB and buy oranges do you pick the old ones or the freshest ones you can find? Deer are eating the freshest just fallen acorns. If all acorns were the same there have been years deer would have to move just for water never having to stand for 3 days because of the number of acorns around them while bedded.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:21 PM   #15
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Donít collect them and store them in an old igloo cooler- they will rot and stink very quickly.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:24 PM   #16
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Waste of time. IMO
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:35 PM   #17
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Acorns are dropping like flies in Montgomery county
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:37 PM   #18
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In 2011 I found a lady on Craigslist who stated she had eleven 1 gallon buckets full of acorns for free. So I went over there to pick them up. Come to find out, this lady was a tree hugger. She asked what I was going to use them for. So I told her the truth, kinda. I was going to take them to the woods and feed the wildlife.


Well, she wasn’t too bright. Those 1 gallon buckets were actually 5 gallon buckets!! My dad and I threw some acorns out the day before we hunted. Let’s just say it worked, EXTREMELY WELL!! 4 does came to my Dad’s blind. Dropped one, and 2 bolted but one just stood there so she got dropped too. As we drug them back to field dress them, the other 2 kept coming back to the acorns. I tried to get a shot off but taking a free hand shot after humping it for 1/2 mile and dragging 2 does, I missed. Those acorns sure worked good though.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:38 PM   #19
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In my case that would mean because we have a total of 5 oak trees on 7000 acres where I hunt, but here in town I 'live' with 2 big oaks in my front yard that can choke the grass out with acorns and fuzz.

Having said that...I am too lazy to collect them like the OP
Maybe a shop vac...
Or a spent casing collector....
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:12 PM   #20
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I collect them every year and throw them out. The deer kill em. There are no oaks where I hunt but where I live there are large oaks on either side of me. I suck them up with a shop vac and haul them to the blind in 5 gallon buckets. Works like magic
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:27 PM   #21
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If you do this make sure you dont put them in an airtight container. My dad did this one year and put them in 5 gallon buckets with lids and put them in 55 gallon lawn and leaf bags that were tied shut, and they both rotted and fermented. Smelled like a brewery when you opened them up.

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Old 09-16-2018, 10:42 PM   #22
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Waste of time. IMO
How so? It works. The deer love them, and prefer to eat them over pretty much anything. He said he can get 50 lbs worth. Putting acorns out is a great idea.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:46 PM   #23
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I tried it with a big white oak on my place. Shop vac them up big waste of time for me
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:00 AM   #24
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I used to get them from a spanish oak in my Dad's yard. Don't feed them until after the acorns are all gone. They really draw the deer in late in the season.
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Old 09-17-2018, 12:34 AM   #25
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Since deer prefer acorns to corn. Would it make any sense to gather acorns and then throwing them in the feeder pen? (acorning, versus corning) I thought if you hunted the blind/feeder pen for several days, maybe the deer would stay longer in the pen during the rut. I live next to several live oaks that are raining down acorns and it would be easy to collect 50# before we go hunting.
I have not tried that for deer yet, but we did for hogs. It worked very well. My mother has some oak trees that produce some very large acorns. She also has a lot of pecan trees. She has some tools for collecting pecans, we found they work very well for those large acorns also. So I went out picked up about two 5 gallon buckets of acorns, then dumped them in her pasture. We had the hogs coming in regularly, till I shot a couple of them. After I shot two, they never came back. They had been cleaning up the acorns. I would assume it would work with deer also, not sure how well it would work in areas, where there area lot of trees dropping acorns.
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Old 09-17-2018, 01:51 AM   #26
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I tried it. And, it did not work. Even the hogs did not touch them.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:40 AM   #27
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Yes, they work great. If you have a place you can easily collect them I recommend it over corn. Even better if you can freeze them to save for late season when all the acorns are gone.
Hmmmmm...may have to give this a try. Sounds like a reasonable idea
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:51 AM   #28
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I've had mixed success with it. I have 20+ oaks in my front yard so I have a lot. I usually give my kids some quart ziplock bags and have them fill some up then throw the bags in the freezer. I wait until Dec to put them out. One time it will work, next time it won't. No real success pattern.

The years it seems to work best are when I remember to use the tree spike fertilizers but I haven't done it consistently enough to say it's a sure thing but I think it helps. Definitely doesn't hurt.

The tree next to my driveway is dropping like crazy. I have a lot in the bed of my truck. Will sweep those out next weekend at the lease and see what happens.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:54 AM   #29
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I used to stake a tarp under my oaks in the yard for a week or 2. Deer did eat them but it didn't really change anything.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:55 AM   #30
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I have used Pecans and they were gone in no time.
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Old 09-17-2018, 11:11 AM   #31
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Acorns where I hunt would be something they have never seen or tasted.
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:15 PM   #32
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I tried it. They soured after I got them to the lease. Too much work. It is much easier to open a bag of corn. Been using a combo of parched soy beans and corn. Make sure the beans are parched otherwise they get infested with little beetles and turn to half powder. If you could gather the acorns today and spread them tomorrow, yes they work great. But they just don’t last very long. Kinda like buying real ripe bananas, they are good for a few days but that’s all. Storing them and putting in a feeder didn’t work for me.
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:32 PM   #33
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I gathered 2 five gallon buckets last Fall and stuck them in the freezer until mid December. Was rifle hunting a logging road with a long view and scattered them along one side of the road over about 100 yards. Scattered corn on the other side of the road. The deer nibbled at the corn a bit but cleaned up almost every acorn within 24 hours...then they took 3 more days to eat all the corn.

If you don't have a easy way to collect them it's probably not worth the effort, but if they are easy to collect it can be worthwhile. White oak acorns are the best!!
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:49 PM   #34
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Not sure what it is, but I've seen deer walk by piles of acorns on the ground to go eat the acorns under a specific tree (all post oak). Maybe each tree puts off a different flavor based on age of the tree or something?? Find the tree that they prefer and hunt it.
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Old 09-17-2018, 06:51 PM   #35
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Let's try to circle back on this topic post-season for results. I'm going to use a trail camera to see if I can catch any increase in activity when I have the acorns out. Heck, maybe I'll put out a pile of corn and a pile of acorns and see which one they goes to first.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:15 AM   #36
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Or, you can go a step further and use chestnuts. They are much more expensive, but at least one study that I know of showed deer prefer chestnuts 100:1 over acorns. I believe that was done by the whitetail research institute.
There are no bitter tannins in chestnuts, and they are even higher in carbohydrates than whit oak acorns.


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Old 09-24-2018, 09:20 AM   #37
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Pecans work great. Put some on the trails coming in. You can hear them crunching from a mile away.
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Old 09-24-2018, 09:22 AM   #38
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Here ya'll go.. $150 for 50#

http://www.acorno.com/bulk-white-oak-acorns/
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