Deer focus on protein type foods from April to August. Deer often seek out protein found in various types of weeds, alfalfa and clover and even soybean plants. Deer utilize hundreds of high protein plants during the summer months. As fall approaches, their bodies start to crave more energy foods than protein foods. Energy foods help them pack on the pounds for the upcoming breeding season and winter. Initially they focus on soft mast like apples, pears, dogwood berries, plums, raspberries and blackberries. It’s safe to say deer eagerly seek out most fruits during the early fall. Don’t forget about weeds that produce fruit like polk weed, which is sought after late in the year and into the fall. Once it gets cold most of the soft mast is cleaned up and deer switch over to energy foods that are a little tougher to digest. Acorns, beach nuts and corn make up some of the most preferred late season energy foods. Note; Dougherty has witnessed many deer walk through standing corn fields to consume dried soybean pods in a field that hasn’t been harvested.