deer and cotton.....will they eat it?

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  1. Bo.

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    I have a lot of cotton field around my house.....seen a decent buck in one today when I was driving up the path to my house. Do deer eat cotton? Or is it just the cottonseed? or do they eat neither?

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    I'm not familiar with the growing cotton plant as we don't have any production in this area but I do know that cotton seed and seed meal is highly nutritious so I'd imagine they'd eat the seeds like candy.
     
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    Yeah they'll eat it the plants, but mostly when it's young and tender.

    This time of year you'll mainly catch them cruising through a field or working an edge.
     
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    One other thought. I know some of the fields in central NC rotate their crops year over year...perhaps there are some volunteers or other plants comingled that he may be eating.
     
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    Being in Alabama, farmers around here rotate their crops from cotton, soy beans, & corn. There's a couple fields I drive daily that I have been watching for the past few years. When they are planted in soy beans, I can almost drive by there any evening and see a few deer out there. This year it was planted in cotton. I only saw deer out there twice and it was when the cotton was maybe 6" tall and still had a lot of growing to do. I'm guessing the buck you saw was just passing through the field heading some place else to eat.
     
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    I've always heard that deer will eat the seeds after it has been harvested.
     

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