In the summer, deer primarily consume a variety of vegetation to meet their nutritional needs. A deer's diet will often consist of grasses, herbs, leaves, shrubs, and browse. Browse is the tender shoots of plants. They are known to feed on a wide range of plant species, including clover, alfalfa, dandelions, wildflowers, and tree leaves. Deer are selective eaters and will choose plants based on their availability and nutritional value. They also tend to browse on the twigs and foliage of trees and bushes. However, the specific plant species consumed can vary depending on the region and habitat where the deer are found. The following lists include articles that go deeper into each of the primary foods that whitetail deer eat.
Grasses, Shrubs, & Other Plants
Browse (the tender shoots of growing plants)