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Cottonseed for deer? #5316824 09/20/14 12:11 PM
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Anybody feed cottonseed and if so how much does it cost? Thinking about putting some out and seeing what it does.

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we have for 3-4 years now - we buy in bulk - not sure if it can be bought in sacks - it is labor intensive


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Labor intensive? How so

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Originally Posted By: Monster_Raxx
Labor intensive? How so


Do you like operating a shovel?

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I do it everyday

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Originally Posted By: Monster_Raxx
I do it everyday


In that case I think your qualified to feed cottonseed.

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Ok. So what's the price of it and does the cottonseed make any real difference in hunting

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Originally Posted By: Monster_Raxx
Ok. So what's the price of it and does the cottonseed make any real difference in hunting


Find the closest cotton gin and ask them. I have found that the price varies according to who is behind the counter when you ask for it.

Get some welded wire horse fence, make barrels out of it, about the same diameter as 55 gallon barrels, stake it GOOD, cattle will turn them over. The gin will dump it in your trailer or pickup bed. Lay a big tap down first so you can flip it back over the load. If you don't some of it will fly out on the highway. Make sure you have a good grain shovel, it makes it easier to shovel it into the top of your wire barrels.

Is it worth it? You have to make that decision, for me it was great, I got the cotton seed for free, and I had good help to unload it while I sat in the pickup. If you are shoveling and paying, then it costs money and the work sucks.


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Thanks kmon1 !! Good read for consideration. I have seen several photos here and elsewhere with incredible bucks and CSM in the background of the photos? It may be that the consumption levels by WT are just enough to maybe help, without a detrimental effect??


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Ok. So what's the price of it and does the cottonseed make any real difference in hunting


Find the closest cotton gin and ask them. I have found that the price varies according to who is behind the counter when you ask for it.

Get some welded wire horse fence, make barrels out of it, about the same diameter as 55 gallon barrels, stake it GOOD, cattle will turn them over. The gin will dump it in your trailer or pickup bed. Lay a big tap down first so you can flip it back over the load. If you don't some of it will fly out on the highway. Make sure you have a good grain shovel, it makes it easier to shovel it into the top of your wire barrels.

Is it worth it? You have to make that decision, for me it was great, I got the cotton seed for free, and I had good help to unload it while I sat in the pickup. If you are shoveling and paying, then it costs money and the work sucks.


Thanks DC up I have been kicking the idea around as well, so have watched this thread for info. Thanks for "spelling out" the process, I thought it came in bales? Only place I have seen it used, was for cattle on a lease I had in W Texas though.


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Thanks for all the info

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Seems to work for our ranch - we feed protein too but I think the addition of cottonseed has helped our herd overall

The other advantage of cottonseed is that it does not have to be fed inside a penned area - it allows fawns access whereas protein feeders that are in pens tend to keep the fawns out


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Damn nice buck. We are gonna feed Antler Max also

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Damn nice buck. We are gonna feed Antler Max also

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Last year the gin wanted $270 per ton. You can improve this price considerably at closing time with a few cases of beer.

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The deer didn't start eating it right away. So we mixed corn and cotton seed together. Once they learned how to eat it , we quit mixing in the corn.

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Ok. Sounds good

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Mummes in Hondo sells it in 50lb bags.

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I haven't yet but I just cut a deal and will start around the end of December.


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