Health in 4K
When I hear other companies talk about how their products help improve the health and wellness of a deer herd, I wonder if they track things like we do here at Ani-Logics Outdoors. I keep records of what free-range deer were missing in their diet via tissue analysis of the liver. When I put out products, whether it is supplemental feed, attractants, or minerals, I know that what I’m giving the herd, is actually something they need. Rather than tell you about the benefits of using Ani-Logics, I thought it would be more fitting to show you, in extreme high quality, what a healthy deer looks like.
I have the pleasure of having Marc Cavanaugh, Executive Vice President for Intelligent Surveillance Corporation on the Pro Staff for Ani-Logics Outdoors, and they make an extremely powerful trail camera that takes ultra-high-definition pictures. When I look at these pictures, obviously the nice set of antlers are fun to look at, but I’m looking at other health indicators to show off the power of a balanced feeding program. Condition of the coat and the fullness of the top part of the rump, are great indicators of health; especially here in the north where fat storage could literally mean the difference in life or death.
In this photo, look at the shimmer of the coat of this doe. She has one of the nicest coats and the advantage of having a nearly perfect coat, is that winter heat loss is reduced. Think about the insulation around your house. If you have gaps in the doorways or windows, you are losing energy and will pay more in your heating bill than a house with great insulation and minimal heat loss. In this case, the deer that we feed have better coats and thus conserve more energy than unfed deer that look scrappy this time of year.
In this photo, look at the top of the rump of both does. It has a nice gradual drop off toward the tail and there is no hip bone sticking out. In the winter, deer tend to lose fat off their rump and when they get too depleted, their hips will start to show. This is a great example of the opposite, when a deer is will fed, they look plump and have no ribs showing.
This photo shows a button buck playing “buckin’ bronco” with a squirrel around a feed site. Deer are wired for survival, so most of the time they will not exhibit a lot of “fun” behavior. In this case, this fawn is not taking life too seriously and this a great example of a healthy, well fed individual. This type of behavior would not be present in a health-compromised herd.
This pic shows a nice mature buck that is in great body condition. His body almost looks as if this picture was taken in October, but this was actually from February. There isn’t a lot of companies in the deer feed space showing you bucks that look this good in February.
Here is another pic of that same buck from above, with a better look at his antlers. If a buck like this comes out of the winter in this good of shape, he won’t need to spend a lot of time re-building his body. That leaves more energy devoted to antler growth. Every year that you can afford to supplementally feed, will help keep the momentum of growing bigger antlers rolling, so that eventually you will start seeing 150 inch, 3-year-olds. Even in areas where you think genetics are lacking, there’s usually a nutrition shortage that is really to blame.