Do Deer Eat Pumpkins

Whitetail Deer Do Eat Pumpkins

Yes, deer do like to eat pumpkins.  They like to eat the inside of the pumpkin, or the guts, more than the shell.  Whitetail deer are just one out of many species of wildlife that love eating pumpkins.

You might even want to help them out by breaking the pumpkin open if you are going to put a pumpkin out for the local wildlife to enjoy.  



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Are Pumpkins Healthy For Deer?

Yes, pumpkins are healthy for animals like deer.  Pumpkins contain a variety of nutrients like potassium, Vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants.   Even the pumpkin seeds are high in protein, fiber, and a variety of minerals. 

Deer and other animals eat pumpkins at multiple times throughout the year.  They can eat the leaves of the pumpkin plant during the summer and eat the pumpkin fruit itself in the fall.  

What Animals Like To Eat Pumpkins?

Lots of wildlife eat pumpkins, not just deer.   Squirrels love pumpkins just like deer.  After Halloween, we had some pumpkins left over and decided to put them our and see what kind of wildlife would eat them.  Turns out a few different types of animals liked them.  

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Frequent Questions And Answers

Yes, whitetail deer like pumpkins.  They can eat the leaves of the pumpkin plant in the summer and the fruit in the fall.  Deer love to eat the guts of the pumpkin in the fall after it has ripened.  

Yes, squirrels also love to eat pumpkins.

A few of the animals that like to eat pumpkins include deer, squirrels, rabbits, groundhogs, and mice.

Last Updated:  August 28, 2021