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Supplemental feeding for deer concerning flooding

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Recent flooding along the Mississippi River alluvial valley caused thousands of deer to relocate to drier land.

Research has proven that deer displaced by high water events will return to their normal home ranges within weeks of the flood waters receding.

As these deer return, questions exist as to the flood’s impact on available food supplies.

The answer will depend on habitat conditions on each property.

Portions of woody plants, called browse, should not be negatively impacted. However, lack of oxygen and sunlight will have damaged cool season weeds and native grasses and planted food plots.

The full nutritional impact on returning deer will depend on relative amounts of each forage type available on their home ranges.

The need for artificial nutritional supplementation (feeding) should be determined by a wildlife biologist.

However, if a supplemental feeding program is started, biologists with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks recommend a specific feed mixture..

This mixture is in the form of a pellet that is nutritionally adequate for deer and contains crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, vitamins, minerals, and does not contain any animal byproducts. 

Mixing corn or soybeans with protein pellets will improve acceptance by deer and will increase energy intake.

If you want to feed the deer, you must use an above ground covered feeder or stationary spin cast feeder. 

It is illegal to pour or pile feed directly on the ground. 

Many people think hay is a good supplement for deer, but this is not true.

Deer have a complex digestive system and cannot digest hay due to the lack of needed bacteria in their stomach.

For more information regarding hunting in Mississippi, visit their website at www.mdwfp.com or call us at (601) 432-2400.

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