Have a question about feeding deer? Here are the answers to the most common questions.
How many feeders do I need?
Consider herd size, approximately one feeding station for every 25 head of deer, or at least one feeder for every 400 acres. The more feeding stations you can make available, the more deer will utilize supplemental feed.
Where is the best place to put feeders on my land?
Deer will generally do best if feeders are placed in transition areas, such as travel corridors or along edges where there is a transition in habitat.
How much feed will a deer eat in a day?
It depends on range and habitat conditions, but deer will typically consume 0.75% -1.5% body weight of Record Rack when it is provided free choice. They will typically consume around 2.5%-3% of their bodyweight if they are being fed a complete diet, such as in a fenced pen.
How long should I expect it to take to get the deer to start coming regularly to the feeder?
This depends on deer density, feeder location, pressure and other environmental factors, however typically it will take 2-3 weeks before deer become comfortable at a new feed site.
If I start feeding, then stop during certain parts of the year, will it harm the deer?
We recommend feeding year round to ensure deer utilize supplemental feed as a significant portion of their diet. Feed is not a replacement for good habitat, but you will see better results if fed year round.