Do or will deer eat oranges?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by gobbl4me, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. gobbl4me

    gobbl4me 10 pointer

    Apr 10, 2005
    Lyon Co.
    I honestly don't know and we have alot of left over fruit that we bought from the local FFA and i thought about putting them out for the deer to eat or any other critter. This is a serious question so only serious replys please.:D

  2. WildmanWilson

    WildmanWilson 12 pointer

    Dec 26, 2004
    Western Ky.
    I dont think they would eat the peels but I could be wrong. I think they would freeze rock hard also. Give them a try...couldnt hurt anything.
  3. JDMiller

    JDMiller 12 pointer

    Jun 12, 2005
    " Between the Rivers "

    Only the Florida or California sub-species deer will eat citrus.:D

    Sorry... just had to do it.

    I honestly dont know... but I've seen deer eat just about anything. From turnips to pine cones dipped in peanut butter. I use to pick up apples that fallen and put out feed sacks full of them and the deer would have them gone in no time. I always put deer & goats in about the same catagory concerning appetite.

    I'd say just try it if you need to get rid of them anyway. If the deer wont ...some other critter will.

    Let us know the results.
  4. gobbl4me

    gobbl4me 10 pointer

    Apr 10, 2005
    Lyon Co.
    Funny JD.

    Phase one of operation ORANGE YOU GLAD IT'S NOT an APPLE is complete. I put out around a bushel of oranges, tangerines, grapefruit and tangelos and no i did not put out any sugar for the grapefruit.

    I already missed my chance today as the 6 does that feed behind my house have already came thru. I might see them in the morning.

  5. thunderchicken09

    thunderchicken09 10 pointer

    Feb 4, 2008
    Send them to me i love oranges im eating one now:D
  6. gatorgrowl

    gatorgrowl Spike

    Nov 6, 2008
    Orlando Fl
    Interesting question....Here in Florida we have a lot of hunting in and around orange groves....Yes, the deer would eat fallen oranges. But they are used to oranges. Last weekend here in Florida I was in my stand and ate half an apple....and threw the other half into the trail I was hunting on. Three does came by, sniffed the apple and shied right away from it. They had never seen or smelled an apple before. But, they might get used to it over time.
    Don't think deer will quickly be attracted to something that is foreign to them.
    Just a guess.....but something will eat those oranges....
  7. KYhunter79

    KYhunter79 12 pointer

    Dec 11, 2003
    Irvington, KY
    That could have been your scent left on it as well.
  8. notimlmit

    notimlmit 12 pointer

    Feb 7, 2007
    Barren co.
    My answer is no -- some years ago I would get thrown out fruit at our local grocery -- the deer would not eat oranges or grapefruit, they just dried up or rotted -- all the other vegies they tore up and oddly enough even bananas -- I guess to much citrus acid for them -- this was put out at Metcalfe county but I would guess you would have the same results elsewhere
  9. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

    Oct 27, 2008
    Boone County

    I always thought that deer steered away from anything that had a really high acidic PH. That would include most citrus. I think it is also the reason why they have never touched my tomatoe plants, but thats just a guees.
  10. buckfever

    buckfever 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2002
    Harrods Creek Ky, USA.
    Did you find out whether deer liked oranges yet?
  11. scsims

    scsims 10 pointer

    I fed a small buck (must have been some ones pet) one time some green tomatoes, he tore them up.
  12. buckfever

    buckfever 12 pointer

    Oct 25, 2002
    Harrods Creek Ky, USA.
    Deer eat lots of osage oranges.
  13. gobbl4me

    gobbl4me 10 pointer

    Apr 10, 2005
    Lyon Co.
    Well so far nothing has touched them.

  14. yeehaw21

    yeehaw21 6 pointer

    Dec 20, 2005
    Letcher County, Kentucky
    I have tried oranges and grapefruit several times with no luck. As you said, they tore everything else up and left the citrus fruit. I likewise found they do like bananas in Letcher County as well!!! It made me wonder about getting some papaws, but I've never got around to it yet. However, out of all the fruit I've put out, I've found they seem to love pears better than anything!
  15. gobbl4me

    gobbl4me 10 pointer

    Apr 10, 2005
    Lyon Co.
    Well i am going to call this experiment a bust after 2 days with nothing touching them. I have come to the conclusion that deer do not like oranges. The does walked right past them without a second glance.

  16. archer1

    archer1 Fawn

    Jan 8, 2009
    Grants Lick, KY
    I agree with yeehaw21, there's nothing they seem to like better than pears. As for the papaws, I have seen them eat them.
  17. oranges

    My biologist friend told me that only deer in the central Florida peninsula will eat oranges. Some wing footed deer can actually peel the skin off too.

    I've hunted California and found deer eating avacodo's too.
  18. GA Assassin

    GA Assassin 6 pointer

    Dec 13, 2008
    my wild hogs love fruit, oranges , pineapples etc.:D
  19. dead eye

    dead eye 6 pointer

    I disagree with them not eating tomatoes. I did not have any trouble with them eating tomatoes in the country but since moving to Alexandria here they devour them. Had to fence in my tomatoe patch with box wire fence. They eat them when they are green. 3 years ago before I put up the fence they cleaned out my tomatoes. A neighor saw 3 deer in the patch about midnight so I know it was deer.
    Dead eye
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2009

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