DEER NEED FOOD AFTER THE SEASON IS OVER, ALSO

To make the odds better that deer will be where you want them to be next November, keep winter food plots and supplemental feeding programs going until spring. Corn and minerals are helpful, but end up feeding coons, squirrels, and hogs, so healthy food plots of oats, rye grass, or other forage plants will help keep happy, healthy deer around.

This doe is enjoying a rye grass plot . Supplemental food sources help deer even in our mild Texas coastal winters.

This doe is enjoying a rye grass plot . Supplemental food sources help deer even in our mild Texas coastal winters.

On my property, it is difficult, to say the least to “feed” deer. Some of the products sold commercially as deer food are not eaten by anything, and deer don’t hit the corn feeders real hard. I have found a few products deer really do like, but so do the hogs, coons, and squirrels. Every now and then, however, I see proof that the deer do get at least a portion of the food, and that is what keeps me putting it out.

This little buck seems to have gotten some of the "food" I put out for her kind before the coons got it all.

This buck seems to have gotten some of the “food” I put out for her kind before the coons got it all.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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