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Old 10-29-2018, 06:52 PM   #1
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Do any of you guys just feed plain ol corn all year? No protein or other attractants, just plain corn. I know it has no benefits for deer but just to keep them around.
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:56 PM   #2
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It’s better thAn nothing
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:58 PM   #3
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Unless you have a feeder pen, I've found out that year round corn just usually brings in a bunch of unwanted guest... hogs, coons etc..
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:58 PM   #4
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Been interested in this myself. Want to know what I should put in my feeder in the winter. Right now it’s strictly corn. However, I have a whole array of plants growing that they love.

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Old 10-29-2018, 07:02 PM   #5
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That’s all we’ve ever fed. But, we’ve also never been on a place that does any sort of actual managing. Our leases have always been fill your tags or 8 points or better so never really worth it to feed anything other than corn.
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:04 PM   #6
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We run corn all year
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:12 PM   #7
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We do corn year round, just turn the feeders down. We have seen more deer year after year after starting this. You really have to control the hog population though. Makes for a fun reason to sit in the blind during the spring and summer.


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Old 10-29-2018, 07:20 PM   #8
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We all have the 600 lbs stand and fills, and after the season we change the settings to throw one time a day (6-7 seconds in the morning) and that will usually last all summer. We will go back to twice a day late August early Sept.

Edit - we all have pens around ours to keep the landowner's cows out.
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:27 PM   #9
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Yes, been doing it for 15 years. Helps hold the deer.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:11 PM   #10
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I run my hog feeders year around. Keeps them happy in one place .... like a pay off

I don’t hunt... or have any deer around a feeder and haven’t in 5-6 years.... which is reason I don’t hunt them. Maybe a doe with fawns a few weeks of the year. That’s it. But I kill the heck out of pigs and it’s easier for me to compile them for trapping, bow hunting or thermal poisoning with the feeder
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:14 PM   #11
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We leave our feeders the same year round but we don’t have hogs... “knock on wood”.

We also feed protein from March to October .


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Old 10-29-2018, 10:16 PM   #12
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We feed corn year round, just turn it down to 3 secs in morning and 3 secs in the evening after the season is over. I've at least let it convince me that it helps hold the deer around the area. Who knows, may be all for not, but doesn't add too much to the yearly feed bill and gives the occasional opportunity in the spring/summer to knock down an axis.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:18 PM   #13
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I have always fed corn year around. Now I feed corn & protein year around. Definitely has kept animals around.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:46 PM   #14
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I feed corn year round and protein in the off season.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:48 PM   #15
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Feed corn out of feeder year round
Put out hand corn year round
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:51 PM   #16
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Corn year round here
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:11 AM   #17
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Feed pen is large (70' diameter) so it contains a 550 pound corn feeder that throws once a day all year long and twice during season. In same pen is a 1,100 pound free choice protein feeder that contains 100% protein in Spring and Summer and then 50-50 corn protein other times. Sometimes the protein feeder runs dry for a few weeks before we can get back out to fill so I feel the corn thrower keeps the deer coming day after day. We always have many more deer that come for the protein.

On our other place we keep a spin feeder throwing corn year round with no feed pen and never any protein. It didn't take long for it to become the "hog feeder"....
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:16 AM   #18
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We feed year around. My timers spin more starting a few weeks before hunting season and then get shortened after season. We do have hogs and a few of us are at the lease a lot even in the off season so we still have a target rich environment.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:18 AM   #19
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We do corn year round in a couple of the feeders, just for shooting hogs off them mainly. The rest of the feeders we crank up about September, keep full through the season until they rub out in january
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:22 AM   #20
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Absolutely. We try and supplement as our budget allows, but the corn feeders never cut off.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:53 AM   #21
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Corn year round with feed pens.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:57 AM   #22
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put hog panels all around and yes you will see big improvements. Deer have a "home range" which is relatively small area that they like to stay. They obviously travel, but they come back to that range a lot. By feeding year round and hopefully having water and shelter you are setting your place up to be a solid home base for deer.

Protein is not necessary for this to work, but once you have this kind of system protein will really help long term. Especially keeping the youngins alive and the mommas from having to try too hard to survive.

Last but not least you'll get young bucks that grow up on your place and make it their home range survive more years because they'll always circle back to your place and get a pass where as other nearby properties have a lesser chance to see them consistently.

To me for smaller acreage it's absolutely necessary to try and grow mature bucks. Just because you get the neighbors that just turn the feeders on during the season and shoot whatever. While they'll still get some of those bucks you'll just have a better survival rate by offering them a home that is "safe"
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:04 AM   #23
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I have hog panels surrounding 1000lb corn feeder, run it year round and turn it down during off season. My reasoning, fawns will visit day one and keep coming back, or at least thats what I tell myself.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:19 AM   #24
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I feed corn year round and mix in a bag of protein.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:29 AM   #25
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Highly recommend against this, will gum up over time.

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Old 10-30-2018, 09:49 AM   #26
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I do. It seems to keep them close and provides them a snack.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:05 AM   #27
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Been feeding corn year around for 4 or 5 years now and think it has helped. I feel like having corn throwing year around makes coming to the feeder just part of their daily routine and not just a place to grab a snack.

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Old 10-30-2018, 10:09 AM   #28
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We corn year round inside a pen. We dial it back during the off season though.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:39 AM   #29
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We feed corn year round, but I"m the only one that adds any protein. I usually have a 60/40 mix of corn and Record Rack Golden Nuggets. I also place a protein block out every time I'm out there.

It keeps the deer in the area I believe as well as the hogs, sheep, coons, and other critters.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:49 AM   #30
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We feed corn all year but cut way back to about 2-3 seconds morning and evening February to October. Definitely keeps the deer around on our place and away from the neighbors

We also feed heavy protein and cotton end of December to September/October.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:14 PM   #31
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I turn off the corn after the season and break out the protein. Turn the corn back on in September.
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Old 10-30-2018, 02:43 PM   #32
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We typically feed corn until the season starts, then we switch to a simple mixture of water and maple syrup. We take that and hand spray all the small shrubs in the area and it lets the deer make useable food out of normally inedible substances. Hell sometimes we just spray with water and that does the trick. You have to be careful though cause the syrup attracts the snakes something awful.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:05 PM   #33
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Do any of you guys just feed plain ol corn all year? No protein or other attractants, just plain corn. I know it has no benefits for deer but just to keep them around.
We go real hardcore. No protein, no attractants, & no feeder. Just one 40 pound bag of hand corn every couple weeks
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:12 PM   #34
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while we're on this subject and I have a new(first ever) feeder and do not have any fencing around it yet but plan to soon. I want to use the shorter cattle panels but unsure of how big the pen should be? I want to keep the pigs out of the pen but keep them coming around, while allowing deer INTO the pen.

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Old 10-30-2018, 03:52 PM   #35
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I feed corn Sept-November, 50-50 mix with protein June-August, and then straight protein December-May. I have feeder pens up, definitely worth the $200 investment to save your food for the right animals.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:55 PM   #36
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while we're on this subject and I have a new(first ever) feeder and do not have any fencing around it yet but plan to soon. I want to use the shorter cattle panels but unsure of how big the pen should be? I want to keep the pigs out of the pen but keep them coming around, while allowing deer INTO the pen.
Get another feeder for outside the pen. If you build the pen small enough where some corn gets thrown outside of it for the pigs then the deer will not want to jump in it.
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Old 10-30-2018, 04:20 PM   #37
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Get another feeder for outside the pen. If you build the pen small enough where some corn gets thrown outside of it for the pigs then the deer will not want to jump in it.
yes, have considered that. Sounds good but will not the deer just feed at the ones the hogs would use (no fence)? I kinda new at this feeder thing.
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Old 10-30-2018, 04:36 PM   #38
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We corn year around. It definitely makes more deer including bucks call your place "home". Sucks when the rut comes, and they move off, but it is always better to be "home" for bucks, than just hope you catch them rutting from wherever else they call "home".
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Old 10-30-2018, 04:37 PM   #39
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we feed 365 days per year.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:16 PM   #40
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I understand protein keeps them healthy, puts on mass and helps them make in the winter but I am on a pretty low budget and just can't afford the extras. I do what I can when I can. Thanks for the feedback. Good luck this year.
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:18 PM   #41
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We go real hardcore. No protein, no attractants, & no feeder. Just one 40 pound bag of hand corn every couple weeks
This is exactly what I was doing. But I have 40 acres in NE TX and it is a 4.5 hour drive to get to my 40 acres. So I put 2 feeders on it to try and keep corn on the property and to try to hold the deer.
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Old 10-30-2018, 10:50 PM   #42
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Yes. I keep both my big corn feeders going year around. I feed the same in the summer as I do during deer season.
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Old 10-30-2018, 11:17 PM   #43
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Yup, just to keep them coming around. We turn them way down though.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:25 AM   #44
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This is exactly what I was doing. But I have 40 acres in NE TX and it is a 4.5 hour drive to get to my 40 acres. So I put 2 feeders on it to try and keep corn on the property and to try to hold the deer.
Right. We started out doing feeders year around at our last place, but we had a ton of pigs and we figured not having feeders going all the time would help with keeping them off our place. It didn't seem to hurt the deer hunting. We bought a new place earlier this year and are not planning on putting up a feeder. We've only seen a few pigs on the trail camera and we don't want to encourage them. I would rather potentially not see as many deer but not have the pigs. Doing hand corn every now and then seems to keep the does around, and I would think a shooter buck would prefer to not be around a bunch of pigs. Just my "theory" anyways...

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Old 10-31-2018, 10:34 AM   #45
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I feed all year to keep them around. I feed both protein and corn. Seems to work.
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Old 10-31-2018, 04:01 PM   #46
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feed all year and that's why we burn though about 120,000 lbs of corn plus protein all year
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Old 10-31-2018, 08:26 PM   #47
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Is there such a thing as cheap protein that can go in a feeder or on the ground after season and be fed through summer?
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:13 PM   #48
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We typically feed corn until the season starts, then we switch to a simple mixture of water and maple syrup. We take that and hand spray all the small shrubs in the area and it lets the deer make useable food out of normally inedible substances. Hell sometimes we just spray with water and that does the trick. You have to be careful though cause the syrup attracts the snakes something awful.



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So you are saying syrup makes brush deer normally avoid (for whatever reason) now something they will eat? So how do you know you aren't "making them eat" something that will kill them with this concoction? Where did you hear about this? So you could spray syrup on say oleander and they would just munch it right up?

Also..you stated that you sometimes just spray the brush with water to get them to do it? Hell that should make everything edible after a rain right?
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:19 PM   #49
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Corn year round with feed pens.
Us too at the home place.
The corn that goes outside the pens helps us kill hogs.
I feed protein in winter and dry summer time.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:48 PM   #50
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We typically feed corn until the season starts, then we switch to a simple mixture of water and maple syrup. We take that and hand spray all the small shrubs in the area and it lets the deer make useable food out of normally inedible substances. Hell sometimes we just spray with water and that does the trick. You have to be careful though cause the syrup attracts the snakes something awful.
Huh??
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