How to Balance Supplemental Feeding Programs for Deer

When you're planning the best supplemental feeding strategy for white-tailed deer the key is to provide a balanced diet. Supplemental foods are great additions to natural sources because they provide extra vitamins and minerals deer need and use for growth, strength and overall health.

When you're making a plan for the best supplemental feeding strategy for white-tailed deer, the whole key is to provide a balanced diet. Supplemental foods are great additions to natural sources because they can provide extra vitamins and minerals deer need and use for overall health. These include a variety of things but three of the most important that you can offer with different supplemental sources are protein, fiber and carbohydrates.

Protein is important because it builds muscle and helps bucks and does in summer with overall health. Fiber's good, of course, for multiple reasons, and carbohydrates (such as in corn) are beneficial to pack on fat for winter and provide energy. That's not to mention the possible minerals such as magnesium and phosphorus in mineral licks that help even more. All these things help deer get through the rigors of the autumn rut process and then the harsh months in winter.

if you don't have land for an enclosure, like the one Charles Alshiemer discusses in today's Deer Talk Now for his research and photography, but can provide supplemental food where you live, he suggests looking for something with at least 16 percent protein, if not more. Also, be consistent with providing it. One or two bags in a feeder once a summer isn't a going to do it. There's no magic bullet other than being consistent and committed, if supplemental feeding is part of your strategy. Some hunters don't want to do anything extra, such as supplemental food or mineral licks, and that's fine. But if you are going to get into a supplemental feeding program for deer, have a budget and plan to stick with it to get the best results. This week's product spotlight is Legit True Mineral from Big & J. Deer Talk Now, How to Balance Supplemental Feeding Programs for Deer. Season 6, Episode 23.