Carya palida (sand hickory) as a deer tree?


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Carya palida (sand hickory): small, 13 to 37 mm long, somewhat rounded, slightly longer than broad, covered with short hairs and yellow scales; husk thin, 3 to 4 mm thick and splitting tardily to the base by 2 or 3 sutures; nut laterally flattened, ridged, light-colored; shell very thin, 2 to 3 mm thick; kernel sweet.

I remember some talk on the old forum about deer eating hickory nuts. Do they or don't they, back and forth.

Was there any consensus that Carya palida was good for deer?
If you have the trees you should be able to tell if deer are utilizing them...You say the shell is thin so there is a possibility but just because they "can" doesn't mean they "will"...

Our Hickory nuts are much too tough a nut for a deer to crack and we have never, ever, ever noticed even the slightest bit of interest from a deer for a hickory nut...They won't even browse the seedlings or root sprouts of Hickory here...