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Have a Wild Deer Eat Out of Your Hand
Six steps to feed a deer.
Make sure it is legal to feed wild animals in your jurisdiction. Feeding wildlife can be regulated by local laws and wildlife commissions.
Find a location where deer will come FOR feeding. This should be relatively quiet and away from dangers like highways or fences.
Choose the feed you will feed the deer. Deer will eat certain fruits and grains, and will usually prefer those foods which are naturally available in your area. Here are some examples: Corn Apples Sweet potatoes There are also commercially prepared deer feeds available in some locations.
Set up a feeder if you plan to feed grain, so it will remain dry and free of mold and insects. A barrel suspended from a tree or a tripod with a motorized mechanism for discharging measured amounts of feed are available, but a simple trough with a roof over it will work once the deer become accustomed to it. Fruit and other items may be scattered on the ground, but don't overdo it, as these tend to rot quickly.
Consider planting a food plot to feed deer. This reduces the amount of daily maintenance your feeding project requires. You can plant legumes, millet, or other crops they like during the summer, and winter rye or oats in the winter if these are appropriate in your region.
Watch the deer to determine their feeding habits, such as how often they come for food and how much they eat. You can adjust your feeding schedule and the amount of food to match your situation.