The white-tailed deer like all other deer are herbivorous feeders.
This means they feed on plants. More specifically, they are herbivorous browsers, meaning they feed on almost every part of several different plant species. The white-tailed deer consume about 6-8 lbs of food per day, and they do most of this foraging at dawn and dusk. They usually adjust their diets according to the season and eat whatever is available at the time, which makes them quite adaptable. They prefer to feed on acorns, nuts, and fruits, but during the fall season when these are not readily available, they switch up their diets to include grass and evergreen plants. During the harsher winter periods, they basically eat whatever they can find, from fallen leave to twigs and other woody plants. The white-tails are not really fond of grass meals, but this is what they mostly eat during their early growth stages as the grass is usually easier for them to digest at that stage of their lives.
They are ruminant animals with four compartments to their stomachs. This allows them to store chewed food in one of the compartments and later regurgitate this food to be reprocessed for digestion.
After this complex digestive process is completed, the food is finally passed to the last compartment of the stomach to be absorbed by the small intestine, during which the nutrients from the food are finally absorbed by the body to facilitate growth.
Dietary Classification For The White-tailed Deer:
Browse tender shoots and twigs, young plants, vines, and leaves.
Here’s more of what deer eat the most:
Shrubs: Arborvitae, Azalea, Gold Dust Aucuba, Burning Bush, Camellia, Holly, Hydrangea, Lilac, Mountain Laurel, Red Twigged Dogwood, Rhododendron, Rose of Sharon, Roses, Wintercreeper, Viburnum, Yew.
Trees: Apples, Blackberry & Raspberry, Camellia, Cherries, Eastern Redbud, Norway Maple, Sugar Maple, Plum, Oaks, White Ash, Yellow Poplar, White Pine, Hemlock, Red Maples, American Beech
Flowers: Aster, Dahlia, Autumn Joy Sedum, Astilbe, Gerbera Daisy, Bee Balm, Canterbury Bells, Clematis, Cardinal Flower, Crocus, Coneflower, Impatiens, Daylily, Grape Hyacinth, Gayfeather, Morning Glory, Geranium, Lillies, Hosta, Petunia, Impatiens, Phlox, Purple Pansies, Sedum, Sunflowers, Rose Mallow, Tulips.
Fruits & Vegetables: If you grow cabbage, beets, beans, apples, berries, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, lettuce, leafy greens, pears, sweet potatoes, spinach, kohlrabi, turnip, carrot tops, peas, plums, grapes, strawberries, and sweetcorn.
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