Developing A Protein Program Does More Than Grow Big Bucks During Antler Development Season. More Importantly, Supplementing Protein Helps Bucks Recover From A Long Rut That Many Don’t Survive.
The primary reason bucks do not survive the rut is lack of nutrition from an energy-depleting rut. The primal drive to travel miles seeking does in estrus, taking on any formidable opponent combined with not remembering to eat and drink for three months results in a large percentage of your bucks perishing this time of year.
Today we take a look at 5 Proteins to start feeding soon after the rut to ensure you not only grow big deer on your property, but more importantly ensure your bucks regain peak body condition from the grueling rut.
*Disclaimer: This list is compiled in no order of rank. Results vary depending on age, genetics, natural vegetation and other variables.
Back to growing monster wild deer…
Offering a balanced variety of green, plant-based protein forage combined with a pellet protein can be one of the most beneficial programs not only for bucks but bred does prepping for fawn season.
LabLab Plus by Tecomate is a nutrition plot containing ebony peas, forage soybeans and sorghum. This is a warm-season mix containing high protein, fat and carbohydrates that help bucks regain peak body condition, spur antler growth and helps does prepare for fawn season.
Tecomate is renowned for helping grow monster native deer at Hardy Jackson’s Campos Viejos Ranch in deep south Texas. Learn more: Tecomate LabLab Plus
Double Down Deer Feed
Double Down Deer Feed is a complete vitamin and mineral package with Yeast to aid in healthy rumen activity translating in a deer efficiently utilizing each component of this ration. Peanuts are a cornerstone in this 20% crude protein ration.
Double Down Deer Feed stands by no least cost formulating – the feed you purchase in February will be the exact same feed you buy in June. Commodity prices do not dictate feed ingredients as quality is the main goal. Double Down is a premium supplemental feed proven to grow monster wild deer. Double Down Deer Feed is the protein of choice on the Holden Pasture South Texas Deer Lease – home to some of the biggest free-ranging, native wild deer in Texas.
Double Down is available at Dilley Feed & Grain in Dilley, Texas or locate your nearest dealer here: Double Down Deer Feed Dealers
Lyssy & Eckel Feeds
Family owned and operated with 3 generations currently involved in the feed business, Lyssy & Eckel has a reputation for producing deer, cattle, horse and show feeds since 1945.
Ranchers and land owners are bombarded with a multitude of deer nutrition theories. L&E is the only feed company with free ranging feeds based on sound research. Visit Lyssy & Eckel Feeds here to learn more about their line of deer and exotic wildlife feeds.
Sportsman’s Choice and Record Rack
Sportsman’s Choice Record Rack Deer and Elk Feed Formula and Antlers Plus are two 20% crude protein supplements widely used by MLD (Managed Lands Deer Programs) and hunting outfitters. Sportsman’s Choice has a track record of producing big deer year after year on some of the largest properties in Texas. Visit Sportsman’s Choice and Record Rack to learn more about their line of Big Game feeds.
Purina AntlerMax Deer 20
Purina’s most popular 20% protein pelleted ration is designed to support the deer’s natural forage diet. Specifically formulated for what free range deer require to support overall health, reproductive performance and antler growth. Now with twice the amount of proprietary AntlerMax By-Pass Protein Technology which helps deliver high concentrations of amino acids needed by the growing antler. Learn more about AntlerMax Deer 20.
The most important thing to monitor when beginning a protein program is – ensure your deer love the protein ration and have a balanced variety of natural vegetation and a reliable water source. Cheers to growing monster wild deer. #WildBuck
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Carlos Riojas is the Creator of WildBuck and contributor and editor to various entities in the outdoor industry. He was fortunate to be introduced to hunting and fishing at a very young age where he grew up in a small rural town just southwest of San Antonio, Texas. He enjoys the beauty, serenity and excitement that is had in the wild waters and woods of Texas. His passions are hunting, archery, fly fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and wildlife photography. His favorite animal is the Whitetail Deer.