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What they eat.

Incase anyone is interested I mentioned this in my 1/11 post. Found numerous spots where the leaves were pawed away on my walk Saturday and was not sure what the deer were finding there because I did not see anything. After scraping away some leaves I found all the green sprouts coming off the roots. None In the one deer pawed up. Not much reward for their effort.
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Shows you how tough it can be "scraping" out a living in the winter woods. Those little tid bits add up, but do require a lot of effort. Back in the days of the over populated big woods in the Northern Tier, it was common to see large areas raked up by deer. Usually after fern sprouts. Not ideal feed, but it was feed, nonetheless.
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Shows you how tough it can be "scraping" out a living in the winter woods. Those little tid bits add up, but do require a lot of effort. Back in the days of the over populated big woods in the Northern Tier, it was common to see large areas raked up by deer. Usually after fern sprouts. Not ideal feed, but it was feed, nonetheless.
This was in an big area of dead fern.
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No pics but my son has a trailcam on it, I'll see next weekend. There is an area on my property that is getting completely rooted up. They are going down inches to the point of flipping out rocks and actually changing the shape of the ground. It is sloped with a logging road going across and they are rooting away the edge of the road. It might be ferns, I have a lot of ferns and this area is mostly under hemlock canopy.

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No pics but my son has a trailcam on it, I'll see next weekend. There is an area on my property that is getting completely rooted up. They are going down inches to the point of flipping out rocks and actually changing the shape of the ground. It is sloped with a logging road going across and they are rooting away the edge of the road. It might be ferns, I have a lot of ferns and this area is mostly under hemlock canopy.
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My first thought seeing the area! also maybe turkey, but all the tracks are deer.

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My first thought seeing the area! also maybe turkey, but all the tracks are deer.

If it were hogs, you'd know it. When hogs get to rooting it looks like someone took a two bottom plow to the area.
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My first thought seeing the area! also maybe turkey, but all the tracks are deer.


Saw this in a spot the other day, only deer tracks where they tore the ground up, and there is a cut corn field 150yds away.
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This was in an big area of dead fern.
That’s really common in the area I hunt. Lots of cherry, birch, hemlock, blueberry and ferns. But the majority of the digs are in large areas of dead fern. In many cases I’ve heard deer scraping the leaves before seeing them. They make quite a bit of noise pawing the leaves away this time of the year.
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You should see what a couple of wild hogs will do to a golf course in just one night. It looked like the work of 20 pigs until the owner checked the camera footage.
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