Feeding your herd during fall and winter helps their overall herd health and will create a dependency on your property. Our Feedbank Gravity Feeders can help turn your property into a hot spot by keeping your deer fed and healthy all season. Make sure your feeder is stocked to bring deer to your property and keep them relying on the food source in the winter.
Prepare for Winter
Deer naturally seek shelter and sustainable food sources during the harsh winter months, so if you’re feeding them now, before the weather turns harsh, they’ll make note of your property as a reliable food source for them to use during winter. Place your feeder near a tree line or a cluster of bushes that the deer might use as a bedding area. Deer seek a short commute and tend to choose food sources that aren’t too far from their bedding area. If your food source is near an area where they can make a shelter, they might be likely to capitalize on that opportunity to have both necessities in one place.
It’s important to begin feeding the deer now, because deer’s digestive systems do not adapt to new food sources well in harsh climates. In the cold of winter, a deer’s body is fighting to store nutrients and maintain health. Because their bodies are in protection mode, they won’t adjust to a new diet. Put your Feedbank Gravity Feeder out now, if you haven’t done so already, to give deer time to adjust to the new food source.
Choose a food source that isn’t common in your area. If there are numerous corn fields nearby, put soybeans and grains in your feeder. You don’t want to duplicate efforts and provide the same feed the deer can get elsewhere. You want to make sure that your property is the only place the deer can find the feed you’re providing. Create as little margin of error as possible so that your property fills the deer’s needs.
Our Feedbank Gravity Feeders Can Help
Our Feedbank 600 Gravity Feeders hold up to 600 pounds of feed, allowing you to check your feeders less frequently. It’s important to mask your scent when you’re checking your feeders, because even though you’re not actively hunting, the deer could still smell your scent on the feeders and associate it with danger. Checking your feeders less frequently eliminates some risk and allows for the deer to use your feeders more naturally. The ports of our Feedbank Gravity Feeders only dispense a certain amount of feed at one time, ensuring that the feed isn’t distributed unless it’s necessary. You can set the flow according to the type of feed you’re using. The feed ports slide in and out when the bolts are loosened to control the flow and ensure there is always feed in the port when a deer is eating from it without overflowing and wasting feed when there’s not.
Our Feedbank Gravity Deer Feeders will sustain your herd during the harsh winter months and encourage them to frequent your property. The nutrition your feeder provides will keep the deer healthy and cause them to associate your property with sustenance. Choose a unique feed, keep your feeders stocked and place them near potential bedding areas to keep deer visiting your property the entire hunting season.
If feeding deer is legal in your area, what time of year do you begin to put out your feed? Do you feed the deer in spring, fall, or year-round? Let us know how you feed your herd in the comments below!