We have fed protein on this combined 2500 acres for the last 12 years. Have seen the property go through good and bad years with drought and other conditions. We all know last year seemed to be a good year for natural forage in most parts of the state. We fed roughly 7500 lbs each year. Last year with WEST FEED it was no different in terms of amount fed and consumption rate. The deer transitioned to it quickly and I was excited to see the results.
With Record Rack we consistently saw gains in tine length and mass. Every year seemed to be getting better. The age class matured, we were seeing more of the 4-5 yr old bucks on property. Body size of both bucks and does increased. Overall the deer population on the ranch seemed to be improving in all areas. (body size, health, antler size)
We keep a TOP 10 board for lease record on the highest scoring bucks, along with scoring all bucks shot in the lease book.
This just gives a reference when trying to analyze or look back at growth and age structure.
Last year with WEST FEED the consumption rate was high, 70% percent of pictures we had showed 4-5 bucks on feeders at 1 time at all hours of the day. We just didn't see any gain. Not that it didn't Help, maybe we have reached a plateau for our area. I will try and dig through some of my old photos. There just seemed to be no gains in our 3-4 year old bucks. It's like they through the exact same rack with little to no gain in tine length and mass. Deer that where 4-5 that should have turned out solid this year, ended up disappointing. These were deer that I had pics and video of over the last 3 years. 2 where shot opening wknd and came in just above avg for the lease score and 10 inches from making the Board.
This just seemed like an underachieving year for our place. Maybe I was a little strong in my first post, WEST is probably a good feed. You cant go wrong by giving the deer additional protein and nutrients. 1 year is quick to judge but after consistent results with another brand, it was a regret all season while sitting in the stand. We