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#6407156 - 08/13/16 09:31 PM Too late to feed protein?
hunting_rookie Offline
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Have a small place we've been feeding corn for several years. Thing of adding a protein feeder to get more deer in. Any thoughts on whether it's too late to start that?

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#6407176 - 08/13/16 09:49 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
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We feed it year round. I also mix it with my corn. About 3 to 1 ratio. It may be too late to be much a nutritional boost antler wise but it will help your lactating doe and draw in deer that aren't too interested in corn.
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#6407188 - 08/13/16 09:57 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
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Never too late. You will not get any benefit for antlers this year. All deer will benefit from it though and improve their body condition going into the winter. It may also attract more deer to your property. Some on here feed year round. If you have the ability to plant winter plots, those can be cheaper and provide the same benefits as protein.

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#6407300 - 08/14/16 01:03 AM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
jshouse Offline
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agree with above, I would start mixing it with corn to get them on it before you go fill a feeder.

good luck
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#6407561 - 08/14/16 11:16 AM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
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Never to late to help the deer growth, plus you might get more COOOONS LOL. I do like using the gravity feed type versus a spinner.

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#6407943 - 08/14/16 04:28 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
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I feed year round, it helps in their nutrients and it helps as a attractant.

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#6407976 - 08/14/16 04:54 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
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What brand is ok to mix with an all seasons spin cast set up?

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#6408056 - 08/14/16 05:56 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: Brother in-law]
DaveTexas Offline
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Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
What brand is ok to mix with an all seasons spin cast set up?

Most any pellet protein will work just be aware if it is humid , the protein may stick together and sometimes clog at the funnel.


Edited by DaveTexas (08/14/16 05:59 PM)

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#6408273 - 08/14/16 08:22 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: DaveTexas]
jshouse Offline
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Originally Posted By: DaveTexas
Originally Posted By: Brother in-law
What brand is ok to mix with an all seasons spin cast set up?

Most any pellet protein will work just be aware if it is humid , the protein may stick together and sometimes clog at the funnel.


If its in a spin feeder mix it light with corn so it doesn't clog.
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#6408323 - 08/14/16 08:44 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
corkys son Offline
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I stop feeding protein in Sept., go to all corn. Once it gets really cold, they start looking for carbs. I start back with corn/protein in March

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#6408341 - 08/14/16 08:52 PM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
stxranchman Offline
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I feed free choice protein year round. Corn heavier in fall and winter and not as much in antler/fawn periods of hotter months. Bucks will hammer the protein pre-rut. I have seen them walk over corn to get to a protein feeder in my experience once they are on protein for a while. I like the fawns being able to get to protein as quick as they can. Those buck fawns raised around a feeder will stay closer to home and being larger bodied in the future. They will know where the feeder is when they need the feed. During the antler growing season and into archery season my feeders have mainly if not all bucks at them. When I start to road feed and turn up the corn feeder volume in Sept is when I start to see more does. I also do food plots.
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#6408776 - 08/15/16 09:06 AM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
deftsound Offline
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I use sweetfeed and give it to them all year

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#6412194 - 08/17/16 09:04 AM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: hunting_rookie]
wellingtontx Offline
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Registered: 10/08/07
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We feed it all year long and the deer eat it all year long.

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#6412209 - 08/17/16 09:07 AM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: jshouse]
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Originally Posted By: jshouse
agree with above, I would start mixing it with corn to get them on it before you go fill a feeder.

good luck


Do any of yall have issues with the protein clogging up the feeder when you mix it with corn? I have always been told it'll clog it up, but I've never tried it personally..
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#6412239 - 08/17/16 09:31 AM Re: Too late to feed protein? [Re: DirtNapTET]
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Originally Posted By: DirtNapTET
Originally Posted By: jshouse
agree with above, I would start mixing it with corn to get them on it before you go fill a feeder.

good luck


Do any of yall have issues with the protein clogging up the feeder when you mix it with corn? I have always been told it'll clog it up, but I've never tried it personally..


I've had it clog up with a normal spinner plate as I believe the protein will swell as it sits on the spinner plate. Haven't tried it, but I bet the Eliminator Plate would help keep moisture down since the feed will be fully contained inside the barrel confused2
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