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#2517287 - 09/11/11 10:01 PM Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU
jmb4wd
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A couple of weeks ago, on the farm I was putting some plots on, there was a big hill side that had been covered in Kudzu. They had burned it off, and a dozer had cleaned it up down to the dirt. While I will admit, I have never had any experience with kudzu other than driving by it, I know it is an erosion control experiement gone wrong.

While spreading seed, I noticed kudzu starting to come back, and I got off and looked and man I was floored at how may runners this stuff produces, and now I know how quickly it can take over.

The whole reason for this post is that the deer had been hammering these kudzu runners and the more I looked the more I found. I guess it is just young tender growth. BSK, Quailman, others, any research on whitetails feeding on Kudzu??
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#2517321 - 09/11/11 10:54 PM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: jmb4wd]
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Deer love kudzu around here. Common to see herds standing all in patches of it.
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#2517358 - 09/11/11 11:50 PM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: smstone22]
TNDeerGuy
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Deer will hammer kudzu because it is legume, just like any other bean. The only problem with it is generally the population isn't dense enough to control the growth of that extremely fast-growing vine—several feet a week in optimum conditions!
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#2517434 - 09/12/11 06:42 AM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: TNDeerGuy]
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I've always heard that deer love it but I dont want any of that stuff around my place.
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#2517456 - 09/12/11 07:14 AM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: Bayou Buck]
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Same situation here. We had a large area just overtaken with Kudzu. Had a dozer come in and take everything down to dirt, burnt everything we could, then the next year sprayed the whole area and killed it all. This year the stuff is still coming back. Deer will eat it, but from my experience only when it is young. When it is full grown for the year I would bushhog some lanes through it and the deer would be all over it when it started to regrow.
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#2517551 - 09/12/11 08:30 AM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: eastTN270]
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#2517565 - 09/12/11 08:35 AM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: DOC1187]
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Yes, deer eat kudzu. The problem is, kudzu can grow almost a foot per day. It grows so fast, deer just can't eat enough of it to control it.
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#2517588 - 09/12/11 08:57 AM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: BSK]
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I agree with what the others have said and yes, deer eat kudzu. However, because of it's invasiveness, I would do anything possible to remove it from my farm ASAP!
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#2517937 - 09/12/11 01:15 PM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: Quailman]
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Not nearly as much in KY and I'm thankful for it. Around Hardeman Co and parts of East TN I have seen acres upon acres upon acres covered and nothing else growing. I'd be terrified if it was close to my place.
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#2518313 - 09/12/11 06:06 PM Re: Weeds deer need to eat MORE of!! KUDZU [Re: Quailman]
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 Originally Posted By: Quailman
I agree with what the others have said and yes, deer eat kudzu. However, because of it's invasiveness, I would do anything possible to remove it from my farm ASAP!


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