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    Ok, so having a little problem... Got around to finally being ready to buy my first deer feeder, Want to buy a good one, that will last, second I have a small place where I am trying to set it up, need to keep the thrown feed in an area of about 6-10ft in front of the feeder, ideas?
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    Feeders
    I would stay away from the plastic Feeder barrels myself...The critters seem to ALWAYS find a way to destroy them. I have had good luck with the Plastic Moultrie Econo Plus Feeder Motors mounted to a Steel 55 gallon Drums. I used the straight Leg sections of a old trampoline for my legs and it worked Great because I needed 3 legs and there was 9 Straight sections that slide together. My Feeder is high to where I can just reach to change battery or set timer...1 is where I can back truck to it and stand on Bed side to fill and other is high enough I can stand on back of ATV. For my Funnel, I used a piece of a old swimming Pool..The think plastic kind...It's crazy what they want for a feeder Funnel. I have had Muddy Raccoon tracks all over the legs but they can't get to it, Even though The Motor housing is plastic...Place it to where it's not convenient for a squirrel to jump and cling to motor while he chews the motor legs off...I'll share a Few Pics of my DIY Feeder minus the motor if you would like...Good Luck
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    Feeder
    I have a wildlife innovations feeder I bought at Tractor Supply. I made the hopper with a 35 gallon steel drum and legs out of chain link fence top rail. I welded reciever legs to the barrel about 2 feet long and I can slide the 6 foot legs into them which makes it easy to move around.

    I have not loaded the feeder in a couple of years now however it still sits in the same spot. The reason is the deer just never seemed to like it. I would sugest saving some money and building a gravity feeder out of PVC.

    I do know some people that have successs with the auto feeders, I guess deer are act differnt in other areas. I think the main reason my feeder hasn't worked is because of being in a tight area. The friends that have success have theirs in large open areas.

    If you still set one up you can make a deflector that mounts on the legs to keep the feed from being thrown out to 30 feet.

    Hope this helps!
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    Gt - You made a good point about the squirrels jumping they are all over my hunting spot, and I definetly dont want to get it chewed up, So steel feeder is definetly it huh?

    Viper - I thought about the gravity feed also, since it wont spook anything, how do you keep racoons and squirrels out it though? That is where I am loosing alot of feed now... I thought about the deflector already might be the idea... have not decided yet what approach I want to take, not into wasting money lol
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    Feeders
    NCF&H..I have tried the Gravity feeders like Viper spoke of but the varmints like Coons will not just eat what they want and move on...They will dig every kernel out onto the ground to mound up and mold..I have Trail Cam Videos of them doing it!! Also like Viper stated, I have hung feeders in certain areas and the Corn would just grow underneath it...Pulled it out and the Deer tore the ground up but the feeder was out of place to them and they was spooked of it...I have seen mine in a wide open field attract alot of Deer and once it spun feed, The deer would come but the 1 I had in the woods I have gotten Videos of the deer standing back blowing at it after it spun feed? Weird I know but deer act differently in different areas. Here's a Pic of a turkey feeder that is gravity feed and the deer can still use it also but I still would stay away from Plastic!!...I started making a feeder where the drum would stick out from the Tree about 3 foot and the deer would bump a Steel pole in bottom of barrel to knock feed out and it's gonna be high enough off the ground to where only deer size animals can bump it and far enough high and low on tree mount bracket that rodents can't benefit from it except what is left on the ground. Hang a trail Cam on your feeder on Video...You will be surprised at how smart animals are when they are on a mission to succeed.
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    I have 2 of the poly feeders with digital timers and I have not had any problems with critters messing with them. I'm not in an area that I has any bears to tear them up like one did to Diane's and the squirrels haven't bothered them.
    I bought good digital timers that take the 6v rechargeable batteries.
    Anyway just so happens that I need to drum up some cash so I can get Huntman's buck mounted so if you're interested (or anyone):
    I have 2 poly feeders (40 gallon - I guess), 2 American Hunter digital timers, 4 batteries, and a charger that I'd sell for $200. I gave $60 each for the timers. I also have extra legs for the feeders.
    I put them out during deer season and then put 'em up in a building.
    Just putting that out there - no worries if you're not interested.
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    Who you see 1 setup?
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    Feeder
    Took a few pictures for ya today while I was putting Trophy rocks out of my DIY Feeder and Funnel..The Motor isn't on this feeder now because with the price of corn this year, I didn't use it and pulled the motor just cause. These are cell phone pics.
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    First year baiting for me and I only got 1 buck during daylight at it 8' stove pipe gravity feed. And no damage but the coons did shovel it out. I started to throw and scatter it eventually but I think visiting once a week was too much. I did find some buck sign in a circumfrence about 50 yards away from the site though like the bucks would just hang back and watch the does feed from the way thick stuff. Im having mixed thoughts about baiting and educating the deer altogether.jager..
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    just thought i'd comment on my experience with feeders. they do not work here were i hunt. the deer are scared of them. coons, squirrels, foxes etc are not lol. the best way i've found is to pour corn out on the ground in a line not in a big pile. i mostly hunt field and edges and this works for me. coons and such will come to it but mostly of a night out in the open like this. anyway what you put out other animals are going to eat what hits the ground. that said i've seen deer spook seeing corn on the ground today but tommorrow walk right to it and feed. i've tried corn in the woods but all the other critters seem to hit more in daylight there. another is to plant some soybeans they luv'em green and after they mature and dry out. only thing unless it's a big area you'd have to fence them to keep deer from destroying them. but around here soybean fields are hot places to hunt for deer.also when i put out corn i try an put enough to last a week or so to keep from leaving alotta scent around it.. wear rubber boots..lol.if it's warm weather corn will sprout and rot so you'll need to keep fresh on the ground. i killed 2 nice 8 pts this yr eating corn i put out and last yr shot and missed a 160 class 8 pt at 40 yds eating corn. it does work not all the time cuz no guarantees what a buck will do anyway, but if it's there and does are eating it and you get a lotta stand time watching it , good chance it'll pay off.... last but not least hunt the right wind ! good luck
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