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Old 10-09-2018, 06:48 PM   #1
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Default Feeding free choice corn - straight?

I could do some research, but it's more fun to get GS opinions.

So, our rancher texts me today and tells me he has filled my old 500# Monarch 2 port protein feeder with corn. I thought i had read in the past that straight, free choice, corn is a bad idea for deer? In addition, i dang sure don't want the beasts filling up at 3:00 a.m. And, i don't see the point of filling that type of feeder with corn for the dang corn bandits to rake out by the sack full! This seems like a bad idea on multiple fronts.

Thoughts? Mostly regarding the health benefits / risks. I don't want deer blowing up from the inside out. Whaddyathink?
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:57 PM   #2
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I had a feeder spill 300 lbs of corn a few years back and it took 2 weeks to get cleaned up.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:14 PM   #3
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Looking for responses.

The old man on one of the places I hunt will only allow free choice feeders. Says that timed feeders are too much of a headache. He is of the opinion that the deer will still hit the feeders morning and evening despite all the night pics we have. Oh well, I hunt that property in exchange for labor.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:22 PM   #4
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The old man on one of the places I hunt will only allow free choice feeders. Says that timed feeders are too much of a headache. He is of the opinion that the deer will still hit the feeders morning and evening despite all the night pics we have. Oh well, I hunt that property in exchange for labor.
I would like to exclusively have free choice feeders, but keeping them full and financially accommodating as much would be the bigger headache in my view.
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:32 PM   #5
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I run 2 free choice with corn and 1 broadcast feeder - all corn on our family farm. It’s the only way the bucks will come in to feed especially before a cold front. The hunting has been really hard over the years and it was a game changer once I did it...
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:35 PM   #6
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I run 2 free choice with corn and 1 broadcast feeder - all corn on our family farm. Itís the only way the bucks will come in to feed especially before a cold front. The hunting has been really hard over the years and it was a game changer once I did it...
For the good or bad game changer?
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Old 10-09-2018, 07:49 PM   #7
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I run 2 free choice with corn and 1 broadcast feeder - all corn on our family farm. Itís the only way the bucks will come in to feed especially before a cold front. The hunting has been really hard over the years and it was a game changer once I did it...
No issues w/ deer eating too much and making themselves sick?
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:35 PM   #8
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We keep corn piles out pretty much year round. Haven’t had any problems. Put a camera on the feeder and see when they hit it.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:37 PM   #9
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We keep corn piles out pretty much year round. Havenít had any problems. Put a camera on the feeder and see when they hit it.
So you do a lot of night hunting?
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:42 PM   #10
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Just started running feeders this year for the first time in about 10 years. Boss Buck Protein feeders filled with corn. No problems having mature bucks on camera during the day. Don’t really have a bad coon problem either.
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Old 10-09-2018, 09:43 PM   #11
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So you do a lot of night hunting?
We just like getting the pics on our cameras. Not real worried about them eating at night and not showing during the day. Most deer are still huntable. Just gotta think outside the box a bit.
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Old 10-09-2018, 10:53 PM   #12
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A lot of deer corn sacks are labeled with a warning against unrestricted access as overconsumption may cause digestive problems and even death. Not sure if this is just CYA or something to it. Seems like a company selling corn would want you to pile it up.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:16 PM   #13
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I keep it out and it seems like they know how much to eat. Most eat for about 5 minutes and leave
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Old 10-10-2018, 09:27 PM   #14
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I've never used a timed feeder. Sure, you get some night pics but late morning seems to be the best time. My two biggest deer were both shot at 9:45am over free choice corn.

Have watched a ton of deer feed and never seen one gorge themselves.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:20 AM   #15
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I run gravity fed feeders for corn. The deer still move in the mornings, mid day and evenings. I did not see a pattern where deer moved more at night versus during the day because of the 24/7 access to corn. Most of the deer will feed until they are satisfied between 10-30 minutes and then move on. In certain scenarios I prefer the gravity fed because you don't have to worry about mechanisms not working. You do have to fill the feeder up more often so it is not the most cost effective.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:24 AM   #16
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No issues w/ deer eating too much and making themselves sick?
No they arenít like horses ! Itís fine !!
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:26 AM   #17
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You probably will have more action then a timer feeder at it ! They still will come to it in the daylight probably even more !
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:01 PM   #18
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Actually , yes there can be a problem with unrestricted corn consumption . If deer have access to unlimited corn after a summer of no corn it can be fatal. I forget the technical term but it does happen every year. Let a deer over eat corn put out for the first time in fall after no corn all year can be fatal. I know personally of instances where this has happened confirmed by my biologist.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:03 PM   #20
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Actually , yes there can be a problem with unrestricted corn consumption . If deer have access to unlimited corn after a summer of no corn it can be fatal. I forget the technical term but it does happen every year. Let a deer over eat corn put out for the first time in fall after no corn all year can be fatal. I know personally of instances where this has happened confirmed by my biologist.
There you go. Better keep them corn piles out year round boys.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:34 PM   #21
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No issues w/ deer eating too much and making themselves sick?
No - I have found that it forces me to pay more attention to the things that get them up and moving and when. I donít have a ton of deer but I do believe mature bucks donít like eating off the ground and are lazy.
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Old 10-11-2018, 02:54 PM   #22
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I fill this with a mix of corn, sweet feed and golden nuggets every 2 weeks and haven't had any issues with them going nocturnal.
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Old 10-11-2018, 04:44 PM   #23
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I fill this with a mix of corn, sweet feed and golden nuggets every 2 weeks and haven't had any issues with them going nocturnal.


Thatís slick!! Anymore pics of it?


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Old 10-11-2018, 04:46 PM   #24
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I fill this with a mix of corn, sweet feed and golden nuggets every 2 weeks and haven't had any issues with them going nocturnal.
Interesting that the picture is at night
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:08 PM   #27
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Old 10-12-2018, 02:34 PM   #28
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Actually , yes there can be a problem with unrestricted corn consumption . If deer have access to unlimited corn after a summer of no corn it can be fatal. I forget the technical term but it does happen every year. Let a deer over eat corn put out for the first time in fall after no corn all year can be fatal. I know personally of instances where this has happened confirmed by my biologist.
What do they do in Iowa?
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