Do you do supplemental feeding on your property with a deer feeder? We have several on our property.
Several years ago we started practicing supplemental feeding. Since that time I would say that the health of our deer herd has improved and the size of the trophy bucks has gotten bigger each year.
There are many contributing factors and aspects of quality management. Using a deer feeder is just one way to help the QDM on your property. There are many different types of feeders out there on the market, in many different price ranges. Or you can make some great ones fairly inexpensive yourself.
There are many different opinions on supplemental feeding.
There have been some cases of chronic wasting disease in some states that possibly linked to the deer eating out of feeders and spreading it that way. I know that the DNR is keeping a close watch in every state and taking precautionary measures.
We have a deer feeder in several locations on our deer hunting property and you can tell that it has definitely changed the feeding patterns. They have to depend on the acorns and browse less and now they use them and food plots more. Although I believe that a deers favorite food is acorns, especially White Oak acorns.
I think since we started feeding them and created more food plots the population on our property has increased tremendously. It seems like the they are coming off of the surrounding properties to the abundant food sources on our property. This past we harvested a lot of does and probably needed to harvest more than we did. It seemed like there were does everywhere. I think for that reason we didn’t see as many mature bucks but we also logged less hunting hours this past year. There are many opinions on buck to doe ratio but I believe if the food sources are abundant the carrying capacity of the land increases.