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#5448038 - 11/29/14 07:11 AM When should I start feeding protein?
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I am going to get 2 boss buck protein feeders. I wanted to know when is the best time to start feeding it and what protein would you reccomend?
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#5448046 - 11/29/14 07:16 AM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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I feed year round. Tried doing it from Jan to Sept and then let the corn feeders take over but some of my deer were leaving and going to a neighbor that was feeding year round.
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#5448068 - 11/29/14 07:32 AM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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Registered: 08/18/12
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Loc: Harris County
We start after they drop their antlers and stop mid October in our free choice feeders. Then we feed a 60/40 corn/protein mix the rest of the year.
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#5448081 - 11/29/14 07:45 AM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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Any specific proteins you recommend?
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#5448110 - 11/29/14 08:03 AM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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I think I get Martendale from my dealer, but probably wrong on that. I don't have a free choice feeder yet, but have used a trough and corn mix in another timed feeder for some time. I pay around $11-13 for 50# bag

I use 21% until Spring green up, then drop to 16% through june or so, when natural grub looks poor, I will bump it back up to 21% through end of Oct.

You would be smart to see what your local feed store carries, or one you pass on the way out, convenience can save allot in fuel.
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#5448530 - 11/29/14 01:26 PM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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We use Behrends 16% or Purina Antler MAx
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#5448544 - 11/29/14 01:41 PM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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My intentions were to look at the tags and see how they compare to feed. I can probably get the same thing a lot cheaper at the feed store.
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#5448584 - 11/29/14 02:41 PM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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Feed year round for me, free choice from Feb-Oct and timed during season
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#5448675 - 11/29/14 04:05 PM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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We feed from Mid January until the feeders run out in September. 20% Purina deer chow. We have 3 feeding stations with 1000 Lbs. Bulk feeders at each spot, these are places scatterd out over our lease, that we do not hunt over.
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#5453661 - 12/02/14 09:57 AM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Stickchunker]
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Originally Posted By: Stickchunker
We feed from Mid January until the feeders run out in September. 20% Purina deer chow. We have 3 feeding stations with 1000 Lbs. Bulk feeders at each spot, these are places scatterd out over our lease, that we do not hunt over.


how long will your 1000lb feeder last you

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#5454928 - 12/02/14 07:49 PM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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Registered: 12/23/12
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Loc: Denton or Knox County
We start February and go through August. We use free choice protein stations and have left protein in the free choice feeders into the fall, but when we start up the spin feeders with corn, tney move to the corn and other higher carbohydrate natural foods as that is what their body craves for the upcoming rut and cold weather - think energy and fat. I use trail cameras and can see a big drop off on the protein visits once the bucks shed their velvet. Keep in mind that protein gets stale, so you don't want it sitting in a feeder for months and months.

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#5455543 - 12/03/14 07:57 AM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
therock Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Southwest TX
For the guys that feed free choice protein, do you have very many axis on your property?

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#5455561 - 12/03/14 08:05 AM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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Registered: 11/09/11
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Loc: Tarrant Cty and Murray
Now and year round
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#5457072 - 12/03/14 07:26 PM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: Kung Fu Widgeon]
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Registered: 04/23/10
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Loc: Corsicana TX
we feed YEAR round free choice from 2-1 ton free choice feeders. and corn throws a least one time a day in every feeder on our lease year round!

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#5457181 - 12/03/14 08:19 PM Re: When should I start feeding protein? [Re: therock]
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Registered: 12/23/12
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Loc: Denton or Knox County
Originally Posted By: therock
For the guys that feed free choice protein, do you have very many axis on your property?


We don't have axis, but have been on a lease before with them. They will definitely belly up to the bar and eat their share.

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