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Thoughts on deer feeding
Posted: 10 December 2013 07:04 PM   [ Ignore ]
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I am wondering if the state should suspend the law preventing the feeding of deer. With mother nature already taking a toll on the numbers of deer wouldn’t supplementing the few remaining deer help ensure they survive this winter?  Especially if we have a brutally cold and or snowy next few months?  Who would be able to suggest this as an option to our Illinois law makers?

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Posted: 10 December 2013 09:43 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I don’t think that’ll ever fly in Illinois.  I actually wondered about the same thing in regards to this possible new killer…toxins in the crops from excessive drought.  If these toxins are to blame for so many deaths, wouldn’t it make sense that supplemental feeding would reduce a deer’s need to consume so much crop food?  Like I said though, it’ll never happen here.  For now, I’d suggest adding to your food plots if you have any.

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Posted: 10 December 2013 10:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Im all for it! If I had a private spot youd see many place where the combine spilled corn by accident:)The spots wouldn’t be hunted over but intended to help out the few deer that may need it…..

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Posted: 11 December 2013 08:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’m all for it too. I was hunting back in early November in a ground blind . I was eating an apple, I got off of my apple tree and was about to throw the core out on the ground but paranoia struck me. I thought I saw a game warden behind every tree just waiting to write me a ticket for baiting so I took it with me to the house. If the trend goes like it is much longer there won’t be any deer left to get a ticket for. Thanks ILLINOS DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES!, oh and IDNR start fining all these farm stores for selling all the deer feed and deer cocaine and salt for deer , that is illegal to buy! .

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Posted: 11 December 2013 10:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Suppliments help in so many ways but keeping a healthy herd is the greatest.  Just giving the deer all the vitamins and minerals that come in all these supplements now can help deer fight diseases like EHD and others.  An Apple A Day….......

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Posted: 11 December 2013 11:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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No matter how much it helps the herd, the IDNR will never allow it.  They have the wrong mentality.  While watching hunting shows from Iowa, I always notice their trail camera pics are at feeding stations.  I’m sure this is only allowed during the off season, but wouldn’t this help the IL herd as well?  Feeding during the season would be a whole different debate that I once wrote a blog about.  Somehow feeding a deer is cheating, but using doe estrous lure is not.  Not sure I understand that?  If one is considered taking advantage of an animal, why is the other not thought of in the same way?  Bottom line though, IL will never allow feeding.  The IDNR will always claim CWD or something else.  We need to get rid of those in office and start fresh…with a whole new mindset.

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Posted: 11 December 2013 01:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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So who do we contact?  I will place a call my State Representative.  Now that the season is basically over for me I would like to do something for my local deer. I no longer have a deer herd but the 4 or 5 still around sure could use an opportunity at a chance.

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Posted: 11 December 2013 08:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Will as a hunter I cant believe Iam say the following contact call write show up at seira club events green peace and the other groups we discard as hunters they save whales why not send them to Springfield with their charm to end the needles slaughter the excessive permit system and the late winter killing of praygnate does with fawns, I bet one tv campaign and millions of dollars of supporting the save the Illinois white deer would get a big wheel rolling that would lead to feeding the last of our heard and how about deer for money for state pension funds where does all the permit money go? PS think about a winter shot doe in bloody white snow with her gut pile with her unborn fawn their! That gets results,attention and money to drive a campaign to repeal the excessive permit system plus people vote on what makes them feel best. Save Illinois whitetail. Pass this on a movement must start somewhere one man or one woman or one cut paste

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Posted: 11 December 2013 09:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I called Rep Koehler at 309-677-0120 and Rep Unes at 309-620-8631. Repeal the feeding ban and put an end to the late winter slaughter. Re establish a check station system!  Not holding my breath because we all know how slow Illinois government works. If only I could find a store with .22 shells I could spend the rest of the year hunting Squirrels.

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Posted: 12 December 2013 08:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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A nice gesture but I think congregating deer at a feed site will only hurt them in the long run.  EHD and other diseases will spread easier and the deer will become dependant on humans for food.  Leaving a few rows of corn or beans would be good but starvation hasn’t really been a problem here.

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Posted: 12 December 2013 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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There is a deer feeding ban in Illinois for good reason, and the threat of disease transmission is one of them.  Supplements will do little or nothing to enhance Illinois deer because we have been blessed with some of the finest, most productive (read “nutrient rich”) soils in the world. 

Some of the “Deer Corn” available from Rural King has been shown to be high in aflatoxins.  Supporting link—http://brownfieldagnews.com/2013/05/01/deer-corn-tests-positive-for-aflatoxins/

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Posted: 12 December 2013 12:32 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Andy,
I understand your reasoning and its the same as the state has for outlawing this.  But look at the deer to answer this.  Which state is having the worst problem with deer and diseases? Which state doesn’t allow supplemental feeding?  All the states that allow supplements don’t seem to be having as big as an issue with deer deaths and diseases as we do.

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Posted: 13 December 2013 09:49 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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We know EHD is worse in drought years because it concentrates deer at water sources.  A big pile of food is going to have the same effect.  I suppose you could leave the ban in place in the CWD counties, but that’s the north part of the state where winter is the harshest (as Illinois goes anyway).  I can’t see how deer in the southern half of the state would be in need of supplemental feeding.

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Posted: 14 December 2013 08:41 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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I see what your saying Matt but do those states have the idiots we have managing their deer herd?  Unlimited permit sales and greed are the reasons for the deer herd decline.  EHD contributed its part as well.
What I’m getting at is I can’t just go to Iowa or Kansas and buy 4 deer tags and go every year with all my friends and fill all our tags.  This has been going on here for years.  Adding a bait pile to the equation will only make it easier for the killers and the disease.  Both are a disease in my opinion! 

We had the greatest deer herd in the country at one time.  They were 100% wild and hardly knew what a food plot was.  Illinois grew those deer the old fashioned way.  Mother Nature did it. 
If we all want to help the deer herd we should try to encourage everyone to let a few walk by.  I’ve hunted for 30 years now and I’ve spent way more time at home this year than ever.  I almost feel guilty to be out there. Might have to do the same next year too.

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Posted: 15 December 2013 10:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Andy Meador - 12 December 2013 08:44 AM

A nice gesture but I think congregating deer at a feed site will only hurt them in the long run.  EHD and other diseases will spread easier and the deer will become dependant on humans for food.  Leaving a few rows of corn or beans would be good but starvation hasn’t really been a problem here. 

The deer herd is already receiving supplemental feeding at many secluded locations in violation of the law and the state allows this practice! Walk into any farm store, sporting goods store or Walmart and you will find mineral licks, food supplements, salt blocks and the one I detest the most “deer cocaine” in the sporting goods area, most have pictures of deer feeding on the packaging and this stuff is flying off the shelf. The DNR professes to ban supplemental feeding but does nothing to eliminate the sale of these harmful products, now why is that?

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Posted: 15 December 2013 12:57 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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I wonder the same thing.  My guess is the $$

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