Illinois Deer Hunting: Acorn Drop
If you’re out in the woods in October, I’m sure you’re looking for deer sign, but you should also be looking for White Oaks. The acorns that drop from these trees are a deer magnet and can be your best chance at tagging an October buck. The drop is happening now! If you’re planning on deer hunting this season, here’s what you need to know.
Hands down the most preferred acorn for a deer is a White Oak Acorn. They’ve got the highest concentration of carbohydrates. Deer will generally go to them first when they start dropping.
There are also Red Oaks and Black Oaks. They actually have a little bit of a harder acorn so they tend to stay around a little longer in the season. They’re not quite as sweet and attractive, but deer do still eat them.
I start scouting at the end of September because the Acorn Drop typically starts in early October.