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Old 01-07-2018, 10:47 PM   #1
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Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: NE Texas
Hunt In: NE Texas, Oklahoma
Default Suggestions on budget feed options for Feb - August

Iíve read and read and read some more on what others do during this period. But want some other opinions.

Property is 350ish acres in NE Texas with a lot of pasture for cattle and hay. Neighbors to the north donít hunt. Some neighbors to the west do. Not sure about south or east but I donít think so. Iíll post an aerial view. White lines are creek beds. Yellow outline is what Iím thinking for a spring and fall plot. The top deer feeder is where I have a feeder and hand corned about 75 yards away. Shot a buck there this year. The deer icon is where I see doe often bedding down.

Bottom left feeder is a place Iím thinking about putting a spinner feeder with roasted soybean and corn mix. Bottom right is where I have a feeder and hand corned about 75 yards away (saw 3-4 good bucks here last year but all were slightly out of bow range). All feeders will have hog panels (8-12 panels per pen). I may throw a spare feeder on the NE side of the property without one for hogs.

I have typically just fed corn from August - February or when the feeder ran out. My main goal is to attract bucks year round for more sightings during hunting season while adding some nutritional gain. Iíve only seen three bucks while hunting this year (one 6 point, an old ugly cull + the one I shot). Last year, I had maybe 7 sightings all year. The does come in regularly. I know there are decent bucks here, but the sightings during season are minimal. Not just in person, I donít get a lot on camera at night either. Hogs werenít an issue last year and werenít an issue on the north part of the property this year. But the panels should fix that.

Iím thinking about putting a large pen on the north side where the feeder is with a feeder throwing roasted soybean/corn mix and having a free choice protein feeder. Game Winner has a 3 way head with an adjustable baffle to increase or decrease gravity flow. I would like to try this and see if I can limit the amount of protein expense but still offering some free choice protein. And maybe at a 75:25 mid with protein/corn. I Will plant the food plot in April/May while keeping some corn and roasted soybeans in the two southern feeders too.

Does this sound like a half *** decent plan or a waste of money?

Has anyone thrown roasted soybeans/corn mix year round with success in attracting/keeping bucks close by? I wonít throw a whole lot each day, especially at the feeder by the protein. Maybe 20 secs a day combined from the two southern feeders.

Hereís the map and some of the pics of bucks from the last few years. I just need more sightings of them. Theyíre definitely smarter than I am. I know by buck:doe ratio is not good but thatís not something I can fix right away. Iím working on it year by year though.

2017 Bucks. Everything else was 7 points or less. Kind of a down year.

Buck I killed. Gross 136 1/8 with 21.3Ē spread. Never saw him on camera or in person before this encounter.

2016 bucks:
Big 6 was killed last year by neighbors to the west

Killed last year a few miles away

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