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.