11 Things You Never Knew About the Incredible, Edible Acorn
October 29, 2015
Deer and hunters alike often find themselves at the mercy of this modest nut. A poor acorn year can spell disaster for a herd headed into a hard winter, just as a bumper crop can ruin even the best hunt plan. Here’s everything you never knew about the hard mast that packs a real punch.
Number of oak species that exist worldwide (depending on how they're classified)
Approximate number of oak species in the U.S.
Pounds of food a deer consumes per day, on average
One Pennsylvania study measured how many acorns a stand of red oaks could produce. In a poor seed year researchers tallied just 7,000 acorns per acre. but during a bumper year, they recorded 273,000. That's a lot of nuts.