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Off Season Corn Feeders #8503211 01/13/22 11:10 PM
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As the season winds down, many are shifting to off season feeding, or stopping feeding altogether.

As much as we hunt now, and feed July through January... don't know that we can afford to feed at the rates year around. Almost as much concerning fuel costs as corn!

So...... has anyone ever skipped days?

Some of our timers will allow daily schedules, such as T/Th/S feed mornings, Wed/Friday/Sunday feed evenings, etc.

I'd like to feed more, especially in Feb thru April out west... just thinking out loud.

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We still have antlerless permits and the next time I hunt, I will go to morning feedings only. It would be nice to be able to feed just mid week at a couple of my setups. We are in Northeast Texas and will be keeping 1 or 2 feeders going till the deer start to leave it piled up, then let them run empty till July.

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I would not skip days, just feed only once per day extra long or twice per day but cut back to smaller amount. WAG, I would also feed after dark since you are wanting to concentrate on bucks mainly. They are going to be nocturnal anyway so why not feed them and get them used to coming to the feeder. Early summer start moving the times closer to dark or daylight to prepare for hunting season.


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Re: Off Season Corn Feeders [Re: sig226fan (Rguns.com)] #8503341 01/14/22 02:13 AM
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We get hardly any feeder activity April to August so most of our feeders are not running then. We do keep 3 for hogs and we might see a deer or two on those cams once a week. To get a buck on camera eating corn those months is like winning the lottery for us.

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The first question to ask yourself is why do you feed? It is to attract deer, or supplement their diet? I use corn feeders to attract deer while I am hunting. I am on two leases. In Mills County, I could start feeding several days before opener, and they would find it. On the NE TX lease, there is not as many deer, and I start feeding about a month before the season. I don't care to spend money on corn all year, when I am not hunting. I have read some very detailed articles on managing whitetail deer. The articles I read said it can have a negative effect, because it is introducing more food than the natural habitat can support. There are most likely other articles with an opposing view. Good luck what ever choice you make.

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Originally Posted by sig226fan (Rguns.com)
As the season winds down, many are shifting to off season feeding, or stopping feeding altogether.

As much as we hunt now, and feed July through January... don't know that we can afford to feed at the rates year around. Almost as much concerning fuel costs as corn!

So...... has anyone ever skipped days?

Some of our timers will allow daily schedules, such as T/Th/S feed mornings, Wed/Friday/Sunday feed evenings, etc.

I'd like to feed more, especially in Feb thru April out west... just thinking out loud.



I usually will not skip days
Simply turn them down to a much lower feeding amount.
I was feeding 16-18 seconds during the season and have turned it down to 12. Next trip back it will get turned down to 6 or 8 and then in late February it will go down to just 4 or 5 and only be feeding 150-200 lbs/month.


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We're so dry in Mills county, there is NOTHING for them to eat. I have a ton of deer and many new bucks hammering my corn feeder as everybody around me quit feeding. I hate to lay out the $ but without the ability to take out a bunch of mouths I have no idea when to stop.


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Re: Off Season Corn Feeders [Re: ILUVBIGBUCKS] #8503662 01/14/22 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by ILUVBIGBUCKS
Originally Posted by sig226fan (Rguns.com)
As the season winds down, many are shifting to off season feeding, or stopping feeding altogether.

As much as we hunt now, and feed July through January... don't know that we can afford to feed at the rates year around. Almost as much concerning fuel costs as corn!

So...... has anyone ever skipped days?

Some of our timers will allow daily schedules, such as T/Th/S feed mornings, Wed/Friday/Sunday feed evenings, etc.

I'd like to feed more, especially in Feb thru April out west... just thinking out loud.



I usually will not skip days
Simply turn them down to a much lower feeding amount.
I was feeding 16-18 seconds during the season and have turned it down to 12. Next trip back it will get turned down to 6 or 8 and then in late February it will go down to just 4 or 5 and only be feeding 150-200 lbs/month.


This is a prime example of how you can't talk about specific number of seconds to run a feeder. During season we run 6 seconds each day which equates to about 250-300lb a month and would sometimes result in spoilage. I know it's a little off topic but it's a good example.

This time of year I cut down corn feeding and focus on protein. We still have good browse, so 600lb of protein will last 2-3 months. Also, the bucks are the only ones that go for the protein so there is good/bad to that -- if you're targeting bucks it's effective and efficient. If you want to provide nutrition to does as well then you'll miss it a lot in a penned setup with higher feed tubes

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we try to keep the protein full but will pull back on the corn some. especially in the hot months it seems like the quail eat more of the corn than anything else.


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