Whitetail Doe Eating Corn Leaves

August 16, 2017  •  1 Comment

I photographed this Whitetail Doe eating corn leaves back in June of 2009 at the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. The Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma manages a cooperative farming program that raises wheat, corn, soybeans, and other crops on more than three thousand acres. Here is a photo I took of some of the corn this past June: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge Cooperative Farming

Most of the photos I have been showing you the past few months have been deer in the soybean fields. I wanted to let you know that they also like to feed on the corn plants. Deer grazing in harvested fields for dropped ears of corn are quite common in the fall, but these animals are also attracted to corn fields at other times of the year. Early in the growing season, deer will sometimes feed on the tops of young plants in mid- to late June. I read that the deer like feeding on corn during the silk stage, milk stage and maturity.

I always wonder what the Farmers think about the wildlife that feeds on the crops that they plant at this refuge. I know part of the crops are not harvested each year in order to attract more wildlife. I'm guessing they harvest enough to make it worth it.

Whitetail Doe Eating Corn Stalk - 061209-2871Whitetail Doe Eating Corn - Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge - Oklahoma


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Greg Topp(non-registered)
The deer are eating machines and they love corn. I feed deer as a hobby in the winter and have done so for the last 27 years. Last year the deer herd was quite large and there were times I had 40 or more of these hungry animals in my yard. Corn costs me $6 a fifty pound bag. I don't even want to know what I spent last year. By the time winter gets here most of the farm crops are harvested and if we have a bad winter, the deer can actually starve. They also like alfalfa ("hay") and the farmers can also tell you that! The secret to keeping deer from eating my flowers is to put a little corn out for them... Hundreds of fellow hobbyists keep these deer pretty well over each winter. Our Dept. of Natural Resources does not like this, but they sure like the deer hunting license money they get statewide each year. All that money for doing absolutely nothing for them.
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