Wild deer primarily consume leaves, twigs and buds. In the fall, they eat beechnuts and acorns, while in the winter they switch to hardwoods, hemlock, fir and cedar. They can subsist on commercially blended feed, but they must be fed continuously to avoid shocking their digestive systems.Know More
Artificial feeding is generally not recommended unless the financial resources are in place to support a herd of deer. The Vermont Agency of Natural resources estimates that each deer costs over $50 to feed per month, but since deer attract other deer, the costs can multiply rapidly.
Artificial feeding sites can lead to problems for deer. The close quarters promote the spread of deadly diseases amongst a herd, while deer that rely on artificial feeding sites often lose their wildness and are attacked by domestic dogs or other predators. In the long term, deer that are no longer afraid of humans are more likely to invade gardens and shrubbery, destroying property. Artificial feeding sites also create fierce competition among deer, preventing smaller and weaker deer from feeding.
Deer should never be fed human food such as bread and corn. Not only do these foods harm a deer's digestive system, they also attract scavengers, such as raccoons and skunks, that may carry rabies.Learn more about Deer
Deer do not hibernate. They find a warm spot in which to sleep, often under conifer trees. Because the branches of these trees are dense and low to the ground, they shield the deer from wind and snow.Full Answer >
To make a deer feeder, punch holes in a pipe cap, insert a PVC pipe into a Y connector, attach pipe caps, and paint the feeder. This 90-minute project requires pipe caps, a saw, a PVC pipe, a Y connector, a drill, a tarp and flat spray paint.Full Answer >
A large male deer is frequently called a stag, and a female deer is called a doe. There are other terms that are specifically applied for specific types of deer.Full Answer >
In the Disney film, Bambi is a whitetail deer. In the book "Bambi: A Life in the Woods," written by Felix Sultan, Bambi is a Black Forest roe deer.Full Answer >