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Old 09-21-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
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Default Does anyone know for sure if deer, do, or don't eat buckeys?

The reason I ask, I know something does & after tonight, I'm pretty sure they do.

Got my brushcutter fixed finally & was out mowing a new trail for a stand I'm wanting to hang. Bumped 2 deer & as I followed up the trail, I seen where they had been laying. Right under a buckeye tree & there were buckeye husks all over the place, but no buckeye shells, just the husks.



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Old 09-21-2011, 02:32 AM   #2
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Last year on the Drury Vid the old man Lindsay shot a booner that was eat buckeyes under his stand but personally I have not seen them eating them



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never seen one do it but not to many buckeyes trees around where i hunt

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Don't know whether they eat them or not, but I heard they were good luck...So I picked one up hunting early one fall and then subsequently had a terrible season. So now I leave em lay.

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Don't know whether they eat them or not, but I heard they were good luck...So I picked one up hunting early one fall and then subsequently had a terrible season. So now I leave em lay.


Only good luck if given to you by a native american Indian. As folk lore has it anyways
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I have a TON of buckeyes on my farm. Guess I better start paying attention.

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I can tell you POSITIVELY that squirrels eat the heck out of them and eat em fast!

Also, the cattle here don't eat em. Buck, Abby and I have been pickin em to give away at the booth during the deer shows. Always heard they were good luck.

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I am sure you are familiar with your trees but a chestnut looks a lot like a buck eye this time of year.

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The name Buckeye comes from the folklore of the Native Americans who noticed that the nut of the Buckeye tree resembles the eye of a buck deer, a buck eye.

Not so lucky for cattle or some other animals if they try to eat one. Buckeyes are toxic , but not to squirrels, who eat them when other food is not available to them.

People wondering if they can eat buckeyes can but only after they have been heated and leached . Some believe that the buckeye relieves rheumatism pain.

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Last year on the Drury Vid the old man Lindsay shot a booner that was eat buckeyes under his stand but personally I have not seen them eating them


Is their a video of that? Never heard of them being deer food...always heard and read they are toxic to deer.


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