texashuntingforum.com logo
Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Mudduck12, JoeyZ84, Swampman, arguimj, BO-N-ARO
65881 Registered Users
Top Posters(All Time)
dogcatcher 94,618
bill oxner 58,136
stxranchman 55,296
SnakeWrangler 47,437
RKHarm24 44,585
rifleman 44,436
BMD 41,029
Big Orn 37,484
Facebook
Forum Statistics
Forums45
Topics439,229
Posts6,372,839
Members65,881
Most Online16,728
Mar 25th, 2012
Print Thread
Do deer like.... #7581404 08/16/19 01:52 PM
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 138
C
chrswr Offline OP
Woodsman
OP Offline
Woodsman
C
Joined: Dec 2015
Posts: 138

I was picking up some corn, guy infront of me was also, and a bail of alfalfa. Do deer like alfalfa? He said he was going to try it out....

Never though about it. Any thoughts......

Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7581407 08/16/19 01:54 PM
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 31,924
R
redchevy Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
R
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 31,924
I bet they tear it up if they can get to it where it is growing.

Have seen mixed results with trying to feed bailed alfalfa, one place they tear it up the next the rabbits and hogs make beds in it.


It's hell eatin em live
Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7581416 08/16/19 02:10 PM
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 444
M
MClark Offline
Bird Dog
Offline
Bird Dog
M
Joined: Oct 2015
Posts: 444
I have been told deer will eat growing alfalfa but dry bales taste bitter to them and avoid it unless little else to eat.
I have eaten alfalfa (farmer friend, here eat this...) and growing does taste better.

M

Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7581427 08/16/19 02:23 PM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 13,716
Creekrunner Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 13,716
If it's fresh, they'll vacuum it up in a very few days, especially if it's been dry and a lot of the browse is gone. I put bales in a couple of elevated cattle panel cages with a tin roof and a holder on one end for a mineral block. I found them on Craigslist down here. Keeps it above the hogs.

Earlier in the year I think I was sold some ancient bales at Kothmann's in Menard. They barely touched them, but it might have also been that there was more browse then. Still, I buy it by home. I figure the "horsey set" around me buys so much that fresh is coming in constantly.

It's a good attractant for axis, I believe.


[Linked Image]


...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28
Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7581458 08/16/19 02:49 PM
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 2,572
CharlieCTx Offline
Veteran Tracker
Offline
Veteran Tracker
Joined: May 2013
Posts: 2,572
I tired it once on an OK lease, they never touched it.


Kel-Tec RFB + Griffin Sportsman Ultra Light 300 + Pulsar Apex XQ-50
M&P-10 + AAC Cyclone
Remy 700 + Leupold VX3 3.5x10x50 CDS
Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7582140 08/17/19 12:03 PM
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 763
F
Flashprism Offline
Tracker
Offline
Tracker
F
Joined: Nov 2011
Posts: 763
A green alfalfa field is like cocaine to an addict. My uncle had a 50 acre pasture of alfalfa in NJ and often there were 50 to 75 deer in it at one time.

Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7582170 08/17/19 01:26 PM
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 303
G
Gringocazador Offline
Bird Dog
Offline
Bird Dog
G
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 303
Its like anything else. If there is lots of rain and lots of other stuff to eat they may not touch it. If its all they have to eat they will tear it up. They won't touch it at my place in East Texas, to much rain last few years.


Thanks, Billy
Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7584806 08/20/19 07:49 PM
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 10
B
Biggen13 Offline
Light Foot
Offline
Light Foot
B
Joined: Aug 2019
Posts: 10
We throw out maybe a half bail at a time usually once a week. Its gone pretty quick and the Axis love it.

Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7585450 08/21/19 03:03 PM
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 1,995
A
Always ready 2 hunt Offline
Pro Tracker
Offline
Pro Tracker
A
Joined: Jul 2015
Posts: 1,995
Depends on location and other browse food sources. Trans Pecos it is a magnet. N.TX no luck.

Creekrunner, I like that bale/block set up up

Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7585455 08/21/19 03:09 PM
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 55,296
S
stxranchman Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
Offline
Obie Juan Kenobi
S
Joined: Aug 2010
Posts: 55,296
Like posted above it is going to depend on your location in the state and range conditions. Quality of hay makes a big difference in IME getting them started on it. I would not put out the whole bale to start, just a smaller leaf that I busted apart into a pile. Put a little corn on top of it to start them. As dry as it is getting here, I thought about trying a bale just to see what they do with it.



Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7585467 08/21/19 03:21 PM
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,826
W
WileyCoyote Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
Offline
THF Trophy Hunter
W
Joined: Sep 2004
Posts: 5,826
My older BinL from Houston had a lease one time down east of the Blue Hole south of Junction at Telegraph across the low water crosssing on the S Llano River. He put out bales up on a sheet of leftover plywood he'd got off the ground nailed to saw horses & surrounded in a pile of rocks and had no trouble drawing WT's after they found it. It was about 75 yards up hill from the feeder and if the deer came to the feeder, they'd always stop for couple minutes at the Alfalfa...and yes he always thought the WT's learned to eat it from the Axis. The sawhorses kept the hogs from getting at it too.
Ron


It is TIME for Term Limits, cause Politicians are like childrens diapers and for the same reasons...Robin Williams

"These are the times that try men's soul's"...Thomas Paine

"Those who fail to learn from History are doomed to repeat it" ....Santayana
Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7585495 08/21/19 03:46 PM
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 94,618
dogcatcher Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 94,618
The alfalfa fields around Roswell have a deer problem, mulies eating them out of their livelihood. Tried it in Runnels county, hit and miss, sometimes it was eaten, sometimes it would rot in place.


Combat Infantryman, the ultimate hunter where the prey shoots back.
_____________"Illegitimus non carborundum est"_______________



Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7609203 09/17/19 10:05 PM
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 4,400
W
Wilhunt Online Content
Extreme Tracker
Online Content
Extreme Tracker
W
Joined: Jul 2013
Posts: 4,400
If you have cattle on the place won't they eat it before the deer?

Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7609297 09/17/19 11:43 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 18,311
E
Erathkid Offline
THF Celebrity
Offline
THF Celebrity
E
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 18,311
I've had deer walk past corn feeders to get to pieces of a dry bale. Key is to keep it from getting wet and scouring. Creek runners setup above looks like the way to go..

Last edited by Erathkid; 09/17/19 11:44 PM.

Life is too short, as is. Don't chance it.
Don't text and drive.
Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7609349 09/18/19 12:32 AM
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 7,738
S
Simple Searcher Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
Online Content
THF Trophy Hunter
S
Joined: Dec 2012
Posts: 7,738
Our deer must be goofy. We have two feeders like CR has, our deer will nibble at it, but not really eat it.
One day I brought back a bale with the intent of getting the axis to come in. I put it on the ground and broke it up into nice loose pile. The whitetail almost finished it that morning and evening. In the evening they came trotting in to get it, and went right past the feeder. They would usually leave when I walk out on the porch, but they stayed right there eating up their new found munchies.
The guy down the road has a high fence around his alfalfa field to keep the whitetail out.


[Linked Image]
"Man is still a hunter, still a simple searcher after meat..." Robert C. Ruark
Re: Do deer like.... [Re: chrswr] #7609388 09/18/19 01:18 AM
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 13,716
Creekrunner Online Content
THF Celebrity
Online Content
THF Celebrity
Joined: Oct 2012
Posts: 13,716
I have yet to see any axis on camera. I've spotted a couple of does driving out once, and txtrophy85 and the general contractor have spotted some, but I think they're passing through; 'same as my last place. Those alfalfa bales can start to add up when the whitetail decide to start finishing them in a week. They're on their own with just the mineral block and the regular feeder until it gets cooler, it's hunting season, and I'm feeling more generous.


...and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. Gen. 1:28
Previous Thread
Index
Next Thread

© 2004-2019 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide
Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.3