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#5918762 - 09/08/15 04:50 PM Protein and mineral
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When do deer generally stop hitting the protein and minerals up? After this do any of you feed anything but corn?
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#5918790 - 09/08/15 05:09 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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Some will eat protein and lick minerals almost all year, most of the mineral usage is probably in the spring, I feed a mix of protein and corn in a spin feeder year round and haven't noticed much protein left on the ground even in the winter, though I don't feed as much protein from now through the end of the year as I do in spring and summer.
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#5919139 - 09/08/15 08:42 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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If you feed it they will eat it year round!
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#5919318 - 09/08/15 09:52 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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I never stop feeding protein, feed it year round. As a supplement it is their when they need it. Minerals are mainly eaten right now when the bucks are finished shedding velvet for a few weeks. They need to replenish what they robbed from their body during antler growth. They will eat minerals again for a short time in the spring pretty good. Rest of year with minerals is hit and miss from year to year.
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#5919995 - 09/09/15 11:11 AM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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I feed protein year round. In fact, in the last 4 weeks they have consumed 800 lbs at my bow blind location alone.

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#5920160 - 09/09/15 12:18 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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I had no idea the bucks needed that much minerals right now. I don't usually keep a camera at mineral site this time of year
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#5920173 - 09/09/15 12:29 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: rickym]
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we actually stop protein in mid October and resume first part of January - mainly to try to keep our deer moving during hunting season and not going nocturnal - we have not seen any issues with body weights or horns by doing this -
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#5920179 - 09/09/15 12:33 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
I never stop feeding protein, feed it year round. As a supplement it is their when they need it. Minerals are mainly eaten right now when the bucks are finished shedding velvet for a few weeks. They need to replenish what they robbed from their body during antler growth. They will eat minerals again for a short time in the spring pretty good. Rest of year with minerals is hit and miss from year to year.


Ditto on the mineral, I have been getting a lot of TC photos of all deer but the fawns licking my mineral/salt block in the last month.


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#5920217 - 09/09/15 12:53 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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Ours eat it all year. We only mandate it from March 1 to October 1 of each year

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#5920648 - 09/09/15 04:47 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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They'll eat more mineral/salt during the wetter part of the year (spring/early summer), but that doesn't mean they don't need some right now. Same with protein. If your goal is herd health, keep it out 24/7. If you want them to move a little more you can cut it off and go straight corn.
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#5920663 - 09/09/15 04:53 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: QuitShootinYoungBucks]
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speaking of minerals - what is the best way to feed it? Blocks just do not seem like they would get enough ingested to do any good? Put it in tubs?
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#5921039 - 09/09/15 08:28 PM Re: Protein and mineral [Re: jhprice2]
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Deer never stop needing minerals and protein. Feed it year around so they have a head start when they start to grow next season.
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