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#6910621 - 10/05/17 09:23 PM Need help with antler growth protein supplements.
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Registered: 12/16/12
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I hunt on my buddies property and we want to put out some gravity feeders after the season to help with antler growth and keep the population healthy. I moved down to Texas 5 years ago from up north where it was illegal to use feeders so I am new to using them. My wife is from Texas so we decided to move down here to be closer to her family. I had to get back surgery so I just started getting back to hunting 3 years ago. I have a 300# feeder and sometimes put up the 100# tree hugger feeder for hog hunting. I hunt out of a 4'x8' blind on a 5' tower and have the Sniper Hog Light Exterminator II Feeder Light on the side of my blind. I also have The Remote feeder remote hooked up to my 300# feeder. I love hunting in Texas and kinda went all out with the hunting set up lol. Right now I am feeding them apple scented corn and corn with roasted soybean mix from the Waller Rice Drier company. Then I threw down some Wildgame Innovations Acorn Rage and their Sugar Beet Crush. They seem to really like the Sugar Beet Crush and we have been seeing a lot more bucks on the cameras I have set up. We are probably going to build the protein feeders using the Game Winner Gravity Feeder Tube they sell at Academy Sports or making them from pvc tubes and strapping them to a tree. So I was hoping someone here could steer me in the right direction on a good protein pellet that would not cost me a lot of money to keep 3 gravity feeders filled through the off season. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks everybody and have a great season!!!!

#6912334 - 10/07/17 03:16 PM Re: Need help with antler growth protein supplements. [Re: bowbuilder1971]
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Registered: 07/22/06
Posts: 68
Loc: Weatherford, Texas
A lot of factors (and opinions) when it comes to free choice/protein feeding. I have friends who use the gravity feeder tube from Academy with great success. Personally I prefer the Bossbuck Gravity Head tied to PVC and a 55 Gallon Barrel.

You will find people have had success with one brand in their area while others have better success with a different brand. A very common theme is that when you first start protein, you may have better success if you combine it with corn initially and over time lessen the corn percentage until they are on 100% protein.

Some factors to consider when deciding: (1) Will hogs or livestock have access to your protein feeder (2) What brands of protein do you have local access to and (3) How far is your drive to check and/or refill feeders. With unknown consumption, this will be a key factor.

Some common brands in no particular order are Lyssy & Eckel, Purina (Antler Max), Record Rack, Mumme's, and Red Chain. I'm sure others will follow up with additonal brands/suggestions I have missed but wanted to throw out some starting thoughts.
The blood trail that really matters leads to the cross!

#6913792 - 10/09/17 08:07 AM Re: Need help with antler growth protein supplements. [Re: bowbuilder1971]

Registered: 11/17/08
Posts: 595
Loc: Azle TX
Start your protein feeding in December. We use boss buck protein feeders. Rule of thumb is to have protein in the feeders that will be consumed within a month. We feed antler max with climate guard during the hot months and antler max with water shield in the spring. We use a protein for recovery starting in December. Keep the protein tubes about 40” off the ground or you’ll feed swine.

Good luck.


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