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Should you feed deer corn year round?

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Asked by: Kelly Gutierrez

Corn generally has between 7 to 10 percent protein but it’s packed with carbohydrates which are essential during wintertime. If the deer on your property are already used to eating corn in the long winter months, then you should have no problem feeding deer corn year-round in the areas they frequent.

How long will corn last in deer feeder?

Usually 3-5 seconds per. Your feeder will be out of corn in 2 1/2 weeks.

What’s the best thing to feed wild deer?

Feed deer fruits that are found in their natural habitat (apples, grapes, and carrots are all great). Do not feed them citrus or acidic fruits or vegetables. What type of corn should deer be fed? Corn is very hard for deer to digest, so it is recommended to not feed them corn at all.

Is corn bad for deer in winter?

Although corn has poor protein, it has high carbohydrates. Whether it’s planted in a food plot, or fed at a feeding site, corn can be a great benefit to whitetails during winter. Most deer managers are more than willing to plant their plots in the spring and summer.

How long should I set my deer feeder to go off?

Start with a shorter feed-dispense time of around five seconds. You can gradually increase this as the deer get used to it and more deer begin feeding at it. Once that happens, there are two common options to consider: Dispense feed once early in the morning and once in the afternoon for a few seconds each time.

What do you feed deer year round?

Post-Rut Recovery

BioLogic’s new BCP feed (beans, corn, protein) has a great ratio of fats, carbohydrates, and protein to help deer recover from the rut and winter stress to get them headed into the spring in top physical condition.

What can you not feed deer in the winter?

“The worst thing we can do for deer in a tough winter is shock their system by providing a new food, particularly a high-energy food such as corn or high-protein food such as alfalfa hay that they are not used to,” said Kip. “In most cases, it ends up being worse for the deer than if they had not been fed.

Is corn bad for deer?

Corn is high in starch and a good source of digestible energy, but can cause problems in a deer’s digestive system. When deer eat too much corn or other high-‐carbohydrate food, many complex changes occur in the rumen. Some microbes proliferate while others die.

Can you have too many deer feeders?

Registered. First in some respects your buddy is correct, there is no such thing as too many feeders. The deer will only eat what they want or need.

How often do you have to fill a deer feeder?

A 40-gallon steel feeder that only needs to be filled once or twice a season. This feeder has a digital timer that will feed up to six times daily with feeding duration of one to 30 seconds.

Do deer feeders scare deer?

Because not all spin feeders blend in with the natural surroundings, you may wonder if even their existence will scare deer away. Although these feeders seem like they have the potential to scare deer, they actually attract them.

Will a big buck come to a feeder?

A lot of folks will tell you that you can’t kill a big buck on a deer feeder because deer feeders make big bucks nocturnal. Well, that can be true—if you use the feeder incorrectly or hunt the area in the wrong way. Done right, deer feeders can absolutely create patternable behavior in mature whitetails.

Are deer feeders worth it?

In the hands of an experienced hunter, a deer feeder is just another tool to help you understand your prey’s behavior and give a better chance of a successful hunt. These are some of the top reasons that hunters love using a deer feeder.

Where is the best place to put a deer feeder?

Always behind something whether it's a cedar tree at 25 yards even a cedar tree at 35 yards.

How high off the ground should a deer feeder be?

The sides of the roof should be 72 inches or more off the ground to keep any bucks in velvet from hitting their antlers. The sides of the trough should be around 24 inches off the ground to allow fawns to access the feeder.

How do I get deer to come to my feeder during the day?

Items like corn, peas, nuts like acorns and pecans, and small fruits will attract deer. Add shrubs and other regular plants to make it look natural. They will be more attracted to this. Create your food plot in an area where there is the least amount of noise on your property.

How far can a deer smell?

They Can Smell You from a Half-Mile away .

Researchers at Mississippi State University found that a deer’s sense of smell, like a dog’s, can be anywhere from 500 to 1,000 times more acute than a human’s.

How far can a deer hear you?

But hunters should never forget a deer can actually hear sounds better than humans. Back to the scrape of an arrow on a bow’s rest. A hunter can hear it up close, for sure, and maybe as far as 10 feet away. It would be hard to hear for a human to hear it from 10 yards away.

Can deer see you in a treestand?

More often than not, a deer will smell you before seeing or hearing you when you’re in the tree stand.