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    Feeding Red Stags

    If you feed Reds, do you find that the hinds move away,or do they get driven away from the feeding areas ?
    We are considering feeding Reds in the glen bottom, there is a good mix of stags and hinds,but a neighbouring estate which feeds hard seems to have a dearth of hinds and calves.
    Your experience's would be greatfully received.Wf1

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    Looks like alot of hungry stags out there mate !

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    Hinds don't normally come to the feeding area, being less forward than stags, however there is normally no need to feed hinds, presuming its wild deer you are talking of, feeding stags through the winter when they are in their worst condition following the rut helps.

    Feed them through into spring until there is new growth for them up here that could be until May.

    Found it easy to know when to stop as less and less of them would turn up to be fed as natural food became more plentiful


    I am talking of wild deer in a Highland invironment, I have no experience of park deer, and I am not sure that supplementary feeding would be necessary in wild lowland reds.
    Last edited by bogtrotter; 16-04-2014 at 12:08.

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    Bogtrotters spot on I find when new growth comes through they will ignore any supplementary food infact I caught one the other day on a camera ignore a drainage pipe feeder which they used to hammer to bark strip a willow nxt to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Double four View Post
    Bogtrotters spot on I find when new growth comes through they will ignore any supplementary food infact I caught one the other day on a camera ignore a drainage pipe feeder which they used to hammer to bark strip a willow nxt to it.
    That another one needing replanting lol

    Moose

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    Lol ! you know the score Laurie ! if I never seen another deer damaged tree/tube or stake it will be too soon !

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    In the glen where I live, the deer are provided with fixed feeding stations & in addition the stalkers / keepers feed nuts from vehicles whilst driving away, This draws the greedy & agressive stags away from the feeding stations - this gives the hinds a fair crack at the fodder.

    Ian

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    Thanks guys great imformation thats what makes this site so good ask a sensible question and the font of Knowledge comes flowing in.
    Got my answer.Wf1

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