Even in states that allow year-round feeding, many hunters decide to discontinue feeding deer in the fall. Many believe that the mast crop will be enough, or that their annual food plots will provide sufficient sustenance for the deer, but these assumptions fail to take several factors into consideration.
First, while the mast crop is Mother Nature’s buffet for game, there’s no guarantee that it will be an all-you-can-eat one. Fluctuations in weather during the spring can cause the acorn crop to fail. Sometimes, the trees on your property remain void of acorns while your neighbor’s trees may be loaded with them. Regardless, the acorn crop or lack thereof is out of your control. However, offering feed is within your control and provides you a way to supply a secondary food source when acorns are available and a primary food source when they’re not.
Secondly, many variables can make food plots undependable. A dry fall may inhibit germination of seeds. Severe weather may hurt the crop. Poor soil may negatively impact the health of the plants thus diminishing the browse. You may not have enough acreage dedicated to truly provide sustenance.
While food plots are a must in the overall management plan of a deer herd, they are inconsistent and difficult to control. Once again, you should control what you can. Providing feed throughout these fall months is within your power.
Utilizing a supplemental food source along with food plots and hopefully a good mast crop will help keep the deer from leaving your property to find food.
Day 6 Outdoors is home to the Flat-Out Feeder, the only feeder designed to help manage trophy whitetails by controlling human scent at the feed site. Its simple, one-person setup doesn’t require tools or any additional assembly. All you have to do is take it out of the box and it’s ready to go. The feeder is gravity-fed, so it doesn’t depend on motors or batteries, which require maintenance, can malfunction or go dead.