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Old 05-02-2021, 12:34 AM   #1
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2nd year on a place in young county and decided to put out some cottonseed. Deer are hitting my protein hard but won't look at the cottonseed. Its been 4 weeks and won't touch it. I'm hoping it's because everything is green as all get out with all.the rain we have had.

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Old 05-02-2021, 12:53 AM   #2
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They aren’t used to it...took us 16 months for deer to eat protein at our lease in Spur in the panhandle.
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Old 05-02-2021, 01:28 AM   #3
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Mix it with corn
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:27 AM   #4
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If there is plenty of natural food around they will not eat it as much. Was hoping for more rain at our place to slow them down some they’re killing it. It’s a dust bowl in South west Jim Hogg county.
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:30 AM   #5
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It seems some will eat it like they are starving and some won't touch it, depending on the region and availability of natural food source.
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:39 AM   #6
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Had cottonseed out for first time a week after freeze in Webb Co. Three weeks later, they still haven't touched it.
Hope to check again in a week or two and find that they are eating some of it.

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Old 05-02-2021, 07:13 AM   #7
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We tried it in Victoria last year and they never touched it. Finally pulled it out after months of sitting in the feeder pen.
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:21 AM   #8
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I too hunt Young county. I have been feeding cottonseed for a year now. I had to put corn around the base and on top to get them interested. Now they clean me out every 2 weeks. I watch a lot of deer go to cottonseed 1st before protein. Give it some time and help it with corn.
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Old 05-02-2021, 07:28 AM   #9
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Took mine 5 months to start then they hammered it.
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Old 05-02-2021, 08:24 AM   #10
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Give it time...


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Old 05-02-2021, 08:47 AM   #11
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They eat it very slowly at our place in Mountain Home.
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:13 AM   #12
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2 years of trying every trick in the book on east Texas place. Wonít touch it

Removed pen and hogs finally ate it. For my deer density protein is a much better option
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:19 AM   #13
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I tried in Jack county and deer never touched it
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:28 AM   #14
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I’ve given it a go three times at our place in Shackelford Co. I would see pics of deer kinda sniffing around it but I never saw evidence they ever tried it. I just dumped in piles - Ive wondered if a covered trough would have made a difference

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Old 05-02-2021, 09:28 AM   #15
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I tried it it in Hill county and they wouldn't eat it.
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:33 AM   #16
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I put some out last season and nothing touched it.
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Old 05-02-2021, 10:35 AM   #17
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I have had a hard time getting protein feed going
Cotton seed they seem to just start eating, maybe because it’s got corn being thrown on the ground
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Old 05-02-2021, 10:42 AM   #18
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I tried it it in Hill county and they wouldn't eat it.
I tried it Brady several years ago and they wouldn't touch it but those same deer now eat 500lbs of protein in a week(until I put it on a timer).. They ate protien from day one..
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Old 05-02-2021, 11:02 AM   #19
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If they havenít already been introduced to CS now is probably not the most opportune time to introduce it with all the natural browse available. Plus, you say you have protein as well? Bottom line...they ainít hungry. I assume you probably have corn too, so with the natural browse, corn and protein there is no need for them to try something new if they donít need.

Wait until next year and try it again but earlier, say in January, when they are pulled down hard from the winter and most need it. Sprinkle in some corn on top and they will eventually take to it.
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Old 05-02-2021, 11:57 AM   #20
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I too hunt Young county. I have been feeding cottonseed for a year now. I had to put corn around the base and on top to get them interested. Now they clean me out every 2 weeks. I watch a lot of deer go to cottonseed 1st before protein. Give it some time and help it with corn.
Thanks, I will try that here in about 4 weeks when I get back up to the lease.

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Old 05-02-2021, 12:06 PM   #21
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We fed it in Coke county outside Angelo a few years ago and it sat for a while and deer rarely touched it. They eventually ate it, but it took a while.
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Old 05-02-2021, 12:35 PM   #22
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I tried it Brady several years ago and they wouldn't touch it but those same deer now eat 500lbs of protein in a week(until I put it on a timer).. They ate protien from day one..
When we were neighbors out that way the deer on our side of the fence ate Cottonseed all the time. Probably 15 tons of it every year....


For those of you trying to get your deer started on it.... I've been know to put Rice Bran, BB2 or crushed sugar beet powder all over the cottonseed to help get them started as well..

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Old 05-02-2021, 01:46 PM   #23
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I don't know why people are trying cottonseed at it's current prices... might as well go with Protein
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Old 05-02-2021, 02:17 PM   #24
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Yes, I put some out the week before that cold weather in Feb, its been totally ignored yet they would paw the snow away to get to the corn.
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:25 PM   #25
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We feed cotton seed. Strangely I have one feeder that gets hit hard, about 120 lbs per week. They just barely pick a second deployment.

When it gets hot they feed in both heavily.
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I don't know why people are trying cottonseed at it's current prices... might as well go with Protein
Yep, high AF right now.
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:42 PM   #27
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What kind of cottonseed feeders are you using? This is a basic cottonseed feeder that has worked for me in the George West/Freer area of south Texas..
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:46 PM   #28
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Here's what the cotton seed feeder looked 4wks earlier...
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Old 05-02-2021, 03:52 PM   #29
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It's been my experience that water needs to be close by... I hunt a small place between George West & Freer Tx and also a large ranch between Freer & Laredo..

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Old 05-02-2021, 04:06 PM   #30
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It's been my experience that water needs to be close by... I hunt a small place between George West & Freer Tx and also a large ranch between Freer & Laredo..
Do you have a water line to that trough? Or do you refill it somehow?
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Old 05-02-2021, 04:36 PM   #31
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Here's what we did. I actually built a cover for the 700gal water trough and my ranch owner would come by and fill them with a big water tank on a trailer. See pics.. Looks like he's drinking a beer in this one..
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Old 05-02-2021, 06:07 PM   #32
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How long until it goes dry in summer months?
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I don't know why people are trying cottonseed at it's current prices... might as well go with Protein

CS still $150+ less per tonÖ

Less loss to non target species.


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Old 05-02-2021, 08:15 PM   #34
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CS still $150+ less per tonÖ

Less loss to non target species.


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Not sure what youíre buying but as of last week CS was 360-380 a ton.

Some of the prices I got were 400/ton

RHR protein is around 445/ton from the last time I checked

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What kind of cottonseed feeders are you using? This is a basic cottonseed feeder that has worked for me in the George West/Freer area of south Texas..
Mine is very similar

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I don't know why people are trying cottonseed at it's current prices... might as well go with Protein
Feeding protein also. Roughly same price, unfortunately I can't find in bulk so been buying it bagged at $14.95 a 50lb bag

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Old 05-02-2021, 09:19 PM   #37
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The last price I was quoted was $450/ton.
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Old 05-02-2021, 09:27 PM   #38
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You can get 1,000lb totes from blue ribbon in Beeville TX for $200..

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Old 05-02-2021, 09:40 PM   #39
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How long until it goes dry in summer months?

We don't let it go dry, the ranch owner is frequent in visiting the ranch, LOL, he's retired. He loves doing these kind of things. I can only think that the 700gal troughs only get about 1/2 way before he is filling them. To be specific to you question, it depends on the deer density and how frequent you can check them.. Water is the main ingredient in south Texas! Good question!
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We don't let it go dry, the ranch owner is frequent in visiting the ranch, LOL, he's retired. He loves doing these kind of things. I can only think that the 700gal troughs only get about 1/2 way before he is filling them. To be specific to you question, it depends on the deer density and how frequent you can check them.. Water is the main ingredient in south Texas! Good question!
I’m looking to possibly adding water troughs to my areas on the lease. Was looking at 300 gal. I don’t want to run totes with hoses etc. We can go to lease at the end of every month in the off season, i was just curious to see if you thought they might last that long? Density isn’t that high 1-20 per acre

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Old 05-02-2021, 10:20 PM   #41
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Mix it with corn
X2 this, maybe?

The same way bacon on any chow works on humans, corn on anything works for deer. Unless white oak acorns are falling, then deer will step over corn for a tasty acorn.
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Jason86,

Again water is the main ingredient to attracting deer! We even have little 50gal water troughs through the ranch, but you have to keep the deer honest by keeping them filled. Trust me the deer will come if there is not a near by water source. Go to google earth and view your hunting area for near by tanks/water sources. If there is none within a mile radius you may have a deer magnet by keeping water on your ranch. Good luck & this is fun stuff that we do!!!!
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Old 05-02-2021, 10:58 PM   #43
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Again water is the main ingredient to attracting deer! We even have little 50gal water troughs through the ranch, but you have to keep the deer honest by keeping them filled. Trust me the deer will come if there is not a near by water source. Go to google earth and view your hunting area for near by tanks/water sources. If there is none within a mile radius you may have a deer magnet by keeping water on your ranch. Good luck & this is fun stuff that we do!!!!
I know where the water sources are and I know water is key. I want to put a water trough in my feed pen and I am curious as to how long about 300 gallons would last. About how long does it take for the 700 gallon troughs to get half full? A week? A month? A year?
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I know where the water sources are and I know water is key. I want to put a water trough in my feed pen and I am curious as to how long about 300 gallons would last. About how long does it take for the 700 gallon troughs to get half full? A week? A month? A year?
Jason86,

I hunt two ranches in south Texas and this particular ranch was right at 200 acres (For the wife and I only). It is low fenced and my deer density is very high. In one sitting we saw a total of 30 deer, again it's low fenced surrounded by other bigger ranches. I know the ranch owner is out there at lease every two weeks checking on the water troughs. My best advice is to have a plan of going every month like you said and do what you can to proved water (budget) for the deer and make adjustments from there. In the area you hunt "water" will be your best investment. Might also get some covers for the water to prevent evaporation to help the water last longer if that makes sense.. I like your enthusiasm on drawing/holding deer!!!
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Old 05-02-2021, 11:31 PM   #47
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:21 PM   #48
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Pour cheap apple juice on it. Worked for me.
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Old 05-03-2021, 04:46 PM   #49
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I tried it last year. They never touched it.
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Old 05-03-2021, 08:51 PM   #50
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Definitely some weird deer in Young County compared to hill country. They wouldn't touch alfalfa last year either. Was hoping the cottonseed would be the ticket.

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