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Old 02-05-2018, 07:21 AM   #1
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I know most of you will laugh at this because you deal with it every month. But I started protein last March and they have eaten a ton in 3-4 months. I filled it again on Dec 28 and went out this weekend to put up 2 more. Mine was empty! A ton in 35 days! I need a second job!
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:43 AM   #2
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We had a lease in Angelo area, they would eat a ton in couple weeks.

Switched to cotton seed, they eat 6 baskets (300 lbs each) in a month.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:53 AM   #3
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You are stealing your neighbors deer. A year ago your property fed X number of deer. Now it is feeding X plus number of deer. The place next to us turned over hunting groups for 3 years before they figured out we had stole their deer.
Keep at it.
They will stay in a pasture for 90 days with out protein before wandering off. Nine months a year of feed gets you way more deer....
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:09 AM   #4
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We had a lease in Angelo area, they would eat a ton in couple weeks.

Switched to cotton seed, they eat 6 baskets (300 lbs each) in a month.
Deer numbers sound way high. If ours eat a ton in a month thatís quick and itís usually 6 weeks with cottonseed beside it. We start hammering numbers if it gets too soon. Neighbors feed also
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:39 AM   #5
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No longer out in Angelo, went north and west in Mitchell County. I'll take high deer numbers for the area.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:35 AM   #6
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It depends on range conditions...if you have too much livestock, or it hasn't rained in, the deer will eat more protein. You might have the correct number of deer for your property and nothing is growing deer are going to hammer the available protein, but if it has been raining often enough and the temperature are warming up enough then weeds will be coming up and the deer won't come to protein....
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Old 02-05-2018, 12:27 PM   #7
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It depends on range conditions...if you have too much livestock, or it hasn't rained in, the deer will eat more protein. You might have the correct number of deer for your property and nothing is growing deer are going to hammer the available protein, but if it has been raining often enough and the temperature are warming up enough then weeds will be coming up and the deer won't come to protein....
I think the hard freezes have killed most browse. There is no livestock on the place. I have never seen the grass look as dead as it did this weekend. Even during August.
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Old 02-05-2018, 01:08 PM   #8
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I think the hard freezes have killed most browse. There is no livestock on the place. I have never seen the grass look as dead as it did this weekend. Even during August.
I know what you mean about dead looking grass. Ours looks the same in San Saba. Between the 4 degrees we had & no rain for who knows how long, things definitely look dead. We put out 1000 lbs a month ago & the feeder was empty this weekend. Looks to have lasted about 3 weeks on camera. We put out 2250 lbs of protein this past weekend & topped off 7 corn feeders. I was tired of slinging sacks Sat afternoon. HOPEFULLY, we start getting some rain soon for spring.
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Old 02-05-2018, 01:35 PM   #9
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I think the hard freezes have killed most browse. There is no livestock on the place. I have never seen the grass look as dead as it did this weekend. Even during August.
I agree! 2 hard freezes has killed every bit of it.

But my protein consumption has remainded the same. Not eating very much yet
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Old 02-05-2018, 02:00 PM   #10
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1500 lbs in the last two weeks out of two feeders on 100 acres in Rocksprings
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Old 02-05-2018, 02:12 PM   #11
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First of all congratulations on starting to feed protein! As mentioned above, I highly recommend feeding cottonseed in addition to the protein. It is cheap and will help stretch your feed some. Feed the max that you can afford or are willing to do, and let mother nature take care of the rest. Good luck!
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Old 02-05-2018, 03:19 PM   #12
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What looks like dead grass is hiding some green down near the ground. We do need some rain but the ground still has some moisture in it. We have some small winter weeds growing and we still have some acorns under the oak trees that the deer are having to scratch out....there's still food out there for them, they might not be hitting the protein but that means they are finding something else to eat that is better for them.
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:52 PM   #13
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They are hammering the cottonseed and protein at our place. 1200 pounds of cottonseed is being consumed in a little under two weeks on 460 acres. Of course, we have axis running around and they come in groups of 10-12 at a time. You can watch the cottonseed levels in the basket drop several inches in the sequence of photos until theyíve had their fill and moved off.
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Old 02-05-2018, 05:09 PM   #14
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south of rocksprings, i can pot out 100 pounds and its gone in less than 3 days
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:56 PM   #15
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I’d also like to add that one ton of protein split between two feed stations is lasting about three weeks with cottonseed also in pasture. I imagine it would be consumed even faster if no cottonseed was available. It’s dry. We really need a good soaker to get spring started off in the right direction. Low fence central Edwards county.
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:51 PM   #16
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2000 lbs in 3 weeks is a lot! I went up last weekend and topped off my feeders and the deer had eaten 500lbs in 3 weeks. My corn feeders are throwing a lot of corn and they seemed to be hitting that more so. I think the mature does are still getting pushed out/chased by the immature bucks though (at leas that's what I observed sitting in my stand). So that may be contributing to the lack of consumption. It is not unusual for 1200lbs to be gone in 3 weeks. Think everyone else on the lease had filled up everything too so that helps.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:41 PM   #17
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Now that is one thing. I did cut my corn feeders down to 3sec. My thought was to get them to eat more protein. Yup it worked!


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Old 02-07-2018, 07:41 AM   #18
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your consumption rate seems high. Do you have any coons on your place? They can really do a number on your protein if not dealt with. I came across a neat product on here you might be interested in.

Check out www.coonhood.com

there is a couple of threads floating around on TBH that talk about them but I think they are still pretty new. Im thinking about buying some but wanted to see some of the review before doing so.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:45 AM   #19
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There are coons but according to pictures they are only eating on is on the ground. And not very many. I set traps every time Iím out there and usually catch 1-2, that seems to be keeping them in check


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Old 02-09-2018, 10:50 PM   #20
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42 tons of protein and 11 tons of cottonseed since Jan 10 in 20 protein feeders and 16 cottonseed feeders on 3400 acres.

With the dry conditions and several hard freezes, the deer hit the feed hard and havenít let up.

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Old 02-10-2018, 09:35 AM   #21
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42 tons of protein and 11 tons of cottonseed since Jan 10 in 20 protein feeders and 16 cottonseed feeders on 3400 acres.

With the dry conditions and several hard freezes, the deer hit the feed hard and havenít let up.

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Old 02-10-2018, 09:58 AM   #22
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I know most of you will laugh at this because you deal with it every month. But I started protein last March and they have eaten a ton in 3-4 months. I filled it again on Dec 28 and went out this weekend to put up 2 more. Mine was empty! A ton in 35 days! I need a second job!
Here they can eat a ton in a couple of weeks.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:58 AM   #23
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Need to clarify, weíve put out 28 tons and I just ordered 14 tons.
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Old 03-21-2018, 04:23 AM   #24
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New here and just getting started on some management. So protein an cotton seed is the way to go? I’m about to start protein also but was just going to throw corn with it.
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:16 PM   #25
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Need to clarify, weíve put out 28 tons and I just ordered 14 tons.
wow. lucky deer!
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:39 PM   #26
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105 tons put out. Have slowed down considerably. Green up is early this year I think.

We had a good snow in December. Does that have a better effect on the range conditions than rain?
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