Drought may affect deer August 23, 2011 Lousiana

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Drought may affect deer August 23, 2011 Lousiana, LSU AgCenter, By Mary Ann Van Osdell

Natural deer food may be in short supply this year because drought is causing acorns to drop early, and hogs are competing for them....That’s the word from LSU AgCenter wildlife specialist Don Reed, who talked about establishing and maintaining food plots and managing and enhancing native browse plants for deer ...Cowpeas, a warm-season forage, are fairly drought-tolerant, and corn husks on the ground are still attractive to deer, he said. “The best warm-season forage plant is soybeans, but you have to plant enough of it so they don’t eat it down.”

... the first five months of the year [2011] have been the second-driest on record in Louisiana -- after 1963 -- in the 121 years of record-keeping by the state climatological office.

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