Deer Feeding Options

Deer Feeding Options

Smith Farm Supply knows hunting season is fast approaching, and we have a great selection of deer feeding options. Various deer feeds, whole corn and deer minerals are available at our locations. Here are some of the options to help you decide which one is right for you.

Purina Antlermax

Purina AntlerMax and AntlerAdvantage Premium Deer Feeds are formulated to maximize every buck’s genetic potential. Optimization for antlers, optimal reproductive performance and milk production in does, and promote strong and healthy fawns. This allows for added support and greater antler growth. Also, this is a more beneficial digestion process because it delivers a higher concentration of proteins to the growing antlers. The result helps deliver nutrients to the growing antler for the growth of the unbelievable size, speed, and mass at earlier ages.

Purina AntlerMax and AntlerAdvantage

Features and Benefits
  • AntlerMax® pellets: Improves antler size and mass and improves body condition
  • High palatability: Strong proprietary flavor to attract deer and elk
  • Optimum levels of vitamins and minerals: Optimum reproductive performance and strong healthy fawns

Encourages feeder visits to provide the nutrition needed to support weight gain and body condition. Comprised of high-quality ingredients that support rumen function, gut health and optimal nutrient utilization. Supports digestibility of starch in the small intestine. Helps reduce the consequences of oxidative stress. Also, powerful plant-based ingredients help maintain feed intake, comfort and help sustain weight gain during climatic stress events, like hot weather.

AntlerAdvantage
Nutrition-packed, 20%-protein, pelleted ration designed to support the nutrition of deer in their native habitat. Moreover, the high protein content supports top performance to support antler development in bucks and reproductive success in does. Also, it is a high-quality nutritional package with ideal amounts and ratios of vitamins and minerals for antler development in your Antler Advantagebucks. Good nutrition may also promote abundant milk production for growing fawns.
Features & Benefits
  • Complete package: High-quality protein, energy, vitamins, and minerals for Deer to get the nutrition they need in one feed
  • Consistent quality from batch to batch: Formulated using Purina’s® proprietary constant nutrition formulation technology
  • Consistent taste: Enhanced with strong apple flavor to attract deer to the feed so they receive the benefit of a balanced diet
  • Helps develop exceptional body size: High-quality protein helps support muscle for body growth

Supports antler growth by improving protein quality. The unique digestive tract of deer reduces the quality of most proteins by breaking them down too quickly and diluting their value for antler growth. Moreover, an optimum blend of high-quality proteins delivers a high concentration of amino acids needed by the growing antler. A power-packed nutritional package with ideal amounts and ratios of vitamins and minerals for optimal antler growth, reproductive success and enhanced growth. Provides critical nutrients to help assure fertility. Supports milk production and milk quality. Furthermore, it helps produce strong, healthy young that thrive. Enhanced with strong proprietary flavor to attract deer so they receive the benefit of a balanced diet.

Purina Quick Draw Block

Designed to attract deer with its irresistible scent & flavorings. Designed in a 20 lb block, it attracts big bucks and helps keep deer coming back. It can also be used to supplement poor quality forage or habitat. Studies on the Quick Draw® Deer Block attractant show strong consumption, driven by a proprietary flavoring agent not found in any other deer block.

All Purina deer feeding options have been proven successful over the years, no matter what you choose, you can’t go wrong.

In addition to deer feeding options, we also have deer minerals available.  Deer love Lucky Buck and Trophy Rock minerals.

Lucky Buck

Most hunters don’t put deer minerals out until the middle of summer or later when they start thinking about hanging trail cameras.   Although that is a great time of year to put out deer minerals, it is a little late in the year if antler growth is the end goal. According to Dave Wheeler, Founder of Lucky Buck who has an extensive background in animal nutrition, the best time to put out whitetail deer supplements or minerals is in the spring. “The moment grass starts to grow, deer start consuming large amounts of it which flush out their system. At this point, they need the salt that is found in deer minerals like Lucky Buck.  Bucks start growing their antlers in the spring and early summer.  This is also when does are lactating.  Bucks and does need the nutrients that are found in Lucky Buck,” Wheeler explained.

Lucky Buck has a large amount of salt in it that helps control the intake of the product. “Deer are only going to eat so much salt before they walk away.  In most cases, the amount of mineral a deer will eat a day or a week is very small. By controlling the intake, we can provide deer with the right amount of mineral. The other benefit is one or two buckets of Lucky Buck go a long way. It is hard to know exactly how long one bucket will last because deer populations vary greatly by state, but a rule of thumb we tell customers is that six buckets a year will take care of one mineral location. That is a fairly inexpensive investment to help the deer,” Wheeler noted.

Food plots are extremely popular these days. Just remember when planting food plots and managing land to also provide deer minerals.

Trophy Rock

Trophy Rock

Trophy Rock is an all-natural mineral supplement to provide deer with the electrolytes and trace minerals they need for optimum health

Placing Trophy Rock in staging areas or near bedding areas usually works best. We recommend placing Trophy Rock on a stump or another flat rock keeping it up off the ground. It will last much longer in the field if you avoid mud puddles. We have also found deer to be much more relaxed at mineral sites when Trophy Rock is elevated so they can lick on it in less of a defensive posture.

Stop by to learn more or pick up this great Purina deer product at your local Smith Farm Supply.

 

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