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Old 06-17-2018, 11:36 AM   #1
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Simons said that water is the key nutrient for deer in any geographic region of the state when it comes to the species’ nutrition. “Water is the most important nutrient in terms of ensuring proper physiological function,” he explained. “Water is intricately involved with the transport of other nutrients, oxygen and waste into and out of the cells. It contains several necessary electrolytes, is critical in the digestive process, and even acts as a cushioning component for joints, the spinal cord and the brain. Though water has no calories, it does serve as a medium for chemical reactions that are part of a whitetail’s bodily processes, including the metabolic reactions involved in energy production.” Anything landowners can do to ensure that premium water sources are available and that quality water is distributed during the summer’s heat is paramount for optimal deer performance.

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Old 06-17-2018, 12:12 PM   #2
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Simons said that water is the key nutrient for deer in any geographic region of the state when it comes to the species’ nutrition. “Water is the most important nutrient in terms of ensuring proper physiological function,” he explained. “Water is intricately involved with the transport of other nutrients, oxygen and waste into and out of the cells. It contains several necessary electrolytes, is critical in the digestive process, and even acts as a cushioning component for joints, the spinal cord and the brain. Though water has no calories, it does serve as a medium for chemical reactions that are part of a whitetail’s bodily processes, including the metabolic reactions involved in energy production.” Anything landowners can do to ensure that premium water sources are available and that quality water is distributed during the summer’s heat is paramount for optimal deer performance.

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It's A Lot about the water!!
The more, and clean, the better.
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Old 06-17-2018, 12:52 PM   #3
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Interesting read. Thanks for sharing Paul.
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:16 PM   #4
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I’m the only guy on our 2500 acre lease that has a water station. Lease only has a couple windmills on it. Hope it pays off
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:36 PM   #5
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Just for reference, right now my adult deer are drinking over 2 1/2 gallons each in 24 hrs.
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Old 06-17-2018, 01:59 PM   #6
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Couldn't guess how many miles of pvc we have run on our ranch with water troughs every km. When I first started I thought it was all about protein pellets. Being from La. I discounted water. Not any more. We place a premium on having solid water distribution all over the ranch and at many of the protein pens as well.
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Old 06-17-2018, 07:41 PM   #7
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Simons said that water is the key nutrient for deer in any geographic region of the state when it comes to the species’ nutrition. “Water is the most important nutrient in terms of ensuring proper physiological function,” he explained. “Water is intricately involved with the transport of other nutrients, oxygen and waste into and out of the cells. It contains several necessary electrolytes, is critical in the digestive process, and even acts as a cushioning component for joints, the spinal cord and the brain. Though water has no calories, it does serve as a medium for chemical reactions that are part of a whitetail’s bodily processes, including the metabolic reactions involved in energy production.” Anything landowners can do to ensure that premium water sources are available and that quality water is distributed during the summer’s heat is paramount for optimal deer performance.

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Yessir, you are right. Especially in arid, dry areas. In SETx, where I hunt it is over looked because there is water every where.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:22 PM   #8
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Just for reference, right now my adult deer are drinking over 2 1/2 gallons each in 24 hrs.
That is an incredible statistic, thank you. We have no practical way of knowing what our water use is, but we have it readily available throughout the ranch because we know its importance.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:25 PM   #9
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I have learned how much water means too.We added 3 waterers to our 230 ac,plus the trough at the well. The animals flock to the waterers.
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Old 06-17-2018, 08:29 PM   #10
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I have learned how much water means too.We added 3 waterers to our 230 ac,plus the trough at the well. The animals flock to the waterers.
What kind of waterers did you make. I need to make one for my set up just need ideas.
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Old 06-17-2018, 09:45 PM   #11
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That is an incredible statistic, thank you. We have no practical way of knowing what our water use is, but we have it readily available throughout the ranch because we know its importance.
Thanks.
Actually, I miss spoke. There are 10 adults and 18 twelve month olds in there. They drink 70 gallons in a day. So really, for all adults it would be more.
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Old 06-17-2018, 10:41 PM   #12
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What kind of waterers did you make. I need to make one for my set up just need ideas.
275 gallon totes piped to a small waterer sold at tractor supply.We sink the waterer in the ground. It is the red stall waterer they sell. The smaller the trough, waterer etc the better. Less evaporation.
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Old 06-18-2018, 08:47 AM   #13
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The first thing I did when I bought my property was to dig out ponds and lay water lines. I have 15 water sources or one every 70 acres. This really helps keep the critters dispersed and not to localized in one area.
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Old 06-18-2018, 09:40 PM   #14
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Just for reference, right now my adult deer are drinking over 2 1/2 gallons each in 24 hrs.
Gotta account for evaporation too but that’s amazing.

A lactating 1100lb cow will drink 20 Gallons at 70 degrees.

Nuts.

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Old 06-18-2018, 09:59 PM   #15
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More water spread out the better. The less stress for your deer traveling to get water the better. Almost 10 years ago we ran 3 miles of water line and T’d it off to 5 troughs. The more years we have had these troughs out he more deer use them.
I’m working on tapping in to the line for a couple more troughs.

Water is the key to life, especially in south Texas in the summer.


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