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... building a shelter to go over hay [alfalfa] ... “It’s to make the deer more visible, to pull them up,” Schuette said. “They won’t eat the hay because it is wet and full of goose poop.”...

Do Your Deer Have Adequate Browse? May 2, 2016 North American Whitetail Magazine, Dr. James C. Kroll 
.. Browse is the collective term for the leaves and twigs of woody plants: shrubs, small trees and vines...  randomly examine 10 stems of each plant and count how many have been browsed....  Use exceeding 50 percent throws up a red flag...

Corn vs Red apples vs Green apples




New grant program aims to increase hunting opportunities March 25, 2016 Minnesota, Sault Ste. Marie Evening News
... The Department of Natural Resources awarded a $10,000 grant to the Chippewa-Luce-Mackinac Conservation District on March 17 to help enhance hunting on public lands by giving adjacent private landowners an opportunity to provide a hard food source for deer...

... Ranchers are feeding elk to help them survive, and deer are foraging for scraps that are left behind...
     Deer and elk aren't enjoying epic snowfall as much as people are February 4, 2016 Colorado, Vail Daily News 
... If heavy snowfall continues through the month, then Colorado Parks and Wildlife may have to launch a feeding program to ensure animals can weather the winter...


Supplemental feeding for deer concerning flooding January 20, 2016 Mississippi, MS News Now 
... if a supplemental feeding program is started, biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks recommend a specific feed mixture... Mixing corn or soybeans with protein pellets will improve acceptance by deer and will increase energy intake.  If you want to feed the deer, you must use an above ground covered feeder or stationary spin cast feeder...

Utah Biologists Keeping Close Eye on Deer January 13, 2016 Ammo Land
...  If conditions get too severe, the biologists are prepared to feed the deer specially designed pellets. The pellets supplement the natural diet of the deer when the browse the deer normally eat is limited. Feeding pellets to the deer may improve the survival of some of the animals and help them make it through the winter...

Avoid feeding deer in chronic wasting disease areas January 11, 2016 Wisconsin, WJFW-TV
... The DNR points to scientific tests conducted since the state discovered CWD [Chronic Wasting Disease] in Wisconsin in 2000 as evidence that banning deer feeding helps limit the odds of the deadly disease spreading.  "If you reduce the number of baiting and feeding sites, you reduce the number of deer that come into contact, lick the same ground, touch noses, whatever the case may be," ...

Wintering elk are in good shape January 6, 2016 Idaho, Idaho Mountain Express and Guide
...   The department does have a feeding station near Penny Lake west of Ketchum. Hatch said that’s been going on since the 1930s, when elk were reintroduced into the valley from Yellowstone National Park after having been decimated by hunters during initial development of the area in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Now, he said, the department continues to conduct the feeding to keep the elk out of the residential area along Warm Springs Road. He said about 200 elk are fed there, with grain pellets delivered about twice a week...

Big game doing fine despite the cold January 2, 2015 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
...  in Southeast Idaho ... The region does have a winter feeding committee that will meet this week to gather input from Fish and Game field officers and the public... Fish and Game doesn’t implement any supplemental feeding programs unless emergency situations exist...

Hunting in Kentucky is worth the drive November 29, 2015 Alabama, Montgomery Advertiser
... Alfalfa is an excellent source of energy, protein, calcium and some other nutrients to maintain a deer’s health through harsh winters. Alfalfa is a perennial crop and grows best in heavy soil types and in certain climates...  It simply cannot take the summer heat of Alabama ...

Mule deer, feeding mule deer does it help?


With study, you can groom a place where deer flourish November 28, 2015 Minnesota, SC Times
... their diet is heavily dependent on forbs and other leafy plants...  In a heavily canopied forest, sunlight is unable to reach the ground with enough intensity to support the quantity and variety plant life that edges do.  For this reason, our plan this winter is to thin out the forest in select locations...

Age, inadequate nutrition blamed for deer skull defects November 12, 2015 Texas, San Antonio Express-News
... “With the better management practices we are seeing now, big bucks are living longer and producing trophy racks at 6½, 7½, 8½ years or older. The old belief that all bucks are in their prime at 5½ years old is just not true anymore... “Some landowners in the area are spending $40,000 to $80,000 a year on supplemental feeding and they need to get the best results from their investments...

What Do Deer Eat? November 3, 2015 North American Whitetail Magazine
...Fruits such as grapes, blackberries, mulberry and plums are used by deer as a high-energy source rich in carbohydrates during antler growth. In fact, digestible energy is the limiting factor for a healthy deer herd. Other soft fruits such as apples and pears provided needed energy in the fall, when deer are storing fat for the winter...

Hunting group, DNR team up to feed deer October 30, 2015 Indiana, Chicago Tribune
... Northwest Indiana Quality Deer Management Association and the DNR at LaSalle have joined together to develop some feeding plots of clover and wheat at the site that will grow in time to provide nutritional support for the wildlife area's deer to help them prepare for the harsh winter months...

Cool-season time is now October 8, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... Fast-growing annuals create immediately-available forage that begins attracting wildlife as soon as the sprouts erupt from the soil and provide food for several months. The most-economical fall forages to plant are wheat and oats... Another October planting that should get a look are forage brassicas....

... Landowners can plant now in dry soil and hope for enough rain ... “This is not to say that white-tailed deer do not need supplemental nutrition,” Higginbotham said. “To the contrary, it’s critical, as much of the southeastern deer range, including East Texas, provides substandard nutrition for the white-tailed during the warm- and cool-season stress periods in July and August, and January and February, respectively...

4-H feeding SC wildlife with 500-pound seed donation September 8, 2015 South Carolina, Powdersvillepost.com
... Food plots are valuable nutrition sources for deer and other wildlife, particularly during summer months when food can be sparse ... food plots also assist wildlife displaced by urban encroachment ... project is supported by Wannamaker Wildlife, the Quality Deer Management Association ...

... Scott and his wife, Janna, have worked hard in the past 14 years to attract wildlife ... A mama deer picked a landscaping bed only feet from their duplex-style condo as a safe place to leave her baby all day, every day while she’s out foraging for food...

Gerald Almy: Prime time for Brassicas July 6, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily
... July through September is the time to get these plants in the ground. Brassicas include plants such as kale, turnips, rape, radishes and others. They have become extremely popular among food plot managers because they are easy to grow, provide tremendous amounts of protein and are fed on well by deer...

Food plots give boost to deer, other wildlife June 20, 2015 Arkansas, The Cabin
...  biologists suggest white clover as a basic. It’s a natural in Arkansas and is a perennial. Legumes in several forms are extensively used for Arkansas food plots. So are several members of the brassica family like turnips and kale. Growing in popularity is chicory...

Plant Warm-Season Food Plots for Deer May 27, 2015 Louisiana, Growing Louisiana
... Adult does require at least 11 to 15 percent protein during late pregnancy, but after fawning, they need somewhere between 14 and 22 percent protein for best milk production. Younger animals that are actively growing require much higher levels of protein than adults... several varieties of cowpeas ...

Best seeds to plant for summer food plots May 11, 2015 Virginia, Northern Virginia Dail
... The three best choices for summer annuals according to food plot experts with the Quality Deer Management Association are cowpeas, soybeans and lablab... Plant these seeds ½ to 1 inch deep, after making sure the pH level is adequate (6.0 or higher) and adding a fertilizer such as 5-10-10 or similar...

Post Oak region can produce quality deer April 11, 2015 Texas, Tyler Morning Telegraph 
... As more hobbyist become landowners the desire to produce wildlife habitat instead of cattle pastures increases... landowners are going to have to overcome their fear of fire as a management tool as well as use of the bulldozer to thin timber and a disk to encourage native grass and weed growth...

Two tales of timber: Managing your trees can help your wallet, wildlife April 9, 2015 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportsman
... Logging activities stimulate succession and growth of grasses, shrubs and saplings ... deer will begin to flood the area, munching on the tender, young vegetation. This brushy, early succession phase provides three to four times the bio-energy production of a mature stand... 

How to maximize habitat for whitetails March 29, 2015 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter
... Chestnut trees are a great asset, and a mixture of red and white oaks are ideal... A similar philosophy can be taken with apple orchards, mixing in varieties that peak at different points of the calendar... it's all about providing what they need most — food and cover. 

Chestnut Tree sale slated March 19, 2015 Pennsylvania, Wayne Independent
... The Susquehanna Branch of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) is once again offering disease resistant Dunstan Chestnut trees for sale. These trees are a good food producing tree for deer and wildlife...  begin to bear in only 2-4 years

Nohre talks state of local deer herd March 18, 2015 Minnesota, Echo Press
... We’ve got a lot of members that put in food plots. We’re getting probably 1,600 pounds of seed corn, 1,100 pounds of soybeans and I think about 500 pounds of sunflowers...

Feeding site helps Grand Marais deer herd March 16, 2015 Michigan, UpperMichigansSource.com
... Grand Marais has two feeding sites to keep the deer spread out. They feed the deer 1/3 protein pellets, 2/3 corn and alfalfa, twice a day...

The Importance of Creating Thermal Deer Cover September 15, 2015 North American Whitetail Magazine
... Sound habitat management is about far more than just food plots... Useful winter thermal cover provides protection from wind, snow and extreme cold. The structure involves a dense overhead canopy ... Summer thermal cover differs from both winter thermal cover and screening cover by not having a dense understory. Its functional purpose is to provide overhead shade ...

March brings challenging days for deer March 15, 2015 Pennsylvania, Citizens Voice
... natural food that nourishes deer in all seasons... sows 60 percent clover, which deer eat most of the year — even in the winter, when they dig beneath the snow. The rest of his crops are soybeans, which deer “eat right down to the dirt” in the late summer and fall, and turnips.  Deer eat the turnip tops in October and November, but dig up the turnip roots during the winter...

Time is of the essence in Falmouth effort to help hungry deer March 10, 2015 Maine, Bangor Daily News
... forester hired by the town to harvest in the Woods Road Community Forest, where up to a third of the trees will be selectively cut. The goal is to help out wildlife ... Brush from the trees will be left in the woods for deer to eat ... 

Deer struggle to keep fed March 1, 2015 New York, Albany Times Union
... Leaving corn or other foods out can actually kill them because they can't digest it, Bifaro said.  "If you want to help the deer right now, cut down some soft maple tree so they can get to the buds...

Food plots help attract deer February 28, 2015 Wisconsin, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 
... According to Kostreva, for cattle to grow and be healthy, they need protein, minerals and vitamins. Deer thrive on the same thing... when Kostreva did landscaping work as a side job, some of his customers said they wanted to watch deer in their backyard. They wondered if there was a way to put something in the ground to attract them...

Could new deer regulations finally happen? February 26, 2015 South Carolina, Enquirerherald
...  there are hybrid deer pears that are extremely easy to plant and considered by many biologists to be the best choice of fruit plantings for wildlife... Sawtooths, which can grow as much as 50 feet tall and 60 feet wide, are extremely fast-growing hardwoods that bear an abundance of acorns in as little as three years. These acorns are a favorite of wildlife and are even said to be preferred over those of the white oak...

Deer Love Apples February 17, 2015 Michigan, MI Buck Pole
... Deer simply love apples and it is time to be thinking of spring plantings ...  Planting just three apple trees in your favorite food plots will be a nice addition to keep your deer moving and on your property ... 

Best way to feed deer is with a chainsaw February 15, 2015 New York, Wellsville Daily Reporter 
... much of the lowest branches in our woods are already browsed by deer. By cutting down brush and trees, whitetails are able to gain sustenance from the tree tops. And it is the right food for them because they are geared up to eat buds... deer fed dried herbaceous plants like hay in the winter have been in fact known to "starve" because their stomach's chemistry is not able to quickly change from browse back to a herbaceous fare...

... A century ago, the American chestnut was the primary food source tree for forest wildlife. Deer, bear, turkey, ... Field tests by wildlife experts have shown that Dunstan Chestnuts are chosen by deer over all other acorns because of their taste and nutrition...





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