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Old 11-28-2022, 02:02 PM   #1
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Question Protein vs Genetics

Whatís the point of feeding protein if you have average genetics in the bucks? Wonít you wind up with a buck that has a larger inferior rack? Does that make sense? I realize that protein is good for the deer population as far as food goes. Whatís yalls take on it?
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Old 11-28-2022, 02:08 PM   #2
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I don't expect much from a small low fence area. Primary use is to keep the deer visiting my place and attracting any exotics. Corn does the same goal but i like the idea of providing a little better choice in vittles. If anything it seems the drought affected antler growth this year.
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A deer's genetics are pre determined. Protein will never make a buck bigger than it's genetics allow, but feeding deer protein may give them the extra nutrition they need to reach their full genetic potential.
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to maximize the genetics you have. if you are happy with what you have, dont feed. if you feed and still arent happy, go somewhere with bigger deer.
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Your the second brother that suggested that this year regarding drought. I had a biologist out when we bought the place. His take on mineral blocks etc was” if it makes you feel better do it. These deer have been thriving for years. What we call weeds the call food”.
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Average genetics or not, I still want my deer to reach their full genetic potential. Understanding that feeding protein on 1,000 acres low fence lease won't do a ton, but we have seen a big difference in the 5 years since we started.
I fill the free-choice protein feeder in mid-Dec as our bucks come out of rut. I think it helps their bodies recover quicker, so more nutrition for antler growth in the spring.
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Well the way I see it, they get bigger and fatter and I don't shoot them to eat horns. . . .so protein is going 24/7/365. I do believe protein and supplements and herd management can effect future generations genetic code.
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Well the way I see it, they get bigger and fatter and I don't shoot them to eat horns. . . .so protein is going 24/7/365. I do believe protein and supplements and herd management can effect future generations genetic code.
Did I read this correctly? You are feeding protein to get more meat out of your deer?
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Did I read this correctly? You are feeding protein to get more meat out of your deer?
Bigger bodies, healthier deer. They survive and recover faster from the rut and yes, side affect, I get more meat when I kill one. . .
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Get their muscles bigger
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Genetics should be third, maybe even fourth on your management list of things to worry about.
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Genetics should be third, maybe even fourth on your management list of things to worry about.
yep. my first priority would be taking out all the spikes.
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yep. my first priority would be taking out all the spikes.
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someone was looking for you earlier in the seized horns thread....
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Genetics should be third, maybe even fourth on your management list of things to worry about.

This is true...unless you got a high fence, killed all the deer in fence, brought in deer with great genetics, never had another deer get in your enclosure to introduce bad genetics

Otherwise on a low fence, you are pissing in the wind trying to control genetics. You have no idea what genetics that doe is carrying and who breeds her. The breeding gets pretty dispersed among bucks in the wild versus a controlled environment

You can control habitat/food and age to a degree minus predators, neighbors, and disease
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This is true...unless you got a high fence, killed all the deer in fence, brought in deer with great genetics, never had another deer get in your enclosure to introduce bad genetics

Otherwise on a low fence, you are pissing in the wind trying to control genetics. You have no idea what genetics that doe is carrying and who breeds her. The breeding gets pretty dispersed among bucks in the wild versus a controlled environment

You can control habitat/food and age to a degree minus predators, neighbors, and disease
This is what Iím leaning towards. Most all the other property owners that own surrounding property have leases. I spoke with one and he had no interest in feeding protein, because he has a lease. With better genetics!! Lol!
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This is true...unless you got a high fence, killed all the deer in fence, brought in deer with great genetics, never had another deer get in your enclosure to introduce bad genetics

Otherwise on a low fence, you are pissing in the wind trying to control genetics. You have no idea what genetics that doe is carrying and who breeds her. The breeding gets pretty dispersed among bucks in the wild versus a controlled environment

You can control habitat/food and age to a degree minus predators, neighbors, and disease
I agree, I assumed we were talking about a free range wild herd here.

Also, depends on how much land you are dealing with as well. I know our deer home ranges can be up to 6 square miles.

And, protein feeders might help, but not as much as getting the range conditions to its best potential. This could be improvements to the property or just plain population management. This is the hardest part for most as what I have experienced, most don’t know they carrying capacity and utilization rates.

I would think age would be next.

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body first, horns second. that's why you feed.
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body first, horns second. that's why you feed.
And you feed for the fetal programming. You feed the momma first before that buck ever hits the ground for maximum genetic potential. Then the buckís own consumption of protein takes it from there!
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Better grub takes the physical pressure off both bucks and does during stress period and birthing & nursing , giving fawns a jumpstart in life
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I saw a study that I'll dumbly summarize:

A deer's potential is basically decided during gestation (pregnancy). If the doe is starving and thirsty her offspring will most like never produce large antlers no matter how much protein they eat.

Providing nutrition to females (does) during pregnancy has been proven to maximize a deer genetic potential. So a nutrition program is going to take 4-6 years to see a difference.

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I saw a study that I'll dumbly summarize:

A deer's potential is basically decided during gestation (pregnancy). If the doe is starving and thirsty her offspring will most like never produce large antlers no matter how much protein they eat.

Providing nutrition to females (does) during pregnancy has been proven to maximize a deer genetic potential. So a nutrition program is going to take 4-6 years to see a difference.
Hmmmn. Never would have thunk it. Still not sure I thunk it. :-). Studies following identical twins (humans) reveal twins separated at birth with one remaining in 3rd world country and other going to adoptive family in the "west" reveals child raised with better nutrition in the developed world is generally much taller/larger. Obviously had same prenatal nutrition.
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Hmmmn. Never would have thunk it. Still not sure I thunk it. :-). Studies following identical twins (humans) reveal twins separated at birth with one remaining in 3rd world country and other going to adoptive family in the "west" reveals child raised with better nutrition in the developed world is generally much taller/larger. Obviously had same prenatal nutrition.

I get your point, but animals and humans aren't the same.

I wish I could find the study b/c I'm an idiot and have no business explaining it.

If I remember correctly :

The study showed (1) mother during pregnancy provided excess nutrition and (1) mother given below average nutrition. Fawn (bucks) were release to have natural forage and the buck with well nourished mother was larger fawn and grew into a much larger buck.

I could be completely full of it but this is what I remember.
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I get your point, but animals and humans aren't the same.

I wish I could find the study b/c I'm an idiot and have no business explaining it.

If I remember correctly :

The study showed (1) mother during pregnancy provided excess nutrition and (1) mother given below average nutrition. Fawn (bucks) were release to have natural forage and the buck with well nourished mother was larger fawn and grew into a much larger buck.

I could be completely full of it but this is what I remember.
Study states ". . . greater percentage OFF their genetic potential." If they aren't going to proof the dang propaganda, I'm not putting merit in it.

Could be a solid study. Just not sold. Thanks for tracking the article down.
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I get your point, but animals and humans aren't the same.

I wish I could find the study b/c I'm an idiot and have no business explaining it.

If I remember correctly :

The study showed (1) mother during pregnancy provided excess nutrition and (1) mother given below average nutrition. Fawn (bucks) were release to have natural forage and the buck with well nourished mother was larger fawn and grew into a much larger buck.

I could be completely full of it but this is what I remember.

MSU Deer Lab..."Fetal Programming" podcast is worth the listen. Doe is mostly responsible for genetics of fawn and the more nutrition mom gets and passes on to fetus the better off that fawn is to reach it's potential. Basically pointing out that minerals, protein, etc...can help some, but it's really benefitting future generations much more...
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I saw a study that I'll dumbly summarize:

A deer's potential is basically decided during gestation (pregnancy). If the doe is starving and thirsty her offspring will most like never produce large antlers no matter how much protein they eat.

Providing nutrition to females (does) during pregnancy has been proven to maximize a deer genetic potential. So a nutrition program is going to take 4-6 years to see a difference.

Wut?


Iíd really be interested to see that study.
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Wut?


I’d really be interested to see that study.


https://www.purinamills.com/deer-fee...etic-potential

This is the actual study, but I don't have a way to see the study now. (Might be outdated now days.)

https://www.jstor.org/stable/3799320?origin=crossref

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I saw a study that I'll dumbly summarize:

A deer's potential is basically decided during gestation (pregnancy). If the doe is starving and thirsty her offspring will most like never produce large antlers no matter how much protein they eat.

Providing nutrition to females (does) during pregnancy has been proven to maximize a deer genetic potential. So a nutrition program is going to take 4-6 years to see a difference.
I was told something very similar buy a guy I used to stay connected with who had managed a large ranch with several thousand acres leased out for hunting. He was big on protein but thought the direct impact on antler growth was oversold.

He thought it would be 4-5 years before we noticed any real impact to antler growth. That we wouldnít notice much until we had bucks born to does whose mothers were on protein and his rationale sounded like article you referenced.
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I feed protein on 80 acres.
Question…..Does it help ?
Answer…… It surely doesn’t hurt !

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So is it necessary to feed protein all year?
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Brandon you got a laugh outta one of these post so what’s your take on it?
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Brandon you got a laugh outta one of these post so whatís your take on it?
Protein takes care of the deer, so the deer can take care of their antlers. Deer can put energy towards surviving or towards antler growth.

Genetics is the #1 most important thing. No debate. That said, you canít control them on low fence ranches (for the most part). If you have crap genetics on your place, you will not get much out of feeding protein. Even if they do add ďinchesĒ, are you ok paying real money turning a 115 into a 120?
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Protein takes care of the deer, so the deer can take care of their antlers. Deer can put energy towards surviving or towards antler growth.

Genetics is the #1 most important thing. No debate. That said, you canít control them on low fence ranches (for the most part). If you have crap genetics on your place, you will not get much out of feeding protein. Even if they do add ďinchesĒ, are you ok paying real money turning a 115 into a 120?
Boom! A friend of mine said ďBruce a 120Ē is considered a good buck around hereĒ looks like I just saved some money. I did throw a couple of bags in the feeder earlier this year for good measure
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Protein takes care of the deer, so the deer can take care of their antlers. Deer can put energy towards surviving or towards antler growth.



Genetics is the #1 most important thing. No debate. That said, you canít control them on low fence ranches (for the most part). If you have crap genetics on your place, you will not get much out of feeding protein. Even if they do add ďinchesĒ, are you ok paying real money turning a 115 into a 120?
You ever see Elgatos thread? I think his deer gained more than 5 inches...

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There is truth to his statement, but genetics is only one part of an overall management plan. You cant just single it out.

Your plan has to provide the habitat, nutrition, age structure, etc. for them to reach their full genetic potential. Most places do not do this.

Why would you try to mange genetics, when you might not have even realize what the genetic potential might be?
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Protein takes care of the deer, so the deer can take care of their antlers. Deer can put energy towards surviving or towards antler growth.

Genetics is the #1 most important thing. No debate. That said, you can’t control them on low fence ranches (for the most part). If you have crap genetics on your place, you will not get much out of feeding protein. Even if they do add “inches”, are you ok paying real money turning a 115 into a 120?
I agree %100.
Every post you have on this thread is correct in my opinion about the subject.
Thanks for posting.

In my opinion what people think they’re seeing with protein improving genetics on low fence ground could just be the difference of managing what’s killed better compared to past managers.
I like to believe in protein doing good things when you have genetics. I believe in that situation it works.

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I agree %100.
Every post you have on this thread is correct in my opinion about the subject.
Thanks for posting.

In my opinion what people think theyíre seeing with protein improving genetics on low fence ground could just be the difference of managing whatís killed better compared to past managers.
I like to believe in protein doing good things when you have genetics. I believe in that situation it works.
I would say this year, the amount of feed that we put out saved some deer from dying in the drought. Of course we hope that antler development follows, but this being one of the worst droughts in the area's history, there's no doubt that the feeding took pressure off the browse and kept a few deer alive.
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Why are you asking? I feel like you joined a lease that requires protein feeding year round, and youíre not a fan. Just a guess on my part though.


ďWonít you wind up with a buck that has a larger inferior rack?Ē

Well thatís one way of saying the largest racks the deer in your hunting area can grow.

If you want healthier deer than you currently have then feed them protein. Itís as simple as that.




And of course shoot all spikes. Everyone knows that.




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I have read that line in this paragraph about ten times and still donít really understand what theyíre trying to say.

Iím no biologist but I would think genetic code is fixed, and not changed by nutrition.

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I have read that line in this paragraph about ten times and still don’t really understand what they’re trying to say.

I’m no biologist but I would think genetic code is fixed, and not changed by nutrition.

They aren't saying nutrition changed gen code, but implying that well feed does mother offspring that have a better chance to reach their max potential. But that is a feed company trying to sell feed.
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Iím no biologist but I would think genetic code is fixed, and not changed by nutrition.
I am.

Itís fixed. The exception is tumors.
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One place we hunt we feed protein year round. On this place every doe I see has a fawn with her. The other place I hunt where we do not feed protein Iíve seen numerous does this year without a fawn. Reason enough for me.

On a side note, the place we do feed protein has a very equal buck/doe ratio. I am having a real hard time even seeing a buck that is not broken up this year. There are a few but I would say close to 90% of our bucks are broken, and not just a tine or tip of a beam, whole beams broke off, whole beams almost slick because every time has been broken off. Iíve never seen anything like it.
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I would guess age then nutrition is the two major limiting factors of a bucks size. I've read and it makes sense that you're not likely to see the best results until the buck was raised from fawn to mature while eating an improved diet. I.e. protein or large food plots

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I’ve been working on yaupon removal as I can afford it. Biologist mentioned range management as well.
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Iíve been working on yaupon removal as I can afford it. Biologist mentioned range management as well.
On our place, yaupon is a second choice food source. While not preferred, if you are over populated, you may need it.
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Old 11-28-2022, 05:11 PM   #47
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I got a headache now
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Old 11-28-2022, 05:21 PM   #48
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Old 11-28-2022, 07:03 PM   #49
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Old 11-28-2022, 08:00 PM   #50
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We’ve added 20% in horns and probably 15% in body mass to our deer in Lavaca county. Two deer over 150 where previously we had none consistently above 120. Plus lots above 120 now. If we can keep the poachers and neighbors not on our same mindset off them well produce some good bucks. Age and nutrition.
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