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#5972171 - 10/11/15 05:34 PM newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders?
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Registered: 09/14/15
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Lifelong hunter but newbie to Texas and this whole feeder thing. I got a small lease on north side of Jack county near the Clay county line. I got the lease late and am still trying to get it set up. The feeders have been set for almost one month to the day. I have yet to get one daylight photo of an animal and really not alot of deer on camera although I bump deer most trips out and there is plenty of sign. Is it typical for them not to hit the feeders yet. Am I being impatient? The hogs come thru about once or twice a week and clean up the corn. Any advice or am I doing something wrong. I am feeding 2x per day for 6 seconds (currently 8am and 6pm)

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#5972205 - 10/11/15 05:53 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Lots out there for them to eat right now, when it starts going away look to the feeders. For now I would be checking out the oaks for acorns.
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#5972206 - 10/11/15 05:54 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Welcome to Texas.... welcome

What else is around the area for them to eat....
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#5972221 - 10/11/15 05:58 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Feed only in the morning for a 2 or 3 second interval. Do not throw out excess feed that encourages the night time buffet, then see if your results get better and adjust accordingly. Sometimes feeder placement will change your results and try to feed in an area with some cover and scout your land for game trails. Good luck.
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#5972272 - 10/11/15 06:19 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Ok...i will shorten the feed times. I don't see any agriculture around but there is thousands and maybe 10's thousands of acres of acorn oak forest near this property. This property has about 30-40 acre junk of timber that I am leaving as a sanctuary area. Maybe they just are not coming out of it right now.

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#5972295 - 10/11/15 06:33 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Lots of oaks in Jack county, bet they are banging acorns right now. They will hit the feeders eventually, especially if we get no rain for a while. Boy we need it though badly. I would consider penning those feeders to keep the hogs out. The pigs will move your deer out for sure.

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#5972352 - 10/11/15 07:06 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: 4Weight]
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. . . . I would consider penning those feeders to keep the hogs out. The pigs will move your deer out for sure.

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#5972480 - 10/11/15 08:13 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Originally Posted By: ktk120
Lifelong hunter but newbie to Texas and this whole feeder thing. I got a small lease on north side of Jack county near the Clay county line. I got the lease late and am still trying to get it set up. The feeders have been set for almost one month to the day. I have yet to get one daylight photo of an animal and really not alot of deer on camera although I bump deer most trips out and there is plenty of sign. Is it typical for them not to hit the feeders yet. Am I being impatient? The hogs come thru about once or twice a week and clean up the corn. Any advice or am I doing something wrong. I am feeding 2x per day for 6 seconds (currently 8am and 6pm)


Cut your feed time to once a day at 8am and 3 seconds or so and then watch your camera. As the acorn crop diminishes, you'll begin to get more customers to your feeder, and once you see that, add a second feed time, but keep the duration short. As soon as you get a steady stream of deer in at or around the feed times, ease the duration up a second or so. They'll come around.

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#5972500 - 10/11/15 08:21 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: mikei]
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pen your feeders - simple to do and makes a huge difference
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#5972530 - 10/11/15 08:35 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Tough area to hunt with feeders. A lot of pressure in pockets up there and because of the proximity to DFW, so the deer turn nocturnal.

Feeders aren't the cure-all in Texas hunting, but they are a tool. Try to find a concentration of natural forage and trails going to them. Use cameras to watch the travel routes to see where and when they are traveling. If you find a good trail, corn off to the side of the trail and set up with a good wind.

As was said, area has plenty of hogs. Pens will help keep them out and allow the deer to come back in.

Good luck and welcome to Texas cheers
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#5972546 - 10/11/15 08:40 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: txshntr]
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Originally Posted By: txshntr
Tough area to hunt with feeders. A lot of pressure in pockets up there and because of the proximity to DFW, so the deer turn nocturnal.

Feeders aren't the cure-all in Texas hunting, but they are a tool. Try to find a concentration of natural forage and trails going to them. Use cameras to watch the travel routes to see where and when they are traveling. If you find a good trail, corn off to the side of the trail and set up with a good wind.

As was said, area has plenty of hogs. Pens will help keep them out and allow the deer to come back in.

Good luck and welcome to Texas cheers


TXHNTR has hit it pretty good here, good amount of pressure that way but you really need to pen the feeders to see if you can control the "hog effect" at least.

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#5972623 - 10/11/15 09:15 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Acorns can cause issues this time of the year. Just because you put a feeder out does not mean the deer will hit it right away. Sometimes it will take time for deer to find in a wet year like this one. I would also suggest keeping both feeding times but put the morning one closer to sunrise or about 15 minutes after daylight. Deer movement in the morning is better around feeders this time of year closer to daylight. The evening time is okay. My feeders are set at 7:20am and 6:40pm right now. I move them every couple of weeks as the days get shorter.
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#5973068 - 10/12/15 08:40 AM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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WELCOME TO TEXAS.Further welcome to this forum.
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#5974123 - 10/12/15 06:18 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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I would put your cameras on trails leading in and out of the oaks and see what you have and when they are coming and going form the acorns.

If you have water on the place I would set up a camera on it to see what you have.
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#5974216 - 10/12/15 07:13 PM Re: newbie to texas...why are the deer not at the feeders? [Re: ktk120]
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Fellow THFR. Stub, also hunts northern Jack county. It's a great area with a fairly high deer density. If you have cover then you have deer. They probably just need some time to find the corn.
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