Thinking I'd like to put a 150-300 gallon Rubbermaid type water trough in each of my feeder pens. Would I have reasonable expectations to possibly attract more deer by doing this and how long would 300 gallons generally last in North Texas during hunting season, one month or so? Finally, without running water, what would be my options for refilling these troughs? Thanks for the input...
If your place is dry, then yes, I think it could be a great thing. We have used the 300 gal IBC totes successfully in the past. Pipe them to one of the simple float troughs from Tractor Supply and you're in business. Make the open area of the trough small to minimize evaporation. You can refill from a 55 gal drum in your truck, or better yet, build a simple v-shaped guzzler frame from tin and treated lumber to fill it from rain.
To do this, take 3 sheets of 12' tin, and cut them in half. Build a simple frame with some slope for the tin, and direct into a common gutter in the center. Total guzzler will look like "wings" with the gutter in the middle, and have an effective area of about 100 sq. ft. The gutter then runs into the top of your tote. Does not take much rain to top off the tote with this design. 1.5" rain is around 100gal from the guzzler. If you want to catch more, just make your guzzler bigger.
This pic is not mine, but similar design.