Wildlife Management / Food Plots This forum is about all wildlife management including deer, food plots, land management, predators etc.

Anyone try pumpkins for deer

Old 03-25-2005, 04:38 PM
Giant Nontypical
Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 1969
Location: Townsend, DE US
Posts: 6,429
Default Anyone try pumpkins for deer

I was talking to some other hunters this week and they were talking about pumpkins for deer plots, that deer will break them open with their feet and eat them, anyone ever try them?
RonM is offline  
Old 03-25-2005, 04:50 PM
Typical Buck
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Coffeyville KS USA
Posts: 931
Default RE: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

i always used a knife to cut open a circle around the stem on the top, then used my hands to scoop out the inside. but if you want to use your feet instead, more power to you.
psandhu is offline  
Old 03-25-2005, 05:10 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: chiefland Florida USA
Posts: 5,417
Default RE: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

I have heard othere talking about that.I plant them each year in out hunt club. I plant them on the pine rowes in the new ground.it is open and clean the first year.
I have sold them to the flea market for the last few years.couple hunderd each year.I have never had the deer eat the first one.
Not any.
I heard they love them after they freeze???????.I have had a few stay after the vines are gone and go back to find a rat hole in the punkin and the seeds gone and the punkin will stay there till it rots.??????

so as far as I am conserned,I would not bet the farm on it.they may in some places,just not in Fla.
Tree climber is offline  
Old 03-25-2005, 07:18 PM
Fork Horn
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: waterville/barre vermont USA
Posts: 337
Default RE: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

if you haven't tried pumpkins, then you are missing out. we wait until after halloween vs. growing them, and then go to the growers/sellers. usually, they give them to us, and we put out a minimum of four truckloads. we don't break them up, just let nature take her course with the frost. after enough freezing and thawing cycles they get a bit soft, and the deer tear into them. they also like them frozen. coombine that with a load of apple pumice from the local cider mill, and you have an almost unbeatable attractant. since most places will give them to you after halloween, i wouldn't wast the space growing them when you could use it for something different.
vtbuckrulrss is offline  
Old 03-26-2005, 06:55 PM
Nontypical Buck
farm hunter's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: cazenovia, NY USA
Posts: 2,973
Default RE: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

I plant then most years - in that back end of a clover plot - or with cultivated corn. I plant them for my kids to go pick out their own pumpkins in October.

Never once have I had deer look at them with any interest until after Mid October. Even then, they might occasionally break one open - or take a nibble.

My little pumpkin patches don't mean much - but I think its safe to say that at best -they would only offer a "treat" over a very short period of time for the deer. Unless your soil is really good, they need quite a bit of Nitrogen added to get any size to them.

farm hunter is offline  
Old 03-26-2005, 11:13 PM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Calais Maine
Posts: 498
Default RE: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

We have a great big manure pile at the horse barn and we throw seeds in there and they get huge. Load the bucket up on the tractor and take a ride out back to have a little fun shooting them. Never thought of them as bait but have noticed deer around them after a cold snap.
andy_o is offline  
Old 03-28-2005, 06:04 PM
Booney160's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Marquette, Michigan
Posts: 168
Default RE: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

I agree with Pat, pumpkins are a great deer food and attractant. We usually take a few out at a time and bust them against rocks, once they're frozen deer love them. I wouldn't plant a field of them, I think it would be a good idea to just go to growers and get the left over pumpkins after halloween like Pat stated. Plant food plots with clover or something of that nature and just get a truck load of pumpkins. You won't be dissapointed.
Booney160 is offline  
Old 03-29-2005, 01:19 PM
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Maine
Posts: 3,555
Default RE: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

Not intentionaly. I tried to grow some atlantic giants ( 1000lb variety) last year and every time I got a pumpkin to around 40 lbs the deer would locate it on the side of my clover plot and eat a good portion of it. They never ate the whole pumpkin, just enough to kill the fruit off and then they were back at the clover and powerplant again. I guess it serves me right for planing pumpkins along my food plots. (deer like variety too)
adams is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
Whitetail Deer Hunting
02-18-2020 08:17 AM
Wildlife Management / Food Plots
05-29-2008 01:19 PM
Whitetail Deer Hunting
11-10-2004 11:43 PM
Wildlife Management / Food Plots
03-08-2004 02:12 AM
Wildlife Management / Food Plots
04-16-2003 06:25 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Quick Reply: Anyone try pumpkins for deer

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.