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#5678132 - 03/31/15 02:02 PM How much protein will they eatFirst
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: Conroe, TX
On a new lease between Sonora/Juno and we are required to feed protein year round. Our group is hunting just over 3K acres of the 20K acre property that seems to have high deer populations. How much protein will they consume per month ballpark? I have a 500lb free choice feeder with three 4" openings that I plan to use. Thanks for any feedback.
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#5678166 - 03/31/15 02:37 PM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
fowlplayr Offline
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Registered: 08/03/05
Posts: 4261
Loc: Athens/Prosper, TX
I have a 350# in East TX. and I have to fill it every month. It's a pretty safe bet that you have higher populations, so just guessing, they'll probably go through 500 lbs a month.

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#5678215 - 03/31/15 03:22 PM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
SniperRAB Offline
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Originally Posted By: titan2232
On a new lease between Sonora/Juno and we are required to feed protein year round. Our group is hunting just over 3K acres of the 20K acre property that seems to have high deer populations. How much protein will they consume per month ballpark? I have a 500lb free choice feeder with three 4" openings that I plan to use. Thanks for any feedback.



In that area...as MUCH as you will feed them Sir..
We try and feed a minimal of 350lbs of free choice every 6-8 weeks from Feb-Sept right up the road from you ...
Good Luck and thats a Target Rich area...Love that stretch of road off 277 back to Juno...Lovely Country up
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#5678435 - 03/31/15 05:43 PM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
Txhunter65 Offline
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I hunt between comanche and goldthwaite and last year we had one feeder that held 550lbs and they were emptying it every 12 days. That's about 1400lbs a month.

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#5678459 - 03/31/15 05:57 PM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
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Free choice will break you to keep up with it if the population is high. You are better off limiting your protein and supplementing with minerals.
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#5678783 - 03/31/15 09:02 PM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
don k Offline
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: Bandera, Tx
Mine will eat at least 50# per day. They will eat more than that I just have not given them the chance.
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#5678800 - 03/31/15 09:09 PM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
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Best thing to do is buy bigger feeders. We use #2000 protein feeders and have 6 on our place if it's green they will not eat that much but when it starts to dry and the green goes away look out they will eat a lot. If you are not close to the lease buy bigger feeder you are only blowing money and time if they are small and you can't be there to fill them. If you are close and can keep them full your fine.

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#5678835 - 03/31/15 09:27 PM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
stxranchman Offline
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What is the deer density and what is the habitat like? That will greatly effect your consumption...but it will range from 1#-3#/hd per day. So if you have 20 deer using the feeder it will last from one week to 3-4 weeks. Time of the year and rainfall will effect those numbers also.
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#5679211 - 04/01/15 07:50 AM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
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I'm somewhat in the dark as this is will be our first year on the place. The browse seems to be decent and there are plenty shin and pin oaks on the place. There are a few head of sheep as well so we'll have to deal with feeder pens. I opted for two 85 gallon feeders for now (Spin type for corn and free choice for protein) since I'm not sure what to expect. If all works well with the landowner this year and we end up signing a long term contract I'll certainly invest in bulk feeders to cut down on refill trips. I'm going with a 50' diameter pen. Does this size sound about right for two tripod feeders?
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#5679225 - 04/01/15 07:57 AM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
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You will be fine...Sounds good...rut should hit you around Dec the 6th in that area and sheds should start dropping around the 21st...late this year...
If you have enough of a group and have a feed program in place..I would suggest investing in a container and work with Lyssy & Eckel to deliver feed for your group...
Great bunch of Gentleman and in that area its a pretty simple process...Yea who feeds the most wins...very little food source..
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#5679226 - 04/01/15 07:57 AM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
stxranchman Offline
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Pen size is good.
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#5679228 - 04/01/15 07:59 AM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: stxranchman]
SniperRAB Offline
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
What is the deer density and what is the habitat like? That will greatly effect your consumption...but it will range from 1#-3#/hd per day. So if you have 20 deer using the feeder it will last from one week to 3-4 weeks. Time of the year and rainfall will effect those numbers also.




Wonder what side of the Hwy he's on...Odd but seems to make a difference down in that area..
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#5679236 - 04/01/15 08:11 AM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Thanks again fellas. I've been hunting free (aside from my set-ups and feed) for the past 15 years with the in-laws in Terrell County. After seeing cam pics from this new place and meeting the owner I just couldn't pass it up. May there be few unpleasant surprises and many big bucks in our future.
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#5679242 - 04/01/15 08:16 AM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: SniperRAB]
titan2232 Offline
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Originally Posted By: SniperRAB
Originally Posted By: stxranchman
What is the deer density and what is the habitat like? That will greatly effect your consumption...but it will range from 1#-3#/hd per day. So if you have 20 deer using the feeder it will last from one week to 3-4 weeks. Time of the year and rainfall will effect those numbers also.




Wonder what side of the Hwy he's on...Odd but seems to make a difference down in that area..


10 miles south of hwy 189. 10 miles due West of hwy 277. Roughly
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#5679571 - 04/01/15 11:42 AM Re: How much protein will they eatFirst [Re: titan2232]
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You will love it...never a boring sit Amigo up
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