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Old 08-14-2016, 08:52 PM   #1
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Traded for a small protein feeder and have a few questions

1) is there any place close to Tyler that sells L&E?

2) how close to water source does it need to be?

3) what time of year should I start to introduce deer to protein that have never had it?

4) any pointers for starting protein in East Texas?

Thanks for any advice or tips
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:05 PM   #2
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:21 PM   #3
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I know that you will hear a lot of different stuff good and bad about double down, but I started feeding it back in April when our local feed store started getting it and the deer love it. They are actually picking the protein out of the corn and leaving the corn. I hunt in Elkhart and have never had much luck with protein but if they keep eating at the rate they are right now I won't be able to afford it.
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:37 PM   #4
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I know that you will hear a lot of different stuff good and bad about double down, but I started feeding it back in April when our local feed store started getting it and the deer love it. They are actually picking the protein out of the corn and leaving the corn. I hunt in Elkhart and have never had much luck with protein but if they keep eating at the rate they are right now I won't be able to afford it.
What brand are you talking about?

I am brand new to protein, no opinion on any of them

L&E turns up in a lot of the searches for protein in the game management section.
Local feed store can probably get something, deer protein is not a large market in my part of the state
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:41 PM   #5
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What brand are you talking about?

I am brand new to protein, no opinion on any of them

L&E turns up in a lot of the searches for protein in the game management section.
Local feed store can probably get something, deer protein is not a large market in my part of the state
I've had really good results with GamePro 20% and 16%. I had deer on it 2 wks after it being out and coming daily. As far as timing I keep it year round. Think I started it in July of 2014.
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:56 PM   #6
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double down deer feed, I have tried a lot of feeds but this is the one I have had the best luck with.
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Old 08-14-2016, 09:57 PM   #7
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I have a feeder behind my house and they are eating 50lbs every 3 to 4 days.
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Old 08-14-2016, 10:01 PM   #8
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Put it out there ASAP and keep the spouts clear after every rain. Build a 10-12 panel feeder pen. 34" hog panel works good. If you have cows, you might want to build a barbed wire fence about 10 yards outside of the hog panel pen. Spread some corn around if you need to.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:41 PM   #9
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I've had really good results with GamePro 20% and 16%. I had deer on it 2 wks after it being out and coming daily. As far as timing I keep it year round. Think I started it in July of 2014.
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double down deer feed, I have tried a lot of feeds but this is the one I have had the best luck with.
No Double Down dealers close to me that I can find
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:43 PM   #10
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No Double Down dealers close to me that I can find
New York Feedstore off 607. Roughly 30 minutes from your work.
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Old 08-16-2016, 06:54 PM   #11
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I run protein year round in east Tx.
I have at least four feeders of it always going. Thomas Moore, Purina, and Record Rack have all been good. Jan-Aug I run straight protein. Sept 1st until Jan I do a 50/50 mix with corn.

50/50 mix helps get them started. I keep my spouts 38-40" off of the ground.
That measurement is from the bottom lip of the spout.
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Old 08-16-2016, 08:31 PM   #12
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We feed 6-8 tons per year, primarily from late Jan/early Feb until September. Our deer eat the Record Rack really well. They also love rice bran. We have free choice protein feeders located inside 6-8 hog panel pens to keep the hogs out. We normally mix the first batch in the early spring 50/50 with corn and protein to get them going, then they just eat straight protein. We aren't worried about being close to water at our place because deer are never more than 1/2 mile from several water sources (creeks, bayous, ponds, lakes, etc)
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Old 05-27-2017, 07:00 AM   #13
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I have had this feeder out for 3 months, nothing is touching the feed. No coons, pigs or deer

House wren tried to build a nest in one of the spouts
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I have had this feeder out for 3 months, nothing is touching the feed. No coons, pigs or deer

House wren tried to build a nest in one of the spouts
What protein did you use?

My bucks just started hitting the protein 2-3 wks ago. They didn't touch it from November-April
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Old 05-27-2017, 07:47 AM   #15
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Brian, try adding some corn in with the mix. They will eat the corn and get some of the protein. As time passes lesson the corn amount.
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Old 05-27-2017, 08:23 AM   #16
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I would consider dumping that old feed and refill with fresh. Maybe mix in some corn or BB2 if you want.
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Old 05-27-2017, 09:54 AM   #17
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I was using Antlermax with buck candy mixed in

I have one pic of a hog sniffing the feeder. I guess that is not so bad but I would think something would eat some of it

I will dump what is in it and see what other brands I can locate close to me
May check with the feed store here and see what they can get too
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:27 PM   #18
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my east texas deer didnt like antler max flemings in lindale can get some lone star brand protein i know and the one academy sells in tyler has worked for me I live in lindale as well and agree anything other than antler max is hard to come by
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Old 06-07-2017, 03:49 PM   #19
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if they keep eating at the rate they are right now I won't be able to afford it.
That's their marketing plan. Get deer to eat twice as much.
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Old 06-07-2017, 04:52 PM   #20
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I use blue bonnets outfitters deer pellets. I get it here in Tyler and then a place in Jefferson closer to my lease. I had trouble with the antler max but my deer hammer the blue bonnet brand. Its 20% protein and only 11.50 a sack. I did have trouble getting my deer use to it, but a little corn mixed with it and they went to it no problem. Another mistake I made was I had the tubs to high which I should have known better but didn't pay much attention to. Once I cut my feeder legs the intake increased even more. I have never had luck with antler max around her. I also use the Northeast Texas Farmers Coop for bulk buys and the deer take to the blend they offer really well.
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Old 06-08-2017, 03:41 PM   #21
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A long, but good read on deer protein:


http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...ht=PROTEIN+TDN
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