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#5793383 - 06/17/15 12:31 PM East Texas Protein Feeder Question
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I was talking to a buddy that lives near my hunting property about feeding protein to see what the result would be on the deer. Nobody I have talked with locally has ever tried it. His only concern was one I hadn't thought much about. Racoons. I have heck with the ring-tailed bandits messing with my corn feeder and eating everything the deer leave behind. I put a cage around the spinner on my corn feeder and they still work HARD to get at it. Is there any way to effectively demand feed protein without the coons tearing the feeder up and/or eating all the feed?
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#5793391 - 06/17/15 12:35 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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Nope, other than to trap them off and kill them. They're kind of like hogs though where they'll retreat and come back with reinforcements when you least expect it. Crows will be a serious problem as well.

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#5793426 - 06/17/15 12:51 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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They love handouts once the word gets out....
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#5794399 - 06/17/15 11:13 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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#5794426 - 06/18/15 12:06 AM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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The easy fix at keeping the crows from eating your feed during the off season is to set your feeder to go off well before daylight and well after sunset.

I've had good success keeping the coons out by using round-shaped, protective cages that equal the diameter of a 55 gallon drum feeder. It takes a good sized coon to reach the feeder while hanging on a cage that's as wide as the bottom of the barrel.

However, I did watch a large coon one evening while hog hunting that had learned he could reach in just far enough to knock a little feed off the spinner plate. Then he would climb down and eat what he had just knocked off the plate. Let's just say my .270 kept him from making a third trip back up to knock off a little more corn.
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#5794527 - 06/18/15 07:08 AM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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You aren't keeping them off free choice gravity feeders. For deer to have access, most things in the woods will also have access to it.

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#5794971 - 06/18/15 11:46 AM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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I'm beginning to see why others around me haven't done it. Thanks for the input guys!!
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#5794984 - 06/18/15 11:50 AM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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Doesn't hurt to give it a try..worst that can happen is something eats it.

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#5795049 - 06/18/15 12:29 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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I fed protein for 2 years in east TX. The hogs, coons, and crows loved me for it. smile
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#5795109 - 06/18/15 01:11 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: stxranchman]
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They love handouts once the word gets out....



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#5795345 - 06/18/15 04:34 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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if you've got good trees and if you fence them off from cows and hogs...hang them, you'll keep the coons off. We hang them to where they are approx. 34-36" from the ground and it's been pretty effective. keep a camera on it and it will tell you if you're too low.


I don't have a single picture of a coon raiding this feeder....I do have plenty of them picking up scraps on the ground.


Edited by Schpanky (06/18/15 04:36 PM)

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#5795458 - 06/18/15 06:02 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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Give them time to figure it out and let the numbers get hungry and they willfind out how to get to any feeder. I have seen pics of some very creative raccoons getting onto feeders.

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#5796798 - 06/19/15 03:23 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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don't know for sure but maybe having the mechanical in the same pen takes some of the pressure off of the more difficult to reach feeder?


Edited by Schpanky (06/19/15 03:24 PM)

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#5796824 - 06/19/15 03:38 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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The feeder I just recently got hasn't had a single coon get to the ports... its been up about 5 months now... time will tell
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#5796924 - 06/19/15 04:47 PM Re: East Texas Protein Feeder Question [Re: Matt]
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When they figure out how to put on floaties or ride gators to it, they'll find it. grin

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