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Old 09-30-2009, 09:22 AM   #1
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Found a stand of about 20 pecan trees and can't find any deer sign around them?
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:24 AM   #2
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No deer sign maybe pecans not fallen yet?
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:25 AM   #3
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you would think they would, but i have never seen them eat them. We had a lease in lampasas with about 30 pecan trees in a creek bottom and never seen a deer eat any of them. they just passed through
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:26 AM   #4
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they'll eat 'em if you shell 'em
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:26 AM   #5
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They hammer them at our place in San Saba!
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:28 AM   #6
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we had a place when i was a kid that had a small clump of pecan trees and it was a hot spot. i never saw the deer in person eating them but there was always a deer taken around them trees
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:30 AM   #7
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No deer sign maybe pecans not fallen yet?
They've fallen, they're everywhere. I've seen a lot of coyote tracks in the area and even drove up on a coyote. Is it possible there are so many coyotes in the area that the deer just leave?
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:33 AM   #8
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Our pecans haven't fallen yet. I've seen years where that is all they eat and others when they ignore them May have to do with what else is available.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:34 AM   #9
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Almost every animal will eat pecans including deer.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:36 AM   #10
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Our pecans haven't fallen either but you better wear a hard hat under the oak trees.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:37 AM   #11
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Might have something to do with what else is available, but also might have to do with the year. I know my pecan trees sometimes throw a TON of pecans, and other years won't drop hardly any. Then, some years they will be very tasty, and others they will be very bitter and not good to eat. Doesn't seem to have any correlation between high/low productivity years and good/bad tasting years.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:41 AM   #12
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They won't eat them while the green shell is on them. Once they dry and the shell opens up. the deer will hammer 'em. You thought they made a lot of noise eating corn - wait until you hear them pick up a pecan or two.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:44 AM   #13
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deer destroy pecans in places that I've hunted in LA and MS

the crunching sounds are pretty loud during early quiet mornings
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:49 AM   #14
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They won't eat them while the green shell is on them. Once they dry and the shell opens up. the deer will hammer 'em. You thought they made a lot of noise eating corn - wait until you hear them pick up a pecan or two.
That could be it, the green shells are still on most of them.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:57 AM   #15
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Deer will eat pecans.... Turkey love them also. My first turkey kill was full of pecans....
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:26 AM   #16
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You bet they do. We have no oaks on our place, but have 3.5 miles of thick pecan bottoms along the river. The deer hammer them. They crunch them up shells and all.
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:17 AM   #17
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I've got a corn feeder that is under some native pecan trees, and in the years when the pecans are plentiful, the deer, javelina, turkeys, and just about every other animal around our place, will eat the pecans first over the corn. And like others have so aptly said, they make a racket crunching on them. The javelinas really chew them up loudly, but the deer only give them a bit of a crunch and then swallow them right away. They go off and chew on their cudd later and complete the digestion. I have a good crop of pecans around my area this year, and that adds to my excitement and andicipation for sure... Nothin' better than sitting in the stand before daylight and hearing all that crunching and waiting on daylight!
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Old 09-30-2009, 11:36 AM   #18
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We have 2500 hundred native pecan trees on our place. In the middle of nov. the harvesters come in with the bobcats, tree shakers, and pecan picker uppers and go to work. There are people(day laborers) everywhere and machinery making all kinds of noise. I cant wait to go hunting, they really get the deer moving, we always kill a nice buck or two that has been disturbed, as to deer eating them, I don't know, but the pigs destroy them.
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:19 PM   #19
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Yep!
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:37 PM   #20
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You need to try bagging those and crushing them. Then selectively putting them out when you hunt...DEER LOVE PECANS!
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Old 09-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #21
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You need to try bagging those and crushing them. Then selectively putting them out when you hunt...DEER LOVE PECANS!
And so do turkeys!
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:18 PM   #22
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back in college my roommates Uncle called us to help kill some deer on his pecan orchard in west Lampasas county cause he got an ag deprevation permit to kill deer. somehow they figured the deer were eatin 100,000.00 in pecans.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:24 PM   #23
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Pecans have not fallen yet but they will eat them when the green hull is off.
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Old 09-30-2009, 04:56 PM   #24
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Yes hogs also.
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Old 09-30-2009, 05:55 PM   #25
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I hunt Willow Point every year and have personally seen deer eating them.
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Old 09-30-2009, 06:39 PM   #26
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They eat them up at our place near Adamsville.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:05 PM   #27
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I killed my first deer on a place north of Brownwood that had a pecan orchard next to it. There was an 8' fence around the orchard, but it always had deer in it. I saw a young 4 point jump that fence.
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Old 09-30-2009, 07:08 PM   #28
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Always was a hot spot on a lease we had in Pattison.
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:25 PM   #29
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I walked up on them eating them.
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:32 PM   #30
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pecans huh.
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Old 09-30-2009, 10:02 PM   #31
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Crows are driving me crazy, nearly stripped my entire tree of pecans. If I wasn't in a neighborhood they would become good friends with trusty 12!
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Old 10-01-2009, 01:11 AM   #32
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I used to hunt in Sonora back in the late 80's and early 90's. There was a pecan orchard down the road from us that the land ower had put a game proof fence around to keep the deer out, but when we would drive by the place there would be so many turkeys inside the fence that you could not even see the ground. Poor guy.
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:39 AM   #33
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Almost every animal will eat pecans including deer.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:35 AM   #34
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Just put some marshamllows, sweet potatoes and brown sugar under them and the deer will fight you for them.
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Old 10-01-2009, 06:42 AM   #35
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Deer will eat pecans.... Turkey love them also. My first turkey kill was full of pecans....
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Old 10-01-2009, 11:37 AM   #36
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First bow buck I killed, I walked up on him in the pecan bottom. He was crunching pecans and I think I could of hopped on his back and he would have never heard me.
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