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Old 09-01-2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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Just wanted to check and see if you feed protein year round or do you stop at some point.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:50 AM   #2
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We keep one feeder running all year in the middle of our property, but we switched all of our other protein feeders to corn feeders last weekend.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:53 AM   #3
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We feed until hunting season. Bucks are hard horn and does are weening. Mostly for the does that are feeding babies at this point. Most bucks are about as big as they are going to get by now.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:54 AM   #4
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I am stoppign this year whenever it runs out. SHould be next 2-3 weeks
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:04 PM   #5
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Filling up one more time this week and should get us to the end of september, then just corn.
Start back up in January!!
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:06 PM   #6
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I kept my running year around on the lease I was on because I didn't have a food plot or anything besides corn to draw them in. I figured when they start the rut the protein will help them out and it will draw them in. They might eat it at night, just like they will on a food plot, but at least it kept them coming to my area. Just my thought, but it didn't cost me much to keep it going and I thought it was worth it.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:11 PM   #7
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http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=547043
is another thread like this.
I feed year round and strongly believe in water stations also.
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:21 PM   #8
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I will back off now that the velvets off and refill protein feeders post rut near the food plots
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:16 PM   #9
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About Sep 15th for us. Then refill everything in January when it gets cold cold.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:21 PM   #10
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Feed it year round on our property, keeps them used to coming over to our place, instead of the neighbors.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:30 PM   #11
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IMO, and I'm not saying its wrong just saying it doesn't fit my goals or management theories, the folks who stop feeding protein after antler development are only focusing on a small fraction in the antler development equation. Anytime any deer, including the does and older fawns, gets some quality feed, be it protein or food plots, they benefit from it and last time I checked all deer continue to eat and need sustenance year round. We don't stop eating when a certain time of the year roles around?
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:43 PM   #12
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Bassmatt72-

I agree with you 100%. I believe feeding protein year-round is very important. We just had to stop feeding 20% protein pellets because we have already fed 20,000lbs and our wallets were getting emptied. We will continue to feed alfalfa, cottonseed and rice bran along with corn from September through December and we will keep our 1,000lb trough filled with protein year-round. The cottonseed, alfalfa and rice bran will help give the deer some extra protein and fat, while helping us keep our feed bill down. We have a fairly small piece of property (400 acres), but our neighbors don't feed protein so we get a lot of their deer during the off-season.
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Old 09-01-2015, 01:54 PM   #13
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bgleaton, where do you get your cottonseed from, i am in llano and have had trouble finding
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Old 09-01-2015, 02:11 PM   #14
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I have driven to the Mereta Cotton Gin and I have also had a buddy bring a load up from Waco, TX (Cape & Sons). You will need to call ahead of time to see if they have any because a lot of it is under contract. There are some feed stores that sell it in bags, but the price is almost the same as 20% protein, so I normally go to the cotton gins and buy it by the truckload.
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Old 09-01-2015, 02:25 PM   #15
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Stop when you die.
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Old 09-01-2015, 02:39 PM   #16
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We stop this month. Pick it back up in February.
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Old 09-01-2015, 02:52 PM   #17
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I think if you can run protein feeders all year long that is the most beneficial, no doubt. Unfortunately for most it isn't finically feaseable and don't feed much after they shed their velvet till after the rut. We have tried it both ways.... If you want to have a VERY conservative harvest year then feeding during deer season will help your goal because you only see about half your bucks. LoL We only stop feed now because it was impossible to kill our mature bucks because they stay nocturnal due to the amount of feed available. A well fed whitetail is a hard animal to kill. My Management point of view is that you have to be able to harvest to control your numbers effectively. If your building a higher deer density or not targeting a large number of mature bucks to harvest then I would feed all year around.
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Old 09-01-2015, 03:02 PM   #18
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I think if you can run protein feeders all year long that is the most beneficial, no doubt. Unfortunately for most it isn't finically feaseable and don't feed much after they shed their velvet till after the rut. We have tried it both ways.... If you want to have a VERY conservative harvest year then feeding during deer season will help your goal because you only see about half your bucks. LoL We only stop feed now because it was impossible to kill our mature bucks because they stay nocturnal due to the amount of feed available. A well fed whitetail is a hard animal to kill. My Management point of view is that you have to be able to harvest to control your numbers effectively. If your building a higher deer density or not targeting a large number of mature bucks to harvest then I would feed all year around.
The exact reason we stop...target bucks feed all night during season. When we stop the protein we kick on the timed corn feeders so it enables us to see our target deer and they become more visable.
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:58 PM   #19
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Year round here except on out place in Childress. We just switched to straight corn up there.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:08 PM   #20
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I have driven to the Mereta Cotton Gin and I have also had a buddy bring a load up from Waco, TX (Cape & Sons). You will need to call ahead of time to see if they have any because a lot of it is under contract. There are some feed stores that sell it in bags, but the price is almost the same as 20% protein, so I normally go to the cotton gins and buy it by the truckload.

What are yall paying? ive been buying it bagged at comptons whse and its pretty high but its close!!
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:43 PM   #21
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Just on the notion that browse is not there in winter in most parts. All deer need as much food as they can get especially during and after the rut, bucks and does. They also come into Spring in a much healthier state being well fed. You just have to get off of the feed stations and catch the mature bucks on the trails. The largest consumption of protein comes in Dec, Jan and Feb, main reason to keep feeding if you can.
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Old 09-01-2015, 06:07 PM   #22
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I'll let my feeders continue to feed daylight-to-dark free choice until October, then switch timer to feed free choice for an hour each morning and evening. Come January, we'll pour the feed and cotton seed to 'em until April to recover from the rut.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:18 PM   #23
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I never had a problem with my bucks going nocturnal once the weather cooled off and hunting season started. If this is the case I recommend feeding year round. If you have target bucks that go nocturnal and feed at the protein feeders at night then I would stop it for hunting season but have it up and running as soon as my target bucks were taken or the day after the season ended. Those bucks need that good stuff as soon as they are done with the major rut.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:10 PM   #24
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I never had a problem with my bucks going nocturnal once the weather cooled off and hunting season started. If this is the case I recommend feeding year round. If you have target bucks that go nocturnal and feed at the protein feeders at night then I would stop it for hunting season but have it up and running as soon as my target bucks were taken or the day after the season ended. Those bucks need that good stuff as soon as they are done with the major rut.
Exactly what we do.
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:27 PM   #25
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Stop when your neighbors start shooting every buck that jumps the fence. It's pointless.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:48 PM   #26
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Just wanted to check and see if you feed protein year round or do you stop at some point.
Yes, year round
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:43 PM   #27
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The ranch I am hunting feeds all year.
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Old 09-01-2015, 11:59 PM   #28
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We will stop feeding in the protein pens middle of September. I move there feed in small rations to our hunting locations. Although I am cutting the protein pens down, I am not cutting all of their protein out all together. I feed them as much as they can eat in the evening and morning. We try to finish up harvesting our quota as early as we can. We will then fill protein and cottonseed up in the pens and start it all over. This may be November or even into December. The earlier the better. I think it is great to feed year round if one is able to but, by moving there feed where we hunt, we make the mature animals more visible. Just my 2 cents.... Good luck everybody.
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Old 09-02-2015, 12:22 AM   #29
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We stop when the deer are hard horned. Want the deer on the corn not the all night buffet at the protein feeder. Start back up as soon as the season is over.
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:36 AM   #30
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I never had a problem with my bucks going nocturnal once the weather cooled off and hunting season started. If this is the case I recommend feeding year round. If you have target bucks that go nocturnal and feed at the protein feeders at night then I would stop it for hunting season but have it up and running as soon as my target bucks were taken or the day after the season ended. Those bucks need that good stuff as soon as they are done with the major rut.
I like this! Mine go nocturnal and hence why I am stopping protein this year before Oct 1
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Old 09-02-2015, 10:57 AM   #31
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I think if you can run protein feeders all year long that is the most beneficial, no doubt. Unfortunately for most it isn't finically feaseable and don't feed much after they shed their velvet till after the rut. We have tried it both ways.... If you want to have a VERY conservative harvest year then feeding during deer season will help your goal because you only see about half your bucks. LoL We only stop feed now because it was impossible to kill our mature bucks because they stay nocturnal due to the amount of feed available. A well fed whitetail is a hard animal to kill. My Management point of view is that you have to be able to harvest to control your numbers effectively. If your building a higher deer density or not targeting a large number of mature bucks to harvest then I would feed all year around.
Sing it and sing it loud Rodney, nothing like having a bunch of boss bucks filled up with corn to keep deer feeding all night.
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Old 09-02-2015, 11:09 AM   #32
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Sing it and sing it loud Rodney, nothing like having a bunch of boss bucks filled up with corn to keep deer feeding all night.
Oh noooooo uuuuuuuuuuu didntttttttt!
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oh yesssssss iiiiiiiiiii diiiiiiiiiiddddddd
You might see a deer this year....
























And you might not....
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