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Earlier supplemental deer feeding to be allowed November 20, 2014 Michigan, Lansing State Journal 
... State wildlife officials say they will allow for earlier supplemental deer feeding in the Upper Peninsula amid snow that’s already deep... 

Fires destroy winter deer range September 13, 2014 Washington,  KING5.com
... With most of those plants consumed by fire there will be a massive shortage of available food...  they are also preparing to supply food to the herds if it gets to the point where a massive die off is possible....

Supplemental feeding regs pass amid controversy August 31, 2014 Mississippi, Jackson Clarion Ledger
... Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks passed supplemental wildlife feeding regulations ... that allow the use of any food or feed year-round... “The feeding of shelled corn, rice bran, soybeans and cotton seed hulls alone does not meet the nutritional requirements of deer,” ... biologists recommended a pelletized ration that is nutritionally complete...

Winter Deer Survival is Down to the Wire March 13, 2014 New York, Outdoor Life Magazine
...  We’ve recommended cutting trees to lay tops on the ground ...  We cautioned about putting out unfamiliar foods like corn, apples, barn hay and even bread for hungry deer. This only accelerates the starvation process as they can not digest foods their bodies have not encountered for months...

MDHA issues final report on 2014 emergency deer feeding July 7, 2014 Miinnesota, Outdoors with Sam Cook
... A total of 1,056,000 pounds of feed, or 528 tons, was purchased and distributed across more than 12,000 square miles during the six-week initiative. A total of 969 individuals obtained feed through the program. ... For the complete report, go to the MDHA website [PDF] ... 

Feeding Deer in Wisconsin March 7, 2014 WDNR News
... Biologists are receiving many inquiries about feeding deer. Deer feeding is strictly regulated in Wisconsin and is prohibited in and around areas where chronic wasting disease has been found. Rules can be found by searching the DNR website for "baiting and feeding." Check out a winter deer feeding factsheet [PDF] for information on why feeding straight corn or hay to deer can be more harmful that helpful to deer, especially in the north or contact a local wildlife biologists for more information...

DNR allows supplemental feeding of deer in southern U.P. counties with permit  January 10, 2014 MIchigan,  Upper Peninsula DNR News
... Due to heavy accumulated snowfall, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will allow supplemental feeding of deer  ... Feed must be placed at least one-quarter mile from the nearest paved public road, at least one mile from domestic farm animals, and at least one mile from wheat or potato fields, commercial fruit orchards or commercial plant nurseries or tree farms. ... Feed can consist only of grains, second cut alfalfa and clover, and pelletized food materials containing no animal protein. The feed must be scattered on the ground at a depth not to exceed three inches. If individuals choose to feed corn, the DNR recommends it be mixed as a minor component (25 percent or less) of the recipe, which should help protect deer from dying by acidosis...

Row crops are important part of GF&P habitat management plan November 13, 2014 South Dakota, AberdeenNews.com
...  there are manicured portions of row crops in some public hunting areas. 
"Crops on game production areas are there principally as a food source for wildlife," said Paul Coughlin, habitat program administrator for GF&P. "They could be something as common as a winter food plot utilized by upland game or deer ... 

Living the good life together: Manage rangeland for cattle and deer November 30, 2014 Texas, Bryan College Station Eagle The eagle 
... Cattle and deer compliment each other in native range utilization, primarily because they eat different types of plants. On an annual basis, a white-tailed deer's diet consists of 52 percent browse (woody plants), 36 percent forbs (non-woody broad-leaf plants) and 12 percent grass. The annual diet of cattle is 7 percent browse, 12 percent forbs and 81 percent grass. ...

outdoorlife.com 
... If they are eating browse species down the thickness of your little finger then you have very, very, hungry deer that are getting little nutrition from their browsing ...  ... digging deeper than [a foot of snow] ...could be a sign of excessive hunger...  you can decide either to let this tough winter play out or fire up the saw and put some natural vegetation on the ground. But, whatever you do, do not put out corn piles or other foods they haven’t used in months...

Supplemental feeding such as food plots play a role in your deer herd, but so does cover. In winters like the one we are experiencing now, thermal cover is pivotal in the survival of your whitetail herd. Diversifying your property to include thermal cover such as pines and cover that equates to food will help not only attract deer to your property, but also hold them on your farm. To create these areas that provide cover that equals food one simple tool is required: the chainsaw. - February 25, 2014


Follow the rules for feeding deer March 5, 2014 Michigan, Midland Daily News
... the Michigan Department of Natural Resources ... allows what it calls “recreational feeding” ...“Feed should consist only of grains, second cut alfalfa and clover, and pelletized food materials containing no animal protein,” ... the DNR recommends corn be mixed as a minor component (25 percent or less) ...

Feeding the deer June 1, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... Volunteers distributed about 1 million pounds over seven weeks, and figure they fed about 16,000 deer, or about 17 percent of the deer in those areas. About $200,000 was spent, or $12.50 a deer...

Deer in distress: Harsh winter taking its toll February 1, 2014 Wisconsin, ashlandwi.com 
... “We’re losing deer already,” ... ABC Sportsmen Club has decided to take steps towards helping deer make it through the winter...  they decided to take $3,000 and purchase deer formula and corn by the ton. By using the formula and corn mix, it provides the deer with a food that would be more beneficial for them...

State wildlife officials monitoring winter's impact on deer herd January 28, 2014 Wisconsin, Leader-Telegram 
. ... feeding can do more harm than good if done improperly ...  straight corn and hay are not recommended as they can be harmful. Instead, a commercialized pellet or mixes containing small quantities of corn, plus alfalfa, oats, and soybeans, as well as various vitamins and minerals is preferable from a deer health concern. It should be spread out to reduce fighting, away from roads ...

E. Ore. feeder readies for elk to head downhill December 5, 2013 Oregon, The Republic
... If you put alfalfa in the animals' paths from the mountains to the haystacks, and then make sure the supply is replenished, then they won't bother munching the food that's meant for cattle.  By and large the strategy has worked... Besides protecting farmers' and ranchers' hay supplies, the Elkhorn Wildlife Area gives residents a rare chance to watch dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of wild animals acting rather like animals do in zoos...

Feeding Deer in Maine - March 10, 2013



Deer food January 20, 2014 Colorado, subletteexaminer.com
...  Well, here we go again with the bull from the Game and Fish about feeding deer, elk and large game. I say, let’s stop feeding the game wardens and feed the deer.   I have lived here in Boulder all my life and have seen deer fed, elk fed and moose fed alfalfa and hay by a game warden, one of the best ...

Biologists keeping an eye on deer, feeding deer December 12, 2013,  Utah Division of Wildlife 
... Snow and cold temperatures have blanketed the places mule deer live in Utah. And that's brought Division of Wildlife Resources biologists out in force. As they do every winter, biologists will monitor the state's deer herds closely until winter ends. If conditions get too severe, the biologists are ready to feed deer specially designed pellets that will help them get through the winter...

Hangul deer prepares to fight Kashmir winter January 7, 2014 India, The Hindu
... The endangered ‘Hangul,’ a rare species of red deer, is preparing to fight the bone chilling winter in the snow-laden Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary located on the outskirts of Srinagar. Forest rangers said they have made special food arrangements to keep the antlered stag in good health....

Supplemental feeding helps deer in the winter February 11, 2013 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportman
Foods high in protein, carbohydrates and fats — nuts, berries and flowers — go a long way, but, these foods are short-lived... Browse from a variety of trees, shrubs and vines are important in winter, such as: maples, yellow poplar, birch, dogwood, crab apple, blackberry, ash, sassafras, Japanese Honeysuckle, viburnum, wild grape and green briar. ... 

Purina Deer Chow for Mule Deer - 2009


Charred Winter Range Could Threaten Magic Valley Deer, Elk November 17, 2013 Idaho, Twin Falls Times-News
... The Pony Complex and Elk Complex fires this summer burned about 160,000 acres of winter range for about 6,000 deer and 1,000 elk ...Fish and Game hopes to get ahead of the impending “train wreck” by creating a plan to address the elk’s potential to starve ... "We have tried and tried for years to get rid of winter feeding up there, and now we’re looking at being ready to feed ... We have ordered 20 tons of alfalfa pellets.”

15 minute video on proper deer feeding techniques - Ontario, Canada


Landowners using food plots to attract wildlife July 27, 2013 Oklahoma, NewsOK.com
... While food plots are not a substitute for good native habitat, they are an important part of wildlife management in Oklahoma, said Heath Herje, agriculture educator for the Cleveland County Cooperative Extension, a branch of Oklahoma State University... For does, the food plots can help ensure healthy fawns....

Fish and Game to Feed Mule Deer in Mink Creek Area January 11, 2013 Idaho, Idaho State Journal
... The declaration of a feeding emergency in the Charlotte Fire-impacted areas should not be viewed as a signal that emergency feeding is necessary throughout the region  ... 

Planting Clover for Deer April 25, 2013 Outdoor Life Magazine (blog)
...Clover is relatively easy to grow, is loaded with nutrition, and whitetails simply love it. A good clover plot will produce 2 to 4 tons (per acre) ... Perennial clover plots green up early in the spring (when deer need it most) and generally will produce well into the frost season... Clover tolerates wet conditions well but has a tendency to go dormant in hot-dry conditions ...

Dr. James Kroll and R.D. Wallace of Chestnut Hill Nursery discuss the history of the chestnut and why it was the most important food tree for deer, and how the blight resistant Dunstan Chestnut makes possible replanting the American forests with chestnut trees to attract deer. - April 3, 2013


... Mesquite is a good plant for whitetail. Deer will browse young and tender mesquite leaves because they are very digestible. 

Planting Food Plots for Deer


Soybeans: Perfect (and costly) deer food March 27, 2013 Mississippi, Delta Farm Press
... Five million pounds of plant biomass — that’s about how much Mississippi’s 1.75 million to 1.9 million deer eat in a day... “Soybeans are the perfect deer food — there’s nothing better than soybean plants from the standpoint of palatability, digestibility, and food protein." ... says Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture...

... Winter wheat is a top choice for a fall crop because it is readily eaten by deer and wild turkey and is an excellent nurse crop for clover... “I recommend planting clover at the same time you plant the wheat,” said Joe Lacefield, a private lands wildlife biologist ... Lacefield suggests planting Ladino or white clover in shaded, woodland openings. Red clover seems to do better in open fields with full sun ...

Afton Deer Management raffle successful at fair August 10, 2013 Michigan, Cheboygan Daily Tribune
... With the charge of improving the deer herd in Cheboygan County ... the Afton Deer Management, LLC, drew lots of attention selling tickets at the 2013 Cheboygan County Fair ... the corn fields stand all winter for the purpose of feeding the deer, not for hunting them. He said each year members submit requests for plantings and the seed and fertilizer is divided among those requests...

Deer food in the summer August 4, 2013 South Carolina, The Tand D.com
... I believe that providing deer a good water source like water holes and ponds or even troughs during the dead of summer is more valuable than food. This summer it really hasn’t mattered as deer can just lie on their backs, open their mouths and get all the water they want. Generally though, having water on your place when it’s 105 degrees and dry as a bone really helps the herd...

The bait debate for deer hunting August 1, 2013 Wisconsin, WQOW TV News 18
 ...  chronic wasting disease is believed to spread by deer sharing bait piles with other infected deer ..."Food plots are really considered an agricultural activity and food plots are not regulated by any of the feeding or baiting regulations," says [DNR wildlife biologist John Dunn]

Food plots only one part of deer management plan September 14, 2013 Arkansas, Magnolia Reporter
... The most common plants used are wheat, oats and clovers... Cool season food plots generally should be planted during the month of September for best results. A good all-round cool season planting is 100-120 pounds per acre of either wheat, oats, or cereal rye. Many other plants are available. A great food plot reference online can be found at the following link: https://utextension.tennessee.edu/publications/Documents/PB1769.pdf.


Private land management key to growing deer population October 4, 2013 Missouri, News-Press Now
... Since more than 90 percent of the land in the state is privately owned, these practices can influence populations across the state... Whitetail deer can forage for and utilize more than 600 plant types ... “Growing native warm season grasses make every acre more usable from a wildlife standpoint if they can provide native grasses vs. cool season grasses,” said Jeff Powelson, a private land conservationist. “Those that manage for deer also manage for quail, turkey and rabbits at the same time.” ...

Supplemental feeding helps deer in the winter February 11, 2013 North Carolina, North Carolina Sportman
Foods high in protein, carbohydrates and fats — nuts, berries and flowers — go a long way, but, these foods are short-lived... Browse from a variety of trees, shrubs and vines are important in winter, such as: maples, yellow poplar, birch, dogwood, crab apple, blackberry, ash, sassafras, Japanese Honeysuckle, viburnum, wild grape and green briar. ...

Deer Management October 11, 2013 Whitetail Domains
... The level of management must increase ten-fold once the fence is up because those animals inside have far fewer options and may not be able to support themselves in severe cases. Without a fence, they can leave/migrate/return and move as needed for survival. With the fence, they are kept in place and must deal with the conditions as they change for the better or worse... High fences stabilize the population and it is more difficult to manage a moving population of anything...

Tips to create a waterhole that deer can't resist October 27, 2013 Wisconsin, Green Bay Press Gazette
...   ... Deer don't like to feel boxed in when lowering their heads to drink... Deer tend to bed high so they can watch below while scent-checking air currents flowing over the crest behind them. Waterholes should be about the same level as bedding sites, so deer can use them when leaving or returning. Identify the site’s predominate autumn winds, and build the pond downwind from bedding areas....

...Hunting over bait is still against the law. But supplemental feeding of grain-based products and other feed is allowed in areas where deer and hog hunting takes place...

Grazing management benefits cattle and deer October 29, 2014  Drovers Cattle Network
... Cattle can be used as a tool to enhance deer habitat by manipulating plant diversity and structure. The main role of grazing in a deer management program is to reduce the quantity of grass. This allows sunlight to reach the lower growing forbs, many of which are important deer foods. Furthermore, this creates more structural diversity, which helps to improve habitat for other game and nongame species...

Timber cuts a magnet for deer October 21, 2013 Virginia, Northern Virginia Daily 
... If you've ever thought of having some timber cut on your hunting property, you probably worried whether it would drive out the deer.... timber cutting offered new sources of both food and cover to the whitetails... Even cuts a year or two old are good...

Hinge cutting trees for deer habitat: pulling trees down for bedding - June, 2013


Deer-feeding family has following April 1, 2013 Maine, Press Herald
... Harriet, 80, and Basil, 81, have been feeding deer for more than 50 years ... Her parents began to feed the deer regularly in the 1940s, and when she and Basil moved back into the family home, they took over the feeding... Harriet said the deer leave behind droppings and tear up the yard with their tracks, "but we'll be one of the first people in town to have a green lawn." ...

Options in deer feeding December 30, 2013 Texas, Killeen Daily Herald (blog)
... While corn remains the most popular whitetail deer feed, protein-supplemented pellets and soybeans are also popularly used with various feeding systems.  The planting of a strategically-placed food plot (usually .5-3 acres in size) is also a popular means of feeding and nourishing a deer population.  Small grains, such as oats, wheat and rye grass are most commonly used ...

Deer Habitat Management:  Getting Started January 22, 2013 New York Corning Leader 
... In numerous cases the process of improving a particular woodlot cannot start with a commercial cut, so the first phase of work is Timber Stand Improvement.  The genetically best species that are preferred by deer and other wildlife will be left for seed production.  The Timber Stand Improvement process before a future commercial cut can be conducted should focus on removing; autumn olive, multiflora rose, buckthorn, barberry, prickly ash, hayscented fern, New York fern,  hopehornbeam, ironwood, beech and aspen...

Feeding Deer, New Mexico - March 27, 2013


Cwiklinski offers advice on feeding deer May 26, 2013 New York, Evening Observer
... Deer really like crab apples, so try to thin out the limbs to afford more sunlight to increase the fruit yield. In a maple forest, consider cutting saplings to a height of four feet to create "bushes of browse" for the deer ... 


Feeding deer a growing tradition at Jefferson Barracks cemetery February 1, 2014 Missouri, St. Louis Post-Dispatch 
... Most people love seeing the deer, said Jeff Barnes, cemetery director.  Feeding the deer is “such a tradition here,” he said. No rules forbid it and that’s not expected to change ... Scores of deer wander among rows of white gravestones ...

DNR to allow deer feeding February 12, 2014 Minnesota, Minneapolis Star Tribune
... In a turnabout some call “shocking,'' the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will begin emergency deer feeding in northern Minnesota ... The effort is expected to cost about $170,000, and will be the first time the DNR has fed deer since the winter of 1996-1997 ... the DNR wants to act “in good faith,’’ Telander said, with an emergency deer feeding account whitetail hunters have paid into for about 15 years with 50-cent license surcharges...

Don't Use a Bucket With Handles
...   government officials and the woman who feeds the animal are trying to catch the animal to save it... she feels bad and will cut handles off her buckets from now on ...



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