Red or White?

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Red or White?

Postby Washburn » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:24 am

Acorns, that is.

I have my own opinion, based on what I've been told, but do you believe deer favor white or red acorns?

The area I hunt has had a bumper crop of acorns this year. Red oaks outnumber the white oaks and there are more red acorns than white.

Will deer eat both, even if they prefer one over the other?

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RE: Red or White?

Postby ReflexHunter » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:05 am

Hey there Washburn, I feel that deer prefer white oak acorns over red, I don't know why it seems the deer like them better.  Not that red oak acorns are bad, they're great too.  If its a mix of varieties it may or may not make a defference, but the deer are likely to be there.

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RE: Red or White?

Postby mag30079 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:08 am

Deer vary from place to place so I'm not sure you could say one over the other. White oaks on the other hand are the only oak that I'm aware of that drop acorns every year.
 
Red, turkey, pin oaks drop every other year.

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RE: Red or White?

Postby ranwin33 » Wed Dec 10, 2008 9:46 am

Everything I've read says deer prefer white oak acorns to red - supposedly less tanin making them less bitter.  I wish they prefered hickories, have bunches of those.
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RE: Red or White?

Postby Patriot » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:36 am

Agreed.  White is preferred over red when both are available.
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RE: Red or White?

Postby Goose » Wed Dec 10, 2008 11:49 am

Same here, white
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RE: Red or White?

Postby fasteddie » Wed Dec 10, 2008 1:13 pm

I agree with the white acorns . The Red acorns have a bitter taste .
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RE: Red or White?

Postby FlDeerman » Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:56 pm

Same here,white oaks.

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RE: Red or White?

Postby Washburn » Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:04 am

Differences in white and red oak acorns are sometimes difficult for me to distinguish.

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RE: Red or White?

Postby dxthunter57 » Thu Dec 11, 2008 3:22 am

White Oak is prefered over red
because white Oak is less sour
but if a deer is presented with only a red oak they definatly will eat it

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