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Deer feeding bill gets massive makeover, passes Senate May 3, 2018 Illinois, Outdoornews
... Senate Bill 2493, which originally stated “a person may supplementally feed deer with items otherwise prohibited by the Wildlife Code when not in active deer hunting season . . .” was amended on Tuesday to become a call for a study on feeding wild deer by the University of Illinois...

Conservation group aims to save one deer at a time April 18, 2018 Maine, Fiddlehead Focus
... Aroostook County Conservation Association ... “A large part of what we do involves habitat improvement projects such as the planting of food plots which are strategically located throughout The County,” ... When winter conditions make the plots unavailable, the group offers the deer limited amounts of supplemental food consisting of a 50-50 blend of oats and barley...

... State Sen. Chapin Rose recently told lawmakers in Springfield that there are veterinarians who say feeding deer outside of hunting season will help keep the animals healthy... They voted to approve the plan ...

  Randolph County woman is the ‘Deer Whisperer’ April 11, 2018 North Carolina, WGHP
... Affectionately called "Baby Girl" the favorite deer has been visiting Allen's home ever since it was an orphan fawn...



... This is a very secluded forest in northern Ontario where the deer are protected and cannot be hunted ... The people in this area feed the deer occasionally, especially during very harsh winters...

We visited a deer feeding station in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula and even though they were leery because I was there with all my equipment ....I still lost count at 50....It was definitely a great experience. - March 11, 2018


... planted Bitter Brush, Service Berries and Sage Brush.  Seeds for the plants were purchased from proceeds of a fundraiser ... "We fed deer here in '08, we fed deer here last year in '17," ...

Enhance Deer Habitat February 14, 2018 New York, DEC News
... February is a great month for habitat management projects that involve cutting trees to provide new food and cover for deer and other wildlife... Felling trees for firewood or forest thinning makes the tops immediately available to deer.  Later, stump sprouts and new plant growth caused by the gap in the tree canopy may provide additional browse opportunities..,

Manitoulin, Trail breaking to allow deer access to food sources encouraged February 9, 2018 Ontario, manitoulin.ca
...  it has been a good winter for deer on Manitoulin, with less of an overabundance of snow ... “People can break trails for deer to access food and take down cedar trees and bushes for deer to eat.” ...

How Does Toxic Bait Affect Deer February 2, 2018 Texas,  Bowhunting
... The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not allow feeds testing more than 20 parts per billion of aflatoxins to be fed to dairy cattle or in grain products chosen for human consumption... grains exceeding those toxicity levels can be sold as wildlife feeds ... Texas A&M researchers tested 100 samples of such feeds, they found 44 percent contained aflatoxins exceeding 20 parts per billion, and 20 percent were at 100 parts per billion and higher...

... McMahon’s operation about 45 miles north of Bangor in Piscataquis County – feeding as many as 200 deer a day – has become a bit of a social-media sensation... the 71-year-old McMahon created the Facebook page called the “Brownville Deer Food Pantry,” ...

Deer feeding rules don't mesh with outdoors writer's observations January 25, 2018 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
...Recreational feeding is different from baiting. Baiters attract deer to a food pile (corn, grain, apples, etc.) for the purpose of hunting them. It’s illegal in Minnesota. Recreation feeding is legal, except in [see map] ... The reason? Some captive deer (those in an enclosure) had verified cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) ...
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"....some of the bad ones people might try are corn or hay. Those can have a really bad impact. Having that much corn or hay in their stomach at one time, their stomachs aren't equipt to break that down and in the end it can cause toxic levels and have them die that way...."

... When a deer’s diet changes abruptly, so does its GI tract’s pH and microflora. Someone dumping out 50-pound bags of low-fiber, high-carb food like corn or even alfalfa hay can cause deer to develop acute acidosis and severe bloating in their gut...


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