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Old 10-31-2008, 03:02 PM   #1
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Default How Much corn will a deer eat ????????

I never feed deer before. I set up 3 homemade gravity feeders. Put one at three different locations on a 105 acre area.The very first night all three feeders were emptied . Had 25 LBs of corn in each. The second night they ate 40Lbs at each feeder. Wiped them out.How many deer you thiink is dong this ? I will go broke.Oh and they ate a half bushel of apples.PLus they were eating on the green clover in the field.
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Old 10-31-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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I think you need to harvest about a dozen this year.
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Old 10-31-2008, 08:32 PM   #3
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Sounds like a bunch of fat nannies that would look real good as sausage. I've had 50 pounds disappear in a night before and corn is twice as high as it was 5 years ago.
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i would say half your problem is coons and squirrels you need to trapem out of there i would say the only way to know for sure is to set up a game cam....but my guess is that youve got some fat and sassy coons up there!!


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Old 10-31-2008, 11:54 PM   #5
 
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i agree its coons i had them clean me out afew times,until i killed them.then 50# of corn would go 5 to 7 days.
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:15 AM   #6
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We use to have the same problem until...... some guns, and traps came out! lol

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Old 11-01-2008, 08:37 AM   #7
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Geta trail camera out. Set it up with a clear view of the feeder and you will know exacually what comes in.
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If the corn is available for them they will eat it year round. However deer get no nutritional value from eating corn unless its cracked.
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Old 11-01-2008, 10:22 AM   #9
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If the corn is available for them they will eat it year round. However deer get no nutritional value from eating corn unless its cracked.
That's what their teeth are for!
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Old 11-01-2008, 12:25 PM   #10
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Yes i know that but if they are eating hole kernels, there is no nutritional value in it. Such as in cattle corn, thats why its cracked befor eits put through for feed.
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