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Options in deer feeding

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Posted: Monday, December 30, 2013 9:24 am

Once you’ve made the decision to feed deer for hunting purposes, or even if you’re well experienced in feeding, there are many options out there from which to choose.

When it comes to feeders, whether you’d rather build your own feeder, using existing or personally devised designs, or purchase a ready-made feeder, several options are available.

For feeding whitetail deer in central Texas, spin-cast feeders (usually for feeding dry corn) are the most popular.

Generally, these feeders are elevated above the ground by any one of several tripod designs.

These feeders are available with battery-operated/mechanical or battery-operated/solar timer mechanisms that allow for single or multiple daily feed disbursements.

Primarily, this type of feeder is only limited to one’s resources, wallet and imagination.

There are storage capability features with such feeders ranging from a 5-gallon bucket to a 100-plus gallon hopper.    

This is by no means, though, the only feeder option.

There are many available varieties of covered trough-type feeders (in one-piece or two-piece styles) and creep feeders.

I’ve seen creep feeders and gravity feeders with up to four feed spouts designed to allow deer to walk right up and help themselves to the feed.

I’ve seen feeders with built-in ladders for easy filling.

I’ve even seen feeders with grain augers incorporated into their design to bring just the right serving of feed to the level of a hungry deer.

While corn remains the most popular whitetail deer feed, protein-supplemented pellets and soybeans are also popularly used with various feeding systems.

The planting of a strategically-placed food plot (usually .5-3 acres in size) is also a popular means of feeding and nourishing a deer population.

Small grains, such as oats, wheat and rye grass are most commonly used with this method.

With all these available options, it’s possible for a hunter to try combinations of many different types of feed and feeding methods until they’ve found the best formula for their particular wildlife operation. 

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10 comments:

  • Shawn Paul posted at 10:47 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    Shawn Paul Posts: 34

    You're welcome, crios. Thanks for reading and commenting.

     
  • crios posted at 6:51 pm on Thu, Jan 9, 2014.

    crios Posts: 14

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

     
  • Shawn Paul posted at 9:44 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Shawn Paul Posts: 34

    There are a lot of folks out there who feel that way, awilson. I respect their opinion, but regardless of the chosen method, if you don't place yourself in an area where deer have a good food source and/or water source, the chances of getting a good shot, or even making a sighting, are slim. This is true whether the sources are naturally present or introduced.

    I'll have to admit that I haven't done that sort of hunting before, at least not for deer. I've been meaning to take up bow hunting, and under the right conditions, that style of hunting sounds like it could be rewarding. Thanks for your comment.

     
  • Shawn Paul posted at 9:38 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Shawn Paul Posts: 34

    Thanks for your comment, Hill51. You might consider the suggestion made by an above poster, when it comes to hog problems with feeding. A tubed gravity feeder might be something to try at some point in the future.

     
  • Shawn Paul posted at 9:31 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Shawn Paul Posts: 34

    Unfortunately, with several types of feeders, there's a lot of that going on, rudeman. Thanks for the comment.

     
  • Shawn Paul posted at 9:29 pm on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    Shawn Paul Posts: 34

    My experience with timed feeders has been the same, Roger, and I can imagine that those gravity feeders would help with hog problems. They could be a good investment.

     
  • rogerhill posted at 8:26 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    rogerhill Posts: 1

    I like the feeders with the timers because the deer get used to the feeder going off at a certain time and that gives you an idea when you need to be in the stand. If you are having trouble with hogs the gravity feeders that have the tubes that keep the feed suspended of the ground are a good fix

     
  • rudeman posted at 6:51 am on Wed, Jan 8, 2014.

    rudeman Posts: 5

    I glad you wrote this. I thought all you had to do was pour some corn on the ground and hoped the little critters didn't get it.

     
  • Hill51 posted at 10:48 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    Hill51 Posts: 6

    We feed corn from a feeder the main problem now the hogs find it almost as soon as the deer .The feeder and stand are still a good match for me since I don;t get around as easy as I once did.

     
  • awilson posted at 10:08 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    awilson Posts: 9

    My grandfather says sitting in a deer blind near a feeder isn't hunting. He says if you want to hunt, you've got to do the work and walk. Have you ever done that kind of hunting?