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What type of protein are you feeding with #7948371 08/24/20 05:44 PM
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Curious to know what kind of protein you're using in your protein feeders? Last year I tried Antler Max. I can say my deer really didn't care much for it. I filled both protein feeders in April of 19. This past April I still had about 25% left on a 150 lb gravity fed protein feeder? I didn't fuss with it this past spring by putting more in. My neighbor said he's been using Trophy Rack with good success! This past weekend I filled both protein feeders with it. I haven't pulled the SD camera cards yet to check the traffic, but I'm seeing lots of hoof tracks inside the pen.

Anybody else using another type of protein the deer really like?

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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948387 08/24/20 05:51 PM
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12% Allstock. Twice as much protein as corn and cheap.

This time of year they are eating about 100-150 pounds a week on a 25 acre farm.

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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948406 08/24/20 06:01 PM
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Lyssy & Eckel since 2012 here on my place. 365 days per year and no problem eating it when it is dry...eat less when it is raining average or more and the food plots are doing well.


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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948407 08/24/20 06:01 PM
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We use Purina Antler Max at our place and the deer hammer it. We put out 4K pounds every 4 weeks and sometimes were empty in 3.

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948570 08/24/20 08:08 PM
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Anything over 16% is a waste of money, unless you're getting it cheaper than a 16% pellet. Our biologist said that their bodies can only process about 16%. The rest is waste.

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948640 08/24/20 08:36 PM
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Some protein utilizes vitamin k while others utilize essential oils with each adding to the digestive process.

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948646 08/24/20 08:40 PM
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We're feeding Double Down but I'm not sure I'm getting the results I expected.



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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948647 08/24/20 08:41 PM
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Must be sucking protein out the air

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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948678 08/24/20 08:59 PM
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All of our neighbors feed protein, when we feed protein it is cotton seed.


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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948686 08/24/20 09:04 PM
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Mixed record rack Golden Nugget with the local Coop blend.


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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948786 08/24/20 10:18 PM
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Record rack. They hammer it. Been through over 40,000 pounds this year. We’ve seen deer walk off 40-50 yards when we pull up to fill them and not leave. As soon as we drive away they go right back to the feeder.

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948804 08/24/20 10:34 PM
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Since my life isn't complicated enough, I put Hi-Pro 17%, that I buy close to the house in my southern most protein feeder. It happens to be the most well-vented, since it's an early ASF combo feeder that I got free through a friend on here and the corn feeder mechanism was completely trashed; 'never clogs up, even during the Spring rains. The deer have always hammered it, hard.

I tried Antler Max in the other two protein feeders during the Spring (bought by the ranch) and all it was was a hassle; clogging, the deer didn't touch it, etc. I now run Lyssy & Eckels 20% (bought in Roosevelt) through those two feeders and the deer are hammering them. I also added (to complete the math on my Wildlife Valuation - protein feeder-to-acreage) a cheap, Texas Hunter 5-bag protein feeder, and I put the 17% Hi-Pro protein in it. 'Had to almost whip a doe off of it a day later after setting it up (to check the corn feeder close by.)

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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948856 08/24/20 11:15 PM
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Record Rack, it's all I can get in bulk around here.


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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948891 08/24/20 11:56 PM
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Feeding Mummies 20%, and they eat it like my fat butt at the buffet!

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948909 08/25/20 12:15 AM
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Antler Max going on 5 years now. They love it.

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7948982 08/25/20 01:14 AM
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Man let's sum this up - Very FEW proteins on the market today are "bad protein" - if you are feeding a popular brand (L&E, etc.) then you are all good. They will all serve your deer well. End of the day it boils down to cost and delivery speed -

Protein is a SUPPLEMENTAL FEED! It does NOT control the overall quality of your deer herd. It is helpful during drought. Otherwise is has a small overall impact on your deer horns.

What does have impact is your management - be patient and let your deer age. Keep killing does and letting your bucks mature - very simple to do. Show restraint and the payoff will come - takes time but worth it IMO


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Originally Posted by tlk
Man let's sum this up - Very FEW proteins on the market today are "bad protein" - if you are feeding a popular brand (L&E, etc.) then you are all good. They will all serve your deer well. End of the day it boils down to cost and delivery speed -

Protein is a SUPPLEMENTAL FEED! It does NOT control the overall quality of your deer herd. It is helpful during drought. Otherwise is has a small overall impact on your deer horns.

What does have impact is your management - be patient and let your deer age. Keep killing does and letting your bucks mature - very simple to do. Show restraint and the payoff will come - takes time but worth it IMO


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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7949014 08/25/20 02:01 AM
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What are the sentiments with ADM's Rack Plus?

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7949032 08/25/20 02:25 AM
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Use High Pro, can't keep it in the feeder.

Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7949180 08/25/20 09:59 AM
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I am on odd-ball I suppose. I feed whatever is cheapest and still go through a ton a month. Have tried Double Down to check out the hype, (certainly not the cheapest), goat pellet, alfalfa pellets, 17% pellets, 20% pellets, Record Rack, etc....it all gets eaten and have never noticed the deer snub their nose at anything presented.

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my deer are eating about 200lbs a week. Been feeding Red Chain, 20% chain reaction deer pellets for 4 years. They have never ate as much, as they are now.

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Now I'm really curious, those feeding in bulk, where are you getting it and how much is the protein you purchase in bulk?


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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7949261 08/25/20 12:04 PM
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Years ago when I bought bulk the rule of thumb was that if you bought had delivered the same amount of bags in ton quantities as you bought had delivered in bulk, that you would save $25/ton. Basically the cost of bagging feed. The delivery cost would be the same. The big savings would be in trips to town to buy feed, your time, etc. The other big expense would be the cost of a storage or overhead bin vs. a barn to store feed in. Then the cost of a vehicle or trailer to put feed out. Long term the cost of bulk can pay for itself if you are feeding a lot. The one thing that can be a savings is if you have a bulk dealer close by that has an auger truck he can deliver and fill feeders with or has trailers you can rent to fill your feeders. Other option is if you buy your own feed trailer to buy bulk at a location nearby. You can also save on corn for spin feeders.


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Humble belief mine - bags are cleaner and help you keep the protein fresh. Just buy what you need and then put them into feeders. My experience is more dust with the use of bulk feed and augers. Resulting dust settles in the feeder ports and becomes more of a mess and especially when it does happen to rain. We work with five feeders. Three are lower profile Texas hunter 600 pound units which can be easily fed off the tailgate. Two others are larger 1,200 pounders which require driving directly next to the feeder and filling off the side rails of the bed or the truck box.

From time to time, others on our pasture have rented feed trailers for $50 and bought feed in bulk. The feed store is about 45 minutes away and you have to get that trailer back by the end of the day. You also have to set up a reservation in advance. Then you get to haul the trailer around the pasture, stuff the hose into the feeder, hold it here and notice all the dust involved with the auger mechanism. In addition, if you somehow end up with excess feed, you have to find a place to either store the remaining or dispose of it.

We have been feeding RHR (not Double Down) from Dilley the past several years. It is peanut based and let's just say the deer seem to appreciate it.

Considering it takes 4,200 pounds to top off our feeders when completely empty, if we can get down there often enough, it is best to just put a ton in the back of the P/U and avoid the trailer. Somewhat of a pain to unload a bunch of bags from a trailer on to a P/U and then unload them again to pour into feeders. If at all possible, we try to pick up bags as few times as possible. I have posted this photo several times, but it does give you an idea.
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Re: What type of protein are you feeding with [Re: Jeff in TX] #7949298 08/25/20 12:57 PM
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Antler max or Antlers plus (sportsmans choice). I've been getting the Antlers plus a lot more lately because that's what the feed store in Aspermont stocks. Once my deer started eating protein I can't tell they prefer one over the other.

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