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Old 07-30-2015, 10:01 PM   #1
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I had heard about this study, but couldn't find all the details. You just gotta pour the protein to them!!!

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that's a good video
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Yea but you would need a minimum of 8 years of supplemental high protein feeding to be able to harvest said results. The 3rd generation, according to the study, showed the most potential and would take 4-5 years to reach maturity and or a managed harvest age.

Long story short, you better have deep pockets, and access to land for a guaranteed 10 years to reap benefits.

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Age is biggest factor. Assuming bucks are allowed to get to 5 or 6 then feed can help.
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No to mention the free ranging aspect. If your neighbors shoot hair then it has the possibility of being a lost cause.

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Those St Andrews bucks have some pretty great genetics too though. I saw both of those bucks last fall within 20' or less (alive). Luckily, their genetic line extends to the current batch of 7 younger bucks in the same area and they are not too shabby either. I just saw them this week.

Age is not part of the study's equation as it's known that it takes 4-5 years for a buck to reach his potential and most don't make it that many birthdays. That can be controlled with trigger discipline for those that want to see the antler potential in a buck vice something on the dinner plate. Just depends on what your goals are.

What the study shows that you can improve the nutritional plane on a certain patch of land with existing genetics and still make quite an impact on antler growth. Most leaseholders that plot are in it for the long haul (10 years+), so it gives hope and reason to spread lime, fertilizer and seed each year. We've seen a huge jump in body weight, number of pregnant does, and bucks approaching 100" with just 9 acres of plots. We would like to have more plots, but we've plotted just about every patch that doesn't flood and isn't covered up in pine rows.
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Great video. I would have thought that the deer being fed protein would have reached their potential sooner. If this is true you better have deep pockets to try and increase antlers and body weight. Burning not and option on most leases. Thinning and clear cutting should add browse and increase the carrying capacity of the land. Limits on the food plot size doesn't help either. I'll keep trying and let the younger bucks walk.
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Realistically, without significant amounts of cash to throw at supplemental feeding and no guarantee of 10 years or more on a lease, your best option is to simply let your deer try to get some age on them and hope that your neighbors are doing the same.

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