Do Deer Eat Tobacco?

Do deer eat tobacco? Deer eat a lot of things, but tobacco falls in the grey area. In this article, we will talk about when and how deer eats tobacco. There has been a lot of arguments about the question – do deer eat tobacco? The truth is, by theory, Deer do not eat tobacco. But they are so resilient and adaptive that they can eat tobacco if they get really hungry. Let us look at four key reasons or situations where deer can eat tobacco.


If tobacco is a native plant to the area, deer may likely feed on them because they have become familiar with the taste and smell.

Age of plants

Young plants and new plantings are all vulnerable to deer, including those of tobacco. The sad part is that they are less likely to grow back after deer eat their shoots, so you must protect properly in the early stages.


Heavy use of nitrogen-based fertilizers can also make any plant palatable to deer. Therefore, you should use protective measures wherever you applied fertilizers newly. You can also try to apply fertilizers only when they are necessary.

Absence of preferred crops

Deer prefer soybeans, corn, hedgerow, and many other palatable plants. However, when they cannot access the crops they normally prefer, deer will go after non-palatable plants, including tobacco.

Also, note that deer may only browse around the tobacco plantation but not go into it for obvious reasons. Tobacco secretes a sticky substance that would make it difficult for them to graze through.

How to repel deer and avoid damage


You can purchase repellents or make some at home to reduce access to your plants. However, deer are likely to adapt to new smells or tastes after some time. Therefore, you should alternate between repellents and always spray again after it rains. Concentrated urine of predator species are effective deer repellents. You can also use garlic spray (eggs, red pepper sauce & garlic), rotten eggs, human hair in a sachet, etc.

Physical barriers

Physical barriers are also effective. Fences of about 8-foot-high can keep deer out. However, we prefer using two parallel fences of about 4 to 6 feet high (1 to 4 feet apart). Netting or plastic mesh is also inexpensive and practical for fruit-bearing trees or ripening berry bushes. Make sure the mesh stands up to 7-feet and is pulled taut to prevent them from touching the leaves.

Scare tactics

You can also scare them away by using scarecrows, yard lights, or shiny objects. Your dogs or other pets can also help frighten them away. Furthermore, you can invest in technology by using motion-activated noise alarms or motion-activated water sprinklers.

So, when asked the question – do deer eat tobacco? The right answer is – it depends. Deer do not eat tobacco in theory, but there are special circumstances where they do. If you have a tobacco plantation, then it is right to assume deer can eat tobacco since that would be a familiar sight over time. Therefore, you can use the measures in this article to prevent deer from foraging and damaging your tobacco farm.


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