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#6252527 - 04/08/16 05:00 PM Those of you feeding cottonseed
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You guys that feed cottonseed do any of you guys feed cottonseed and protein pellets simultaneously? just curious if this is a protein overload.
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#6252560 - 04/08/16 05:36 PM Re: Those of you feeding cottonseed [Re: Ricochet83]
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Some do but just remember every bite of WCS that a deer takes he is not getting all the key minerals/trace minerals/vitamins that are added into your protein pellets. Can be difficult to get deer trained to eat. Labor intensive to put out and to get it at a good price you have to book it (how many loads you will need for a year) in advance. By the time you factor in equipment to handle it, labor, and adding in minerals, etc...I put pellets a better value long term. With pellets I know every bite a deer takes has what he needs(or what "we" think they need) in it.
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#6252611 - 04/08/16 06:23 PM Re: Those of you feeding cottonseed [Re: Ricochet83]
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Wonderful. That's kinda what I was thinking as well however landowner asked if I wanted them to put it out for us but I really don't want them to eat that instead of the protein. I personally think the protein is more beneficial.
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#6252621 - 04/08/16 06:32 PM Re: Those of you feeding cottonseed [Re: Ricochet83]
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There are people who feed it, I have never been a fan of it due to lack of minerals/trace mineral/vitamins and that it has gossypol. WCS has a lot of fat, but I am not a fan of that much fat in feed for deer. Deer can only utilize so much fat. Post rut for a month it would be okay but that would be the only time I would even think of using it.
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#6252627 - 04/08/16 06:37 PM Re: Those of you feeding cottonseed [Re: Ricochet83]
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Great appreciate the info. Mostly I don't want to pull away from my newly implemented protein program. Would rather them get that because I know the protein I get has mineral benefits as well
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#6253491 - 04/09/16 05:21 PM Re: Those of you feeding cottonseed [Re: Ricochet83]
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we added it 3-4 years ago along with our protein and our results have been great. I like the cottonseed because it can be placed where fawns can get to it unlike a pen with protein. They hammer both on our ranch. I think it is especially effective the first month or two post rut
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#6256970 - 04/12/16 02:06 PM Re: Those of you feeding cottonseed [Re: Ricochet83]
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I feed it January through March. It puts the bucks back in great shape after the Rut. Then Antler Max through the summer.

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