One of the most common mistakes that hunters make is providing supplemental feed only in the fall. Often times, many quality food sources are depleted by late winter. Starting supplemental feed programs from the end of the rut through the time when your spring food plots come in can give you a head start on building a healthy deer herd. By providing deer with high–quality feed during late winter and early spring, and maximizing protein levels during these periods, you will ensure optimal body growth and antler development.
Another advantage to using feeders in late winter and early spring is that deer season is over. Deer are looking for food; feeders will help draw local deer to your area. Using game cameras in conjunction with a feeder allows you to easily inventory your herd, determine what bucks to hunt next season, learn the time and the date of the sightings, get a good idea of your buck-to-doe ratio, and find out how many deer come to your feeder each day. Begin your supplemental feeding now; it will increase your chances of growing the quality bucks that you want to harvest next season.