This is the first year I have decided to feed the deer during the freezing winter months.
I built a wooden trough to feed the deer here in one of the small patches of woods/wetlands that is adjacent to the corn/beans that I hunt. I decided to put it out yesterday since the deer are back to their feeding patterns here in NW Indiana. The winters here can be pretty harsh, and I wanted to provide my deer with a good food source since the crops are all cut, the snow is deep, and the temps will continue to drop into single and -0 digits.
My local grain elevator/fertilizer store normally carries all of the Tecomate seed and feed products. I called and they do not have the deer feed any longer, but he suggested the horse feed. It is mainly oats, corn, and beans with supplemental minerals for growth and maintenance so my brother bought bought 100 pounds of that.
I put about 30 pounds of the horse feed, mixed with 3 pounds of H.S. VitaRack 26 mineral (which the deer absolutely TEAR up in the spring/summer) into the trough.
I set up my Wildlife Eye video camera behind the feeder to catch the action.
MY QUESTION IS: How long do you guys think that amount of food will last? It is right next to a pretty heavily used trail, and the temps are dropping into the teens overnight and staying in the 30s during the day around here. I want to provide enough food for all the deer that visit, but I don't want to continuously scent up the area going in and out every couple days. How long do you think that will last?