My wife usually has a bag of apples on the kitchen counter. For me I like the larger apples, but for deer I like the smaller apples, although I sometimes worry they will choke on them. I don’t give deer CPR.
I don’t know what kind they really enjoy, but if they have visited our yard before, they pretty well know what to expect. I enjoy watching the deer and quite often they put on a show with locked antlers and a shoving match. This winter they seem a little skittish. Recently we had three females in the yard. The youngest was the most curious, while the older ones stood guard. At one point all three stopped what they were doing and looked to their left. I followed their eyes and saw a raccoon walking through the yard next door. Deer don’t see well, but they have great noses.
Peg doesn’t like deer eating her tomatoes, so those and other plants have long been moved to our deck. Dan Folk of Apex Tree Experts suggested we plant filberts to attract and feed deer. Deer eat leaves and twigs, and even acorns, so hazelnuts seem reasonable.
I keep a couple bags of Red Delicious apples on my work bench to feed our Huson Street Deer. The price is affordable and the deer seem to like them. Deer don’t come looking for me, but if they’ve had a couple apples and see me disappear into my office I’ve had them come up within a few inches of my office window.
Healthy adult males run between 200-300 pounds, while females are between 90-200 pounds, so I don’t think they are in any danger of starving, but I kept an eye out for them during our latest snow storms, anyway.