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#6072148 - 12/07/15 09:23 PM Will protein "hold" deer in an area?
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A few years back I started looking at feeding protein. I lost the lease before the season and never had a chance to observe results. I know the consensus is that a set-up or two on a large piece of property won't make much difference in terms of growth, but what are your thoughts on it keeping the deer around? My plan was to begin in Feb and feed on demand til Sept- then switch to corn. Obviously, there will be some benefit to those deer that hit it regularly and once the first few doe come into estrus, all bets are off. That said, I do most of my hunting in October and early November and am curious if protein will help "hold" deer in an area early on if they have sufficient water and cover in the same area. Anyone have experience in this area?
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#6072282 - 12/07/15 10:43 PM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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My experience is yes i have had a 140" buck come to my protein feeder just about everyday when he in velvet through the beginning of oct. Havent been down their lately to check but he wouldnt even look at the corn. Im sure once the rut starts all bets are off. The little bucks too, the does not so much.

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#6072314 - 12/07/15 10:59 PM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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Yes. And it will draw deer from long distances - I don't know how, but it's almost like they communicate about it.

Don't be surprised if after starting protein, you see deer that you have never seen before.

Unless you feed A LOT, and have somewhat control over the herd - don't expect much in terms of antlers. However, your bucks will recover faster, your does will be healthier, and fawn survival rate will be better. And you will see this YEAR ONE.

Just my $0.02 though... smile

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#6072464 - 12/08/15 06:33 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: John Humbert]
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Yes - I have thousands of pictures to prove it
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#6072614 - 12/08/15 08:03 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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okay, someone give me an estimate on the cost of feeding protein if I have about 20 different deer coming into corn now. So the estimate should be on 20 deer. half bucks, have does.
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#6072625 - 12/08/15 08:15 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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3-5 pounds per deer daily. It will depend on several factors (water, delivery method, and other animal invasion to name a few)


I'd start with an estimate of $2,500 a year for one feeder
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#6072654 - 12/08/15 08:32 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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Thank you for that information, now someone please give me a brand name that they have had success with.
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#6072668 - 12/08/15 08:36 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: Mr. T.]
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For smaller amounts like this you can buy in bags - Purina Antler Max is good, Lyssy and Eckel is also good. Livengood Feeds make a good blend and there is a feed store in Weimer that also has a good blend. There are some variances between brands but by and large the ingredients are similar.
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#6072684 - 12/08/15 08:41 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: titan2232]
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Originally Posted By: titan2232
3-5 pounds per deer daily. It will depend on several factors (water, delivery method, and other animal invasion to name a few)


I'd start with an estimate of $2,500 a year for one feeder


Will they really eat that much or just use it as a supplemental source? When we feed sheep and goats it's usually 1-2 pounds per day but that's not free choice.
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#6072696 - 12/08/15 08:45 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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How much would you estimate to feed one deer for one year (that is for the major part of the year when not feeding corn)?
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#6072697 - 12/08/15 08:46 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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Lots of variables for sure. The deer in my area eat it as fast as I can put it out. I have a clear drop tube on my protein feeder so my game camera verifies that 500 pounds last between 2 and 3 weeks.
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#6072756 - 12/08/15 09:14 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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If you have cover for bedding and water for drinking, yes, it will improve your #'s and quality of deer. The biggest obstacle is controlling your #'s. Too many deer can be an expensive problem as well as a management problem. Dealing with that right now.
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#6072772 - 12/08/15 09:23 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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How hard is it to keep raccoons away from the protein when feeding free choice
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#6072774 - 12/08/15 09:26 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: titan2232]
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Originally Posted By: titan2232
Lots of variables for sure. The deer in my area eat it as fast as I can put it out. I have a clear drop tube on my protein feeder so my game camera verifies that 500 pounds last between 2 and 3 weeks.



you either have a lot of deer or nobody around you provide protein

mine last about 3 months, they eat corn and protein at same time


to OP, I believe protein will hold deer and attract new one... I am seeing new bucks , does every month
just last weekend , cam caught 8 new does, all feeding inside pen, which is unusual

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#6072803 - 12/08/15 09:40 AM Re: Will protein "hold" deer in an area? [Re: fireflyandrew]
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If your intending it as an attractant to attract and hold deer on the property for hunting I would consider feeding it mid/late summer through when your are done hunting.
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