The ate what?

What do deer prefer to eat?

This question gets asked on social media on occasion and asked of me several times throughout the year. If someone were following me around through out the year at my research properties or on property tours across the US, they would have different answers depending on many factors. My top 5 list has changed over the years. My top 5 list for your property would be different as well based on information you could provide along with current weather conditions.

What affects forage preference by deer?

1) Weather. Is it hot or cold? Wet or dry? Sunny or cloudy?