It’s hard to believe it is 2014 already. With whitetail hunting seasons quickly coming to a close for most hunters it’s a great time to reflect on this past season, start getting ready for the next season and time for us to resume the monthly Whitetail XTC Blog.
We left off in October with “Creating XTC Part 4 /The Wildlife Biologist”. Now we turn our focus to a very important contributor. The utilization of this key player is an industry first and perhaps the most significant advancement in the formulation of Xtreme Tine Candy that sets us apart from all of our competitors. The Agronomist.
Agronomists deal with interactions among plants, soils, and the environment. Our particular expert spent his entire career (30 + years) in the field studying all the various soil types and compositions as well as nutrient uptake by native and agricultural plants in every state in the Midwest and the South.
If you recall from “Creating XTC Part 2” we spoke briefly about how all the rage in the industry is a primary focus on Calcium and Phosphorus content in the guaranteed analysis. These are indeed critical nutrients for antler growth and a proper ratio of calcium/phosphorus is equally important for deer to reach maximum growth potential.
Most consumers simply look to the guaranteed analysis and if the calcium and phosphorus content is high then they assume this is a quality formulation that will result in larger racks.
The truth is calcium and phosphorus are readily available in almost all natural and agricultural forage throughout the whitetails range. The problem isn’t with availability, the problem is in absorption and utilization of available nutrients as well as the deficiency of others.
As stated in our first blog post, Whitetail XTC wasn’t originally developed as a product. Tine Candy was formulated for our own personal use. Like many of you we had tried about every available product (including some homemade recipes) and were never completely satisfied with observable results.
Some products are primarily focused on acting as an attractant and offer very little in the department of nutritional value. Other products were advertised as being very beneficial for deer health and particularly antler growth. The problems with most of these products tested were that deer would not readily or consistently consume the product.
We decided to try and verify or measure the effectiveness of the high calcium and phosphorus products. As hunters managing for wild deer, we were not interested in measuring the results of captive deer. The benefit of working with captive deer is the ability to measure absorption of ingredients through blood samples to prove the effectiveness but captive animals have completely controlled diets and pharmaceuticals that would render any results miniscule for measurable benefit to wild deer.
Our agronomist was able to detail and recommend ingredients and rations that could be effectively and efficiently absorbed based upon actual deficiencies in soil and available forage throughout the whitetails range. In February we will talk about our measurement process for determining effectiveness of competing products as well as Tine Candy. Stay tuned for Part 2 and Happy New Year.