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#6451841 - 09/14/16 11:58 AM Alfalfa hay
Greg Z Offline
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Registered: 02/01/05
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Loc: TX, Rockwall
Anyone put alfalfa hay out for deer? I would think that sweet smell would bring them in.
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#6451849 - 09/14/16 12:03 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
throckmorton_hunter Offline
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Registered: 02/15/07
Posts: 295
Try it in the past .. not much interest

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#6451860 - 09/14/16 12:11 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
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Registered: 10/22/07
Posts: 4191
Loc: Surfside Beach, TX
My brother in-law has a ranch near Grand Junction, CO. When they bring in bales of alfalfa, they can't hardly keep the mule deer out of it. I've offered several times to help him out with that, but his wife won't have it. They are her pets.
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#6451865 - 09/14/16 12:12 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
jshouse Offline
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Registered: 01/24/10
Posts: 6341
Loc: Rockwall
i tried it on 2 places up here and they liked it at one and didn't touch it at the other.
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#6451871 - 09/14/16 12:17 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
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Registered: 01/27/06
Posts: 6065
Loc: Undercover
Good chance it will get any cattle in the pasture to come and investigate it also. We tried and ended up with cows in the feed pen. Not a good deal.
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#6451872 - 09/14/16 12:18 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
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Registered: 04/06/11
Posts: 5136
Loc: South Texas
I feed alfalfa December- February. They clean it up as soon as I put it out.
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#6451927 - 09/14/16 01:05 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
Txhuntr2 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 02/19/12
Posts: 286
Loc: Houston and Val Verde
I just put out a bail opening weekend of dove season. I will check the game camera October 1 and will let you know!

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#6451936 - 09/14/16 01:21 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
westtexaswatkins Offline
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Registered: 05/31/07
Posts: 6825
Loc: Anton, TX
I put a bale out for them in the spring and it rotted away before anything touched it. My deer sure like the protein pellets though.
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#6452002 - 09/14/16 02:01 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
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Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
a few years back there was a 18 wheeler on the side of the road selling Alfalfa, so WTHeck, I bought a few bails. I put one out close to a spin feeder at three different locations at my leases in Central Texas (Burnet, Lampasas & Llano counties).

The one in Burnet county looked almost exactly the same 2-3 months later untouched, I rolled it over to find it was now a full size habitat fire ant mound. I burst the bail open and it turned back into dirt over the next several months without anything (except fire ants) going to it. The one in Lampasas county went untouched from Oct. thru mid January before the hogs rolled it around enough to bust it open and it turned into compost. The one in Llano the cows got to it and it was gone within a few days.

My BIL hunts in the panhandle around Clarendon and has pretty good success with putting up a feed pen with a bail of Alfalfa that seems to draw in the mule deer but not so much with the WT.
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#6452023 - 09/14/16 02:11 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
QuitShootinYoungBucks Offline
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 7003
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Tried it in Mills County a few times with no success, even in hard times.
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#6452039 - 09/14/16 02:21 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
rabbit_jack Offline
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Registered: 01/13/16
Posts: 309
Loc: Central Texas
I have deer eat the heck out of it in Edwards county.
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#6452077 - 09/14/16 02:42 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
Always ready 2 hunt Offline
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Registered: 07/31/15
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We used it Pecos county and both the WT and MD would hammer it and actually bed down in it or very close bye. Full bales gone is about 3-4 days. 1 ton bales would have deer standing on top and yes bucks in eating and checking does. We placed bales in very feed pen. Tried it last year north of Abilene area and not an attractant, just wasted away. Depends on your area but I would give it a try if you can get real fresh alfalfa.

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#6452129 - 09/14/16 03:18 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Never had any luck with on LF ranches in South Texas. I know it works well in the Trans-Pecos region for Mule Deer. WT and exotics will hit is also out there in that area. It works well for axis anywhere from what I have seen. I have fed it to WT on larger HF ranches and lactating doe will hit it really hard in the summer time. The rest of year deer used more or less depending on how dry or wet it was. It has never been a good buy for the money when you factor in the cost per bale with the amount of waste left over. Was just not cost effective since they pick out the leaves and the leave the stalks/stems.
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#6452135 - 09/14/16 03:23 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
Greg Z Offline
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Registered: 02/01/05
Posts: 686
Loc: TX, Rockwall
Anyone in North East Texas? There seems to be a lot of haying in our area.
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#6452147 - 09/14/16 03:30 PM Re: Alfalfa hay [Re: Greg Z]
OneShotDrop Offline
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Registered: 10/13/11
Posts: 104
Works great for whitetail and exotics at our place near Junction. Put a bale out to test!


Edited by OneShotDrop (09/14/16 03:30 PM)
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