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deer feeders

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by one-shot-one, Apr 29, 2003.

  1. one-shot-one

    one-shot-one Well-Known Member

    well i finally found a deer lease i could afford.
    now i need recomendations on deer feeders (brand, type, what not to use). i'm in the pinney woods area, east texas and the hogs do push over some of the tripod style. thanks in advance!
  2. winwun

    winwun Well-Known Member

    One shot, what I would think about if I were you would be planting some food for the deer. In a lot of states it is illegal to hunt over food or other bait that has been placed out, but it isn't illegal to hunt over plants that are growing or have been grown and not yet harvested. To keep the deer from eating the young sprouts, spray them with a thinned down solution of raw eggs whipped up in water, maybe a dozen eggs to 20 gallons of water. Deer hate eggs and the spray will not hurt the plants and will last long enough to let the plants get a good start.
  3. one-shot-one

    one-shot-one Well-Known Member

    thanks winwun,
    the land i'm on is paper company tree lots, feeders are leagle but to plant any thing you need special permission from the paper co.
    other hunters there have electric feeders just wondering if any one has good or bad expearence with different brands/types.
    i'm currently leaning toward kenco 16gal. straight shooter. any other wisdom ?
  4. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    There's an outfit in San Antonio that makes solar-charged clock feeders. They advertise in Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. (I'm blanked on the name; "senior moment".) I have two of the units. You can buy the unit and build your own barrel/legs, or buy the various pre-built parts.

    The solar dealie with clock, batter and spinner mechanism is around $130. Ah: "Spin Cast" or some such name. Try a websearch.

    I have one "store bought" unit that holds 100 pounds of grain. I use it at the house, with hen scratch for doves and quail. My "just for fun" feeder. I built a feeder with a 55-gallon drum and three pieces of 1" by 1" angle iron for legs. Tools included a saber saw and a drill motor. I did a cut and reweld on the legs so they'd splay out from where they're bolted to the drum.

    As protection against hogs, I'd set the feet of the tripod into the ground maybe six inches, and then drive three pieces of rebar about ten feet out and wire the barrel shroud to them.

    FWIW, Art
  5. WYO

    WYO Well-Known Member

    Wow, you folks are serious about your feeders! When I hunted in Louisiana, folks would just get a big plastic bucket, punch a few holes in the bottom, hang it from a tree branch or suspend it between two trees, fill the thing up with 25 pounds of corn, and put the lid on. They would experiment with the height, trying to get it adjusted so that deer could nuzzle it and hogs couldn't.
  6. shooter10mm

    shooter10mm Active Member

    Hey guy's Sweeney makes the best feeders available. They cost more but they last! We also make gravity feeder by using a 30 gallon drum with a lid and welding 3 - 1 1/2" pipes 8" long @ 120 Degree intervals and then make legs of 6' out of 1 1/4" pipe that can slide in the leg holders. Use a drop down piece of metal(Square tubing works best) to desired height with a Old Harrow disc as the base to hold the corn or pellets. And use a radiator hose as a drop tube that hte deer can bump to get more! Good luck!
    P.S. I have the straight shooter and it's a great bang for buck. The On Time feeders suck major swamp water!!
  7. one-shot-one

    one-shot-one Well-Known Member

    thanks again guys.
  8. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    shooter10mm, I've been using the SpinCast for over 15 years. I've had one problem: The insulation of the wire from the solar panel to the mechanism is made of a vegetable-based plastic*. Rock squirrels eat veggies. :) Window-screen wire wrapped around it solved that problem.

    The six-volt rechargeable battery lasts about four years.


    * That's why mice love the under-hood wiring on cars.
  9. shooter10mm

    shooter10mm Active Member

    Art I have some spin cast that are pretty good we run about 20 feeders on my place from spring to season opener. The spin casts we've had the best luck with are the Game Country made right here in Albany GA and the Moultrie feeders from TX I believe? They're jam up fro the loot. The On-Time I bought last year went back and forth to Cabela's 4 times and I finally had them exchange it for a 4wheeler seeder/.spreader made by Moultire!

    Guy's glad to see folks concerned about supplemental feeding of the deer, but try easing the deer onto a mixture of protein pellets, goat pellets, Legends or purina deer feed and corn and wean them off the corn as they start to crave the good stuff! You'll be amazed at the new found carrying capacity of your places if you can get past the mentality of using the feeder for solid attraction only. A high corn diet is actually bad for deer as it's rich in carbs and too much of it can give them the scours which leads to dehydration, which is a bad thing for a deer! Work on horn development with high protein and calcium/phosphorus minerals and feeds this time of year and then pour the corn on in the cold weather/deer season months. I'm not Dr James Kroll or anything close, but I grow some big bucks by listening to him and the likes of David Morris and Whittington. Need help ask me if I don't know I know someone that does!
  10. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    There's an organization out of San Antonio, "Texas Wildlife Associates" which caters to Texas hunting. Among other things, they list all the symposia of the various wildlife biology scientists. Deer management for trophy bucks is Big Bidness--which is a good thing, in today's miserable world of farming/ranching.

    And, there are frequent articles on dietary needs as well as the usual ads for seed/feed/fertilizer/equipment, etc.

    One guy ran an ad offering to sell a half-interest in his South Texas brush-country hunting ranch, with a picture of the "stud buck", named "Heart Attack". Seeing that buck in front of you would give you a heart attack, for sure. I'd guess he'd dress out at over 200 pounds. His antlers are so big that his head looks oddly small. Maybeso 30" spread; 14 points or so.

    Range management do indeed make a difference!

    :), Art
  11. shooter10mm

    shooter10mm Active Member

    WHoa!! Art Heart Attack is a buck on the Tecomate ranch!? How can Dr. Schwarz sell half interest in a ranch that David Morris already owns half of? That's how Tecomate seed co. was born, by the partnership of Gary Schwarz and David Morris. David even went as far as to buy the ranch next to Tecomate too. How old was that ad Art? I wonder is stuff wentsouth between those two?:uhoh:

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