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Purina Making A Difference With Rewards Program

December 1, 2010 1 comment
Have you signed up for The Purina Difference™ Rewards Program yet?

As a member of the Purina Difference™ Rewards Program, you have access to the following benefits:

  • Quarterly Coupons on the Purina® Feeds you use every day
  • A Rewards Program membership card. 
  • A behind the scenes look at new products coming out of our LongView Animal Nutrition Center. 
  • Access to Purina E-Newsletters, Webinars, Specials, Contests and Promotions. 
  • And Much More!

For more information on the program and to register click here.

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Wildlife Management and Purina Mills The Perfect Marriage

November 22, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s not what you know, it’s who you know! 

In the case of wildlife management that produces results…well…both the who and the what you know are important.

Purina Mills is the answer, they are the “who you know” and give us the “what you know” for installing and using proper techniques and principles to develop a successful management program.

The “Who You Know”

For over 100 years, Purina Mills, LLC has been America’s Leader in Animal Nutrition. Since 1926, we have been performing animal nutrition research studies at our 1,188-acre LongView Animal Nutrition Center in Gray Summit,  Missouri. We began conducting research specific to deer in the mid-1950’s, and today over 50 years later, we continue to research, formulate, test and manufacture more groundbreaking products. Our devotion to product excellence and innovation continues today with the nutritional breakthrough called AntlerMax® Technology. [read more]

Purina Mills started doing wildlife nutrition research over 50 years ago and we are committed to helping you manage the habitat and the wildlife on your property.

The “What You Know”

A properly designed and implemented supplemental feeding program will make up the gaps in nutrition that often occur when habitat does not supply all the nutrients needed for healthy and productive deer, elk, game fish and game birds.

Nutrition is one of the major factors affecting productivity of deer and elk, but it is one over which a wildlife manager can exercise considerable control. In order to make nutrition decisions which will result in a healthy, productive deer or elk herd, several factors should be considered: (1) Seasonal forage availability and quality; (2) Physiological state and nutritional requirements; (3) Number and kinds of animal species; (4) Livestock and grazing management practices; and (5) Production goals.  [read more]

Deer & Protein

There is considerable controversy regarding the percentage of dietary protein that deer should have. Many people believe that deer cannot tolerate more than 16% dietary protein and that high-protein diets are wasteful or even toxic. This simply is not true.

Research in South Texas has shown that wild deer diets at certain times of the year can be over 25% protein. Many forbs highly utilized by deer are over 30% protein. Obviously, the wild deer are unharmed by consuming these high-protein plants. Indeed, excellent antler growth years were those with superb spring forage conditions. The resulting antler growth suggests that not only were the deer not harmed by their high-protein diet, they actually utilized the protein to grow bigger antlers, indicating that higher protein is necessary for a buck to achieve his genetic potential for antler growth. [read more]

 Does Nutrition Guarantee Trophy Bucks?

If only it were that simple! Great nutrition will give your deer the opportunity to maximize their genetic potential for antler growth, but it is just one (albeit an important one) of many factors that affect antler growth. Even assuming that you are providing the best nutrition possible, other things, some within your control and some not, will affect production of trophy racks.

General health greatly influences a variety of factors that affect antler growth, such as feed intake and hormone production. If your deer are laboring under a parasite load (internal or external), clinical or sub-clinical disease challenges, or have been injured, antler growth will be negatively affected no matter how nutritious the feed because nutrition will be siphoned off to deal with these other issues. Good management must go hand-in-hand with nutrition to get optimum results. [read more]

Deer and Self-Guided Nutrition

Many people believe that deer (and other animals) somehow inherently know what they need and how much of it to eat. If you stop to think about it, you’ll quickly realize this does not make sense. If deer automatically knew what they needed, then there would be no need to formulate feeds for them; simply throw all the individual ingredients out there and let the deer “have at it”. However, it is the need for energy and the appeal of palatability that influence what a deer eats. After all, if a deer always knew what and how much to eat, it would never eat too much tasty corn and make itself sick!

Deer, like all ruminant animals, eat to meet their energy needs. The need for energy drives daily intake. If one feed is lower in energy than another, deer will eat more of the low-energy feed in order to meet their demand for calories. Likewise, deer will need less of a higher-quality, higher-energy feed. And because deer eat to meet an energy requirement, the other nutrients (fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals) must be in proportion with the energy amount so that the deer gets what it needs of all nutrients in the amount of feed that it will eat. For instance, a high-energy low-protein feed will not provide enough protein because the deer will eat only until its energy requirement is met. A high-energy, low-fiber feed (such as corn) can actually get your deer in trouble if they eat too much at once. It is important to provide a well-balanced feed that provides all the nutrient classes in proper amounts to meet your animal’s needs without causing problems. [read more]

This is just some of the great information Purina Mills provides, so get educated and implement this knowledge into your program and you will get results.  If you need more help getting your protein feeding program started here are some tips: Protein Feeding; Basics To A Succesful Supplement Feeding Program For Your Whitetail Deer Herd.

For all the information on wildlife management and proper feeds and strategies we suggest – Wildlife Innovation Through Education: Purina Mills

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Be safe this hunting season, to help you do that here are some Hunting safety tips.

What does Hunting Season mean to you? It’s not just a regulated time to hunt! Read This: Hunting Season, When Life Long Memories Are Made.

Categories: Hunting & Wildlife

Hunting Season: When Life Long Memories Are Made

November 3, 2010 14 comments

You have been preparing all off-season with land improvements, new blinds, scouting, setting management goals or getting your new lease lined up.  Now the time is here, where the work ends and the fun begins, Hunting Season!

I LOVE hunting season!  

The interesting thing is, the reason i love it has changed, which i am sure it does for everyone at some point.  The cause of this revelation has to be the absolute best and most rewarding part of this sport.  I still love the basics: being in the outdoors, watching wildlife,  and the thrill of the hunt, but now i find myself enjoying a different aspect the most, camaraderie. 

The special times and experiences shared and memories that are made with friends and family on each hunting trip – that’s where the money is at.  Don’t get me wrong, i have always enjoyed the camaraderie and stories (what happens in hunting camp stays in hunting camp), but now there is a huge addition to the camaraderie factor.  My son.

Spending time with my son at a hunting camp and in a hunting blind is unmatched.  There are no tv’s, video games, computers or work just me and him with nature mixed in.  The moments we have together from the “talks” we have or the experiences we go through mean more to me than he will ever know.  The chance to teach and pass down traditions, the way my father did with me, and sharing moments just between the two of us are times and memories we both will never forget.  My personal favorite is how many times i smile and laugh at things he does,  the comments he makes and his interaction with other family and friends in such an open forum. For those that have or are experiencing this remarkable father & child time  I don’t have to tell you how fulfilling it is, for those that havent, just wait.

“Hunting Season” means much more than a regulated time to hunt- its friends, family and life long memories.

Good luck this year and we want to remind you that SAFETY is ALWAYS the most important tool and ingredient to fun and successful hunting trips.  So, make sure you practice and teach the safe and correct way to handle firearms and proper hunting practices.

The 10 Commandments In Firearm Safety
Safety Tips From Texas Parks & Wildlife

Hunting is a sport, and a necessity to ensure the balance between humans and wildlife. Without regulated hunting, this balance would be upset and cause an over population of wildlife that would be detrimental to our Eco-system and ultimately increase the possibilities of disease.  But remember hunting is a PRIVILEGE,  not a shooting gallery where you can harvest as many animals as you want.  There are rules and restrictions, and they are there for a reason, FOLLOW THEM!

The two most important are Hunters Education and the season & bag limits.

Texas Hunter’s Education: The Who & Why
2010 Texas Hunting Seasons & Bag limits

Quality equipment is the key to accomplish a less “work” and more “play” hunting trip.  Knowing you have feeders that will work and be ready to go on your arrival makes for a hassle free trip.  Before you ask, yes, you still have to put in a little work and fill these feeders, but All Seasons Feeders are the way to go.

Aztec Rental is a full line dealer for All Seasons Feeders.  From protein feeders and broadcast feeders to road feeders, we have the feeder to fit your needs. All Seasons Wildlife Feeders are constructed to withstand the harshest environments Mother Nature can create. Their premiere designs are made to deliver feed to specific animals, while decreasing waste to varmints and weather.

Click Here For: Full line of All Seasons Feeders
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Categories: Hunting & Wildlife

All Seasons Feeders Give Away

July 20, 2010 2 comments

TEXAS SIZE GIVE AWAY @ Texas Trophy Hunters Show!

Come out to the Texas Trophy Hunters shows this year and sign up for a chance to win a 300lb. ALL SEASONS FEEEDERS Broadcast Feeder with solar! Visit the ALL SEASONS FEEDERS booth and enter to win!

More info from All Seasons on the give away [click here].

Texas Trophy Hunters Shows are:

July 9-11 San Antonio
Aug 6-8 Houston
Aug 20-22 Ft. Worth

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Categories: Hunting & Wildlife

Texas Trophy Hunters – 2010 Hunters Extravaganza Is Right Around The Corner

July 7, 2010 1 comment


Try out the latest deer hunting equipment, hunting accessories, hunting clothing, rifles, knives, archery & other exciting hunting gear.

San Antonio – Alamodome  July 9-11, 2010
Houston – Reliant Center  August 6-9, 2010
Ft. Worth – Will Rogers Center August 20-22, 2010

[2010 Hunters Extravaganza Information]
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Categories: Hunting & Wildlife

Legendary Shotgun Sells For $175,000

March 23, 2010 Leave a comment

“Bo Whoop” the 12-gauge HE Grade Super Fox shotgun once owned by legendary outdoor writer Nash Buckingham.  The treasure that was once considered lost forever, was purchased for $175,000 during a March 15 auction in Fairfield, Maine.

The Bo Whoop is considered one of the most significant pieces of waterfowling history and the story of its disappearance and re-emergence is quite a tail.

Very cool lost and found story. [Bo Whoop]

Senate Passes Bill To Enhance North American Wetlands Conservation Act

March 17, 2010 4 comments

Bill made to improve wetlands restoration projects across North America. [DU]

The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a bill to enhance the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) and improve continental conservation efforts. Ducks Unlimited supports the measure, which would allow more Canadian investment in the NAWCA program. NAWCA conserves habitat in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Categories: Hunting & Wildlife, News