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#5538437 - 01/12/15 05:59 PM best deer feeder for the money
outdoorsman916 Offline
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Registered: 01/11/15
Posts: 28
I need to finally put a deer feeder on my lease. I would run it year around. my budget is around 300-350. texas

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#5539774 - 01/13/15 09:01 AM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
Dove Weed Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 57
Look up HMan here on the board and check out his. Friend of mine recently bought a double from him and couldn't be happier.

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#5539918 - 01/13/15 10:01 AM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
Wreckem04 Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 07/25/11
Posts: 487
Loc: Mckinney, TX
X2 for HMan! i have bought 6 feeders from him! all are top quality!!!
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#5540236 - 01/13/15 12:04 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Registered: 07/08/06
Posts: 6319
Loc: Eastland Co.
I enjoy building my own....it gives me a sense of accomplishment. You can probably build one for 1/2 of what a new one costs.
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#5540459 - 01/13/15 01:29 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
CharlieCTx Offline
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Registered: 05/27/13
Posts: 780
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
2014 was my first year to have a deer lease and buy all the BS you need and "nice-to-haves" involved with having one.

Particularly if you're on a budget... do not try and save money and buy something cheap. You'll either be replacing it or you'll be feeding inconsistently or not at all due to spinner problems. You'll also find yourself wasting corn with mistakes in all of the above. I made all of the above mistakes at different points during the year.

Invest in a good 12v timer/motor/solar panel (I would recommend "The Timer" and the Tx Direct Hunting Motor/Solar Panel) and either a good Critter cage or a spinner plate like "The Eliminator". Buy a filter screen for the barrel top, a small piece of corn bag will stop up a feeder (twice for me). Anchor your feeder legs with t-posts or something.

The above will be the most important in terms of getting only the right amount of corn out, when you're expecting it to be thrown. Look for a 2nd hand Hoist-up, Tripod etc on Craigslist, there will bunches coming up right now as people move leases, give up, etc.

Good luck!

Charlie

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#5540841 - 01/13/15 04:12 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
jgc Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/04/07
Posts: 37
The best is the one that does what you need it to. To that end, you need to figure out what you want it to do before you spend any money.

I am throwing 5sec 2x a day during season. That empties $35 of corn in 3 weeks. How often will you be willing to fill the feeder? Worse yet is the feeder that stops running - and it takes weeks to diagnose.

I don't use Everlast (much, I won one last year and used it when early in the season - but it was a 100lb feeder and needed weekly filling) - but they seem to make fairly good stuff. Their budget timer works, and iirc uses the same harness as the "the timer" (which makes that upgrade a drop in). A I have heard a lot of good things about Boss Buck. I am using All Seasons (which buckies tends to sell almost below cost).

That all said, back to the first line - I have found that larger feeders are easier for me to keep filled (my small feeder was abandoned 1 month into season (see below), as I just did not have the time to get to it), and I will probably upgrade my 350lb unit to a 700 before next year (I really liked not filling the 1k feeder).

Early in the season I used a road feeder - and while it is a different strategy - I really liked how it pulled out the animals (early in the season).
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Feeders can be a never ending headache. This season 1 feeder was borrowed (replaced entirely). One destroyed preseason by coons (replaced control unit), one lost a motor the week after starting (pending repairs, but essentially replaced entirely), and another lost a tripod due to a tree dropping a branch (next years problem.


Edited by jgc (01/13/15 04:23 PM)

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#5540993 - 01/13/15 05:39 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
outdoorsman916 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/11/15
Posts: 28
Ok thanks i will look him up. texas


Edited by outdoorsman916 (01/13/15 05:40 PM)

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#5541718 - 01/14/15 01:00 AM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: Novemberyet]
blazin Offline
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Registered: 10/25/11
Posts: 1890
Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: Novemberyet
I enjoy building my own....it gives me a sense of accomplishment. You can probably build one for 1/2 of what a new one costs.

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Here are a couple I recently built. I built both of these myself for around 80 bucks a piece.


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#5542221 - 01/14/15 09:53 AM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
jgc Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 09/04/07
Posts: 37
I built one last season and have a second waiting to be put together. Controller (All Seasons with "the timer")$110, Barrel $25, Solar $25, Lid $30, funnel $30, bail $20, battery $10. so about $250 w/o tripod and winch.

I had tripods, but did upgrade a winch (twice - first one was harbor freight and stripped gears) - winch $110. Order of preference, stand and fill is the easiest - is much lower throw height. They also put your equipment lower so it they tend to be built stronger to take abuse. Hung is almost as easy to fill, but takes cranking (or you can use a drill if you have a worm winch). Barrel with legs is annoying to fill, but is cheapest - I have also had them be blown and knocked over the most.


Edited by jgc (01/14/15 09:53 AM)

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#5543218 - 01/14/15 05:32 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
outdoorsman916 Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 01/11/15
Posts: 28
Thanks Blazin. I subbed your channel

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#5543286 - 01/14/15 06:10 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Registered: 02/14/09
Posts: 2824
Loc: Deer Park, Tx.
The best are the ones you build!

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#5545490 - 01/15/15 05:45 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: Novemberyet]
DFWPI Offline
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5713
Loc: Arlington
Originally Posted By: Novemberyet
I enjoy building my own....it gives me a sense of accomplishment. You can probably build one for 1/2 of what a new one costs.


It sounds good, but I don't have time for sense of accomplishment at times. smile
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#5545949 - 01/15/15 09:16 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
Zach S Offline
Woodsman

Registered: 08/29/14
Posts: 154
Loc: Mason, Gatesville, Round Rock
I really like the boss buck products I have a 340lb free feed for protein and a 600lb times corn feeder and both have worked really well. I always Like getting bigger than I need so I don't have to fill as often.

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#5549105 - 01/17/15 09:24 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
Fork-Legend211 Offline
Tracker

Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 649
Loc: LAKE FORK!!!!!!
Sweeney or Texas Hunter Products are the best.. IMO
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#5549752 - 01/18/15 12:15 PM Re: best deer feeder for the money [Re: outdoorsman916]
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Bird Dog

Registered: 09/02/09
Posts: 334
Loc: Lewisville, Denton County
Nothing to do with the best/worse, but if you don't anchor them correctly, none will be any good when they hit the ground. Wind, cows, horses, hogs--all will be their demise.

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