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Fall is Prime Time to Begin a Supplemental Feeding Program for Deer

Friday, September 6th, 2019

A buck can have the best genetics in the world, but without the proper nutrition, he’ll never achieve his potential. One way to stack the deck in his favor is to supplement his nutrition. Fall is an excellent time to begin this.
But before we talk about how to initiate a supplemental feeding program, let’s evaluate the big picture.
The goal: Produce larger bucks with massive antlers. Some big obstacles to that goal:

  • Lack of high quality forage in fall and winter.
  • Stresses due to inclement weather.
  • In fall, deer are heading into a natural period of low metabolism and poor appetite. During the rut, a buck may spend only 20 to 30 minutes per day eating.
  • Burned calories during the rut will greatly deplete any existing stockpiles of nutrients.
  • Antler growth is low on the priority list of functions required to sustain life, so next spring, antlers will receive “what’s left” of nutrients after life-sustaining needs have been met. Deer will not begin growing antlers until they’ve regained body condition.
  • Nutritional deficiencies early in life can stunt a buck’s growth and antler size for the rest of his life, even if he is well fed as an adult.

The opportunity: Fall is one of the best times to initiate a supplemental feeding program because…

  • Fall forage is less available and of poorer quality, so deer are already instinctively searching for new food sources and may be more accepting of an unfamiliar feed form.
  • Getting deer to fully accept a feed form such as pellets can take weeks or months. By beginning the transition in the fall, deer can be fully acclimated by the time severe weather arrives.
  • Antlers are high in protein content (which is why feeding corn won’t produce bigger antlers). Now is the prime time for the body to start stockpiling protein before spring antler-growing season.
  • When a deer goes into winter in optimal body condition, it is less likely to deplete all of its nutrition stores by spring.

The plan: Now that we’ve established the need for a supplemental nutrition program, how do we do it? Here are a few basic steps:

  • Provide the essentials. Deer need three basic things to survive and thrive—food, water and cover. If any one of these three critical factors is insufficient, deer will go elsewhere.
  • Place your feeders along frequently used runways or trails.
  • Be sure to place enough feeders so that deer do not have to travel more than one-half to three-quarters of a mile to a feeder. A good rule of thumb is one feeder per 300-400 acres.
  • Make sure your feeding area has good visibility, access to fresh, clean water and an easy escape route to nearby cover.
  • Place your feeders near the center of your land to keep deer on your property. Do not place feeders along fence lines, roads, power lines or in a large opening.
  • Choose the right diet. With 16 percent protein, AntlerMax® Rut & Conditioning Deer
  • Chow® 16 product is the ideal fall and winter body conditioning diet to set the stage for big antler growth next spring. It has a highly palatable, strong flavor to attract deer and AntlerMax® Deer & Elk Mineral supplement for strong, dense antler growth.
  • One free-choice feeder can comfortably feed 25 free-ranging deer, each consuming 1 to 2 pounds of AntlerMax® Rut & Conditioning Deer Chow® 16 product per day.
  • Deer do not recognize protein pellets as food, but they are accustomed to seeing corn as a food source in the wild. Entice them to the protein pellets by initially mixing corn with the pellets (start with 75 percent corn, 25 percent pellets).
  • Deer do not like abrupt changes in feed, so make them gradually. Once deer are accustomed to eating protein pellets from a feeder, gradually phase out the corn. (NOTE: Although corn provides digestible energy, corn inherently lacks the nutrients needed for strong antler growth. Corn may help deer survive, but it won’t help them thrive. In fact, gorging on too much corn too fast can actually cause a deer to founder and die.)
  • Remember, pellets should be a supplement to, not a replacement for forage.
  • Make sure deer have access to a constant supply of fresh, clean water near your feeder. A deer requires about 3 pounds of water for every pound of dry matter consumed.
  • Plan on feeding year ‘round so that bucks never slip into below-average body condition.
  • Otherwise, next spring, nutrients will be allocated to “playing catch up” instead of to antler growth.
  • Be sure to wear gloves when handling the feeder and feed. Human scent can repel deer.
  • Don’t shoot yourself in the foot. Once you’ve spent all this effort to attract deer to a feeding area, NEVER hunt near the feeding area.

Don’t get discouraged. It won’t happen overnight. In fact, the better the forage conditions, the tougher it is to get deer to start eating pellets. But fall is a prime opportunity.
There are many, many more tips and strategies for establishing a successful supplemental nutrition program than we can include here.

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas and talk to us about your supplemental feeding needs. We’re here to help.

Orange Deer Corn & Feeder Mix from Orange Corn Company

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

orange deer cornOrange Deer Corn and Trailpheez Feeder Mix from the Orange Corn Company is now available at J&N Feed and Seed.  Bring the deer in close with Orange Deer Corn. This 100% irrigated Yellow Corn deer attractant is available in 40 lb. bags. It is a highly potent deer corn attractant mixed with all-natural minerals packed with the irresistible scent and taste of oranges.  Best of all, this irresistible deer attractant is grown and produced in Rio Medina, Texas.

Want to mix your own deer corn? Try the Orange Corn Company Trailpheez Feeder Mix, available in convenient 5-ounce packets. Use in feeders to give pain corn that irresistible orange flavor and scent.  Simple to use, just mix one 5 oz packet of Traipheez Feeder Mix with 150 pounds of corn.

 

It’s Time To Plant Food Plot Mixes

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

Food Plot MixesA food plot is a planted area set aside to act as a food source for wildlife. The term was coined by the U.S. hunting and outdoor industries. Food plots generally consist of, but are not limited to, legumes (clovers, alfalfa, beans, etc.) or forage grasses.

We are at the start date to plant winter food plots for deer. Product selection in this area is vast.  At J&N Feed and Seed, we carry a large number of food plot mixes including wheat, oats, winter peas, chicory, clover, turnips and alfalfa.  Stop by today and choose your plot mix. If you have any questions please give us a call or stop by the store.

Fall Seed & Fertilizer

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

fall seedNow is the time to get your fall seed. We have over 40 types of seed including wheat, oats, barley,  assorted rye grass seed and additives such as chicory and buck plot mixes.  Whether your seeding for livestock grazing, wildlife feed plots or something else, we’ve got the fall seed for you! Not sure what you need? Stop by and talk with our experts, we’re here to help!

We also carry a variety of bagged and bulk fertilizer. Need help getting your bulk fertilizer home? No problem! Use one of our fertilizer buggies free of charge! Stop by J & N Feed and Seed or call us for delivery at (940) 549-4631.

September Gardening Tips

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

September Gardening Tips

September Gardening Tips

September is a pivotal month for your landscape, with the official arrival of Autumn later this month, and hopefully, a return to cooler and wetter weather. It’s the gateway month between summer and fall gardening, so get outside and improve your landscape.

September is the time to apply lawn fertilizer to keep the grass healthy and growing up to the first frost. Always follow the directions on the package and avoid over-fertilizing, which will only damage your lawn. Fall-fertilized lawns are better equipped to make it through the winter and resume growth next spring than lawns that receive no fertilizer.

Double check your sprinklers carefully to make sure they are applying all that you expect in an even, uniform pattern.

Think back to last spring. Did you have lawn weeds in February and March before the grass started growing? Those were cool-season weeds, most of which germinated last fall. A pre-emergent herbicide applied in September will help reduce the recurrence of the same weeds next spring.

Sow Spring Wildflowers (like Bluebonnets) seeds now. For more reliable, uniform seed germination of our State flower, purchase acid-treated Bluebonnets seed. This treatment pits the seed coat, allowing nearly 100% germination in one to two weeks.

Need to add new shrubbery or trees to your landscape; this is a great month to do that. Fall landscaping done now will be well-rooted by next Spring and Summer.

Plant your fall vegetable garden. Plant cool-season vegetable garden with transplants of Broccoli, Cauliflower, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Chard, Collards, Lettuce, and Kale. Water your new vegetables and lightly top-dress with mulch to discourage weeds.

2019 – 2020 Hunting Season Dates

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

Texas Parks & Wildlife released the 2019 – 2020 Hunting Season dates. Check them out below. You can find more information on their website. 2019 - 2020 Hunting Season dates

Alligator

22 Counties & special properties: Sep. 10 – 30, 2019
All Other Counties: Apr. 1 – June 30, 2020

Chachalaca

Cameron, Hidalgo, Starr & Willacy Counties: Nov. 2, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2020

Dove

North Zone
Sep. 1 – Nov. 12, 2019 & Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Central Zone
Sep. 1 – Nov. 3, 2019 & Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 14, 2020
South Zone
Regular season: Sep. 14 – Nov. 3, 2019; Dec. 20, 2019 – Jan. 23, 2020
Additional days for Special White-winged Dove season
Sep. 1, 2, 7, 8 (special regulations apply)

Duck

North Zone
Regular season: Nov. 9 – Dec. 1, 2019 & Dec. 7, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Dusky duck: Nov. 14 – Dec. 1, 2019 & Dec. 7, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Youth-only: Nov. 2 – 3, 2019
South Zone
Regular season: Nov. 2 – Dec. 1, 2019 & Dec. 14, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Dusky duck: Nov. 7 – Dec. 1, 2019 & Dec. 14, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Youth-only: Oct. 26 – 27, 2019
High Plains Mallard Management Unit (HPMMU)
Regular season: Oct. 26 – 27, 2019 & Nov. 1, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Dusky duck: Nov. 4, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Youth-only: Oct. 19 – 20, 2019

Gallinule, Rail, Moorhen

Sep. 14 – 29, 2019 & Nov. 2 – Dec. 25, 2019

Goose

East Zone
Early Canada goose: Sep. 14 – 29, 2019
Light & dark geese: Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Light goose conservation order: Jan. 27 – Mar. 15, 2020
West Zone
Light & dark geese: Nov. 2, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2020
Light goose conservation order: Feb. 3 – Mar. 15, 2020

Javelina

North Zone: Oct. 1, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2020
South Zone: Sep. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020

Mule Deer

General Season
Panhandle: Nov. 23 – Dec. 8, 2019
SW Panhandle: Nov. 23 – Dec. 1, 2019
Trans-Pecos: Nov. 29 – Dec. 15, 2019
Archery Season
Sep. 28 – Nov. 1, 2019

Pheasant

Panhandle: Dec. 7, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020

Pronghorn

Sep. 28 – Oct. 6, 2019

Quail

Statewide: Oct. 26, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2020

Rabbits & Hares

No closed season.

Sandhill Crane

Zone A: Oct. 26, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Zone B: Nov. 22, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020
Zone C: Dec. 14, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020

Squirrel

East Texas: Oct. 1, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2020 & May 1 – 31, 2020
Other Open Counties: Sep. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020
Special Youth Season: Sep. 28 – 29, 2019

Snipe

Oct. 26, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020

Teal

Sep. 14 – 29, 2019

Turkey

Rio Grande Turkey

Fall Season
North Zone: Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
South Zone: Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020
Brooks, Kenedy, Kleberg & Willacy counties: Nov. 2, 2019 – Feb. 23, 2020
Archery-Only: Sep. 28 – Nov. 1, 2019
Fall Youth-Only
North Zone: Oct. 26 – 27, 2019 & Jan. 6 – 19, 2020
South Zone: Oct. 26 – 27, 2019 & Jan. 20 – Feb. 2, 2020
Spring Season
North Zone: Apr. 4 – May 17, 2020
South Zone: Mar. 21 – May 3, 2020
One-turkey counties: April 1 – April 30, 2020
Spring Youth-Only
North Zone: Mar. 28 – 29, 2020 & May 23 – 24, 2020
South Zone: Mar. 14 – 15, 2020 & May 9 – 10, 2020

Eastern Turkey

Spring Season
East Texas: Apr. 22 – May 14, 2020

White-tailed Deer

General Season
North Zone: Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
South Zone: Nov. 2, 2019 – Jan. 19, 2020
Special Late Season
North Zone: Jan. 6 – 19, 2020
South Zone: Jan. 20 – Feb. 2, 2020
Youth-Only Seasons
Early Season: Oct. 26 – 27, 2019
Late Season: Jan. 6 – 19, 2020
Archery Season
Sep. 28 – Nov. 1, 2019
Muzzleloader-Only Season
Jan. 6 – 19, 2020

Woodcock

Dec. 18, 2019 – Jan. 31, 2020

Fish Stock Delivery With Stock My Pond

Thursday, August 1st, 2019
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Fish Stock Delivery in Graham, Texas at J&N Feed and Seed.

fish stock delivery at J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, TXLooking for pond stocking in Graham, Texas? We’ve got a fish truck coming in soon! The Stock My Pond fish truck will deliver to J&N Feed and Seed in Graham, Texas, on Friday, September 6, 2019, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  It’s a great time to get your pond stocked!

Stock My Pond will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Find out what type and size fish we offer on our website.   The Stock My Pond fish truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your containers for them.

It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity or pond packages, we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768 or give us a call at the store 940- 549-4631.

J&N Feed and Seed
450 Pecan Street
Graham, TX
Phone: (940) 549-4631

Sprinkler System Replacement Parts

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Come see us at for sprinkler system replacement parts.  Summer is the time of year when your sprinkler system is working overtime.  Have you have found a problem with your sprinkler system? A wet spot, a zone that doesn’t turn on,  water shooting straight up? Or your sprinkler system is simply not working like it used to? Then come see us at J&N Feed and Seed. We offer a good selection of sprinkler system replacement parts to get your sprinkler system up, running and in good working order.

Before your neighbor has to be the one to tell you that water is shooting up in the air, do a check on your sprinkler system.

Turn on your sprinklers and take a walk around your yard.

  • Be sure sprinklers are aimed at watering grass, not concrete.
  • Adjust spray heads. On top of each spray-type nozzle is a small adjustment screw. Turn the adjustment screw to adjust each of your spray-type sprinklers so that they don’t spray onto sidewalks or walls.
  • Check the irrigation clock to make sure it has been reset and the timer is. Most folks tend to overwater because the clocks have not been checked since the day they were installed. Think about taking five minutes to make sure your clock operates properly. Be sure your clock is set to water before 10 am and after 7 pm.
  • Clean clogged sprinkler heads if water is not flowing evenly. These can easily become clogged with dirt over the winter months when not in use.
  • Replace broken or cracked sprinkler heads. This is where water is very quickly wasted! Here is a simple do-it-yourself guide.

Stop by J & N Feed and Seed. We have sprinkler heads and everything you need to get your watering system, hoses, and lawn in tip-top shape!

Fall Deer Corn Contracts – Buy In Bulk & Save

Monday, July 29th, 2019

Lock in the BEST PRICE on whole deer corn with our annual Deer Corn contacts at J&N Feed and Seed. J&N Deer Corn contracts are available mid-August and will continue until mid to late October. Stop by the store located at 450 Pecan St, Graham, Texas, or give us a call for current pricing. Booking your deer corn is a great way to lock in the low price all season long. Questions? Please give us a call at 940-549-4631. J&N is your deer corn headquarters. Save time and money this season by buying your deer corn in bulk.  If you book more than you need, no problem! Talk to us about securing a store credit.

Stop by J&N Feed and Seed for all your hunting supplies. Come to see us for wildlife feeds, attractants stands, ammo and so much more.

 

Fish Truck Deliveries At J&N Feed

Monday, July 1st, 2019

fish truck deliveriesThe fish truck delivers to J&N Feed this month. Looking for pond stocking in Graham, Texas?  The Stock My Pond and Abney’s Fish Truck will make deliveries to J&N Feed and Seed this month.

Abney’s Fish Truck
  • no dates currently scheduled
Stock My Pond Fish Truck
  • Friday, September 6, 2019, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Stock My Pond Fish Truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows.  Click here for pricing.  It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity or pond packages we suggest you call.  Questions?  Call Stock My Pond at 501-676-3768.

Abney’s Fish Truck will have channel cat, largemouth bass, black crappie, bluegill, hybrid bluegill, red ear bream, and fathead minnows. Click here for pricing. It is not necessary to pre-order the fish, but if you are looking for a large quantity we suggest you call. Questions?  Give us a call at 940-549-4631.

Stock My Pond and Abney’s Fish truck provides containers for all fish but the 11″ channel cats, so please bring your own containers for them.

How long can the fish be in the bag? No longer than 1 hour! Determine how far a drive you have before purchasing your fish. Transport the fish in a cool and shaded area of your vehicle.

 

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