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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby brancher147 » Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:41 am

My sources say they also like dogwood berries. :L:

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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby dan » Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:29 pm

I am starting to really notice that they seem to love buckthorn leaves... I have observed them walk right past lush food plots and crops to feed in a buckthorn thicket. Watched one yesterday walk right thru a clover plot to feed on buckthorn, then later come back and eat a little clover before laying down.
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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby Mike Foss » Fri Oct 20, 2017 12:16 am

dan wrote:I am starting to really notice thatthey seem to love buckthorn leaves... I have observed them walk right past lush food plots and crops to feed in a buckthorn thicket. Watched one yesterday walk right thru a clover plot to feed on buckthorn, then later come back and eat a little clover before laying down.


If its edible bears will eat it, especially this time of year...notice how green those buckthorn leaves still are.
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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby peteinvermont » Fri Dec 08, 2017 8:58 am

Do you have witch hobble in the upper midwest? The berries are only on them for a short time here in the northeast, but when they're in bloom, you can't even stand up near them...the ground is slippery with bear turds. They love those things.
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Postby swampyak » Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:44 am

peteinvermont wrote:Do you have witch hobble in the upper midwest? The berries are only on them for a short time here in the northeast, but when they're in bloom, you can't even stand up near them...the ground is slippery with bear turds. They love those things.

Haven't heard of them in our area
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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby ghoasthunter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:53 am

Jim Wallner wrote:
Mike Foss wrote:Bears love Mushrooms



I've told people this for years and they didn't believe me

bears and deer love mushrooms
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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby ghoasthunter » Wed Jan 10, 2018 11:56 am

one thing they hammer by us is hickory nuts you can hear them eating them for hundreds of yards away
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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby IkemanTx » Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:19 pm

Jonny wrote:Maple leaves is a new one I never knew of until singing bridge and dan mentioned it.

Ya, I’m including maples in the planting plans on the family farm for this reason.

Other natural browse that deer in our area like:

Flame leaf sumac leaves (early spring and after color change)
Sassafras
Greenbrier
Viburnum
American beauty berry (actually makes a tasty jelly, believe it or not)
Arrowood
Virginia creeper
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Re: Lesser known wild foods

Postby IkemanTx » Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:02 pm

Also, check with your local wildlife biologist because they may have some hard data to give you. Texas parks and wildlife did a 2 year study in my eco-region where they harvested numerous deer throughout spring, summer, fall, and winter. They then examined their stomach contents to identify species eaten, and preference.
Nothing like having 73 pages explaining what (and when) they are eating.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwd ... 0_1017.pdf
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