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Old 12-19-2008, 12:09 PM
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sitting in the stand this morning and I happened to notice this tree right next to me...then I got to looking around and was able to see about 8 more or so within about 40 yards of my stand....

what are they,,,and more importantly, do deer eat them???

I also had a yearling within 25 yards of my tree for about 35 minutes this morning, just wondering around nibbling on browse and green briar....

sorry about the quality, these are from my phone camera
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:14 PM
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Those beans look like what you'll find on a Redbud tree. We've got several of them lining the bank behind our house. I've had deer in the yard eating azaleas but I've never seen them eat the beans from the Redbud trees, even though they've had plenty of opportunity.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:14 PM
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i believe that is a red bud tree. beautiful trees in the spring. purple blooms. they leave those seed pods on the tree. not sure if deer eat those or not.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:15 PM
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tough to tell from the pic, but looks like honey locusts and yes the deer love them.

I watched deer after deer walk to one for a nibble in IL this year
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:15 PM
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or what they said
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tough to tell from the pic, but looks like honey locusts and yes the deer love them.

I watched deer after deer walk to one for a nibble in IL this year
i agree redbud "beans" are only at most 3 inches long those look way longer
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:18 PM
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if i'm not mistaken, but may be, thats a locust tree and yes deer do eat the pods and is a good winter food source.

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Old 12-19-2008, 12:19 PM
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they had little flat bean pods on them 6 to 8 inches long....each pod had 4 to 6 beans in them
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this is a pic of honey locusts for ref
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:21 PM
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Looks like a red bud to me
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:28 PM
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Do the trees have long, sharp thorns. If so it is locust
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:42 PM
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Don't forget about the Mimosa Tree. They also have pods like this. I agree though, it is hard to tell from that picture. Mimosa? red bud? Locust?
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Looks like Mimosa to me. I was wondering if deer eat Mimosa peas too.
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Got 2 Mimosa trees out back, and a bow hunting friend said deer love the "beans". I will watch them this winter and see.
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Look for thorns on the branches, if so , deer love them (locust). Learned that from Trooper.
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If it turns out to be locust sit on it hard next year. Hunted Illinois 2 years ago and placed a stand on a long ridge and my brother and I laughed that there was no food or anything on that top I wanted to hunt. Just alot of hickory and maple trees all over. I just wanted to hunt in a place where I could see a long ways the first couple of days before I hit the edges and bottoms. The next day I hunted there and the property line was just behind me about 150 yds. The property line had locust all over a fence line and probably 10-15 acres of locust trees that popped and cracked everytime the wind blew at all. Told my brother I could not hear anything because of the noise from those locusts. I saw deer all day coming and going but did not know why they chose to pass where I was. By the 2nd day I had seen probably 50 does and 20 bucks all coming from the locust. Finally rattled in and killed a good buck from the locust thicket but still did not understand the logic. There was no corn or anything in that direction. Just 400 acres of timber before the next farm. When I took my deer to the taxidermist he cracked up when I told him about my stand location. He said if you could find a locust stand you were golden and deer sometimes pefer it to corn or beans. Wish I had known before I went up there but it paid off in the end. You can see my pretty top with no food on it in the background of my avatar. Haha!! Good luck!
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