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#5547543 - 01/16/15 06:56 PM Feeder Pen
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Okay I give up and will agree that the deer are smarter than I am!!!! I need help!!!!! I built a 35' diameter feeder pen back in mid Sept. with 4' high hog panels, 2 of the panels were cut down to 40" for the younger deer. I have had the spin feeder going every day since and to my knowledge not a single deer has been in the pen to feed. Game camera confirms this also. About 750 lbs of corn has been thrown on the ground, crows are having a field day. There are deer in the area, I killed 3 does last Monday & Tuesday within 150 yds of the feeder plus have pictures of several more in the area.

What else can I do to entice the deer to use the feeder??
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#5547638 - 01/16/15 07:51 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Double the size of the pen. Bigger is better.

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#5547656 - 01/16/15 08:02 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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I disagree, 35' diameter pen should be plenty big enough, mine are about 25' and I commonly get 2-3/4 deer in at one time, often multiple bucks. Sounds like the sides are a bit too tall to me. I go with 30-36". I'd cut the sides down another 6" before enlarging. Some deer don't like jumping in pens too.

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#5547932 - 01/17/15 01:32 AM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Hog panels are 34" so cut them down. We just put them up this year and have no issues. One is 6 panels, one 7, one 8 and one is 11 panels. Bigger is better though.

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#5548114 - 01/17/15 08:40 AM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Thanks Guys, I will be back at the ranch Monday and will trim some of the panels down.
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#5548857 - 01/17/15 07:19 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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I use 34" hog panels 10 minimum, 12 usually, a few using 14, I have never cut one down in height.
I make the pens as close as I can to a circle, I cut one in half length wise to make a gate.

Bigger is better, biggest mistake is making them too small.

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#5548874 - 01/17/15 07:25 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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I will have cows to contend with with the start of spring so I don't want to cut the panels too short. What is the average height of a 5 strand barbed wire fence? I have seen a lot of deer go one with out a problem. I know they like to go under also but they can go over easily.
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#5549254 - 01/17/15 11:21 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Put a bail of alfalfa hay in there they will go in after just do it before the cattle come back to the area. Other sweet feeds like horse and mule feed work well to get them in the pin. Comerdeer corn coat in the feeder will also make it tempting. Just plain corn isnt enough to get them to go in at every place. Once they get used to jumping in they will do it regularly and U can just spin corn. With this feeding tactic I was able to get deer to jump in a 20'x20' 4' tall electric fence pin in less than a week.


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#5549280 - 01/17/15 11:51 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Does your feeder spin corn outside the pen? If not, you might try moving the feeder closer to the edge so it throws just outside until the deer find it and start jumping in. I had to do this in one of my larger feed pens.
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#5549368 - 01/18/15 05:41 AM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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ive always used apple scented corn.the deer seem to like it real well.

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#5550030 - 01/18/15 02:59 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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What dimensions do y'all recommend when using hog panels? I don't have cows on the place but do have a lot of hogs I want to keep out. How short can I cut them and still not have to worry about hogs gettin in?

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#5550244 - 01/18/15 04:48 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Registered: 03/26/09
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My protein pens are made with cattle panels - which are 50" high. Deer have no issues jumping in.

I don't think your problem is the height - you just need them to jump in the first time.

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#5550261 - 01/18/15 04:59 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Scoop up some deer poop off of a feeder they frequent and throw it in your feeder area, Get rid of old rotten corn, leave a panel down for a while if your able to and corn around your pen also.watchinggamenotimefor punctuation.

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#5550570 - 01/18/15 07:05 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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DLALLADER

We had the same results at our lease when one of our members put up a pen to keep hogs and cows from his feeder. All summer he fed corn and had 5-6 bucks at a time at his feeder with a mix of does consistently also. He put up the pen about a month before season and the corn piled up under his feeder and no deer would jump in. It was not until the last few weeks of season that he started getting some deer in the pen. In my opinion deer on our lease were not use to pens and some of the larger bucks he was seeing never showed back up. My stand is about 300 yards away from his and I chose to not put up a pen and I saw a lot of deer ever time I hunted and some nice bucks were taken from my stand.

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#5551955 - 01/19/15 12:42 PM Re: Feeder Pen [Re: DLALLDER]
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Originally Posted By: DLALLDER
Okay I give up and will agree that the deer are smarter than I am!!!! I need help!!!!! I built a 35' diameter feeder pen back in mid Sept. with 4' high hog panels, 2 of the panels were cut down to 40" for the younger deer. I have had the spin feeder going every day since and to my knowledge not a single deer has been in the pen to feed. Game camera confirms this also. About 750 lbs of corn has been thrown on the ground, crows are having a field day. There are deer in the area, I killed 3 does last Monday & Tuesday within 150 yds of the feeder plus have pictures of several more in the area.

What else can I do to entice the deer to use the feeder??



DLALLDER, I built a feed pen out of hog panels (7), and the diameter was around 35'. Put a corn feeder in the center, NOT ONE deer would jump in. Two months later, I took down 2 of the panels and the deer would walk in and eat. Lesson learned, pen is too small.

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