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#2189906 - 03/17/11 04:30 PM Deer will eat alfalfa!
Katy Tigers Offline
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Registered: 08/13/10
Posts: 175
I know there has been alot of discussion regarding deer eating alfalfa. In fact I got the idea from reading the discussion board on this site.

Last month we put the 1000 lb. round bales out and as you can see about two thirds are now gone. We are in Val Verde County, South of Sonora off of 189. We have only had a half of an inch of rain since December. So, needless to say everything is dry and they are hungry.

We put them in a 1800 pasture, no cattle. We didn't have time to set up cameras, but we figure it was primarily deer. I expected alot more waste, but was pleasanly surprised!





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#2189946 - 03/17/11 04:48 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: Katy Tigers]
landsurveyor Offline
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Registered: 02/16/11
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Loc: Tejas
awesome, I feed square bails

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#2189952 - 03/17/11 04:51 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: landsurveyor]
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Registered: 10/03/06
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Loc: Coleman County
might be javis also


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#2190072 - 03/17/11 05:55 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: MaggieMTx]
Robert Stuart Offline
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Loc: Hill Country, TX
I agree I feed 5 bails that are the 3,000 pounds square bails a month and they are gone withing a month we do have exotics but the whitetail are the first to it every time...

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#2190106 - 03/17/11 06:17 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: Robert Stuart]
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Registered: 08/27/08
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Loc: Bandera, Tx
Last year in Bandera there was a feed store on 173 just before you get to Hwy. 16 in town. They had some of the big alfalfa bales outside and had to end up putting a fence around them to keep out the deer.

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#2190250 - 03/17/11 07:33 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: don k]
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They will hammer it in a year like this. Better watch out with they way they are eating those bales into a mushroom shape....might fall onto a smaller deer and kill it. Happens on exotics from time to time on smaller species so it might happen on whitetails also.

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#2190282 - 03/17/11 07:48 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: stxranchman]
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We put out alfalfa and the neighbors cows plowed down the fence to get to it. Kimble county game warden told us it was our responsibility to fence the cows out and not for the owner of the cows to fence them in. Their cows knocked down our fence and we had to repair it all for alfalfa hay.

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#2190947 - 03/18/11 12:31 AM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: 30378]
brazman Offline
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Registered: 12/14/10
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Loc: Lufkin, TX
Shoot those tresspassers!

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#2190958 - 03/18/11 01:03 AM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: brazman]
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Registered: 07/29/10
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Loc: Santo, TX
We keep it out year round, works well for us.

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#2190972 - 03/18/11 01:42 AM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: Lonnie Paul Walker Jr.]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
I have seen some great looking mule deer in the alfalfa fields around Roswell. They eat real!

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#2193309 - 03/19/11 04:52 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: dogcatcher]
Tactical_Smurf Offline
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Registered: 10/15/09
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Loc: F-G Metroplex
WE used to feed alfalfa and smashed apples, draws them out every time.

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#2193641 - 03/19/11 09:24 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: Tactical_Smurf]
bowmadness26 Offline
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Registered: 01/26/11
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Loc: burleson, tx
Lookin good. Ima try it

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#2194426 - 03/20/11 01:39 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: bowmadness26]
rsquared Online   content

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Registered: 01/15/09
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Loc: Round Rock, ranch in Junction
that sure doesnt look like the same kind of alfalfa i have been feeding. might just be the picture, but it looks like coastal hay to me...

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#2195741 - 03/21/11 08:40 AM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: rsquared]
Erathkid Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
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Loc: Dollas,Taxes Bluff Dale Tx
Deer love alfalfa,at least in Erath county.

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#2196822 - 03/21/11 05:13 PM Re: Deer will eat alfalfa! [Re: Erathkid]
highlonesome1 Offline
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Registered: 10/02/07
Posts: 5157
Loc: Scleicher County
I have been feeding alfalfa for 3 years. The deer are going through a ton a month right now. I found some oat hay round bales with lots of kernals and the turkey appreciate it.

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