Deer need certain nutrients and minerals to maintain their health. Deer receive this nutrition from the natural environment or supplemental feeders. Maintaining the proper level of nutrients is vital a deer’s antler growth and to the health of the deer herd as a whole. Below we’ll discuss some of the minerals deer need and why they’re important.

Deer Antlers

Calcium and phosphorus are important minerals for antler growth. These minerals are stored in the deer’s skeletal system and an excess of these minerals helps antler growth. Deer grow their antlers during the spring months, so you won’t see evidence of the minerals helping their antlers grow this hunting season. You’ll see the results of your supplemental feeding later this year in the upcoming spring months. Our Wild Water® Mineral Supplements will provide the herd with the calcium and phosphorus they need for their antlers to grow as well as other minerals that will aid in their overall health.

Add our mineral supplement to your Wild Water® System or your natural water source and provide your deer herd with consistent and valuable nutrition. Choose from any of our flavors: grape, vanilla, apple, persimmon, or natural. One bag of mineral supplement will treat 50 gallons of water. Our water systems hold 50, 100, or 300 gallons. The system refills itself when the trough is empty and closes when it’s full, so once you fill the main tank, the trough will maintain itself on its own. Once the deer start enjoying the nutrition, they are likely to return because they will become aware that they are feeling better and associate this feeling with your property.

Make Sure the Food is Unique to Your Property

Make sure the food you’re offering on your property isn’t available on another property nearby. If the deer herd can get corn and soybeans on the next property over, you want to provide them with a different favorite food source so you’re not competing with the other property for their attention. Our Feedbank feeders hold up to 600 gallons of feed. They all come with multiple feed ports so that the entire herd can feed at one time. Make sure your feeder is close to your water source so that the deer don’t have to go far to reach them. Keep both your feeder and water source stocked with nutrition and watch the deer gravitate to your property.

Keep it the Same During Winter

It’s important to avoid introducing a new type of feed to your Feedbank feeder during the winter months, as a deer’s stomach isn’t designed to handle the switch. Deer need to either keep eating the same food they’ve been eating all summer and fall, or eat the food they would be able to naturally find during the winter months. They won’t be able to digest anything else.

Whether the herd gets their nutrition naturally or from a feeder or water source, it’s important for them to receive it so that they can survive the cold winter months. Supplemental deer feeding isn’t legal everywhere, so make sure you check your state’s regulations before you put anything out. Once you’ve made sure it’s legal in your area, consider adding a Feedbank feeder or Wild Water® minerals to your property and give the deer easy access to the nutrition they need.

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