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#7075192 - 02/12/18 04:11 AM Year round feeding
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Registered: 09/17/12
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Loc: granbury,texas 76048
Question: I fed corn year round last year and definitely saw a difference in deer traffic..I went through lots of corn..when do y'all turn your feeders on? If you don't feed year round and how long is sufficient..I fed twice a day for 3 seconds..I have two 12volt feeders and two 6 volt..with the 12volt throwing more feed..opinions..

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#7075195 - 02/12/18 04:34 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Registered: 07/21/16
Posts: 391
Loc: East of Dallas
I generally run about 1,000 lbs of corn a month, year around. I manage some pretty dense hunting areas, and given the acorn crop last year...they just stayed away from the feeders most of the season. I am just now starting to see them coming back to eat...and mostly at night. Strange year....

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#7075269 - 02/12/18 07:32 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Registered: 08/27/14
Posts: 202
Now that season is over, we have our corn feeders throwing once at sunup and that's it. Feeding in the evening just brings raccoons at night. We also are keeping the protein feeders full throughout the year and especially right now.

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#7075322 - 02/12/18 08:13 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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I run a feeder until the Spring green up in late March. Once the native browse returns, feral hogs end up getting most of any corn that hits the ground. And feeding hogs during the off season is a big no-no with landowners in the area.

If I did feed year round, I would only use a barrel with feeding tubes that makes it more difficult for hogs to reach the feed.
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#7075341 - 02/12/18 08:28 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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If you have hogs and don't have feed pens a lot of it will go to the hogs. We would get 80-90% hog pictures all summer long and the deer would be sprinkled in here and there. Put feed pens up and big bump in deer activity without the hogs.
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#7075356 - 02/12/18 08:38 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Registered: 11/05/14
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feed year around but have hog pens up.
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#7075382 - 02/12/18 09:01 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Registered: 02/25/09
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Loc: BenBrook Texas
I feed year round. I just turn mine down after hunting season to a second in the morning and afternoon.
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#7075399 - 02/12/18 09:14 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Given the lack of nutritional value in corn, we turn our feeders on around Labor Day and off around end of Jan.
We do however keep the protien feeders full year round and they stay on it hard from about mid May through Labor Day. Seems like end of sept to mid March, they don’t have a lot of interest in protien.. you’ll catch a few now and then grabbing a quick bite. I’ll fill the protien feeders mid sept and not have to fill again until end of deer season.

I agree with the fencing if you have pigs. We have a couple guys running year round corn for “pig feeders” and really paid the price this year.. pigs took over their areas and the deer just wouldn’t come around..
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#7075459 - 02/12/18 09:53 AM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Registered: 08/09/10
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Loc: Houston, TX
Corn from September until it runs out in February. Cottonseed now thru April. Free-choice protein year 'round. All feeders are fenced with pens averaging 3,600 sq. feet.

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#7075762 - 02/12/18 01:19 PM Re: Year round feeding [Re: fouzman]
jadkins Offline
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Registered: 08/11/17
Posts: 37
Loc: Midland, TX
Originally Posted By: fouzman
All feeders are fenced with pens averaging 3,600 sq. feet.


Dang...those are big pens.

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#7075770 - 02/12/18 01:24 PM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Registered: 08/09/10
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Loc: Houston, TX
We've found that larger pens help the deer feel more at ease, thereby utilizing them more. We actually have deer that bed inside the feed pens. We leave some select, native brush in our pens.

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#7075773 - 02/12/18 01:31 PM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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All my pens are about 1,900 square feet. Ten hog panels in a circle. Bigger would be better, but that's all my budget can stand. About $280 per pen.


Edited by Mr. T. (02/12/18 01:38 PM)
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#7075776 - 02/12/18 01:35 PM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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Registered: 11/17/10
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
I change my feed amount based on what they are eating. If corn lays on the ground then bring the time down if they eat it all and leave in 30 min turn it up. Right now I’m running mine 2 times a day for 10 seconds and 1 time at night for 5 seconds for hog hunting.
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#7075866 - 02/12/18 03:13 PM Re: Year round feeding [Re: Mr. T.]
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Registered: 08/11/17
Posts: 37
Loc: Midland, TX
Originally Posted By: Mr. T.
All my pens are about 1,900 square feet. Ten hog panels in a circle. Bigger would be better, but that's all my budget can stand. About $280 per pen.


Just threw up thinking about driving all those T posts...

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#7075882 - 02/12/18 03:22 PM Re: Year round feeding [Re: mow]
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We fill our feeders so they run out of corn by February, and do not fill them again until September. Feeding year around brought the hogs in, once we quit feeding year around they moved to our neighbors place. They feed year around, but have no cover like we do. We put out cotton seed for protein, it's the only thing they get from February until September.
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