Guide On How To Have A Great Experience With Your Deer Feeder

Deer feeders help you to attract deer to a given area so that you can easily view or hunt them. If hunting, the feeders give you an opportunity to observe the animals and choose the ones that meet the wildlife management criteria.

Tips on how to have a great experience with your deer feeder

For you to have a great experience with your feeder you need to consider a number of tips that include:

Install the feeder at the right place: Where you locate the feeder has a great impact on your success rate. The location of the feeder should provide you with good visibility, the easy approach into the wind, good deer traffic, easy access to water and good escape routes. It’s common for mice, bears, squirrels and birds to attempt to use the feeders. To avoid attracting other animals other than the deer, you should use varmint guards and feed pens. You can also consider hanging the feeder on a stand that is low enough for only the deer to reach.

Invest in high-quality feeders: High-quality feeders not only last for a long time they also reduce wastage. With a high-quality unit, you provide the feed to the deer when they want to eat. Deer feed at certain times during the day. A high-quality unit will be able to tell the right time to release the feed without your direct involvement.

Be wise in your food choices: There is no way that you will attract deer if you don’t use the right food. To be successful you should use food that the animals love to eat. The animals love eating a blend of grains such as deer pellets and corn. If you are interested in the health of the animals, you should provide a variety of grains. You should regularly replace or refill the feeder depending on the weather conditions and number of deer feeding.

Feed the animals at the right time: Different deer feed at different times. Some will feed at specific times of the day while others will feed at all times as long as you are providing them with food. You should research and find the best time to feed your animals. Experts recommend that you start feeding the deer during the cooler months of the year. During this time the food is scarce. If the animals keep on coming you should provide them with food the entire year but if they feed at a certain time, you should provide feed them only at this time.

Conclusion

Deer feeders are a must have for any hunter or animal lover. To have an easy time you should use high-quality feeders. You should also install the units at the right location. Also remember to use the right food and feed the animals at the right time.

Woodpeckers – Tips to Keep Woodpeckers Away

First, you must realize that woodpeckers are not damaging your house or interrupting your sleep because they have a personal vendetta against you. There is a reason behind this assault on your senses, especially early in the morning. In fact, there could be several reasons. Once you know them, you will be better able to apply the proper solution.

Why Are Woodpeckers Trying to Destroy My House and/or My Sanity?

1. To Attract a Mate

2. To Establish a Territory

3. To Make a Cavity for a Nest

4. To Find Food

Since woodpeckers do not have a song to sing that will capture the heart of a prospective mate, they do what comes naturally-they become hammerheads! A woodpecker has a reinforced skull that also has been outfitted with essential padding to cushion its brain. Pecking away at 20 times per second you can easily see how they could give themselves a major migraine, if not a concussion, without such natural protection.

Their natural targets are trees, of course, but any tall object will do. It doesn’t even need to be wood, as my metal chimney pipe can attest. Utility poles are another good drumming surface. This banging sound will echo and be heard for very long distances. If there are potential mates around, this form of communication is no fail.

Woodpeckers do have calls that they use along with the drumming on surfaces. Those calls consist of, among others, ‘pit-pit’ or ‘chick-chick’, sometimes high- pitched, depending upon the circumstances. I have a red-bellied woodpecker that comes swooping in on the bird feeders, while uttering its loud and high-pitched ‘chink-chink’ call. It’s like he’s saying “gang way, here I come”! This strategy is very effective as all the other birds scatter before it.

Another very important reason for woodpeckers to bang on surfaces is to establish their territory.

They fly from tree to tree; hammering on each one to make sure any would be interlopers know they are not to cross certain lines. Each tree produces a different sound which will create a kind of musical chart. Woodpeckers revisit this chart daily, often many times a day especially in the spring when territories and mates are most important.

Woodpeckers are natural cavity nesters. The wood on your house is no different to this bird than a tree would be, so it is a potential nesting spot. With all the urban development and loss of natural habitat, woodpeckers take what they can get in order to survive. Normally a dead tree or ‘snag’ would serve this bird’s purpose very well. However, most people don’t like to have unsightly, and perhaps dangerous, dead trees around their property. Well you can see the problems arise, as always, when humans and animals are forced into the same habitat.

Food sources like insects and their larvae reside in wood, even sometimes in your wood siding. If a woodpecker continues to peck at the same spot, especially when it isn’t springtime, then you may have an infestation. These birds can sense the vibrations bugs and their babies set up in the wood. Equipped with barbed tongues up to 4″ long, woodpeckers are able to reach into holes or under bark and easily latch onto their meals. Continual banging in the same spot should have you consulting the yellow pages for a professional exterminator. At the very least the exterminator can determine if carpenter bees or some other insects are indeed present in your wood. In that case, you have the woodpecker to thank for the alert!

Okay, so now we know why these drummers do what they do, what can we do to stop them?

These are my recommendations for natural and non-toxic remedies to your woodpecker problem:

1. Depending upon where on your house the damage is occurring, try a natural non-toxic spray repellent. These repellents taste and smell bad to a woodpecker.

2. Again depending on the position of the damage and how easily accessible it is for you, there are netting products that can be draped across the area in question.

3. Consider installing a woodpecker nesting box to provide a cavity in which they can nest. Consult a bird identification guide to determine what size nesting box would be appropriate. Where I live, there are 3 different woodpeckers that come to my bird feeders year round: hairy, downy and red-bellied. I use a particular pneumonic to help me remember which is which because, both the hairy and downy females have the same black and white markings; the male downy woodpecker has a red patch on its head, while the male hairy woodpecker has one on the back of its head; but are different sizes. That is: hairy=huge compared to downy, which is dainty. The red-bellied woodpecker has black and white on its wings, and a red head and neck, with a hint of red on its stomach, and it is large. Each has different nest box needs.

4. This never fails for me. Add a suet feeder and keep it filled year round. They now have no-melt suet, which is safe for use in warmer weather. Magically my woodpecker woes disappear when I supply them with suet. A jelly feeder and/or mealworm feeder never hurts either. Woodpeckers really do have a sweet tooth and can taste sweetness. They regularly visit my oriole nectar feeder and the hummer feeder that has a larger perching area.

5. As a last resort you can hang shiny mylar strips near the area where woodpeckers are pecking. Shiny objects that move with the wind unpredictably will help deter their efforts and encourage them to move on. Look for them online or at your local hardware store. Those fake owls and hawks-save your money–woodpeckers soon learn they are not real.

DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES KILL A WOODPECKER, NO MATTER HOW ANNOYING THEY ARE. ALL WOODPECKERS ARE PROTECTED BY LAW, AND YOU WILL FACE STIFF FINES AND POSSIBLE JAIL TIME!

Insecticide use is one of the largest threats to our woodpecker populations because they eliminate their natural food sources. The other problem is loss of dead trees in which to nest and forage for food. In my woods I have many poplar trees. These are beloved by the largest woodpecker in North America-the Pileated Woodpecker. The males arrive early in the spring and begin ‘calling’ for a mate. They don’t have a song, per se, but a very distinctive call. It is said that Woody Woodpecker of cartoon fame was loosely modeled after a pileated woodpecker. I just think they are a very cool looking bird!

I know that my woodpeckers are constantly patrolling the woods nearby. In this way they are protecting the environment from onslaughts of unwanted insect infestations. Living from 4 years up to an astonishing 11 years, they can eliminate a lot of bugs in their lifetimes. So I can live with my springtime chimney pipe concerts!

Deer Feeders and Feeding Tips – A Guide to a Safe and Enjoyable Home Hobby

All of us love deer and many people enjoy attracting them to their yards but some do not know how to do it well or at all. I have received many requests in regard to deer feeding and tips to do so properly. To begin with, feeding deer is very simple. Their sense of smell will direct them right to the feeder and your offering. When other food sources are becoming scarce, they will follow the scent of good quality feed over long distances. Once they have found it, they will be more than happy to stay around as long as there is a fairly consistent supply.

There are various aspects of feeding deer that need to be addressed before setting out a feeder. First and foremost. Deer are beautiful creatures and look to be friendly, cuddly and approachable. This is very far from the fact of the matter. Deer can become aggressive, although rarely, for many reasons and I advise to keep your distance and do not approach them for any reason. If you find a wounded deer, or any wild or domestic animal, call your local wildlife control organization and do not approach the animal. Any wounded animal is potentially very dangerous.

In order to feed deer properly and safely, pick a location away from your home with a good viewing area. Do not set a feeder near a doorway or other area that is or may be frequented by people or pets. If someone walks around a corner or through a doorway and comes face to face with a deer, that deer needs to make a decision. It will go into one of two modes, flight or fight. It prefers to flee and usually does but if it feels it cannot, it may decide to fight instead. Keep your feeders away from any area where people may come into close contact.

With that said, feeding deer is a wonderful hobby and one that can be done safely and enjoyably. Once you have picked a safe location for your feeder, it’s time to feed. We highly recommend whole shelled corn as the staple food. Whole shelled corn is the dried corn kernels that have been stripped from the cob as a whole seed. It is a high protein feed, readily available at any feed supply store and is the least expensive to buy. Most importantly, it remains edible for many days under high moisture conditions. When you start looking for suitable deer feed, you’ll find many types of deer feed on the market. Some are excellent and some are not. We’re often asked about commercial deer chows.

Deer Chow is a manufactured, pelletized product utilizing a mix of various feed types and may contain animal remnant by-products from slaughterhouses or the like. If these by-products are not processed correctly they may contain various diseases that can be introduced to the deer population through a feeding activity. Please do not use deer chows unless you are positive they are tested safe.

Another issue with deer chow, and my personal dislike for them, is their inability to remain palatable to your wildlife once it gathers moisture. Deer chow has no resistance to water and even humidity will render it worthless. Any rain, melting snow or high humidity will “puff” the chow into a mass of sloop. Think of a bowl of bran type cereal. By the time you have reached the bottom of the bowl, the cereal is mush. This is deer chow when it gets wet and your deer WILL NOT eat it. You have now wasted money on an expensive product and it must be discarded. Whole shelled corn is by far a superior food type. The encased kernel of corn protects itself from moisture and will remain edible for many days, wet or dry. Some people use cracked corn in hopes of feeding their turkeys or other large birds such as crows, blue jay and cardinals. Cardinals love my own deer feeder and use it all day long. This is a great idea as long as the feed is consumed quickly, within a day or so. Since the kernel, or pericarp or outer shell of the seed, of corn is “cracked” open, it losses its capability to protect itself from moisture. When exposed to wetness, it too will absorb water and my not be eaten by your deer. Turkeys and other birds have no issue with it though and if you have a good population of turkeys, they will readily consume your offering.

The MOST important rule of feeding deer is to offer one type of feed consistently. Deer are ruminants, like cows, and to properly digest their foods they develop a bacterium in their stomachs to start the process. Many unaware people start feeding their deer when the weather gets very cold or after other food sources are gone. This is a nice gesture but it takes many days for deer to produce the bacteria. Hence, your offering fills their bellies but they are getting little if any actual nutritional value. No matter when you start feeding, keep the same base food type available throughout the year or season. Once your deer have built up the appropriate bacteria, corn will become a premium food source. Its high levels of protein and complex sugars will do wonders in sustaining them through the hard months or helping them grow to their full potential.

Why feed deer? Besides the obvious reasons of our own enjoyment, Doe Deer that receive good nutrition throughout winter will produce the healthiest fawns in late spring. Most Does carry two fawns and it takes a lot of energy to grow them in a healthy manner. Feeding deer throughout the year will help hold them in your area which means they will bring their babies in late spring. Believe me, this is a treat you will not want to miss. Watching a pair or groups of baby deer feeding and frolicking around your yard will warm your heart like few other experiences. It is one of my most awaited wildlife moments of the whole year, I guarantee it will become one of yours too.

I highly recommend adding this new level of wildlife feeding to your home. It is easy and when done correctly, is perfectly safe and extremely rewarding. For more information regarding deer feeders and deer feeding tips, visit the web link below to read the full version of this article which includes some excellent information regarding white-tailed deer and their abilities to survive.

Wildlife of Treasure Island Florida

Treasure Island, Florida is a beautiful beach teeming with wide variety of wildlife. From the sea life to the reptiles, there is an abundance of creatures for the nature-lover to enjoy. Whether you are in the mood to simply view the beach's animal community or want to hook some of the local fish, Treasure Island is a great place to feed your desires. Many of the species can be observed without ever having to leave the shore, but those who venture out on boats run into an even wider range of amazing creatures.

Fish – With Treasure Island being a beach community, there are obviously quite a variety of species lurking around the waters. The Gulf of Mexico is one of the best places to spend a day either snorkeling and looking at all the underwater creatures or sitting with your pole catching some of these delicious fish. Some of the species of fish that are normally found in these waters include:

  • Grouper
  • Snapper
  • Kingfish
  • Cobia
  • Permit
  • Flounder
  • Pompano
  • Tarpon
  • Barracuda
  • Blacktip Sharks
  • Spanish Mackeral

Mammals – There are much more than just fish roaming around the Treasure Island area. There are a variety of mammals that call this lovely beach community their home as well. Many people love to come to St Pete to catch a glimpse of the beautiful dolphins and manatees. Dolphins are one of the most sought after attractions of many tourists visiting the area. The good part is that most of the tourists are in luck because catching a view of a dolphin around Treasure Island is extremely easy. The dolphins love the play and show off in the water and are usually even easy to spot from the beach. When out on a boat in the summer months, it is not unusual for a pod of dolphins to swim behind your boat. Manatees are another creature that people always love to fit into their sightseeing. While slightly more elusive than the dolphin, it is not rare to catch a glimpse of one of these "sea cows".

Reptiles – There are a wide variety of reptiles that call this area of ​​Florida home. There are upwards of 45 different species of snakes in the state of Florida, both venomous and non-venomous. Florida is also home to a few varieties of sea turtles, the most common of which is the Loggerhead Turtle. Florida beaches are home to 80% of the Loggerheads in the US and as many as 68,000 nests can be found in Florida each year!

With an abundance of wildlife around the state, Florida can be a wonderful place to observe nature. Treasure Island and the Gulf Coast have a unique group of animals and no one who loves nature should miss these beautiful creatures. Always remember not to disturb the wildlife and allow them to live and breed naturally, so many generations in the future can enjoy their beauty.