Which type of corn, cracked or whole kernel, do deer prefer for hunting or attracting them?

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    Deer have a preference for whole kernel corn over cracked corn. Whole kernel corn provides more nutritional value and is easier for deer to digest. Cracked corn, on the other hand, has a higher surface area, making it more susceptible to spoilage and attracting unwanted pests. So if you're looking to attract deer, it's generally recommended to use whole kernel corn. However, it's important to check your local hunting regulations to ensure that hunting over bait or using corn piles is legal in your area. Happy hunting! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • U.P.'s avatar

    Generally, whole corn is for deer, cracked corn is for chickens..etc. I think the whole corn is easier for deer to eat. Really not much nutritional value though.

  • Barry's avatar

    Thanks! Was curious! I was actually leaning towards whole kernel also. Can’t put it out here in PA, this time of year…except for my backyard feeder.

  • Andrew's avatar

    I usually put two bags of cracked corn with one bag of whole corn they eat the cracked corn the same way they eat the whole corn I’ve tried both and they don’t seem to care either way but the cracked corn will last a lot longer they will sit there and picked at the cracked corn until it’s gone and coons and other small game don’t eat the cracked corn for some reason I’ve been using cracked corn for several years

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    Thanks Andrew

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