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Old 05-21-2019, 09:16 AM   #1
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I hunt a small 40 acre tract of private land in Harrison County surrounded by leases and lots of hunters. I also hunt public land where baiting is allowed. I feed regular ol corn year round. I just don't see the point in spending extra money on anything other than corn in my situation. I run 2 feeders in Harrison County. I have read that it is bad to feed deer corn year round. What does everyone think on this subject? Also, wanted to know opinions on is 2 feeders good enough or could I run a 3d feeder on 40 acres?
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:21 AM   #2
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We feed year around as well. During the spring the feeders get hit much less because of all the natural vegetation so we usually can turn them way down but still throw a little. As far as 40 acres, id think that two feeders is enough but if they are picking them both clean every day id consider increasing the times on the feeders so they throw more.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:23 AM   #3
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My experience is don’t just feed corn year round if there is nothing natural for the deer to eat. Then they will stand under the feeder and eat corn to survive and not be healthy. Corn is like ice cream for deer. If there is natural forage available for the deer then they will regulate how much corn they eat and you will be fine feeding corn year round.

However, a good balanced protein pellet in dry conditions can make or break your deer herd.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:50 AM   #4
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Won't hurt a thing to feed corn year round. It will keep the deer visiting your place. You don't throw enough corn to hurt a deer. They will eat what is healthy for them & pick up a little corn if wanted. We run 2 feeders on a relatives 50 ac & see some of the same deer at both feeders,but also see different deer at 1 feeder only. We have a couple of other set ups for hunting,but just hand corn them . On our ranch in hill country ,we feed corn & protein year round. When it is green like now,you may not see a deer come to a feeder, but they will walk through & pick up a little corn . They learn to stay in the area & visit your place. Another thing is your neighbors may not feed year round so keeps them on your place a little more IMO.

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Old 05-21-2019, 10:00 AM   #5
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:03 AM   #6
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I do. Just turned way down this time of year
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:04 AM   #7
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We feed it year around only throwing for 3 sec instead of 9 .But feed protein as well during spring and summer.


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Old 05-21-2019, 10:04 AM   #8
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I do, when it's dry enough for me to keep the feeder full, but like has been mentioned, I just throw a little to keep them around. I would much rather have them eating from the food plot or other natural vegetation.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:24 AM   #9
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Not to be an annoying dissenting opinion, feeding year round is fine for the deer, but it concentrates the deer increasing the risk of disease spread and it increases the pressure on the native vegetation in the immediate area. I believe the Noble Foundation did a big study some years back and found it detrimental to feed corn year round when all factors were included.

In my opinion, I would rather them locate based on natural fawning cover, rather than my feeder. But each to his own and it probably doesn't make much of a difference.
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Old 05-21-2019, 01:54 PM   #10
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I hunt a small 40 acre tract of private land in Harrison County surrounded by leases and lots of hunters. I also hunt public land where baiting is allowed. I feed regular ol corn year round. I just don't see the point in spending extra money on anything other than corn in my situation. I run 2 feeders in Harrison County. I have read that it is bad to feed deer corn year round. What does everyone think on this subject? Also, wanted to know opinions on is 2 feeders good enough or could I run a 3d feeder on 40 acres?
Where abouts are you in Harrison county and when's the last time you harvested a deer?
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:00 PM   #11
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Where abouts are you in Harrison county and when's the last time you harvested a deer?
North of Waskom. 2 years ago off that property.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:03 PM   #12
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I run one feeder at the house pretty much year around.
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Old 05-21-2019, 02:07 PM   #13
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I feed year round.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:05 PM   #14
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I don't bother feeding after hunting season. I start back up around labor day. Deer have more than enough natural feed in spring and summer. When I did try feeding in the summer, the hogs ate it all. Deer start showing up a few days after I restart feeding but unless there is a drought, they just nibble a bit usually on their way to a bedding area.
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Old 05-21-2019, 09:06 PM   #15
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We try to feed year round, just decrease the amount distributed in spring and summer.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:14 PM   #16
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Thanks for the responses. I'm glad to see others just feed corn year round. I do not plant plots or feed protein either. No equipment. I do the best I can with what I have.
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Old 05-21-2019, 10:38 PM   #17
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year round here also... corn and soybean.
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Old 05-22-2019, 10:15 AM   #18
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I have a feeder near my home that goes year round. It collects a group of does that hang around seeing me and traffic all the time. They get pretty mellow. Nice attribute when rut roles around. I have no pretense that it adds nutritional value.
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Old 05-29-2019, 09:51 PM   #19
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I would think that two feeders would be plenty for your acreage. Just adjust the amount of corn that they throw according to how much the deer are eating. In the spring and summer I supplement with some protein and cottenseed.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:05 AM   #20
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I would think that two feeders would be plenty for your acreage. Just adjust the amount of corn that they throw according to how much the deer are eating. In the spring and summer I supplement with some protein and cottenseed.
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Old 05-30-2019, 07:56 AM   #21
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I used to feed corn year round but it brought the hogs in. So now I start feeding at the end of Aug. I don't have near as much damage to the property anymore
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Old 06-04-2019, 02:21 PM   #22
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Some science to consider...

Converting the protien from forage into useable forms in the deer's body requires a certain amount of energy. Corn is pure energy (carbohydrates) and exceeds that requirement. Energy can also be stored as fat. This is why deer, bucks in particular, hit corn hard in the fall to build up reserves for oncoming rut.

In spring and summer, different things are going on in the body and energy needs are not as high; rather, protein for body development takes priority.

A deer's rumen (1st chamber of stomach) digests forage using microbes. There are different microbes for different forages. Protiens come from cellulose (the stuff inside a plant cell) which is easily digested, and from hemicellulose (the cell walls) which is tougher to digest. The more of each type of forage in the rumen results in more microbes that breakdown that food. It's like a microbe population controlled by what the deer eats. For antler growth, you want a huge dominance of cell and cell wall microbes to maximize protein uptake. Corn builds starch digesting microbes, which can compete for space on the microbe population. Conversely, a nursing doe could benefit from some increased energy levels in late summer. Raising a fawn is a drain. This is why you seldom kill fat lactating doe.

With all that said, a mouthful or two of corn per day during spring and summer, aint gonna hurt a thing. As long as quality, native forage is available, deer are excellent self-regulators. We see evidence of this on protien fed properties, where those deer consume more browse compared to deer with no feed. They adapt by adding roughage to that rich, or "hot", diet.

Don't sweat it, just dont over-do.
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Old 06-07-2019, 12:31 PM   #23
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I’m gonna feed corn year round at my place in RS. I’m also gonna start feeding cotton seed very soon along with alfalfa. Hopefully it’ll keep the deer, hogs, black bucks, elk, fallow deer and axis interested in my place. LOL
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Old 06-08-2019, 08:21 AM   #24
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Iím gonna feed corn year round at my place in RS. Iím also gonna start feeding cotton seed very soon along with alfalfa. Hopefully itíll keep the deer, hogs, black bucks, elk, fallow deer and axis interested in my place. LOL
The only reason I only feed corn only is the cost and my land is 40 acres surrounded by deer lease and cattle ranch that gets leased out and it is all heavily hunted. I'm lucky to see deer. I'm going up there next weekend for Fathers Day and going top off feeders with apple corn. Try something new.
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:08 PM   #25
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Feeding year round should be good for keep deer coming in the fall
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:16 PM   #26
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I have been feeding apple corn out of my feeders. I also found a corn/soybean mix for $11.00/50#. Corn is still way cheaper. Also trying Buck Candy this year.

Anyone just feed straight plain ol corn, nothing else?
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:18 PM   #27
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Most of the guys on my lease feed corn only. I feed 50/50 corn and Golden Nuggets. I'm not sure that there's much difference in deer sightings.
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:36 PM   #28
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Most of the guys on my lease feed corn only. I feed 50/50 corn and Golden Nuggets. I'm not sure that there's much difference in deer sightings.
Is that the Record Rack Golden nuggets? Will that feed out of a moultrie and a ASF with no problems?
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:33 PM   #29
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Old 10-08-2019, 09:43 PM   #30
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We feed year round and add salt licks and cotton seed. Definitely change it up because if you have the stuff they need they will come to your place and stay. The treats are nice but they need a bit more then candy.
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:53 AM   #31
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We feed year round and add salt licks and cotton seed. Definitely change it up because if you have the stuff they need they will come to your place and stay. The treats are nice but they need a bit more then candy.
My 40 acres is surrounded by deer leases. I don't know what they feed or plant.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:20 PM   #32
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We have some opinions in South Florida concerning corn.

We have a smaller strain of deer. We have a litany of predators. Panthers ( small mountain lions), black bears, alligators, hogs, bobcats, fox, coyotes, and more recently pythons up to 20 foot.

Therefore, when a doe gives birth, time is of an essence for both to vacate the smell of the after birth.

If that fawn is not tall enough to reach that milk tit of a very anxious momma doe, and struggles to get fed in those first few minutes, more than likely that fawn dies.

Therefore we feel, any additive the doe consumes, protein carb or mineral goes to strengthen that fawn during incubation or its initial milking, is vital to initial survival. Most Florida fawns are lost at or near birth mainly to predation.

Therefore we are advocates of corn protein minerals and any other food supplementation.


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Old 10-13-2019, 08:32 PM   #33
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I have 5 acres and 5 next to it that I don't go in(bedding). Yes, a small area. Because I feed corn year round I have ample deer to choose from. This morning I had 9 bucks and maybe 14 does eat or look for corn at my feeder all w/in 15 yards of me. They don't each get enough to harm them but they know where to go for treats, I do keep blocks out too.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:34 PM   #34
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I have found corn during deer season then protein in the off season... when we start feeding corn it’s like candy and the deer go crazy for it... just my experience! I was on a place where we fed corn year around and the deer didn’t seem to get as excited come October.
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Old 10-13-2019, 08:40 PM   #35
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More you feed the more does you have showing up. I have a road feeder and the numbers go down in spring and early fall. Depends on rainfall.
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