How to Attract Deer: 9 Easy-to-Follow Methods

Plants are a key attraction for deer. Certain trees and plants, like petunias, sunflowers, clematis, dandelions, and clover, are particularly enticing.


Deer have a strong preference for apples, especially sweet varieties like Dorset golden and Honeycrisp. Crabapples are highly effective in attracting deer.


Peanut butter is a favorite treat for deer. An easy method to use peanut butter is by drilling holes in the lid of a jar, attaching it to a tree, and cutting off the bottom.

Peanut Butter

Salt blocks, also known as salt licks or mineral blocks, are highly attractive to deer. These blocks provide essential nutrients like sodium, iron, and zinc, which are not readily available in nature. 

Salt Blocks

Herbs, particularly clover, are a favorite grazing food for deer. Perennial species like red clover, alsike clover, and white ladino are easy to grow but may be invasive in some areas.


Creating a food plot can attract deer by providing supplementary food. It's important to consider the commitment required, as deer will depend on it. 

Food Plots

Feeding deer in winter is crucial as natural food sources become scarce. Supplement their diet with buds, fruit tree limbs, and other woody browse. 

Winter Feeding

Vanilla extract can be used to attract deer due to its soothing aroma. Mixing it with water in a spray bottle and spraying it on trees or fences can draw deer to the area.


Deer urine, particularly doe urine, can attract male deer and create a sense of familiarity. However, natural deer urine is banned in some areas due to disease risks.

Deer Urine