There are many good deer food products. Some have better marketing than others, but most have enough protein and energy to help deer. In most areas, energy is a bigger concern that protein. Deer in the Midwest grow large due to the readily available supply of energy from grain crops.
It requires an intensive feeding program to improve a deer herd’s quality. This will require feeding year round – not just during the hunting season. A good feeding program is a big commitment! You should also know that feed placed on the ground is usually primarily consumed by raccoons, rodents, and birds. Literally more than half the feed your purchase may be consumed by raccoons.
It’s often less work to grow food plots than to maintain a quality, year round feeding program.