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Old 12-04-2017, 11:19 AM   #1
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When do you guys start feeding it and what do you typically feed? I am going to start for the first time this year.
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:23 AM   #2
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I start up again in mid January when our season is over bucks need it bc they are run down.

We don't feed during the season because we try to avoid them feeding at night.

Any 20% feed is good enough. The best is cotton seed it is about 26%.

I sure you will get lots of opinions on this brand is better than the other, imho i think as long as you are feeding something that is the most important thing.

Also remember if they have never had protein before it will take them awhile to start eating it regularly sometimes several years. Older buck might not ever go to it.

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Old 12-04-2017, 11:44 AM   #3
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Mix it with some corn the first few feedings. I like Lyssy and Eckels feed and my deer took to it pretty quick.
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:49 AM   #4
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I feed it year round. I have does and bucks coming to it all year.
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Old 12-04-2017, 11:50 AM   #5
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Around febuary right after the rut and use double down
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:12 PM   #6
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Middle of Jan we will kick it back off and feed until Oct 1.

Feed any protein you can with 16-20% protein. The cheapest you can find. I pay 8.50-9 a bag for 20 and 18%
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:25 PM   #7
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I usually start in early January. By then my season is usually winding down, although I am MLD and can go until the end of February, I usually have everything off that needs to off by the middle of January. I feed whatever the feed store in Richland Springs is carrying. I buy it in bulk and they come out and fill my feeders. I do plan on feeding some cottonseed for the first part of the year as well as pelleted protein.
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:26 PM   #8
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All year long and Lyssy and Eckel.
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:31 PM   #9
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Mix it with some corn the first few feedings. I like Lyssy and Eckels feed and my deer took to it pretty quick.
This for me.
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Old 12-04-2017, 12:51 PM   #10
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I cant get L&E anywhere near me
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:18 PM   #11
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Start feeding as soon as you are done hunting for antlers this year. In other words if you already have taken you buck(s) for the year, go ahead and start now. If not, dont wait any longer than the end of the hunting season. The sooner the better and if you can go year round, do it. The bucks need all the help they can get to get back in shape before they lose their antlers. The healthier the bucks are when they drop, the bigger their antlers will be next year.
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:25 PM   #12
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L&E best feed hands down
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:47 PM   #13
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Cottonseed when season is over and protein first of March
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Old 12-04-2017, 01:49 PM   #14
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L&E best feed hands down
Maybe? Maybe not? It is all subjective! I have tried many different brands
L&E is one of the better brands , worst results I have had was with local brands
Mainly because local brand IMO has 0 % of research needed for quality products
Hard to beat whole cotton seed
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:07 PM   #15
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talk to a feed store rep near your hunting location and they can recommend what others in the area are having good results with.
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Old 12-04-2017, 02:46 PM   #16
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All year long and Lyssy and Eckel.
This ^^^^^^. I have always fed year round.
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:42 PM   #17
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It’s really dry at our place in McCulloch county so I’ll fill feeders in the next couple of weeks.
I haven’t killed a buck but I think its a good idea to give them a head start this year. We use L&E but Double Down has me curious. Might feed both.
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Old 12-04-2017, 03:51 PM   #18
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All year long and Lyssy and Eckel.
yep, still have bucks hitting it in the daylight, with the hammers help!
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Old 12-04-2017, 04:14 PM   #19
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Cottonseed will put the weight back on them after the rut but i don't think it's helps antler development. Feed CS until March then feed a 20% protein until the bucks come out of velvet. Long term continuious use of cottonseed could cause sterility in your bucks.
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:12 PM   #20
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Start now feed year round as needed www.lindnerfeed.com
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:18 PM   #21
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Cottonseed will put the weight back on them after the rut but i don't think it's helps antler development. Feed CS until March then feed a 20% protein until the bucks come out of velvet. Long term continuious use of cottonseed could cause sterility in your bucks.
Absolutely will help antler development. Best thing for antlers is good body condition. Also will not cause sterility in free range animals
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:15 PM   #22
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Start feeding as soon as you are done hunting for antlers this year. In other words if you already have taken you buck(s) for the year, go ahead and start now. If not, dont wait any longer than the end of the hunting season. The sooner the better and if you can go year round, do it. The bucks need all the help they can get to get back in shape before they lose their antlers. The healthier the bucks are when they drop, the bigger their antlers will be next year.
Exactly, the body doesn't make horns until the body is recovered. The sooner the body has recovered the sooner and bigger the horns can become.

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