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#6614055 - 01/03/17 09:52 AM Feeding Protein After Rut
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Our bucks seemed to be really hungry after the rut ended 2-3 weeks ago. We put out protein this past weekend to see if we might help them out. I was wondering if them coming to and eating protein right after the rut makes them discover the protein and use it any easier. Bucks are trying to run does off the corn right now, because they are really hungry. I think next year we are going to start feeding protein about the time the rut ends so it will be available to bucks and make it easier for them to put as much weight as quickly as possible. It also might improve the hunting and make it easier to introduce protein after the rut if the bucks are really hungry. I know some of you feed protein year round and was wondering if you see an increase in bucks at feeders after the rut?
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#6614100 - 01/03/17 10:14 AM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
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Absolutely. The late-winter post-rut is one of the peaks of protein consumption for us (other is late summer). Bucks have generally lost ~25% of their body weight at this point and the natural forage is often pretty poor. IMO, this time of the year is the most critical for protein. A buck is not going to throw his best antlers in Spring if he is in terrible body condition this time of year.

As an added bonus, it can keep your best bucks in your area. I've seen summer bachelor groups set up on a protein feeder multiple times. They remember where it is when the season rolls around and they split up too.


Edited by TxAg (01/03/17 10:15 AM)
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#6614255 - 01/03/17 11:38 AM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
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This is the time they need food more than any imo... one of the biggest buck loss times of the year


Edited by Navasot (01/03/17 11:39 AM)
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#6614263 - 01/03/17 11:43 AM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
TooLow Offline
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Loc: Deep Ellum, TX
We start feeding Protein every year in January!

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#6614355 - 01/03/17 12:40 PM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
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going down this January to get it started
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#6614488 - 01/03/17 01:34 PM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: mustafa]
pmnitro Offline
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Registered: 06/22/08
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Loc: Lake Palestine, TX
We have a 1200# and a 750# free choice protein feeder. We fill them up on the last hunt (this past wknd). Our place is small, 500 acres. Pastures north and west of us do the same. The feeders are worth the money / effort in my opinion. We could really see the difference in three years.
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#6614500 - 01/03/17 01:40 PM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
redchevy Offline
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Which is better for energy right now and fat content, protein or corn? I would think corn, no?
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#6615187 - 01/03/17 08:11 PM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
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I will be firing up a protein feeder this weekend on my place.
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#6615207 - 01/03/17 08:19 PM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: Navasot]
tlk Offline
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
This is the time they need food more than any imo... one of the biggest buck loss times of the year


this - we start protein and cottonseed to rebuild their weight and increase survival post rut
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#6615774 - 01/04/17 08:31 AM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
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We have 8 spots and 4 of us have both corn and free choice protein feeders and without a doubt the spots with the protein feeders get twice as many deer. During the summer months it will last but right now I can't hardly keep my protein feeder full.

I took this pic last Saturday

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#6615925 - 01/04/17 10:13 AM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: tlk]
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Loc: Rowlett
Where can you buy cottonseed?

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#6616050 - 01/04/17 11:38 AM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: BenBob]
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We're in late rut/post rut on our place, right now. All protein feeders were filled before we left ranch, yesterday. As stated above, this is the most critical time to provide supplemental feed. Free choice if you can afford it.

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#6616052 - 01/04/17 11:39 AM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: Sidebuster]
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Originally Posted By: Sidebuster
Where can you buy cottonseed?


Cotton gin or Co-Op. But it is very labor intensive to put out and keep out.

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#6616103 - 01/04/17 12:10 PM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: fouzman]
StephensCnty308 Offline
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Registered: 07/27/15
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Loc: Stephens county
Originally Posted By: fouzman
We're in late rut/post rut on our place, right now. All protein feeders were filled before we left ranch, yesterday. As stated above, this is the most critical time to provide supplemental feed. Free choice if you can afford it.


Do you quit feeding protein at any point during the year?

I'm about to start feeding protein and curious if I need to run it 365 days a year or mainly not to hunting season.

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#6616125 - 01/04/17 12:19 PM Re: Feeding Protein After Rut [Re: StephensCnty308]
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Originally Posted By: StephensCnty308
Originally Posted By: fouzman
We're in late rut/post rut on our place, right now. All protein feeders were filled before we left ranch, yesterday. As stated above, this is the most critical time to provide supplemental feed. Free choice if you can afford it.


Do you quit feeding protein at any point during the year?

I'm about to start feeding protein and curious if I need to run it 365 days a year or mainly not to hunting season.


we stop protein and cottonseed end of Sept and resume mid January -
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