Like minerals, feeds contribute important nutritional value to deer diets. But feeds also have the added benefit of substance that allows them to actually satisfy deer’s appetites. This makes them especially successful at attracting and patterning game to hold them right where you want them. Use feeds on their own near trail camera locations and hunting stands or as an additive to feeders/troughs.
- Provide vital nutrients
- Important energy source
- Habit-forming to attract and hold deer to specific locations
- Supplements diet when native browse isn’t readily available
- Beneficial for bow hunters with limited range available
- Protein: The most important nutrient that is the building block of all the others.
- Fat: Unlike in humans, high fat intake is good for free-range deer. When they have a high body fat content, they’re able to convert that fat into energy and warmth.
- Sugar: Deer are naturally drawn to sugars because they can easily and immediately convert them into energy.
All Evolved feeds should be fed free-choice with native browse and water available. Be sure to follow all state and local laws regarding the use of feeds in your area.
Trail Camera Surveys
Pour feed in 2-3 foot strips perpendicular to your camera. This will encourage animals to feed in a pattern that facilitates a profile view for optimum survey collection. Be sure to set up trail cameras facing either north or south so they aren’t facing direct sunlight.
To supplement diet, pour directly into feeders and troughs with corn or grains. Mix thoroughly to avoid any clogging as the product disperses.
To draw deer toward hunting locations, distribute feed directly on the ground. Similar to trail camera surveying, feed should be placed in 2-3 foot strips perpendicular to the stand to set up a clean, ethical kill shot.