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Deer eating cacti?

Old 10-05-2003, 06:03 PM
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Default Deer eating cacti?

On one of my properties there' s a HUGE cactus patch, and the other morning I noticed a deer standing in the middle of it, nibbling away at something, I watched it for a time, then it meandered off, so I went to see what it was eating, sure enough there were chunks of cacti blades missing, is this a common food source for them ,or is that doe just weird?
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Old 10-05-2003, 07:49 PM
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Default RE: Deer eating cacti?

I know that here in Texas in times of drought the ranches will tourch the catus burning off the stickers so that the cattle can eat it. I' m sure deer will eat it if there aren' t any stickers on it.
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Old 10-05-2003, 07:51 PM
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I" ve noticed areas where they ate cactus before, they also like mushrooms and a variety of foods.
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Old 10-06-2003, 06:36 AM
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As strange as it sounds deer do eat cacti and it is very high in protien.
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Old 10-07-2003, 06:00 AM
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I know here in texas the pears on the prickly pear cactus are ripe and deer will eat them. They really aren' t bad raw and make a real good jelly.
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Old 10-07-2003, 01:43 PM
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Yes the deer will eat cactis I hunt in south texas and see them eating it all the time they are high in protein, and in the drought its a good food source.Some ranchers even plant the ones without the thorns on them for food for the deer and cows.
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