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Old 01-09-2019, 03:42 PM   #1
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I am going to start feeding protein and would like some opinions. I live in Houston and hunt in Motley county so the drive limits the time I can be there to fill/maintain the feeders.

I am going to go with a 2000 lbs. capacity or higher feeder to hopefully keep it going in between trips. Not really looking for feedback on brands of feeder at the moment.

I am trying to decide if i should feed year round or feed at strategic times. I assume it is beneficial to feed it year round but how much more beneficial is it? If not year round, when would it be best to feed protein?

Also, I am going back and forth on doing a free choice with coon hoods or a timed unit. My concern on the free choice feeders is them getting emptied too fast. For those who feed free choice, how long does the feed last typically? I know there are way too many factors to get a hard and true number that will apply to the property I hunt vs. the property you hunt, but asking so I know kinda what to expect.

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Old 01-09-2019, 03:49 PM   #2
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2,000lbs should last quite awhile, even with high deer density. One trip per month would definitely keep it going. One trip every two months might keep protein in it. Free Choice, year round is best IMO. But for sure Post Rut and throughout the growing season. January - September.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:54 PM   #3
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Yep if you can't feed year round start now and feed through august at least.


Oh also don't change types of feed or % it will jack with them they have a very sensitive pallet. Keep it the same.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:17 PM   #4
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This is solid advice so far^^^^. Nothing to add really.
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Old 01-09-2019, 04:27 PM   #5
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whatever feeder you go with I strongly encourage you to consider CoonHoods. If you think coons can’t waste up to half of your protein your wrong!
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:06 PM   #6
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Thanks guys for the input
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:09 PM   #7
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whatever feeder you go with I strongly encourage you to consider CoonHoods. If you think coons canít waste up to half of your protein your wrong!
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Not sure why Iím just now checking out your products but man, that looks legit!
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:13 PM   #8
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We have 15 protein feeders on our place some 2000# and some 5000# they all change on how fast they empty depending on rain and how green it is at the time. I have seen my feeders go empty in 2 weeks or sometimes it last 3 months. All our feeders are free choice and we start we feed Jan-Oct to help get the weight on. We feed 20% and the deer like it, but never change once they start eating it.
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Old 01-09-2019, 09:22 PM   #9
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I feed free choice year round, but how quickly they empty the feeders depends on how much natural vegetation they have to eat. They prefer the natural vegetation first and go to the protein when that runs low. If you can't feed year round, I concur that you should try to at least feed from January through August.
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Old 01-09-2019, 10:55 PM   #10
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I feed free choice on 463 acres with 1 feeder, we have a medium deer density and go thru 500 lbs per week. I start the end of Jan and quit the first of Oct. When the does have fawns and the horns are growing, it has taken 4 years to see any benefits from it.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:09 AM   #11
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Not sure why Iím just now checking out your products but man, that looks legit!

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Old 01-10-2019, 09:51 AM   #12
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Thank yall for the suggestions.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:00 PM   #13
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Our Biologist told us not to feed protein after September so we fed Feb-Sept. He told us if we had protein left in the feeders in September to block them off so they can't eat it. He said that you want them putting on fat to go into the Winter with and corn is better for that than protein.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:21 PM   #14
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Question about feeder placement - should the feeder be in an isolated area, away from stands, or is it okay to put near a corn feeder??? Thoughts?
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:27 PM   #15
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Feed it until you go broke. Then go to the bank, get a loan and feed some more
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:43 PM   #16
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I go through Motley on my way up, terrain is similar.
1500 lb. free choice, year round.

Average consumption is 1500 lbs a month.
A bag a day.

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Bucks in my pasture dominate the feed pen.
Soon as the corn feeder spins, they are there.
Eat their fill and leave.

Doe wait until its quiet to feed in peace.

I have zero mature bucks on camera this year.
The draught of 2011-2012 and low fawn recruitment, altered the age structure.
Bucks of those age classes do not exist in my pasture.

50 lbs a day is my limit financially.
Giving the doe the best chance to throw healthy fawns is important to me.

For that reason, I'd probably lean free choice over timed.

Good luck.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:03 PM   #17
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Call your local Purina dealer and have him meet you at your ranch. Discuss price for delivery and if you happy give him a key. I can have it delivered much cheaper than buying it by the bag and I never have to touch it. Since you dont live near the place you can always put up a cell camera that tells you when the feeder is empty.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:07 PM   #18
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Make sure a good water source is close by . They will consume a lot more with water close to your protein station.
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:13 PM   #19
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Feed it until you go broke. Then go to the bank, get a loan and feed some more


Best answer!
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Old 01-10-2019, 04:17 PM   #20
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What about peas for protein feed.
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