Posts Tagged ‘whitetail’

In The Field: The Lone Ranger

February 18, 2010 1 comment

Good looking Deer!  It must be the All Seasons Feeder.  Maybe good managment and genetics have something to do with it as well. Thanks for the submission Tim.

photo courtsey of: Tim Claxton from 2009-2010 season

Submit your In The Field photos. [how?]

Categories: In The Field

Texas Deer Association Launches Deer Connection Website

February 17, 2010 1 comment

TDA is making it easier to better your deer herd.

Deer Connection offers deer farmers great opportunities to locate other breeders; search by specific genetics, species and ranches; review deer pedigrees, post classified ads to buy and sell deer, receive current industry news, and promote their businesses and their deer.

[Texas Deer Association] – Dedicated to improving the quality of Texas deer herds.
[Deer Connection] – The nation’s largest online directory of deer breeders.

Categories: Hunting & Wildlife

Protein Feeding; Basics To A Successful Supplement Feeding Program For Your Whitetail Deer Herd

February 4, 2010 63 comments

The time is now to get your feeding program up and running. Right now your deer herd needs you more than at any other time of the year. This time of year whitetail bucks are trying to recuperate from post rut and winter stress. Food sources are now vastly reduced and the deer are in dire need of some quality nutrition.  Most bucks have probably lost up to 30% of their body weight and are desperately trying to regain their body weight they have lost. This is where a quality feeding program can really have an impact on your herd. Whitetail’s grow their entire set of antlers from start to finish in just 128 short days. Yes, it takes a yearling spike the same amount of days to grow his set as it does a 200” B&C. Mother Nature dictates that the whitetail bucks antlers comes second and the body comes first. This means that if the body is lacking what it needs in nutrition then the antlers comes second from a nutrition standpoint. This is why feeding protein post rut can be so beneficial for antler growth as it can help jump-start the body’s recovery from winter and post rut stress and ensure that they are in the best possible condition on day one of antler growth.

It is important to remember that protein pellets are a supplement and not a magic bean. It will not make a genetically poor deer a genetically superior deer. However, protein feed will help even out the peaks of nutritional stress. When rainfall is good and there are plenty of forbs and brows you will notice a major decline in protein consumption as the preferred forbs and brows become available.  When the rains do not come and forage and brows are stressed protein consumption will increase as the deer will become more dependant of the supplement.

On average you can expect to see a 5-7 lb. increase in body weight the first year of feeding followed by a higher fawn survival rate the second year and finally a noticeable difference in antler size the third year.

Here are some helpful tips to get your feeding program started:

  • Feed protein pellets with a free choice feeder. (You want protein to be accessible 24 hours a day.)
  • When choosing a location for your feeder, choose a location close to cover and when possible close to water. Also, choose a secluded spot.  You want them to feel safe and comfortable at all times when at the feeding station.
  • Start off mixing protein pellets 50/50 with corn. You will have to train your deer to eat the pellets as it foreign to them. Gradually reduce the corn ratio until you are feeding 100% protein.
  • Feed AntlerMax 20%  from January – August and AntlerMax 16% from September – December.
  • Calcium and phosphorus are very important. Pick a feed offering effective amounts of each and as close as 2:1 as possible.

Protein Feed

Now your next question should be what protein feed should I use.  Why would you not want to use the feed put out by the leader in deer nutrition research for over half a century.  Purina Mills has spent more time and money on research than any of its competitors. During this time Purnia Mills has devoleped one of the leading supplements on the market, Antlermax Protein feed.

What is Antlermax?

Purina Mills® AntlerMax® Energy Technology is a highly researched patented energy technology that enhances the body condition of deer so they can reach their full potential for body size, health and maximum antler growth. There is a patented Energy Nugget inside the pellet for top body conditioning that contains an exclusive blend of 5 vegetable oil sources. It has the ideal ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids for top immune function, shiny coat and healthy skin. An optimum ratio of energy sources (fat, fiber and starch) for balanced rumen bacterial populations and optimal digestion

AntlerMax® Technology provides top buck health, allowing each animal to reach its full genetic potential for antler growth, while lowering mortality rates during the rut. Delivers top doe health, resulting in increased milk production, milk quality and overall fertility. Builds strong healthy fawns for lower mortality.

How AntlerMax® Technology Works:

  • PATENTED PROTEINS – In deer, most proteins break down in the rumen (pre-stomach), decreasing their ability to support antler growth. But patented AntlerMax® Technology in new Deer Chow® naturally protects these high-quality proteins from rumen breakdown. Once protected, these proteins are digested by the deer in the stomach and small intestines instead of the rumen. The result – HUGE antlers much FASTER.


  • PROPRIETARY TRACE MINERALS – Optimal antler growth and overall deer health require a proper blend of minerals. That’s why we’ve done extensive studies to determine exact mineral requirements for growing antlers at various stages of development. AntlerMax® goes beyond protein technology to also include exact proprietary types and ratios of trace minerals necessary for building optimal antler density and strength. Plus, Purina Mills® Deer Chow® diets are formulated regionally to adjust for mineral variations in soil and vegetation. This exacting approach allows us to meet the specific needs of deer and elk in every region of the country.


Purina Mills puts out many products with the Antlermax Technology.  The most common are the 20% Antlermax Deer Chow and the 20% Antlermax water shield protein feed.

Antlermax Deer 20:  A 20%-protein pelleted ration designed to enhance the deer’s natural forage diet.  Formulated with patented AntlerMax® Technology.

Antlermax Watershield 20: Same 20%-protein pelleted ration has the Antlermax Deer 20, but is protected by exclusive WaterShield™ Technology which makes the pellet resistant to moisture, reducing waste and labor associated with water damage.

Benefits of both products:

  • Improves antler size and mass and improves body condition.
  • Optimum reproductive performance and strong healthy fawns.
  • Proprietary AntlerMax® Mineral – optimal antler growth, density and strength.
  • Highly palatable – strong proprietary flavor attracts deer and elk.
  • To be fed free-choice with adequate forage or quality hay.
  • Feed from February through August.

Protein Feeders

Hunters today have more options to choose from then ever. First you will need to decide if you want to feed from a gravity flow free choice feeder or from a timed restricted type feeder. The free choice gravity type feeder is clearly the best choice as it gives your herd 24-hour access to protein. The deer will soon learn that the feed is there waiting for them and is available any time of day.  However, free choice feeders will be very vulnerable to raccoons, birds and all other non-targeted animals.  Timed feeders do have one major advantage over free choice feeders in that they are more cost-effective then the free choice feeders as there will be a significant decline in wasted feed from non-targeted animals due to the  feed being accessible only certain times of the day.

When deciding how many feeders are needed for your property remember first that there are  many factors such as: acreage, high fence, low fence, budget  and expectations that will make the number of feeders vary from ranch to ranch. But, a good rule of thumb would be one feeder for every 350 acres.  If you could have a protein station every 50 acres by all means do it, but in most cases that is just not feasible.

With the wildlife management and hunting industry growing every year, there are tons of feeders available in the market today.  Choosing a brand can almost be as if you are deciding on a automobile brand.  The feeders that we have used for years and have been around since the beginning of the hunting industry boom is All Seasons Feeders.


All Seasons Wildlife Feeders are built to hold up to the harshest environments Mother Nature has to offer. Our exclusive designs are made to deliver feed to target animals, while reducing waste to varmints and weather. All Seasons Feeders has the specific feeder to fit your needs.

With many options from styles and sizes All Seasons Feeders has the right feeder for your program. 

[All Seasons Feeders]
[Purina Mills Feeds]

Categories: Hunting & Wildlife

Whitetail Deer Capture: Aztec Rental Was On Board

January 30, 2010 3 comments

One of Aztec’s own got to go on a whitetail deer capture in South Texas.

Gary joined Macy Ledbetter, one of Texas’s leading wildlife biologist, on the wildlife management adventure, put on by Whitetail Domains. On the South Texas Ranch the team split up into two crews. The “air” crew used a helicopter to spot and net the deer. While the “ground” crew quickly retrieved and secured the deer for transportation. Gary was apart of the ground crew.

Watch video here.

Watch Gary with Aztec Rental, as he takes part in a recent helicopter deer capture in South Texas. We were sure happy to have him along for the ride.

[Whitetail Domains] Grow, Manage, and Preserve Trophy Deer.
[Spring Creek Outdoors] Macy Ledbetter

Are You Going Hunting Again?

January 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Attention: All hunters that are married, have a girlfriend or just seeing someone, we found your next excuse to go hunting!

….or it could help you get divorced or lose that girlfriend of yours.

We will let you decide if you want to use it or not, and deal with the consequences!

We apologize for the terrible quality, but couldn’t resist showing it.

Got to love [Jeff Foxworthy]

Categories: Humor, Hunting & Wildlife