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#3607093 - 03/04/14 04:13 PM Re: Corn [Re: DeerSanta]
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 Originally Posted By: DeerSanta
What are some better option with higher protein and where can it be purchased locally?

My primary reasoning is getting photos and would like to help grow the deer if it's feasible.


Unless you're prepared to spend thousands, if not tens of thousands, you can't feed deer enough to "help them grow." In fact, you aren't going to be doing much with feeding a free-ranging deer herd. It would take a contained herd (high-fence) to produce much of a measurable result on the deer you have to hunt.

If you just want to get pictures, at this time of year, a PVC pipe gravity feeder will draw deer to the camera. For getting pictures in late spring and summer, I would recommend salt licks over any type of feed.
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#3628693 - 03/28/14 08:46 AM Re: Corn [Re: deerhunter10]
danny1975
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I use minerals mix and mix it with corn , pour it in small piles this time of year . great way to start a mineral site

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#3628737 - 03/28/14 09:35 AM Re: Corn [Re: BSK]
doubledownranch
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: DeerSanta
What are some better option with higher protein and where can it be purchased locally?

My primary reasoning is getting photos and would like to help grow the deer if it's feasible.


Unless you're prepared to spend thousands, if not tens of thousands, you can't feed deer enough to "help them grow." In fact, you aren't going to be doing much with feeding a free-ranging deer herd. It would take a contained herd (high-fence) to produce much of a measurable result on the deer you have to hunt.

If you just want to get pictures, at this time of year, a PVC pipe gravity feeder will draw deer to the camera. For getting pictures in late spring and summer, I would recommend salt licks over any type of feed.


Man if I had 1 dollar for every time I've argued with my family over this, I'd be able to buy a high fence ranch and the feed to go with it.
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#3628748 - 03/28/14 09:44 AM Re: Corn [Re: doubledownranch]
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 Originally Posted By: doubledownranch
 Originally Posted By: BSK
 Originally Posted By: DeerSanta
What are some better option with higher protein and where can it be purchased locally?

My primary reasoning is getting photos and would like to help grow the deer if it's feasible.


Unless you're prepared to spend thousands, if not tens of thousands, you can't feed deer enough to "help them grow." In fact, you aren't going to be doing much with feeding a free-ranging deer herd. It would take a contained herd (high-fence) to produce much of a measurable result on the deer you have to hunt.

If you just want to get pictures, at this time of year, a PVC pipe gravity feeder will draw deer to the camera. For getting pictures in late spring and summer, I would recommend salt licks over any type of feed.


Man if I had 1 dollar for every time I've argued with my family over this, I'd be able to buy a high fence ranch and the feed to go with it.


HA!

I can't tell you how many times I've had to sit down with a client and work out the economics of supplemental feeding for them before they understand what a losing proposition it is.

I realize we humans are always looking for the "shortcut" to what we want, and that desire/ability is one of the things that has made us such a successful species, but supplemental feeding is not the quick or accurate route to large-antlered bucks.
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#3628781 - 03/28/14 10:13 AM Re: Corn [Re: BSK]
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 Originally Posted By: BSK
I can't tell you how many times I've had to sit down with a client and work out the economics of supplemental feeding for them before they understand what a losing proposition it is.

Your statement can go well beyond your "clients", i.e., most hunters who "think" we or they should start some supplemental feeding program AS SEEN ON TV!

Most hunters don't even know where to begin in analyzing the cost vs. the benefits vs. the detriments, or how extensive the feeding program would have to be to have much effect. Nature has selected deer to be browsers which feed on the move, just something to keep in mind.

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#3629334 - 03/28/14 08:08 PM Re: Corn [Re: Wes Parrish]
MickThompson
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If anyone bothered to analyze cost vs benefits for wildlife, all we would talk about on this forum would be timber harvest, TSI, and burning.
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#3630088 - 03/29/14 05:38 PM Re: Corn [Re: MickThompson]
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 Originally Posted By: MickThompson
If anyone bothered to analyze cost vs benefits for wildlife, all we would talk about on this forum would be timber harvest, TSI, and burning.
Probably right,but doing plots is fun,at least for me.
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#3630677 - 03/30/14 09:55 AM Re: Corn [Re: Football Hunter]
MickThompson
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I like turning dirt myself, but I think we as hunters and managers think deer and turkeys need our agriculture much more than they actually do, and often neglect the rest of the farm for the sake of a few manicured clover lawns. Food plots are important, just not the most important.
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#3630768 - 03/30/14 12:37 PM Re: Corn [Re: MickThompson]
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At some point as the costs of planting continue to rise, hunters are going to take a step back and realize a chainsaw is much more important to their deer herd than a tractor and plow.

But, it won't look as "pretty".
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#3631214 - 03/30/14 09:19 PM Re: Corn [Re: scn]
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Food plots for wildlife are a marketing product that just arose during the last twenty to thirty years and it has been a tremendously successful campaign. Look how big the food plot seed companies have grown many of which have become multimillion dollar industries. Wildlife don't "need" food plots but most hunters have been sold on the idea that they do.
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