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August 06, 2012

Record Drought Causes Deer Corn Prices to Skyrocket

By Chad Love

Unless you've won the geographic lottery and are lucky enough to live in one of the few remaining U.S. counties not considered disaster areas, you're probably aware that there's a bit of a drought going on right now.

And when you combine record drought in the nation's corn-producing region with the demands of livestock feed, ethanol production and the river of high-fructose corn syrup that is a staple of the modern diet, that pesky little law of supply and demand starts kicking in. And that means there are a whole lot of corn-fattened deer out there who may have to re-learn how to forage like wild animals this year.

From this story on gosanangelo.com:
Torrid temperatures and poor rainfall in America's heartland are forecast to suck feeder budgets dry as corn prices hit a record high last week. 

Ben McCulloch, a San Angelo-area rancher, feeds several tons of corn to the wildlife each season. He is bracing for higher operating costs this hunting season. "My ranches are free-range areas, not high-fenced, and we try to hold our deer with feed," McCulloch said. "It takes about 90 bags of corn each time we fill the sites, and this procedure takes place several times each season." For someone who buys feed by the truckload, last week's record corn price of $8.20 per bushel for September delivery is bad news as the opening of the Texas hunting seasons approaches. 

That's right: deer corn, which hunters in a number of states rely on to attract and hold deer to their hunting areas, is, quite simply, going through the roof. Now, without this getting into a debate over the ethics of baiting, this does beg the question: how much is too much before you stop feeding and take your chances with natural browse? Has the price of corn already affected how much you're pouring into your feeders? 

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

That is so terrible! My, what shall we evah do without deer cohn? This might even raise the price of good cohn-lickuh...

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from Horseapples wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

If they didn't feed corn to hold deer on their ranches and the neighbors didn't either, they'd have nothing to worry about. Corn has no place in the woods.

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from Chris Pohlson wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I've got a corn on my foot. How much do you think I can get for that?

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

you know this is gonna get ugly and ugly fast. gas prices went up months ago because of the corn issue because of ethanol. yet how is it that more ethanol can be produced in a 1 acre pond from algae than a 5 acre parcel of corn? and yet we don't use it? too many politicians have their hands in the oil/corn/ethanol cookie jar. it's pure bull$hit plain and simple. corn production is down? lets say its because of the ethanol thats needed. the ethanol in fuel is not even friendly for the environment to begin with...it produces the same carbon footprint as the old fuel. if anything it's worse because gas mileage with this crap is worse, you need to fuel up more. so now that corn production is down, gas prices go up, milk, eggs, meat all go up, now the price of corn feed go up! what is left for the government to take away? i am curious. there are other solutions but lets blame only one.

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

and who cares if you are for / against baiting? i am just pissed its another issue that we as hunters have to deal with because we are the only people that will pay for it. you don't think any of the illegals who work the farms and get to hunt illegally give a $hit do you?

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from Douglas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Guess the deer will just have to go back to foraging like they were designed to do.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Mercy, look at all the negative waves! LOL

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from missedit wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I believe I WILL HAVE ANOTHER BEER!!!
NO corn lnvolved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from missedit wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Really try to put out minerals, salt blocks, deer licks.

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from Chris Pohlson wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

I've got a corn on my foot. How much do you think I can get for that?

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

you know this is gonna get ugly and ugly fast. gas prices went up months ago because of the corn issue because of ethanol. yet how is it that more ethanol can be produced in a 1 acre pond from algae than a 5 acre parcel of corn? and yet we don't use it? too many politicians have their hands in the oil/corn/ethanol cookie jar. it's pure bull$hit plain and simple. corn production is down? lets say its because of the ethanol thats needed. the ethanol in fuel is not even friendly for the environment to begin with...it produces the same carbon footprint as the old fuel. if anything it's worse because gas mileage with this crap is worse, you need to fuel up more. so now that corn production is down, gas prices go up, milk, eggs, meat all go up, now the price of corn feed go up! what is left for the government to take away? i am curious. there are other solutions but lets blame only one.

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from Douglas wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Guess the deer will just have to go back to foraging like they were designed to do.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

Mercy, look at all the negative waves! LOL

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from missedit wrote 1 year 36 weeks ago

I believe I WILL HAVE ANOTHER BEER!!!
NO corn lnvolved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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from missedit wrote 1 year 35 weeks ago

Really try to put out minerals, salt blocks, deer licks.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

That is so terrible! My, what shall we evah do without deer cohn? This might even raise the price of good cohn-lickuh...

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from Horseapples wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

If they didn't feed corn to hold deer on their ranches and the neighbors didn't either, they'd have nothing to worry about. Corn has no place in the woods.

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from coachsjike wrote 1 year 37 weeks ago

and who cares if you are for / against baiting? i am just pissed its another issue that we as hunters have to deal with because we are the only people that will pay for it. you don't think any of the illegals who work the farms and get to hunt illegally give a $hit do you?

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