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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #20 on: January 31, 2018, 07:11:00 PM »
We would take 4 to 6 inch PVC pipe, 4 ft tall, cut a notch in the bottom or drill a hole with the same bit, that you would use for a door knob - tie it to a tree with wire - fill it with corn & throw a coffee can on top for a lid - let it gravity feed to the hole for the deer and coons to eat - worked well -   The new trend is "apple flavored" corn -
I'll stick to my clover fields and salt blocks for keeping the gang local. (we got to pull the salt blocks up from Sept. to mid January in our state).

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #21 on: January 31, 2018, 07:24:05 PM »
I was told that hole corn does nothing for the deer it just fills there gut they eat it hole and crap it hole  :-\ :-\

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #22 on: January 31, 2018, 07:34:08 PM »
BayBeagle, do you have to pull your salt blocks up if they are there for cattle??
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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #23 on: January 31, 2018, 08:31:26 PM »
BayBeagle, do you have to pull your salt blocks up if they are there for cattle??

no,  You can't hunt adjacent, or near the salt lick location - in a scenario's where you used it for attracting deer - you can not hunt over it - it needs to be removed, and the residue as well - (which is almost impossible) -
I have seen spots where white salt blocks have been placed to attract deer - and the deer (over the years) have dug out a spot, and eaten both dirt and roots - a hole you could bury a Volkswagen beetle in it -

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #24 on: January 31, 2018, 08:35:13 PM »
I was told that hole corn does nothing for the deer it just fills there gut they eat it hole and crap it hole  :-\ :-\

I have to disagree (in part) you are most likely at least partially correct!

When we used to feed the deer in the back yard, we could sit on the porch and hear them crunching the whole corn! 

Same thing when they would eat the Black Cherries from the yard trees out back, they would actually crunch those pits in the cherries!

Granted, you can see some corn in the deer droppings, but I've never seen whole corn in it!

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2018, 08:44:37 PM »
I was told that hole corn does nothing for the deer it just fills there gut they eat it hole and crap it hole  :-\ :-\

I'll question that - deer are browsers, so a little of this and a little of that makes up their diet.  In agg areas, corn and beans, peanuts and sunflowers make up a portion of their diet, along with nuts and foliage.  They need to be accumated to their food source to build a gut bacteria, to help digest, and breakdown the food source.  In all my years, I have never seen corn in deer scat.

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2018, 09:18:35 PM »
Kathy feeds the deer.  I watch and learn a lot about deer life.

What I have learned.
  • Deer freely share the food with birds, raccoons, squirrels, and many other animals.
  • One old doe is the queen and will smack those that get out of line or try to hog the food.
  • Deer up to one year old and perhaps older love to play.
  • Although much bigger, deer do not trust cats.
  • When traveling in a group the front runners will always stop to make sure the laggards are still coming.
  • Bucks will turn into does in a week or two.  They begin to be more active during the day.
  • Freshly dropped acorns are candy and much better than corn.
  • Old acorns must taste similar to boot leather.
  • Humans could learn a thing or two from deer.




I donít trust cats either!!  Must be the deer have seen all the youtube videos about cats
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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2018, 10:27:26 AM »
I hate to tell the step son I saw 25 deer last night. The most so far.
He has no idea where they go,during daylight,during hunting season. He has been a trying to figure that out.
Hunting areas are getting built up around his area,or posted. Houses development are going up. He lives about 25 miles from me,close to the city,real close.
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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #28 on: February 04, 2018, 06:11:03 PM »
do any of you see any deer with the warts on them we have one looks like his guts are falling out they are so big he cant bend his front leg straight and looks like its 10x bigger than norm  if you look at his fur ( i know its a buck he was a 3 point )you can see them starting to pop out  the one neighbor called  DEC and they said there was nothing wrong with it it was good for consumption  I'm glad he didn't tell me that i would have paid the fine and shot it and told him let me see you eat it first  :D

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #29 on: February 04, 2018, 06:18:14 PM »
Sounds like that deer needs culled, even if the SSS technique has to be applied.
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« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2018, 06:32:18 PM »
trust me if i didn't have j a  for neighbors it would have been gone long time ago 2 agree with me and 2 don't one of them is the one that called DEC in the first place  >:(

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #31 on: February 04, 2018, 06:44:12 PM »
We put out a little for them this time of year.   No ag around yet there never seems to be a problem with them acclimating to the corn.
With it being all public around here we wait until all seasons are over or else someone would definitely take advantage of that.
It's not enough to really move the needle on the health of the herd but it sure is enjoyable to watch them.
Interesting, with all the hunting pressure we expect to see a large turnover in the deer, but year after year we have lots of the same does.

This gal is our favorite.   We estimate her at around 9 years old.  She is queen of the forest around here.   :)





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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #32 on: February 04, 2018, 07:11:16 PM »
There's always one!   ;)   :)
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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #33 on: February 04, 2018, 08:55:12 PM »
Looks like she's a little upset about you whittling on her ear  :)

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #34 on: March 01, 2018, 05:48:22 PM »
I cut down a cedar tree and hauled it up to the house. I wanted Brenda to see them chew the green stuff off. But I brought it up kinda late,4pm and getting dark now. Kinda hard for me to bring it up earlier and than I would have to stay inside. Where the cedar tree is,is where I cut up my firewood.
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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #35 on: March 01, 2018, 08:49:36 PM »
I get them behind the house all the time. This one is about ten feet from me. I don't feed them, so I don't know what it's after. They trip my motion lights all the time. 

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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #36 on: March 02, 2018, 07:22:54 AM »
Cfarm, do you cut fence post out of the cedar  after the deer are done ?

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« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2018, 07:27:29 AM »
No fence post for me. But I do saw lumber out of it. This one had a good size wood pecker hole in it. I just knew it was no good for lumber. That is why I cut it down. Sawed it up for firewood,did not bother to look at it until I was done. ::)  That would of made some good boards. :o  But still have a good log that I can get some lumber. Well what I call a good log for the cedar I have. I still have a couple cords down by the wood yard when I had my land logged.
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« Reply #38 on: March 08, 2018, 05:37:16 PM »
I counted 32 tonight. The count keeps going up. I have never had that many.
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Re: winter feeding of deer
« Reply #39 on: March 09, 2018, 05:28:24 AM »
I end up with the muddy hole around my salt block.  I think what happens is the area around the block is muddy and each deer removes a bit of mud on their feet.  Over time, they remove enough soil to make a hole.  I know they are not digging because the mineral block is right there always.  Gary
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