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#7033201 - 01/10/18 03:10 PM If you can't / don't feed protein all year...
jadkins Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/11/17
Posts: 37
Loc: Midland, TX
Best months? Jan. & Feb. Then again in July, August, September?

Opinions please.

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#7033204 - 01/10/18 03:13 PM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 08/09/10
Posts: 1888
Loc: Houston, TX
Feb with a high fat content.

May/Jun/July with a good 20% pellet, if that's all I could afford. This assumes habitat's in good shape come April. If not, I'd feed April/May/June. But, at a minimum, ideally I'd feed April-September.

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#7033853 - 01/10/18 10:49 PM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
deerfeeder Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 04/27/07
Posts: 8032
Loc: Southwest, Tx
^^^^ Agree.

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#7033999 - 01/11/18 07:36 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
Texican Offline
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Registered: 02/19/08
Posts: 908
Do any of you feed small acreage? Just wondering if it is worth it, or if it is a waste of money to feed <500 acres.

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#7034084 - 01/11/18 08:37 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
Wacm Offline
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Registered: 05/13/16
Posts: 1071
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Itís cheaper to let all bucks with any sort of potential make it to 7 years old. It takes a few years of holding off. Itís amazing how big deer can get if you leave em alone a few years.

If you find no deer are getting mature then you saved yourself lots of time and money. When you can let em walk and see them grow bigger every year itís time to drop protein.

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#7034136 - 01/11/18 09:06 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
hook_n_line Offline
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Registered: 01/20/12
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Wacm makes a good point. I have a horror story about a place where deer couldn't grow up.

The South Tx place is fed cotton seed from January to August along with corn year round. On the Central Tx place is tricky and it depends on the weather. If it's a dry start to the year, (which I personally prefer) I put out protein. If it's a wet start to the year its food plots starting first week of February with radish or turnips. Then throw some peas and clover in around March.
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#7034195 - 01/11/18 09:42 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
Hunter Daddy Offline
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 202
Right after the rut (Jan, Feb and early March) feed a high fat pellet. From March - Dec, feed a 20% protein pellet. Remember, does will benefit with the high protein through pregnancy. The fawns they drop are in excellent health and have excellent brain development which is crucial to evading even the best hunters!

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#7034201 - 01/11/18 09:45 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
BowsnRods Offline
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Registered: 05/05/08
Posts: 2201
Loc: Bandera County
I feed starting in January and continue to the end of September. Very important I feel to get the Bucks especially their body weight and condition back as it was prior to rut to allow them to be as healthy as possible prior to the start of Antler development for the coming year, I do not agree with the start, stop, start method of the distribution of protein. Start and continue until the antler development is complete. I also feel it's good for the doe in producing healthy fawns. This is just my opinion. This practice has worked well for me. I start with 20% and finish with 20% protein.

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#7034276 - 01/11/18 10:30 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: jadkins]
jadkins Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/11/17
Posts: 37
Loc: Midland, TX
Thanks for the replies.

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#7035733 - 01/12/18 10:42 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: Wacm]
ImBillT Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/25/13
Posts: 343
Originally Posted By: Wacm
Itís cheaper to let all bucks with any sort of potential make it to 7 years old. It takes a few years of holding off. Itís amazing how big deer can get if you leave em alone a few years.

If you find no deer are getting mature then you saved yourself lots of time and money. When you can let em walk and see them grow bigger every year itís time to drop protein.


My buddies family has a high fence place and I have not yet seen a deer peak later than 6.5yrs old. Many peak at 5.5. Waiting until theyíre seven may be a slight stretch.

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#7036508 - 01/13/18 02:07 AM Re: If you can't / don't feed protein all year... [Re: ImBillT]
DocHorton Offline
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Registered: 12/06/10
Posts: 5178
Loc: DFW
Originally Posted By: ImBillT
Originally Posted By: Wacm
Itís cheaper to let all bucks with any sort of potential make it to 7 years old. It takes a few years of holding off. Itís amazing how big deer can get if you leave em alone a few years.

If you find no deer are getting mature then you saved yourself lots of time and money. When you can let em walk and see them grow bigger every year itís time to drop protein.


My buddies family has a high fence place and I have not yet seen a deer peak later than 6.5yrs old. Many peak at 5.5. Waiting until theyíre seven may be a slight stretch.


It can happen. Here are pics of the same deer at 5.5, 6.5, 7.5. He was killed this year...he added 20-25" per year between 5.5 and 7.5. Top pic is 7.5, middle pic is 6.5, bottom pic is 5.5. He went from 10 pt to 12 pt to 14 pt. It's not necessarily the norm to gain that much, but most deer will be bigger at 6.5 than 5.5.




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