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Whitetail Deer Supplemental Feeding Program

at IMB Outfitters

IMB Outfitters in conjunction with Boss Buck Feeders and Nutra Deer Feeds is setting the stage for their clients, by implementing a revolutionary, supplemental feed and mineral program on their Midwest properties. This huge endeavor will take place in four states, benefiting hundreds of whitetail deer on thousands of acres. After exploratory research, IMB has acquired 20, Boss Buck 600-pound free-choice deer feeders, tons of Nutra Deer minerals, and will be purchasing semi-loads of Nutra Deer’s 20-percent protein deer feed in 2012.

Nutra Deer Supplements   

IMB’s goal with their new supplemental feeding program is defined and very clear: “We wanted healthier deer herds and a higher-quality hunt for our clients,” said IMB owner, Darrin Bradley. “Our investment in herd health will pay off in the extra growth of our trophy whitetail bucks, and will be second to none in the Midwest. This type of supplemental feeding program is only rivaled by a few of the well established, elite hunting ranches in Texas.”

Nutra Deer Supplements

To accomplish our new goals, we began networking with two cutting-edge industry leaders in supplemental feeding: Boss Buck Feeders and Nutra Deer Feeds. This duo stood out above the crowd when we researched a supplemental feeding program. This new and exciting service will pay off big in the months and years to come. We are investing more resources into our wild deer herds than any other outfitter in the Midwest, while providing our clients with another edge in their quests to harvest a trophy whitetail deer.

Managers and guides at IMB Outfitters have consulted with owner Jeff Williams at Nutra Deer, and Tom Boyer of Boss Buck Deer Feeders to produce maximum results. Tom and Jeff’s expertise is second to none and helped IMB make well-informed decisions

“There is another reason why IMB is ready to move forward with feeders and supplements,” said Bradley. “After implementing our program we will have an edge over every neighboring landowner, and other every outfitter in the Midwest that are not using products like these.”

Though this is an expensive investment in heard health, it should prove to be much more beneficial than the food plots program we’ve used for several years. Food plots can be great sources of supplemental feed, but they require transporting heavy equipment in to prepare them, and the plots were only as good as Mother Nature would allow them to be. The deer densities are so high on our properties that our plots never had the chance to reach maturity before the herds mowed them down.

For 2012, instead of relying on food plots, supplemental nutrition will be coming in the form of granular mineral and protein pellets in a system that we can control. We want our deer to eat all the protein and lick all the minerals they desire. Unlike food plots, all we have to do is fill a feeder or pour more mineral on the ground. Time is money, and I needed a sure thing working for me on a daily basis in the field. I was wasting vast amounts of IMB resources on food plots, especially in agricultural areas. A deer mineral program, combined with a high-quality protein feed using free-choice feeders is going to be much simpler.

Here is a breakdown of the IMB Outfitters supplemental feeding program for those interested: First, IMB is committing four tons (8,000 pounds) of ANTLER BUILDER Deer Mineral to the most massive deer mineral feeding station program in the Midwest. Next, utilizing 20 of Boss Buck’s 600-pound, free-choice protein feeders, we will be feeding Nutra Deer’s 20 % Open Range deer feed. IMB Outfitters has committed to an initial order 72 tons (that’s right, 144,000 pounds) of Pro Antler 20 % protein pellets in 2012. These free-choice feeders will be located in the sanctuary areas at IMB’s properties in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Ohio.

At Jeff and Tom’s urging, IMB checked and are in compliance with current game laws, regarding mineral stations and the use of deer feeders.

   

Deer Feeders Review

By Darrin Bradley – IMB Outfitters

Boss Buck feeders were acquired because they are defiantly top-notch tools of the supplemental feeding trade. The 600-pound Boss Buck feeders IMB is implementing in their new program were developed in part by Dr. James C. Kroll (aka Dr. Deer). Dr Kroll is considered by many to be one of the foremost authorities on deer management, and for nearly 40 years has headed up The Institute for Whitetail Deer Management and Research at Stephan F. Austin University in East Texas.

Boyer noted some other advantages to his 600-pound free-choice protein feeders:

1) The protein feed is delivered at the right height for mature deer.

2) Our hoppers will not condensate and ruin feed like metal drums that condensate or sweat.

3) Our lids let protein feed breath so it will stay fresh much longer.

4) The feed ports are the correct diameter, which make deer feel very comfortable when feeding from them.

5) The legs are far enough apart that mature bucks will not damage their velvet antlers on the feeder’s legs while accessing feed ports.

6) The 600-pound free-choice feeders are nearly varmint proof.

Williams said Bradley learned that all deer feeds are not created equal. His final decision revolved around research. The PRO ANTLER 20% Open Range feed had been university tested, with the research published at NutraDeer.com and DrDeer.com in an unbiased report.

The published research, outstanding photos, and in-depth videos of deer actually using the Nutra Deer product, helped IMB make their final decision on which protein feed to use in our new program. This performance and nutritional value study was written by Kroll and co-contributor Ben Koerth of The Institute for Whitetail Deer Management and Research.

Williams says Nutra Deer’s products are broken down into several categories for the serious deer manager. They offer granular deer mineral, protein feed for open range deer and deer farmers, and lastly an ‘outstanding’ deer attractant, that can be used to position deer for efficient kill shots

Here are some of the reasons IMB went with Nutra Deer.

1) Published research performed by Dr. James C Kroll that is posted for anyone to view at NutraDeer.com or DrDeer.com.

2) Experience with real feeding programs; not the typical small bag manufacturer that have unfounded claims.

3) The breakdown in each product – mineral, feed and attractant. Darrin knew what he was getting from each category.

4) The nutritional value of the Pro Antler 20% was shown in the report by Kroll to be superior to other supplements.

5) The ability to ship and deliver high-quality feed and mineral in truckload quantities at fair market prices.

If you think this sounds exciting then check out the aforementioned websites in 2012, and watch Boss Buck, Nutra Deer and IMB put this program together. All three companies are leaders in marketing, internet, and social media venues within the hunting industry. The trail cam pictures captured at these feeders and mineral stations will be magnificent to say the least. This is the largest deer feeding program ever undertaken by a Midwestern outfitter, and will enhance the superior whitetail genetics already there. These outstanding properties will utilize these highly nutritious products, and the results of this endeavor will be a popular for many years to come if you are a big buck fanatic!

Good huntin, Darrin Bradley, IMB Outfitters

   



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