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Blog - Finding Bass This Summer

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Threadfin shad are among the most abundant - and sought after targets - of feeding bass. They’re common in southern waters and their range extends into the Midwest, though they are sensitive to cold water and die when the water temperature drops below 41°. The plankton–eating shad spawn near the surface at first light when water temperatures are higher than 62°, usually in places having weeds, timber or other cover. Shad spawn extensively until the surface water temperature reaches 83 degrees.

Find the shad and you’re sure to have bass lurking nearby. Spawning begins in May and continues into September, at dawn. Following a spawning session, threadfins often head for deep water, moving through the lake in large schools until evening, when they migrate back toward the shore to feed on plankton, and it’s this shoreward shift that draws bass to the shallows.

Windblown points and banks often are rich with plankton, which attracts Shad, and that in turn brings bass. Turbid waters with plankton in main-lake covers also hold abundant summer shad, and bass. As water cools in the fall, shad seek warmer, deeper water, often in the lower reaches of reservoirs near dams or in southern lakes up shallow streams that stay relatively warm throughout winter.

Use a Texas Hunter pond fish feeder or lake fish feeder to attract bluegill and other forage fish to an area. This technique will also attract Bass to this feeding zone where you can regularly find them waiting for their next meal.

Blog - How to Produce Trophy Bass with Texas Hunter Fish Feeders

by Bob Lusk the Pond Boss In past years, feeding fish was a past-time. Folks were entertained by the novelty of finny critters chasing floating food pellets on the surface. They had not been informed about the benefits. What a difference a few years and fisheries science has made for today’s off-the chart results for–feeding fish. High [...]

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Blog - Does Protein Feeding Really Make a Difference?

Have you wondered why some land managers feed protein to deer while others don’t? Let’s take a look at two whitetail studies that used high-quality protein to see what impact it made on antler and body sizes. The results might shock you! The main reason to feed protein is because deer and all other mammals need it to grow. It’s [...]

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Blog - Spring Turkey Season

As spring turkey season approaches, hunters all over will be heading into the woods. Some are seasoned hunters and others will be on their first adventure. There is nothing more exciting than a gobbler sounding off from the roost in the pre-dawn light, or the sight of those beautiful tail feathers fanned out while he struts around the hens! Whether [...]

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Blog - Springtime Protein Feeding

Spring is here! The air and soil temperatures are rising, and new vegetation is emerging in the fields and woods. Whitetail deer require a balanced diet throughout the year and, as the seasons change, so do the nutritional requirements of bucks, does, and fawns. Their diets will vary slightly but protein is critical to all three. It is important [...]

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Deer and Protein Pellets

Deer and Protein: Deer Protein Pellets By Purina Animal Nutrition Expert Dr. Larry Varner, Deer Nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition There is considerable controversy regarding the percentage of dietary protein that deer require. Many people believe that deer cannot tolerate more than 16 percent dietary protein, and that high-protein diets are wasteful or even toxic. This simply is not true. High [...]

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Reasons to Start Feeding Protein Now

During certain times of the year, particularly winter months when vegetation is frozen, nutrition available from the deer’s natural habitat may not meet the deer’s needs. Many consider the supplemental feeding of protein to deer to be a key factor in a deer management program and an ideal source of nutrition for deer year-round. Setting the stage with a supplemental [...]

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Starting a Successful Protein Feeding Program

Feeding deer protein is becoming very popular to help improve antler growth, fawn production and to keep your herd healthy when vegetation and other food sources are limited. During certain times of the year, the nutrition available from the deer’s natural habitat may not meet the deer’s needs. Introducing a quality protein feed that’s palatable [...]

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Recipe - Venison Stew with Potatoes, Onions, and Carrots

Venison Stew with Potatoes, Onions, and Carrots/span> Makes: 10-15 Servings Ingredients: 8-10 lbs. Venison                             2 Cans Tomatoes 2 Tbsp. Apple Cider Vinegar           2 Cans Tomato Paste Salt to taste                                     4 Medium Carrots,Sliced Water                                               2 Medium Onions, Chopped 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce        3 [...]

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Will Great Nutrition Guarantee Trophy Bucks?

Will Great Nutrition Guarantee Trophy Bucks? By Purina Animal Nutrition Expert Dr. Larry Varner, Deer Nutritionist for Purina Animal Nutrition If only it were that simple! Great nutrition will give your deer the opportunity to maximize their genetic potential for antler growth, but it is just one (albeit an important one) of many factors that affect deer antler growth. Even [...]

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