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#6543387 - 11/14/16 03:11 PM What are the risks of feeding deer?
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Registered: 10/11/07
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Loc: Bryan, Texas
I no longer feed the deer (using corn feeders) on the ranch I hunt mostly because of the price and the cattle and feral hogs making trouble at the feeder. I have the advantage in that I live close by and can roam the entire big ranch looking for animals anytime I desire so I don't need to draw them to one area from another. Both neighboring ranches have hunters that use feeders but they mostly hunt from blinds or stands which is the norm.

I understand why feeders are used in most situations and I do not have an ethical issue with any of it but do question the practice. In areas of the country that have CWD (chronic wasting disease) it is illegal to feed deer because it might bring them in close contact with livestock and spread the CWD.

Here in Texas I wonder if using a corn feeder to bring in deer that also puts them into close contact with feral hogs or livestock is a problem waiting to happen. Or if the feeder corn itself is a potential problem considering that much of it is marked "not for livestock" or "human consumption".

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.
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#6543432 - 11/14/16 03:39 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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Considering how many feeders are currently up and running and how many tons of corn are being fed to deer in Texas without a problem, I'm guessing that there's not much danger associated with the practice.
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#6543509 - 11/14/16 04:21 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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There has always been a concern within the wildlife biologist community with it. Still, it seems no different than deer and hogs cleaning up acorns under the same trees.

The biggest negative IMO is the added attraction that brings in hogs and the damage they usually create to pastures, roads, etc.
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#6543582 - 11/14/16 05:09 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: Texas Dan]
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Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
There has always been a concern within the wildlife biologist community with it. Still, it seems no different than deer and hogs cleaning up acorns under the same trees.

The biggest negative IMO is the added attraction that brings in hogs and the damage they usually create to pastures, roads, etc.


That's the biggest reason I don't want to put corn out anymore.. it draws in hogs from everywhere along the river bottom..
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#6543837 - 11/14/16 07:47 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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Always tickles me the use of feeders without a feed pen..

Hogs and Javis love it
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#6543862 - 11/14/16 08:06 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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Originally Posted By: BrazosHunter
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
There has always been a concern within the wildlife biologist community with it. Still, it seems no different than deer and hogs cleaning up acorns under the same trees.

The biggest negative IMO is the added attraction that brings in hogs and the damage they usually create to pastures, roads, etc.


That's the biggest reason I don't want to put corn out anymore.. it draws in hogs from everywhere along the river bottom..


They are there regardless if you feed corn or not. Feeding corn just makes them more visible for you.

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#6543886 - 11/14/16 08:15 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BOBO the Clown]
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Originally Posted By: BOBO the Clown
Originally Posted By: BrazosHunter
Originally Posted By: Texas Dan
There has always been a concern within the wildlife biologist community with it. Still, it seems no different than deer and hogs cleaning up acorns under the same trees.

The biggest negative IMO is the added attraction that brings in hogs and the damage they usually create to pastures, roads, etc.


That's the biggest reason I don't want to put corn out anymore.. it draws in hogs from everywhere along the river bottom..


They are there regardless if you feed corn or not. Feeding corn just makes them more visible for you.




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#6544060 - 11/14/16 09:35 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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#6544069 - 11/14/16 09:40 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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I have pens but I've definitely thought of raising the speed of the motor to get some of it to go outside of the pen so I can have a chance at getting a hog or two..

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#6544174 - 11/15/16 05:19 AM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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If feral hogs could catch some sort of disease and all die, that'd be great.

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#6544202 - 11/15/16 06:23 AM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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#6544228 - 11/15/16 06:57 AM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
Texas Dan Online   content
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Originally Posted By: BrazosHunter
I no longer feed the deer (using corn feeders) on the ranch I hunt mostly because of the price and the cattle and feral hogs making trouble at the feeder. I have the advantage in that I live close by and can roam the entire big ranch looking for animals anytime I desire so I don't need to draw them to one area from another. Both neighboring ranches have hunters that use feeders but they mostly hunt from blinds or stands...


There's no question that Texas hunters are hooked on feeders as a result of the relative ease in which they help them shoot deer. For that reason, you'll be hard pressed to find anyone who takes issue with their use, as long as it keeps the money train moving. The day feeders become illegal, will be the day hunting license sales take a nose dive in Texas.
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#6544361 - 11/15/16 08:25 AM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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I still remember the day that my dad bought our first feeder from a guy down the street. He was tinkering with it in the living room one morning, and set the motor off throwing some left over corn all over the living room. I had hunted with him for a few years but that season would be my first to actual carry a rifle with the intention of killing a deer. I think that's one of he main reasons he bought that first automatic, spin cast feeder.

Opening morning we hunted the hay field right in front of the ranch house. I shot a forkhorn and we saw the biggest buck we'd ever seen on the ranch in over 10 years but he didn't go to the feeder. The forkhorn was parked under the feeder for an hour I bet and departed coming straight towards us. I shot him with the 30-30 at 60 yards. We added feeders to the other stands across the property.

The funny thing is that 3 of the best 4 stands that we had didn't have a feeder at them. The other good producing stand had a feeder but all the noteworthy deer were shot out of opposite window down a long sendero that ran through the brush between a big, creekbottom and overgrown, mesquite infected field and the big hill that was choked with cedar and a known bedding area. Deer, especially the big bucks, were always weary of the feeders on that ranch and would only be seen at one in the 15 minutes of dawn or dusk, and usually following a doe. With that said, with the property being the family ranch and multiple kids hunting it having feeders was a good way to keep kids occupied, seeing lots of deer and getting shots at stationary deer within easy range.

For good and bad, feeders are a mainstay of Texas deer hunting and always will be. There's no way TPWD ever outlaws them. Also, hunters buying corn and stopping in local businesses and spending their outside money on corn and other things is a huge economic driver in small, rural towns all over the state. There's a reason that towns hang banners across main street welcoming hunters every fall. Some towns probably see 50% of their external income fall in the 3 or 4 months prior to and during deer season.


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#6544379 - 11/15/16 08:36 AM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: rifleman]
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Loc: Texoma
Originally Posted By: rifleman
If feral hogs could catch some sort of disease and all die, that'd be great.


I like the way you think.
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#6544702 - 11/15/16 12:04 PM Re: What are the risks of feeding deer? [Re: BrazosHunter]
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Loc: Central Texas
If supplemental feeding was outlawed across Texas, I think we would see a gradual decline in overall deer numbers. I don't know if any comprehensive studies have been conducted, but common sense tells me that mortality rates should be reduced and fawn production increased by supplemental feeding, even in states like Texas that have relatively mild winters. There might be some offset due to fewer deer being killed by hunters, but I don't think it would be enough to make up for the increased non-hunter deaths.
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