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02-11-2012, 10:11 PM #1Button Buck
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- Laconia, NH
If you feed deer in the winter...what are you using?
Not sure where to post this...but I see plenty of pics over feed here-
A friend of mine feeds deer through the winter...he asked me to see what folks on H/C are using for feed. Thanks-Tim
02-11-2012, 10:18 PM #2Twelve Pointer
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- NH UV
02-11-2012, 10:30 PM #3
Mollasses deer corn
02-12-2012, 12:19 AM #4
on the Diane/Rob soapbox for just a moment
corn in any great quantity is bad for all ruminents (and is one of the reasons feed lot cattle get medication a lot)
If your choice is to not feed deer or to feed corn, then it is healtheir for the deer to just not feed because they can die with a belly full of undigested corn
Some of the premier deer biologists like Dr J Kroll do NOT think feeding deer is detrimental and is in fact useful in maintaining good buck/doe condition (and high birth success) and in growing big racks as long as these criteria are met:
the food is supplemental to natural food and not exclusionary
food is a balanced ration
corn is kept to a minimal %
deer are fed in such a way that all herd members can access it and not be driven off by more dominant animals
deer are not fed in an area they would not normally be in during the winter nor in an area where they will have to travel any great distance from their "yarding area" nor where they be crossing a dangerous road (preferably no roads)
WHEN we fed the deer at our other house we had both a feeder and also spread the feed daily in a LARGE U shape to avoid any fighting. They were fed very close to where they wintered and traveled normally
we fed a mix of Blueseal wildlife feed and blue seal OR antler king pellets and towards the end also added a bit of BBE
alternatively you can plant food plots with food items they can dig up and eat through the winter like oats, winter rye and turnips and also cut firewood and leave the tops accessible
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02-12-2012, 08:58 AM #5
We have always used Blue Seal course 14. Like Diane said, spread it around. THis year has been slow with only a few coming in at a time until this week. Then one night 15 showed up at once and they haven't established any group etiquette yet and were fighting a lot. Funny thing is though, it's not usually the bigger ones that are aggressive. AS they get used to each other they seem to more tolerant."SO YOU HAVE ENEMIES, GOOD. THAT MEANS YOU HAVE STOOD UP FOR SOMETHING AT SOME POINT IN YOUR LIFE." Winston Churchill
02-12-2012, 09:20 AM #6
I have 3 cams set up with corn in front of them. In addition to the corn, I placed 3 apples in front of each. Strangely, the deer have not paid any attention to the corn or apples. I have pics of deer walking by one the cams, but it didn't stop to to eat. I don't know if that means they have sufficient natural food that they are filling up on, or if they don't like Agway corn and MacIntosh apples...My people call me "Stands on Logging Roads."
02-12-2012, 01:15 PM #7
i use deer feed from agway and corn.....
I put it out in a long straight line so they can all feed at once....
I dont get fighting though.....the deer i have are in three packs...they never seem to intermingle....I can tell apart by the skippers....
they dont hammer it ...they eat alittle at a time.....
the bucks dont touch it at this spotsitting works if your in the right spot
02-12-2012, 02:45 PM #8Ten Pointer
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Purina deer chow...
03-08-2015, 12:36 PM #9
03-08-2015, 01:33 PM #10
Our deer eats what we do. We do not change the feed in the winter, this can cause Acidocis. She likes the temperature set at 72.
Last edited by longbow; 03-08-2015 at 09:42 PM.