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Old 10-08-2018, 09:41 PM   #1
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Who uses Cotton seed and what do you think about it. What are the best feeder designs.


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Old 10-08-2018, 10:02 PM   #2
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Do it!!! It will take a while to get them on it, but once they figure it out they will hammer it hard. We use plastic truck bed liners with a slope to drain the rain water right off. You will get more mass and sticker points. I have seen people use 4í foot fence on a circle, but you get a lot of cotton seed around the station on the floor and the deer step on it.
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Old 10-08-2018, 10:05 PM   #3
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Do it!!! It will take a while to get them on it, but once they figure it out they will hammer it hard. We use plastic truck bed liners with a slope to drain the rain water right off. You will get more mass and sticker points. I have seen people use 4í foot fence on a circle, but you get a lot of cotton seed around the station on the floor and the deer step on it.
You got a pic of your bedliners filled with cottonseed? Iím going to start feeding it this year
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:34 AM   #4
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Do it!!! It will take a while to get them on it, but once they figure it out they will hammer it hard. We use plastic truck bed liners with a slope to drain the rain water right off. You will get more mass and sticker points. I have seen people use 4í foot fence on a circle, but you get a lot of cotton seed around the station on the floor and the deer step on it.


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Old 10-09-2018, 07:50 AM   #5
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Expect cottonseed to be expensive this year. A bunch of the cotton is still in the field flooded. Going to create a shortage and the gins have contracts for the majority of it and sell the surplus to the public. Deer love it and it is about 26% protein, but i think it lacks the right protein to bypass and equate to mass. The deer will be fat for sure.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:27 AM   #6
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I use the t-post with wire. It's true that there is some seed that accumulates at the bottom, but they will eat that when the feeder is empty. It took my deer almost five months to start eating the cottonseed but when they did I could not keep it the feeder filled.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:32 AM   #7
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Axis love the stuff too.


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Old 10-09-2018, 09:53 AM   #8
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Do hogs mess with it?
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:58 AM   #9
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We use the wire and t-post method. What gets spilled on the ground will get cleaned up when the feeder is empty. I put my last load out for the year and will resume in late January. I run protein year around but only feed cotton seed January through October.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:59 AM   #10
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Do hogs mess with it?
I donít know about pigs but the javelinas donít seem to eat it.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:59 AM   #11
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My hogs tore it up!!!
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:01 AM   #12
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Hogs try to eat it but cant digest it. You will see around a cotton feeder what looks like chewed up puke.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:04 AM   #13
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Do hogs mess with it?

There ain’t much hogs won’t mess with but it’s my understanding they have a hard time digesting cottonseed.

Type in “Cottonseed” in the search function here and you will see more info on the subject than you can possibly retain. Cottonseed works and is far more affordable than most other protein sources, is weather proof and coons won’t eat it. The later being a major benefit IMO.
Don’t over think the feeder design or size. Almost any type field wire, cattle panels or even water tote frame works. It might take deer a while to hit it hard especially with good range conditions after these recent rains. Sprinkle some corn on top to encourage them at first.
If cattle are present you have to have a feeder pen. They absolutely will go crazy if they ever get access to it.

EDIT: Most people stop feeding CS when bucks shed their velvet and are able to breed. It “supposedly” caused bucks to go sterile while consuming it. I think most studies showing this to happen are in high fence low natural habitat conditions but better safe than sorry I guess.


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Old 10-09-2018, 10:07 AM   #14
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IMO its just a little something extra to help out year round. But especially the bucks in post rut and the does while they are nursing.

The rolled wire and T-post method works great. If you use the Redbrand Vmesh Horsewire, the deer can still eat all they want, but you get a lot less spillage onto the ground because of the design of the wire. A 6' piece of 50" wire rolled into a cylinder will hold about 250#s of CS.

Hogs and javis will eat it once or twice and learn that it makes them throw up, so they usually leave it alone. Cattle love it and will destroy your basket if they get to it.

If you buy it bulk, it will be a little labor intensive until you develop plan. Hope this helps.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:29 PM   #15
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Do it!!! It will take a while to get them on it, but once they figure it out they will hammer it hard. We use plastic truck bed liners with a slope to drain the rain water right off. You will get more mass and sticker points. I have seen people use 4í foot fence on a circle, but you get a lot of cotton seed around the station on the floor and the deer step on it.


If you can post a picture of that set up that would be great. I have an old plastic bed liner that I can use.


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Old 10-09-2018, 03:02 PM   #16
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I've seen the local feed store with cottonseed bags, which look like 40# or 50# bags. Is this the best way to buy if you are only filling up a couple of feed stations on a property?

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Old 10-09-2018, 08:14 PM   #17
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I've seen the local feed store with cottonseed bags, which look like 40# or 50# bags. Is this the best way to buy if you are only filling up a couple of feed stations on a property?
Bulk cottonseed is the easiest to feed and cheaper but hard to find up here in NTx. If you are up here in Ellis county as your avatar says it will be hard to find a cotton gin that keeps whole cottonseed.

Is the stuff at your local feed store regular cottonseed or delinted? If it's delinted (meaning just a smooth seed) it’s normally pretty pricey and you can’t feed it in a cage. You should be able to find a blended whole cottonseed pellet cheaper than the delinted for sure...but again, can’t feed it in a wired cage setting. Whole cottonseed still has the fuzzy lint on it. That’s what we feed in the wire.

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Old 10-09-2018, 08:39 PM   #18
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Expect cottonseed to be expensive this year. A bunch of the cotton is still in the field flooded. Going to create a shortage and the gins have contracts for the majority of it and sell the surplus to the public. Deer love it and it is about 26% protein, but i think it lacks the right protein to bypass and equate to mass. The deer will be fat for sure.
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:41 PM   #19
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They are ginning cotton now. Most gins don’t keep seed year round so you have to get it now. If you wait till spring it will be tough to find around here. You should be able to get all you want in Avalon or Frost. They really want to sell by the ton not a couple hundred pounds. Good luck!
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Old 10-09-2018, 08:51 PM   #20
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Expect cottonseed to be expensive this year. A bunch of the cotton is still in the field flooded. Going to create a shortage and the gins have contracts for the majority of it and sell the surplus to the public. Deer love it and it is about 26% protein, but i think it lacks the right protein to bypass and equate to mass. The deer will be fat for sure.
Yep going to be a lot less available in West Texas this year.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:28 PM   #21
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Iíve seen a few feeders made of chemical tote cages. Has anyone used this?


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Old 10-09-2018, 09:35 PM   #22
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Hello everyone. I'm brand new to this forum and to the sport of deer hunting as well. I got a promotion at work and I was finally able to save enough money to get my first hunting lease for the 2017-18 season. Ive been wanting to harvest a deer since i was five years old (im 35 now) and unfortunately I wasn't able to get a deer, which I'll share my story whenever im allowed to post new threads. Anyways, for the past year I've been asking questions and doing as much research as I can to help me bag my first deer. During my research I came across interesting topics about the pros and cons of feeding cottonseed. If you have 15min I encourage you to watch this video on youtube. I don't know if it'll be any help, but hopefully it can give everyone some insight, and help their decision. Thanks for everyone's time.

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Anywhere you can buy the baskets for the cotton seed?
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What's the volume of a ton of cotton seed?
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:29 PM   #26
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Anyone have a contact to buy cotton seed by the ton in Victoria and surrounding area. Send me some info, thanks.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:38 PM   #27
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Sorry, I was out town. I'll get one tomorrow.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:57 PM   #28
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Here is a pic I have in phone. I will get better pictures tomorrow.




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Old 10-10-2018, 07:48 AM   #29
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Whatís is the brown stuff you dumped on it?


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Old 10-10-2018, 11:15 PM   #30
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Molasses more than likely
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Old 10-11-2018, 07:48 AM   #31
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It looks like a protein pellet feed of some sort.
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Old 10-11-2018, 08:06 AM   #32
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What's the volume of a ton of cotton seed?
a standard truck bed filled even with the top is about a ton.
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