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Old 02-09-2018, 07:39 PM   #1
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How many of you DON’T hunt over your protein feeders? I’m on a new place and want to start a feeding program. I have been thinking about this and if the ultimate goal was getting the deer to consume protein that it would be best to not pressure them. Do you think it makes a difference if your hunting over protein feeders or if you have them set up at “safe places” where there is no pressure. It seems the no pressure situation would be best as we know they become smart to feeders. Any thoughts or input appreciated.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:13 PM   #2
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I don't like hunting too close to mine, but do have a rifle blind about 100 yards away
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:23 PM   #3
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Close to water, Near Good Bedding Areas, Central Property, and Highest Traffic Areas are All Key. Don't worry About the Hunting Part. Good Luck
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:41 PM   #4
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Don't worry about hunting near the feeder, if pressured, the deer will go nocturnal. Doesn't take long. That is why I don't feed protein during the season.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:43 PM   #5
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I hunt some of my protein feeders. But not all of them.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:11 AM   #6
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If I am paying for the feed, I darn sure am going to sit and see what is eating it! Perhaps I don't hunt mine enough to see a difference, but the deer darn sure eat a lot. If it was where I was hutning I would build a pen, put your corn feeder next to your protein feeder. Hunt it however you want. Unless you sit in your blind every day of the season, I don't think it will matter. Then again the deer might get used to your smell/presence. Good luck, I stand by my original thought. Feed corn and protein from the same spot and hunt it.
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Old 02-10-2018, 01:51 AM   #7
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If I am paying for the feed, I darn sure am going to sit and see what is eating it! Perhaps I don't hunt mine enough to see a difference, but the deer darn sure eat a lot. If it was where I was hutning I would build a pen, put your corn feeder next to your protein feeder. Hunt it however you want. Unless you sit in your blind every day of the season, I don't think it will matter. Then again the deer might get used to your smell/presence. Good luck, I stand by my original thought. Feed corn and protein from the same spot and hunt it.
This is what we do.
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Old 02-10-2018, 07:22 AM   #8
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I have two stations on my place. One is no where near a blind and the other is about three hundred yards from a blind, however that is the blind that I hunt the least.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:17 AM   #9
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If I am paying for the feed, I darn sure am going to sit and see what is eating it! Perhaps I don't hunt mine enough to see a difference, but the deer darn sure eat a lot. If it was where I was hutning I would build a pen, put your corn feeder next to your protein feeder. Hunt it however you want. Unless you sit in your blind every day of the season, I don't think it will matter. Then again the deer might get used to your smell/presence. Good luck, I stand by my original thought. Feed corn and protein from the same spot and hunt it.
I can understand wanting to hunt and see what’s coming to them with the amount of money it cost to feed. This is the way I see most setups.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:19 AM   #10
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I have two stations on my place. One is no where near a blind and the other is about three hundred yards from a blind, however that is the blind that I hunt the least.
If your avatar pic is from your place your method looks like its working!
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:29 AM   #11
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I hunted my protein feeder one time and took a doe...deer went nocturnal at the feeder and never got another daytime pic. Very pressure sensitive at a feeder
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:37 AM   #12
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Both of ours are in feed pens with the corn feeders and are within 100 yards of stands and in 2 of the most prolific spots on the property. They are hunted often and sometimes both are hunted at the same time day in and day out. It does not seem to affect them at all as we ALWAYS see deer at them almost every sit. Maybe not THE DEER you're after but you see deer of all age classes, genders and specie most every time
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:52 AM   #13
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I hunted my protein feeder one time and took a doe...deer went nocturnal at the feeder and never got another daytime pic. Very pressure sensitive at a feeder
I rarely have daytime pics of deer at the protein feeders. 95+% of the pictures are at night even where there is no hunting pressure.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:25 AM   #14
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My advice to you if you can afford it, buy a timed release feeder to put at your hunting location and put a 2000lb free choice near water. Feed both feeders in the off season and run the timed release during season. Best of both worlds
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:04 PM   #15
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This is very interesting.
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Old 02-10-2018, 08:17 PM   #16
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I hunted my protein feeder one time and took a doe...deer went nocturnal at the feeder and never got another daytime pic. Very pressure sensitive at a feeder
This is main reason I started this thread for discussion. If your main goal is to get the deer consuming protein, it seems you wouldn’t want to be shooting or preasuring them while they attaempt to feed on it. This is interesting keep me coming.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:46 PM   #17
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This is main reason I started this thread for discussion. If your main goal is to get the deer consuming protein, it seems you wouldn’t want to be shooting or preasuring them while they attaempt to feed on it. This is interesting keep me coming.
I don't protein feed on my land but my uncles do and they have always put protein feeders tucked away near bedding areas. They never hunt over them.
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Old 02-10-2018, 09:50 PM   #18
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I’ll pull a trigger or release an arrow 4-5 times max out of 60+ sits. I don’t have a problem hunting over my protein feeders and it doesn’t change their habits.
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Old 02-10-2018, 10:23 PM   #19
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We hunt ours, but they are timed feeders..


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Old 02-11-2018, 07:59 AM   #20
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We don't hunt our bulk protein feeders. We did add some timed feeders to feeder pens this past year.
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:36 PM   #21
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We put the protein in some cover next to water and don’t hunt it. I do hunt a feeder about 100 meters away and a trail about the same distance away on the other side of the protein, so not a huge distance and it doesn’t seem to change the patterns of the deer.
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Old 02-11-2018, 01:25 PM   #22
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Close to water, Near Good Bedding Areas, Central Property, and Highest Traffic Areas are All Key. Don't worry About the Hunting Part. Good Luck
Agree 100%
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:27 AM   #23
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We do hunt over our protein feeders. This is a normal feeding and typical of what we see when we hunt. There are deer of all ages at the feeder, including 6-8 year olds.

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Old 02-12-2018, 03:14 PM   #24
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I would not worry about hunting your feeders. If I was feeding large amounts of protein and had 4-5 2k feeders and no livestock to have to build pens for I would as said above and place protein stations in the central part of my lease near water. Where you will be feeding and the amount yall will probably feed I would just add to my corn feed pen, thats what I did and could never tell that deer hit it any different if hunted or not.
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Old 02-16-2018, 03:27 AM   #25
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I have a protein feeder between a food plot and a water guzzler. About 80 yards separate each one. I hunt the food plot and next year I'll hunt the water guzzler. BUT! Don't take my advise, I haven't killed a mature buck yet.
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Old 02-16-2018, 06:08 AM   #26
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We don't hunt any of ours. We have 6
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Old 03-16-2018, 04:07 PM   #27
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We do hunt over our feed stations. All of our feed stations have 'timed corn' and 'freechoice protein' feeders together in the same 12 hog-pannel pen. We feed corn year round and pellets from Feb. to Sep. We do bump up the corn feeder spin times during the season though.
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Old 03-22-2018, 10:21 AM   #28
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All of mine run north south down the center of my property, are next to water, and won't be hunted over.
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