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what is the cheapest and best thing i can put out to feed the deer?

Question by huntingfishing1. Uploaded on August 04, 2011

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Nothing is the best thing you can put out. Mother nature's way is the best way. We are screwing things up badly enough accidentally or inadvertantly. No need to mess it up further. It is best if you keep the wildlife wild. Stop feeding them!

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from ADKHunter wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

agreed with ontario the best is mother nature use things found in the area if its a farm corn hay soybeans
if its a hardwood area with oaks acrons and fruits in the area use mother nature to your advantage

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

cheapest way is to plant some clover seeds, you can get free trial packs from outdoor shows, or you can buy it relatively cheap from a farmers cooperative, or seed store. If you want really cheap plant it by spreading it by hand in open patches around where you will hunt or want to see deer. I have had the best luck planting it in early spring. The next best thing is corn, either kernel corn or whole ear corn but check state laws to make sure it is not considered baiting. Corn is great deer feed but is a bit more expensive. It is ok to plant clovers and grasses that the deer will thrive on, try to make sure it is either a native species or a non-invasive plant first though as you do not want to kill off the local plants.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I relocate fallen apples.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

It ain't cheap, but they seem to like to eat my yard most of all.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

like buckhunter said, apples.

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from lyndonavery wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Yes, apples.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Acorns, or other nuts if you have oak or walnut,pecan trees they love them and they are free.

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from huntinhuntinhuntin wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Plant clover. Use natural foods like acorns. Don't listen to the people that say don't do anything. It's your property, do what you want. Bigger and more deer come from healthy feeding routines. If you can give them something that helps the herd, then do it. Just don't bait with corn. It's bad for the deer to have to much. Soybeans are great if you have a place to plant them.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

The absolute cheapest thing that anyone can do to put out feed for deer is promote natural growth. To create browse and release mast trees, fire up the chainsaw. You may want a forester or wildlife biologist to help you decide what should be cut, and what should stay. As for open areas...mowing, spraying, disking, lime & fertilizing, and prescribed fire are all great ways to maintain these areas in natural deer forage.

I will give you a personal example. At my home in the ADKs, we own 2 acres of property. The back yard was an old fallow field that we mowed for hay mulch. The field already had some clover in it, so we decided to come up with a plan to promote its growth. We started mowing it more frequently (3-4 times each year), sprayed the grasses with a grass specific herbicide, and spot sprayed other noxious weeds. Now the entire back field is a lush field of clover that is specifically adapted to that field. We basically created a food plot without planting a darn thing. We lime and fertilize it from time to time and deer are in it all the time, but mostly at night when human and pet activity have ceased.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

The cheapest?
Bag up this year's acorns and freeze them. If the acorns don't make next year, you'll be in "deer" heaven.
I'm from the south, it isn't "a-corn", it's "akern".

Bubba

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from 007 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

In our neck of the woods, proper food plots are likely the best. Corn is in the $20/hundred # range, I don't know how much nutritional value apples have and they can be hard to come by, so planting is probably best.

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Thank you Bio Guy! Burning and mowing will promote good browse cheaper than anything you can buy. Add a little lite fertilization and it's even better.

Corn is $8 plus a bushel now. That ain't cheap and it isn't especially good for the deer either.

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from patrickharen wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

gather acorns

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from thughes1133 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Fallen apples. Some call them drops. Farmers may let you pick them up for free if they're not using them for cider. Lots of carbohydrates to make your deer fat & happy.

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from Ontario Honker ... wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Nothing is the best thing you can put out. Mother nature's way is the best way. We are screwing things up badly enough accidentally or inadvertantly. No need to mess it up further. It is best if you keep the wildlife wild. Stop feeding them!

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

I relocate fallen apples.

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from ADKHunter wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

agreed with ontario the best is mother nature use things found in the area if its a farm corn hay soybeans
if its a hardwood area with oaks acrons and fruits in the area use mother nature to your advantage

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

like buckhunter said, apples.

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from lyndonavery wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Yes, apples.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

It ain't cheap, but they seem to like to eat my yard most of all.

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from FirstBubba wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

The cheapest?
Bag up this year's acorns and freeze them. If the acorns don't make next year, you'll be in "deer" heaven.
I'm from the south, it isn't "a-corn", it's "akern".

Bubba

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from Beekeeper wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Thank you Bio Guy! Burning and mowing will promote good browse cheaper than anything you can buy. Add a little lite fertilization and it's even better.

Corn is $8 plus a bushel now. That ain't cheap and it isn't especially good for the deer either.

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from tneal1987 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

cheapest way is to plant some clover seeds, you can get free trial packs from outdoor shows, or you can buy it relatively cheap from a farmers cooperative, or seed store. If you want really cheap plant it by spreading it by hand in open patches around where you will hunt or want to see deer. I have had the best luck planting it in early spring. The next best thing is corn, either kernel corn or whole ear corn but check state laws to make sure it is not considered baiting. Corn is great deer feed but is a bit more expensive. It is ok to plant clovers and grasses that the deer will thrive on, try to make sure it is either a native species or a non-invasive plant first though as you do not want to kill off the local plants.

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from Jere Smith wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Acorns, or other nuts if you have oak or walnut,pecan trees they love them and they are free.

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from huntinhuntinhuntin wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

Plant clover. Use natural foods like acorns. Don't listen to the people that say don't do anything. It's your property, do what you want. Bigger and more deer come from healthy feeding routines. If you can give them something that helps the herd, then do it. Just don't bait with corn. It's bad for the deer to have to much. Soybeans are great if you have a place to plant them.

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from 007 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

In our neck of the woods, proper food plots are likely the best. Corn is in the $20/hundred # range, I don't know how much nutritional value apples have and they can be hard to come by, so planting is probably best.

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from patrickharen wrote 2 years 36 weeks ago

gather acorns

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from thughes1133 wrote 2 years 33 weeks ago

Fallen apples. Some call them drops. Farmers may let you pick them up for free if they're not using them for cider. Lots of carbohydrates to make your deer fat & happy.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 2 years 37 weeks ago

The absolute cheapest thing that anyone can do to put out feed for deer is promote natural growth. To create browse and release mast trees, fire up the chainsaw. You may want a forester or wildlife biologist to help you decide what should be cut, and what should stay. As for open areas...mowing, spraying, disking, lime & fertilizing, and prescribed fire are all great ways to maintain these areas in natural deer forage.

I will give you a personal example. At my home in the ADKs, we own 2 acres of property. The back yard was an old fallow field that we mowed for hay mulch. The field already had some clover in it, so we decided to come up with a plan to promote its growth. We started mowing it more frequently (3-4 times each year), sprayed the grasses with a grass specific herbicide, and spot sprayed other noxious weeds. Now the entire back field is a lush field of clover that is specifically adapted to that field. We basically created a food plot without planting a darn thing. We lime and fertilize it from time to time and deer are in it all the time, but mostly at night when human and pet activity have ceased.

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