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Hunt the falling leaves!
Whitetail Deer
Contributors to this thread:
Charlie Rehor 03-Nov-19
Scrappy 03-Nov-19
Rth1229 03-Nov-19
Huntcell 03-Nov-19
RK 03-Nov-19
'Ike' (Phone) 03-Nov-19
itshot 03-Nov-19
t-roy 03-Nov-19
sir misalots 03-Nov-19
Stoneman 03-Nov-19
longbeard 03-Nov-19
WV Mountaineer 03-Nov-19
stick n string 04-Nov-19
Charlie Rehor 04-Nov-19
Rut Nut 04-Nov-19
bowyer45 04-Nov-19
White Falcon 04-Nov-19
APauls 04-Nov-19
BOHNTR 04-Nov-19
wooddamon1 04-Nov-19
Bou'bound 04-Nov-19
Scrappy 04-Nov-19
t-roy 04-Nov-19
Bou'bound 05-Nov-19
Scrappy 05-Nov-19
keepemsharp 05-Nov-19
Castle Oak 05-Nov-19
TrapperKayak 05-Nov-19
scentman 06-Nov-19
sitO 06-Nov-19
TrapperKayak 06-Nov-19
1boonr 06-Nov-19
TwoDogs@work 06-Nov-19
Charlie Rehor 06-Nov-19
dallsheepstkr 06-Nov-19
03-Nov-19
Everyone is hunting the rut and it is time but when you get a frost and fresh leaves fall you best get in that area of the woods.

Deer are opportunist and with a fresh food source these leaves are tasty magic the day they fall. That’s where the does will be and the bucks will be close! Good luck all! C

From: Scrappy
03-Nov-19
Yes Sir, shot a doe friday morning munching down on the fresh yellow leaves the snow caused to drop all at once.

From: Rth1229
03-Nov-19
I’ll put it to the test in the morning!

From: Huntcell
03-Nov-19
Any species of tree leaves prefer one over the other?

Here in Wisconsin and Iowa the Leaves have fallen from trees the past three weeks and the oaks and hickory will continue to shed for next three months . Pretty much covers entire season . Been frosty every morning also. Best of luck !

From: RK
03-Nov-19
This is messed up. We don't have falling leaves !! LOL!

03-Nov-19
Get 'em C...

From: itshot
03-Nov-19
rk, yup

must be another CT thing, what a place!

From: t-roy
03-Nov-19
I’ve been told they love the leaves of Osage Orange trees.

From: sir misalots
03-Nov-19
one winter I watched a doe eating dead leaves off a tree limb. I thought to myself, that doesnt look tasty

From: Stoneman
03-Nov-19
More than a few times I watched does feedind on newly fallen leaves after it snowed. Nothing better than live decoys.

From: longbeard
03-Nov-19
From what I’ve observed they seem to prefer the leaves of the Acer genus over most other types

03-Nov-19
Been targeting deer eating sugar maple leaves for over 20 years. On private ground with little understory, with permission I will often bend over small sugar maple saplings that have started to turn and, tie them off within reach of the deer, next to travel routes. Then I climb a tree within easy range and get ready. When they see them, they come running. And they always see them if the understory is lacking. It is the simplest bait in the woods and, it works like a charm. Especially in stands that are over browsed.

04-Nov-19
Im not gonna google acer genus, but maple leaves are dang near the best food plot u can have some days. Killed a doe saturday that fed on freshly fallen maple leaves wihin 20 yards for half hour before i had a shot

04-Nov-19
The leaves stay fresh only a day or two and being opportunist they jump on em! In Rhode Island yesterday Matt told me they were focused on the Yellow Maple leaves. It depends on where you’re hunting. Good luck!

From: Rut Nut
04-Nov-19

Rut Nut's embedded Photo
Rut Nut's embedded Photo

From: bowyer45
04-Nov-19
They like elm leaves around my house for sure.

From: White Falcon
04-Nov-19
They eat all my Sassafras leaves first.

From: APauls
04-Nov-19
Somebody been reading the Wensel books? ;)

From: BOHNTR
04-Nov-19
Is that an invite? :)

From: wooddamon1
04-Nov-19
Years ago I had a buck come in behind my stand. I kept hearing a slurping sound thinking "what the heck?" he finally got around to my right where I could see him and he was slurping up yellow maple leaves almost as fast as they fell. Never offered me a shot, but his girlfriend did the next evening ; ) Kinda funny to watch.

From: Bou'bound
04-Nov-19
I have never heard of deer eating leaves you learn something every day

From: Scrappy
04-Nov-19
All my hunts are hang and hunt. Whenever I have to trim shooting lanes if the limbs have green leaves I make sure to throw them out in front of my tree like a failure pile. The same thing if I have to cut down any saplings I make sure to just hinge cut them so they live a while longer so the deer cant resist stopping by to browse.

From: t-roy
04-Nov-19
If you kill something over those green leaves, does that turn it into a “success pile”, scrappy?

From: Bou'bound
05-Nov-19
what is a failure pile

From: Scrappy
05-Nov-19
Most of the time a failure pile is made out of corn. T-Roy I sure hope SitO doesn't find out I've been using a failure pile of leaves.

Caught a herd of does eating the maple leaves by the garage this morning. They are kinda gangsta around my house, they just stand there and stare at me, like whatcha looking at white boy.

From: keepemsharp
05-Nov-19
We had an ice storm once on Halloween, the leaves were still on. That weight brought down a lot of leafy stuff and the deer were really hitting the frozen treats.

From: Castle Oak
05-Nov-19
Yep, deer in my area love Acer rubrum leaves this time of the year. Ive watched them select these leaves from a mix of sweetgum, oak, hickory, laurel bay, ash etc.

From: TrapperKayak
05-Nov-19
We have only had one or two frosts here this year too, very unusual for here, and very mild October. Halloween it was almost 70F, next day it cooled off considerably, but the high wind is what took the leaves off, definitely not the frost this year. Nov is still kinda mild, but I'm not complaining, winter is still 5 mos long here. The deer have been in the ag. fields, so I'm not counting on fallen leaves this year. Ruts kicking in, found a nice fresh scrape Sunday where my target buck crossed daily last year.

From: scentman
06-Nov-19
with all the other food for them to eat you would think they'd leave them alone :0) thats a jok, ah say thats ajoke son

06-Nov-19
Justin,

First time I have ever heard that strategy. Awesome! Your forestry expertise really helps out a lot. Thanks, I will try that next year.

From: sitO
06-Nov-19
I don't know if any of this is a real strategy...but I just had a couple of dorks in Sitka gear rake my yard for free

From: TrapperKayak
06-Nov-19
Baiting with leaves - now I've heard it all! :)

From: 1boonr
06-Nov-19
My leaves are spread out over 800 acres so it’s hard to pinpoint where to hunt

From: TwoDogs@work
06-Nov-19
I have noticed for several years that when fresh leaves are falling they seem to be preferred over other food sources. I have stands in place to try and take advantage of this situation. It seems that they only hit them for a few days.

06-Nov-19

Charlie Rehor's embedded Photo
5 minutes ago from stand!
Charlie Rehor's embedded Photo
5 minutes ago from stand!
Five minutes ago from stand.

06-Nov-19
Leaves? lol nothing but ice and snow here. Good luck hunting!

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