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#5524149 - 01/06/15 05:52 PM East Texas and Protein Advice
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Assuming one sees the same bucks year after year would it be benifical to feed protein in E Texas? Would a good quality protein have a major effect on antler growth when there's already so much for them to eat? The area has excellent cover/bedding and year round natural water supply.
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#5524221 - 01/06/15 06:32 PM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
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Any thing you can do to improve the deer will help however I doubt you will see a major growth in antlers. Bucks in east Texas just need to reach the age to grow big horns. Long term yes protein Is good just don't expect to put out a few sacks and have monsters everywhere

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#5524267 - 01/06/15 06:51 PM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
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They say 20% antler growth the 1st year after feeding protein, so that would make a 130 deer a 150

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#5524276 - 01/06/15 06:55 PM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
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Protein makes a big difference if you feed it year round if you only feed a few months it will not. A lot of guys only feed in #300 barrels and they run out fast and go back a month later and fill them again and don't see results that's b/c they ran out in 2 weeks that does nothing you have to keep them full. If you feed get the number of acres plus a deer count then get the right amount of #2000 pound feeders and keep them full. Just as in idea I have 5 #2000 feeders on 1000 acres placed in sections of the ranch.

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#5524899 - 01/07/15 01:34 AM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
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I hope my year around feeding contributed to this fella's growth!!! I feed corn/protein mix in off season!!!





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#5525012 - 01/07/15 07:16 AM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
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I've lived in east Texas all my life, and the only people I've known to be successful with protein feeding are the ones that A) have a large tract of land and B) stick with it for a number of years. We just have so many options for these deer to graze/browse on that it takes a while for them to get used to coming to protein. We've done it, but for 2-3 years they only came to the protein feeders occasionally. Eventually they'll start using it more, but it can take some time. Build a really solid and big pen too...hogs love the stuff!
My 2 cents...

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#5525122 - 01/07/15 08:14 AM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
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I have found that getting east Texas deer to eat protein takes some doing. I had to mix corn with the pellets in a free choice feeder to ever get them to try it. Another option is a corn/soybean mix that you can put in your feeder to sling out. The best bang for your buck that will be less expensive, especially if you can't get to lease to fill feeders very often, is to put in some food plots.

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#5525200 - 01/07/15 08:52 AM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
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I hunt on 2 different properties in Rusk County that are both MLD 3 and both feed year round protein. On one of them a 2000lb feeder full will last 2 years. On the other one 2000 lb will last a month or two. I'm not really sure why other than the deer numbers are very different for the two properties. The property that uses the least protein grows the larger bucks year after year. loco

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#5525207 - 01/07/15 08:55 AM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: sparrish8]
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Originally Posted By: sparrish8
They say 20% antler growth the 1st year after feeding protein, so that would make a 130 deer a 150


can "they" prove this with science?
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#5525432 - 01/07/15 10:19 AM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: jshouse]
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Originally Posted By: jshouse
Originally Posted By: sparrish8
They say 20% antler growth the 1st year after feeding protein, so that would make a 130 deer a 150


can "they" prove this with science?


I hope it proves out. I just talked the wife into a #1200 protein feeder based on that post. Lol. Told her her 120" buck would have been 144" And 30 lbs heavier. I'm not so confident but I'm going to give it a shot. 588 acres with hunters on all surrounding properties. Maybe it will prove out long term.

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#5525646 - 01/07/15 11:53 AM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: sparrish8]
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Originally Posted By: sparrish8
They say 20% antler growth the 1st year after feeding protein, so that would make a 130 deer a 150


Well worth the time and money if this is accurate.
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#5525702 - 01/07/15 12:34 PM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: titan2232]
BufordT Offline
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Registered: 12/11/07
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Loc: College Station, TEXAS
I hunt in Polk county and have fed 16% protein for the last 2 years. The deer picked up on it quickly, but alot of people on our club feed protein, 300# usually lasts about a month. You can usually tell the bucks that eat alot of it because of the mass that they posess, and game cameras.

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#5525890 - 01/07/15 02:15 PM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: jshouse]
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Originally Posted By: jshouse
Originally Posted By: sparrish8
They say 20% antler growth the 1st year after feeding protein, so that would make a 130 deer a 150


can "they" prove this with science?


Heck, they add 15-20% just by getting a year older. Rain matters more than any bagged feed formula.

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#5525924 - 01/07/15 02:31 PM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: Russ79]
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Originally Posted By: Russ79
I have found that getting east Texas deer to eat protein takes some doing. I had to mix corn with the pellets in a free choice feeder to ever get them to try it. Another option is a corn/soybean mix that you can put in your feeder to sling out. The best bang for your buck that will be less expensive, especially if you can't get to lease to fill feeders very often, is to put in some food plots.


I can't get the deer in Melrose to eat it regardless of brand or what it's mixed with, can't even really get them to eat sweet feed off the ground. The ones in Chireno will tear up anything you feed them, but those are pets (have watched them eat skittles my wife poured out and popcorn).

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#5526027 - 01/07/15 03:21 PM Re: East Texas and Protein Advice [Re: rifleman]
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Originally Posted By: rifleman
Originally Posted By: jshouse
Originally Posted By: sparrish8
They say 20% antler growth the 1st year after feeding protein, so that would make a 130 deer a 150


can "they" prove this with science?


Heck, they add 15-20% just by getting a year older. Rain matters more than any bagged feed formula.


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