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Old 12-11-2018, 09:26 AM   #1
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I was considering a supplemental feeding program at our place in Throckmorton using whole cottonseed, and I have a few questions for you guys using it. First, are you guys seeing any benefits from feeding seed? I know this summer was really hard on our bucks, and I feel they could've benefited from some help. Second, where do you buy yours? I live in Brock (Weatherford), work in Ft. Worth, hunt Throckmorton, so does anyone know of a place convenient to those areas? Third, if you have a feeding cylinder 3' around and 5' high how many pounds of whole cottonseed will it hold?


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Old 12-11-2018, 09:35 AM   #2
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In on this.. hope you get some good responses. Been wondering about the same things.
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:38 AM   #3
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This year would not a be a good year to start feeding cotton seed. With the late rains, alot of cotton was ruined. We called our local gin and he said with the poor crop, he wont have much and the farmers have first rights to claim it (which they did).
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:38 AM   #4
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We are testing it out on our place. Cylinder is about the size you described. Held 8 - 50# bags.
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Old 12-11-2018, 09:54 AM   #5
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I started cottonseed for the first time last year. I was to late to find any in bulk and ended up buying cottonseed in sacks. I bought a half a ton to start and in sacks it was about the same cost as protein. I filled the wire feeders in January along with the protein feeders. I feed protein year round. If I remember correctly, you can put about 350 lbs in each wire feeder. From January through June, the cottonseed basically went untouched, but they were hitting the protein pretty heavily. In July, it was like a switch was flipped and they started hammering the cottonseed. I ended up buying another half ton and they ate all of that by the end of August. My plan this year is to let the protein run out and fill the cottonseed feeders and have that be their only option for January and February. I bought a high sided trailer and have already picked up three tons of bulk cottonseed from the nearest gin, which was 90 miles away. As far as finding cottonseed, I would google "Cotton Gins" and see the ones nearest you. Call them and see if they have any available. Now is probably the best time to find some. Later on they will either not have any more or will have contracted out what they have. I hope this helps.
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Old 12-11-2018, 12:18 PM   #6
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This year would not a be a good year to start feeding cotton seed. With the late rains, alot of cotton was ruined. We called our local gin and he said with the poor crop, he wont have much and the farmers have first rights to claim it (which they did).

I see a lot of cotton left in the fields around Throckmorton now.
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Old 12-11-2018, 10:19 PM   #7
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We are just North of Saginaw in Newark and we carry cotton seed in 50lb bags and also sale/rent cotton seed filling trailers. We have designed a cotton seed feeder to go along with our trailer. Below are some pictures, message us for more details.
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Old 12-12-2018, 12:58 AM   #8
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If you're buying cottonseed in bags you are working way too hard. I have fed cottonseed for the last two years at two spots on my lease. I feed from February to September. So far I have put out 18,000 pounds at my two feed pens. I can't imagine doing that with 50lb bags. Deer love cottonseed. It's high in protein, fat, and fiber. This season I expect the mills to run out due to the flooding we had. Hopefully I will still be able to find it. I get my cottonseed in Eldorado and San Angelo. Google cotton gins and CO-OP's near you. The best way to get it is with a trailer that has sides on it. You can also have them fill your truck bed if you don't have a trailer. Get you a snow shovel and it's easy to scoop out and put in a wire feeder. I made my feeders out of 2x4 welded wire from TSC and a t-post. They are cheap and work great. A water tote frame works too. I prefer cottonseed over protein because RACCOONS DON'T EAT IT! Water doesn't ruin it either. I'm not sure exactly how much 3'x 5' will hold, but it's close to 350-400 lbs I think. I hope this helps. I will post a couple pics of one of my feeders.
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Old 12-12-2018, 01:00 AM   #9
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Old 12-12-2018, 09:17 AM   #10
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If you're buying cottonseed in bags you are working way too hard. I have fed cottonseed for the last two years at two spots on my lease. I feed from February to September. So far I have put out 18,000 pounds at my two feed pens. I can't imagine doing that with 50lb bags. Deer love cottonseed. It's high in protein, fat, and fiber. This season I expect the mills to run out due to the flooding we had. Hopefully I will still be able to find it. I get my cottonseed in Eldorado and San Angelo. Google cotton gins and CO-OP's near you. The best way to get it is with a trailer that has sides on it. You can also have them fill your truck bed if you don't have a trailer. Get you a snow shovel and it's easy to scoop out and put in a wire feeder. I made my feeders out of 2x4 welded wire from TSC and a t-post. They are cheap and work great. A water tote frame works too. I prefer cottonseed over protein because RACCOONS DON'T EAT IT! Water doesn't ruin it either. I'm not sure exactly how much 3'x 5' will hold, but it's close to 350-400 lbs I think. I hope this helps. I will post a couple pics of one of my feeders.
^^^What he said^^^
No way on earth I would tote CS in bags
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:31 AM   #11
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This is great information, thanks guys!
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Old 12-12-2018, 10:32 AM   #12
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How do the hogs like it? Should I put it in one of my pens?
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Old 12-12-2018, 06:07 PM   #13
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How do the hogs like it? Should I put it in one of my pens?
We donít have hogs but I donít know of just a whole lot of things a **** hog wonít eat.
Iíve heard itís hard for them to digest....but Iíd bet theyíd eat the crap out of it!!
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Old 12-16-2018, 10:39 PM   #14
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Cotten seed is the way to go
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:11 PM   #15
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https://youtu.be/I8pNxtiA07k

I put this link on a cottonseed thread a couple months ago, but I didn't get any responses on it. I think it had a lot of interesting information. I'm new to deer hunting, as well as this forum, so I've been doing as much research as I can to help me understand deer better. Apparently there a chemical called gossypol in cottonseed that causes sterility in deer, so feeding cottonseed year round can affect fawn crop. I don't know if this helps, but it might be something you want to look into.
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:29 PM   #16
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In a free range condition I don’t see Bucks being sterl.
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:41 PM   #17
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https://youtu.be/I8pNxtiA07k

I put this link on a cottonseed thread a couple months ago, but I didn't get any responses on it. I think it had a lot of interesting information. I'm new to deer hunting, as well as this forum, so I've been doing as much research as I can to help me understand deer better. Apparently there a chemical called gossypol in cottonseed that causes sterility in deer, so feeding cottonseed year round can affect fawn crop. I don't know if this helps, but it might be something you want to look into.
Cottonseed and the gossypol sterility issue has been discussed many times on here. Type in ďcottonseedĒ in the search bar and you will see lots of info.

We stop feeding around Labor Day before the rut just to be safe as a precaution because yes, some studies show that large amounts of cottonseed ingested by deer can cause them to be temporarily sterile. I also believe most of these studies have been studies in pen raised deer who's diets consists of almost 100% cottonseed. I understand that deer exposed to more natural browse arenít as impacted.
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Old 12-18-2018, 11:37 AM   #18
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We have fed cotton seed for 6 years, about 6-10 tons per year. Yes it works putting on weight on the animals. But remember it is only a supplement to the other things white-tails eat. Cotton seed and protein pellets can help your herd but it can also create a false load of animals on your area, (bringing in more animals from your neighbors). this can put more hurt on your pastures with more animals on your property.
don't worry about having your bucks go sterile as the deer will be eating more browse than cotton seed, unless you have penned deer.
We get our cotton seed from Cape and Son's as they have cotton mills contracted and can keep the cost better for you. They can be reached at 325-673-6206
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Old 12-18-2018, 11:49 AM   #19
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I tried it once, the deer loved it. Only problem, the cows loved it even more, busted through my feed pen to get it twice. I stopped.
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Old 12-18-2018, 12:04 PM   #20
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We donít have hogs but I donít know of just a whole lot of things a **** hog wonít eat.
Iíve heard itís hard for them to digest....but Iíd bet theyíd eat the crap out of it!!
I tried it this year. You will need to net wire your feeder pens. We don't hardly see pigs, but when I checked my game cam It was full of pigs! They didn't leave until all my seed was gone!!!! Not a deer one on the pictures.
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Old 12-22-2018, 07:55 AM   #21
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Guys just want to give a heads up on the cotton seed this year. With all the crazy weather we have had this year there is a possibility the seed could contain Aflatoxin. I never even thought about this. I usually buy some to feed my cows and deer each year. I was given the heads up by a cotton farmer in our area. He said if you got your seed at the start of the harvest there shouldn't be any problems. Its the cotton that has sat in the fields from all the flooding and has been stressed you need to worry about. Just thought I would give a heads up.
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Old 01-31-2019, 12:11 PM   #22
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We just started feeding cotton seed this year between Newcastle and throckmorton the feed store in graham has some as of now, 50 lbs bags.
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I started cottonseed for the first time last year. I was to late to find any in bulk and ended up buying cottonseed in sacks. I bought a half a ton to start and in sacks it was about the same cost as protein. I filled the wire feeders in January along with the protein feeders. I feed protein year round. If I remember correctly, you can put about 350 lbs in each wire feeder. From January through June, the cottonseed basically went untouched, but they were hitting the protein pretty heavily. In July, it was like a switch was flipped and they started hammering the cottonseed. I ended up buying another half ton and they ate all of that by the end of August. My plan this year is to let the protein run out and fill the cottonseed feeders and have that be their only option for January and February. I bought a high sided trailer and have already picked up three tons of bulk cottonseed from the nearest gin, which was 90 miles away. As far as finding cottonseed, I would google "Cotton Gins" and see the ones nearest you. Call them and see if they have any available. Now is probably the best time to find some. Later on they will either not have any more or will have contracted out what they have. I hope this helps.
Update...my deer are eating 50-75 lbs per day.
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Old 01-31-2019, 10:11 PM   #24
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Has anybody tried the cotton seed mixed with corn and persimmon are licorice flavored?
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