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Old 01-08-2017, 08:43 AM   #1
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Does anyone feed corn year round? Thinking about running 1 or 2 feeders on 40 acres. Advantages and disadvantages?
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:46 AM   #2
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We have 6 feeders on our ranch that run year around. If you just have 40 acres I would just run 1 feeder.Advantages are endless and the disadvantages I can't think of any.

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Old 01-08-2017, 08:49 AM   #3
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Just straight corn or can you feed anything else through a corn feeder?
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:55 AM   #4
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I usually shut mine down when they run out in feb/march and crank them back up in July. They don't forget where the feeders are and will go to a new one in a day.

I don't think you can go wrong either way, honestly.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:18 AM   #5
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I keep all mine running but change the feed time and length they run after the season. I run them for 1-2 seconds three times per day and run them about an hour after dark, midnight and then about an hour before daylight. I run them year round to train the fawns to jump into the feed pens and any new bucks that have traveled in if we are getting very dry. If you can find roasted Soybeans, you might give them a try mixed with corn. When it gets to be late August I change them to feeding in the daylight times for archery season.
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:24 AM   #6
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I keep all mine running but change the feed time and length they run after the season. I run them for 1-2 seconds three times per day and run them about an hour after dark, midnight and then about an hour before daylight. I run them year round to train the fawns to jump into the feed pens and any new bucks that have traveled in if we are getting very dry. If you can find roasted Soybeans, you might give them a try mixed with corn. When it gets to be late August I change them to feeding in the daylight times for archery season.
What's the benefit of running and hour before and hour after sunrise in the offseason? Will more bucks frequent if it's throwing while dark?
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Old 01-08-2017, 10:34 AM   #7
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I don't run mine year round because I don't want any more hogs than I already have. In fact I think after mine are empty I'm taking them down and just plant my food plots and hand corn about twice a week starting in September.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:08 AM   #8
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What's the benefit of running and hour before and hour after sunrise in the offseason? Will more bucks frequent if it's throwing while dark?
After the season the older class bucks are moving better in those hours to feed around feeders. During the warmer/hotter months the older class bucks are not feeding till those times any way in most areas of Texas. Back in the early 90's when I first started using TC's I saw that most bucks were coming in after 10pm and gone before 5am in the late spring till early fall at protein feeders due to the heat. If feeding corn before dark in the same pens it was mainly does/fawns using it. (This was when the habitat was in good condition and not in a drought). You can train deer to feed before dark but for mature bucks(the one most are hunting for) IME it was better to feed them when they are moving normally. You are not making them nocturnal by doing this. If you run the corn feeder year round and they are raised/patterned eating under when it goes off, then it is nothing new to them. Many times deer appear to be nocturnal due to the fact they live off your land/lease or traveling to far to get to the feeder in the daylight. They are moving when it is cooler a lot of the time.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:33 AM   #9
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I run mine year round, throwing about 150# / wk
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:22 PM   #10
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Only disadvantage is hogs. We feed protein and corn year round. Advantages are endless in my opinion. If I had 40 acres I'd set up one stand as close to the middle as I could and go from there.


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Old 01-08-2017, 12:26 PM   #11
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After the season the older class bucks are moving better in those hours to feed around feeders. During the warmer/hotter months the older class bucks are not feeding till those times any way in most areas of Texas. Back in the early 90's when I first started using TC's I saw that most bucks were coming in after 10pm and gone before 5am in the late spring till early fall at protein feeders due to the heat. If feeding corn before dark in the same pens it was mainly does/fawns using it. (This was when the habitat was in good condition and not in a drought). You can train deer to feed before dark but for mature bucks(the one most are hunting for) IME it was better to feed them when they are moving normally. You are not making them nocturnal by doing this. If you run the corn feeder year round and they are raised/patterned eating under when it goes off, then it is nothing new to them. Many times deer appear to be nocturnal due to the fact they live off your land/lease or traveling to far to get to the feeder in the daylight. They are moving when it is cooler a lot of the time.


Has doing this helped you any at all in Harvesting the mature bucks? I understand what your doing but I'm curious if there is any kind of advantage to that during season.


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Old 01-08-2017, 12:28 PM   #12
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Feeding year round is a plus. If hogs are an issue, I always recommend hog panel feed pens built extra large. Deer like room. As for shutting down after hunting season, is actually not the best thing to do. Even in Texas winter can stress the deer and additional food is always a good thing. 50/50 corn and protein through early spring can be beneficial. good luck.
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:40 PM   #13
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Is too much corn bad for deer in any way?
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:42 PM   #14
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No corn is not bad for a deer. Truth is corn is a filler with little to no nutritional benefit to deer. It basically falls into the category of attractant.
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Will soybeans feed through a feeder easily?
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Old 01-08-2017, 12:56 PM   #16
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Certain feed stores in Texas have a Roasted soybean/corn mixture available. It works fine in the feeders. They also have a corn and purple hull pea mixtures that work well. It just takes time to get them used to a change. If they are lacking natural browse and forbs especially winter months, they adapt more easily. You would have to do some research for the are of Texas you hunt to see what the feed stores offer. In the Brady,Coleman,Brownwood area where I manage several ranches we have a pelleted protein with pieces of corn in the actual pellet. They tear it up.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:25 PM   #17
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Yes it has it especially in archery season and in South Texas even into November before the rut. I feed corn in Sept about 10 minutes after daylight and then in evenings about 15 minutes before sunset. When feeding protein IME I have seen an upswing in feeder buck traffic in protein pens in October. They will eat protein and not walk away from corn if it is there. The corn feeder just allows me to target a "time" for them to show up. In the TC I see bucks in the feed pens in the dark hours and not there in daylight all summer long. When I switch the feed times to daylight feedings with the corn feeders I see the bucks starting to show up in the daylight hours. Younger bucks at first then all age classes as the temps cool off some. There are still the same bucks eating at night time also, they just come back for the corn. What effects it more than anything is rainfall or lack of it and mast crops or lack of them.
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Old 01-08-2017, 01:37 PM   #18
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Is too much corn bad for deer in any way?
Yes it could be under drought conditions and on rare occasion with high mast crops of acorns or persimmons IME. I have seen it happen in the Hill Country one year back in 1992 when we mixed corn/protein 50/50 for that year feeding free choice from Jan till Sept. Then had a huge persimmon crop followed by a really huge acorn crop(Shinnery, Live Oak and Post Oak) and we lost some deer. Took corn out of the mix and it stopped. Never had any issues in all the years following when feeding free choice protein year round and had same huge mast crops. You can also see foundering/hoof issue on deer getting to much corn in a drought. I have seen it worse in free choice feeders but also seen foundering once in LF deer in SW Texas living in feed pens around corn feeders in a drought back in the late 90's. What made it worse with the corn feeders was the amount of high winds blowing corn off the spinner plates. So some of the deer were eating basically free choice corn.
For the most part corn is not going to be an issue though when feeding from a spin feeder in most areas of the state though. Just not enough is fed to become an issue.
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Yes it has it especially in archery season and in South Texas even into November before the rut. I feed corn in Sept about 10 minutes after daylight and then in evenings about 15 minutes before sunset. When feeding protein IME I have seen an upswing in feeder buck traffic in protein pens in October. They will eat protein and not walk away from corn if it is there. The corn feeder just allows me to target a "time" for them to show up. In the TC I see bucks in the feed pens in the dark hours and not there in daylight all summer long. When I switch the feed times to daylight feedings with the corn feeders I see the bucks starting to show up in the daylight hours. Younger bucks at first then all age classes as the temps cool off some. There are still the same bucks eating at night time also, they just come back for the corn. What effects it more than anything is rainfall or lack of it and mast crops or lack of them.


We feed protein Year round as well as corn. I never adjust the time or feed times on my slingers. I feel like we see the same deer during season as we see on TC over the summer. I've never even thought about purposely feeding at night except to draw hogs when we would ambush them at night.


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Old 01-08-2017, 02:05 PM   #20
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We feed protein Year round as well as corn. I never adjust the time or feed times on my slingers. I feel like we see the same deer during season as we see on TC over the summer. I've never even thought about purposely feeding at night except to draw hogs when we would ambush them at night.


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I always use feed pens for all my feeders. I hate hogs so I let the neighbors feed them. I trap and shoot the few that I see so they are none issue for me. Rarely see them at water troughs on TC's, during hunting season or on the outside of my feed pens on the TC's.
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Old 01-08-2017, 02:28 PM   #21
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We don't, but I feel like it would help alot if we did. But I don't want to have to fight coons all year long and deal with checking traps every day.
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Old 01-08-2017, 09:16 PM   #22
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I usually just feed one of my corn feeders year round, just to keep them interested.
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Old 01-08-2017, 11:53 PM   #23
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If that's all they have to eat. Yes it can hurt them
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Old 01-09-2017, 12:11 AM   #24
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I feed corn year round on my east texas lease. Keeps the deer in my area.
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Old 01-09-2017, 05:12 PM   #25
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I know protein is great for deer but is it really worth it on 40 acres with heavy pressure all around? What would be a cheaper alternative? I'm just trying to pull deer in and keep them there.
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Run all our feeders year round.
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You can't spin enough corn out of a feeder for it to be a significant part of their diet.
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Old 01-09-2017, 09:11 PM   #28
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year round no harm
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Old 01-10-2017, 09:08 AM   #29
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You can't spin enough corn out of a feeder for it to be a significant part of their diet.
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So, it's not bad for them? They have so much other (natural) stuff to eat.
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Old 01-10-2017, 01:31 PM   #30
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never fed year round, may consider it
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:32 PM   #31
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What would y'all budget for corn for year around. If you just have a 30 gallon feeder throwin
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:35 AM   #32
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I agree with cutting back on the feeder spin duration and feeding times. Corn is low in protein and high in starch. The microbes in the rumen attacked starches more readily than browse. Too much corn can cause acidosis, bloat and hoof deformities. But that's a lot of corn. Many deer will adapt accordingly to a high corn diet, as they will know when to stop - kinda of like most people eating ice cream. You know when to stop. We will normally cut back or quit with the spring rains as natural forage protein levels increase. Plants like lime prickly ash, cat claw and granjeno will go to >20% protein.

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Old 01-13-2017, 09:23 PM   #33
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Feeding year round is a plus. If hogs are an issue, I always recommend hog panel feed pens built extra large. Deer like room. As for shutting down after hunting season, is actually not the best thing to do. Even in Texas winter can stress the deer and additional food is always a good thing. 50/50 corn and protein through early spring can be beneficial. good luck.
I agree, these hogs are thick around east Texas.. Good luck to ya
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:04 AM   #34
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I run 13 feeders on different ranches running year around gets expensive but I leave them running for about 2 seconds once a day, seems like as long as they are running you don't have repair issues.
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Old 01-14-2017, 09:36 AM   #35
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I feed corn year round. Most other lease members don't. If nothing else, I feel like they always know there will be feed there.

I also feed free choice protein since corn offers very little nutritional benefit.


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We will keep one of ours running year around
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