I hunt Marathon, Taylor, Chippewa, & Clark counties and there were a lot of corn fields left standing all winter. I have to believe that the deer wintered and fed heavily on these fields. And should result in a healthier spring herd in these areas. The deer do not have to get back to their "summer weight" and more of their energy this spring/summer can be used for horn growth. In 45 years I never saw even close to the # of fields left standing and there are everywhere in this area. Do you think this will impact the rack size this fall? I personally think this could be a really good year for big bucks in the ag areas.
2020 banner year for big racks?
I have seen some really nice pictures of some really nice bucks that have already been taken. Really nice!!
Just read an article which stated that 53 percent of the bucks killed in Wisconsin are yearling bucks and Wisconsin is the only state in which the yearling buck kill is over 50 percent.
Saw a tiny one today . Probably not 30 lbs . In St Germain. Won't last the winter at that size unless it lives under a bird feeders .
I only gun hunt so I wait until about November 10th to start putting out the mineral/protein rack growth supplements. No sense growing a big rack for some bow hunter guy to get in mid October.
I'm late to the mineral/protein conversation, but I'll let you all in on a tip. The bigger the buck on the package, the better the product will work. So find the one with the biggest buck on the package.
Well mineral is bait by the DNR definition in the regulations so its illegal to have it out till 24 hours before bow season. FYI
I don't think it will be a good growing year in far NW Wisconsin. 30"+ snow pack from December 1st into March. No much for cold, but I think the deep snow is more stressful than the cold. Green up hasn't started yet either "up north" here so again, I don't expect any big jumps in the deer I am after. I'm just grossing my fingers they can all put on 10-15".
Not positive. They probably like the idea of selling mineral blocks and protein blocks separately.
Minerals are OK for overall health. But I believe do little for antler growth. Primary driver to antler growth is protein.
I used to do mineral supplements before it became illegal in my county. Not sure if it made a difference. Have a feeling its more hype than substance but the deer sure loved it. Great place to set up summer trail cams.