Deer require a lot of protein in their diet, but they can’t always get it. That’s where feeders and food plots come in. They’ll provide a consistent source of food for the deer herd throughout the year, even in the off season. Check out the tips below on why feeders and food plots are so beneficial.
Why Use Feeders?
You should have one feeder for roughly every 25 deer. If you have a particularly large herd in your area, place a couple feeders on your property. Our Feedbank Gravity Feeders have multiple ports so that groups of deer can all feed at the same time. The bucks in the herd will be able to feed comfortably because there’s nothing on the feeder that will snag their antlers. The feeders are on a single post, so bucks don’t have to maneuver around wooden legs or any other tower system to get to the food. Our feeders also hold large amounts of feed to make sure that there’s enough to go around. Our Feedbank 300 Gravity Deer Feeder holds 300 pounds of feed. That’s a whole buffet.
Why Use Food Plots?
Food plots allow for you to plant multiple different types of plants around your property. Deer like variety and they know when their nutritional needs are being met, and more importantly, when they’re not. Deer need a high-protein diet in the summer, but they might not be able to find it naturally. You can help them immediately by planting fast growing annuals like peas and corn. Because they grow so quickly, they’ll be at their peak during the summer months and will give the herd their source of protein now, while they’re growing. You can also help them long-term by planting perennials like oats, clover and alfalfa. These plants take longer to grow and won’t be fully mature until fall or winter. Providing them a food source in the colder months will help them stay healthy when their natural food sources might be buried under snow.
Why Not Both?
Having both feeders and food plots on your property will give the deer double the nutrition. You could plant things in your food plot that deer need to be able to graze on, like clover and alfalfa, and put the more condensed items, like corn and oats, in your feeder. That way the deer will be getting twice as many food choices. Having a feeder on your property also ensures that the herd always has a food option, even if your plants fail or the herd eats it all. Place your feeder among your food plot and then place your Stump blind on the edge of the plot. Don’t hunt directly on top of the feeder or main part of the food plot. You don’t want to deter the deer from grazing on your food. Set your blind on the edge of plot so that you can see the deer coming and going. Don’t hunt them when they’re actively feeding. Catch them on their trek to or from the food plot. Our Stump blinds, like the Stump 4 ‘Vision Series’, will blend right into the landscape so you can place your blind near the action with confidence that you won’t spook the deer.
Providing your deer herd with supplemental nutrition through feeders and food plots is a great way to cultivate a healthy herd. Proper nutrition is essential to herd health, but sometimes it can be hard for them to get it. Sometimes they just need a little help. Having both a feeder and food plot on your property will ensure that the deer are constantly fed.
Which one do you have more success with? Food plots or feeders? Let us know in the comments below!