The Cost of Supplemental Feeding
The new year gives hunters the chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Many of us will choose to begin 2012 with a supplemental feeding program in an effort to carry our deer through the winter months. These programs can vary from sophisticated, regimented plans with quality food sources that cover everything from A to Z or they can be as simple as dumping a bag of corn in the woods every week or two.
The latter is much more common, unfortunately. But with corn prices sky-high that might change. In past years, most of us dealing with back-40 hunting ground or even mid-sized leases didn’t need to worry about the cost of corn and so that’s what we fed. It’s readily available and the deer gobble it up. Most of us didn’t scoff at paying $5 for 50 pounds of corn, but prices right now can range up to $20 or more. That’s a deterrent for many of us, but might be good news for the deer.
The reason for this is that corn is a poor food source, especially if it’s available in bulk without a lot of other options nearby. The deer will fill up their bellies, but they don’t glean all of the nutrient necessities they need from corn. It’s similar to giving a three-year old child the choice between eating candy for every meal or providing them with a balanced diet. Sure, they’ll pick the sweets every time but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing.
Our deer deserve better supplemental feeding than simply corn. This is why Golden Deer Nuggets are my premier choice for winter feeding. At around $20 a bag for 40 pounds, Golden Deer Nuggets are priced very similar to run-of-the-mill corn. But, the benefits of the proteins, fats, fibers, vitamins and minerals far exceed those available in corn. It’s no different than feeding your hunting dog a cheap brand of dog food. Sure, the price is right but the food will contain a lot of fillers and less nutrients. In short, you’ll feed your dog more of the low-quality food just to give them enough of what they need. The easier route is to feed them quality food right off of the bat.
This works for deer as well. So, if the price of corn has you thinking it might be time to let the deer fend for themselves, consider Golden Deer Nuggets. They cost the same and will carry your surviving bucks, does and unborn fawns much further than corn will.
Supplemental Deer Feeding - Golden Deer Nuggets
Offering only corn to deer during the winter is similar to feeding a child only candy because that’s what they want. Fortunately for the deer, corn prices have sky-rocketed in recent months and other quality options like Golden Deer Nuggets for supplemental feeding are available at a reasonable prices.
Golden Deer Nuggets are priced very similar to corn but offer a multitude of vitamins, minerals, fats, fibers proteins and other nutrients that corn is devoid of. To get the most bang for your deer feeding buck, opt for quality sources.