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#6014096 - 11/06/15 07:24 AM Opener frustrations
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Bird Dog

Registered: 07/09/13
Posts: 310
Loc: Ft.Worth Texas
how many of you guys spend $1,000's of dollars on your hunting each year with paying for the land, fuel , maintenance , corn, feeders and so on and go out opening morning to a feeder that isn't working? This happened to me during bow season and it wasn't my thrower, in fact the funnel inside the barrel shifted preventing corn from hitting the plate. I ended up fixing it by taking the dispenser off and cutting a hole in the funnel. Had other times when a battery somehow got disconnected and or timers being off mysteriously. Since we switched to CCC feeders we have never had a problem with the throwers.
SO I ask, What frustrates you the most ?

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#6014131 - 11/06/15 07:42 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
Dry Fire Offline


Registered: 06/15/09
Posts: 2730
Loc: Huntsville, AL
When the batteries go dead on the feeder the day after I leave for two weeks. This was before I bought the 12v solar panels. Same with game cams. Wasps chasing me out of the blind opening morning was another ritual I don't miss. Or how about get to the blind and find out the cattle have knocked it over and ate all the corn. They were frustrated because the batteries had died two weeks ago. The list goes on and on.
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#6014224 - 11/06/15 08:24 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
ndhunter Offline
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Registered: 09/03/05
Posts: 3310
Loc: Dallas, TX
Bees, cattle, batteries, wasps, poachers...you name it

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#6014230 - 11/06/15 08:28 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
redchevy Offline
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Registered: 10/25/04
Posts: 23463
Loc: Texas
Went out opening weekend of bow season and one of our rifle stands feeder battery was dead replaced it, tested it and all was well. Came back 2 weeks later and the battery was low, and the bearings on the motor had gone out the plate wobbled badly and didn't throw much corn. Had a spare swapped it out and back up and running again... its one of my favorite stands to sit, I sure hope its still working!!!!!!!!!!!
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#6014259 - 11/06/15 08:41 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
DirtNapTET Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 11/08/13
Posts: 489
Loc: America
Found my go-to spot like this 2 weekends ago. Cams showed a juvenile cow jumped the fence, got spooked cause he couldnt get out and completely trashed both feeders. Almost made me vomit when I drove up on it.

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#6014307 - 11/06/15 08:57 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
Rob Lay Offline
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Registered: 02/21/10
Posts: 1757
Loc: Southlake, TX
Ha, nothing more disheartening than ready to hunt and find out your feeder not.

I try to minimize headaches keeping everything new, quality equipment, and the best batteries. I always check everything over 2-3 weeks ahead to minimize opening day heartbreak. It is also nice having internet cameras as you can tell if corn isn't being put down, even once last year I spotted the day when hogs knocked the feeder down.
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#6014309 - 11/06/15 08:58 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
Stevarino Offline
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Registered: 01/25/10
Posts: 2078
Loc: Mckinney, TX
Not getting to go, or just knowing others are hunting while I'm at work.. Anything else that happens while I'm at the lease is better than a day at the office.. Something's always going to break...just have to deal with it.

Oh, and wasp and raccoons... I can't deal with seeing either.

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#6014318 - 11/06/15 09:03 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
Enter Standman Offline
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Registered: 10/09/10
Posts: 2863
Loc: Mount Pleasant, TX
Poop happens, how you react and adapt to the situation is up to you. But maybe it's just me, I don't care if I spent $1 or $1,000. I'm going to enjoy God's creations.

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#6014364 - 11/06/15 09:28 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
ddmm Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 406
Loc: Haslet
we started putting all our feeders on winches and tripods with at least 12' legs. Get the bottow of the barrel up higher than the cows can reach and stake the legs down. Let us get rid of the panels and fencing. Cows don't bother trying to eat the corn scattered on the ground. This works with the exception of longhorns. Those stupid critters forget they got horns and sling their heads way to much!!

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#6014374 - 11/06/15 09:32 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Enter Standman]
Western Offline
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Registered: 04/20/11
Posts: 23588
Loc: Wise County Texas
Originally Posted By: Enter Standman
Poop happens, how you react and adapt to the situation is up to you. But maybe it's just me, I don't care if I spent $1 or $1,000. I'm going to enjoy God's creations.


Yes sir, IMO, when you look at each hunt by the dollars, I think you are missing the point.
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#6014381 - 11/06/15 09:36 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
colt.45 Offline
THF Trophy Hunter

Registered: 03/16/12
Posts: 9307
Loc: wondering about the woods
2cents Got the Poormans hunting Blues ... As pappy once said: would rather be hunting than working, but a wise person realizes by working can aford ta hunt ... Like others worked so could aford ta hunt... bang dang Gov been spying on me ever since, reports of alien body parts surfaced... Workmans comp is a joke... They do away with jobs... Didn't do no good ta complain... Last couple years, opening mornings, find me hunten with a forgotten friend... Ol Kentucky ... Years past twas bow in hand, heading with climber ta take a stand at OSBWMA... This year can't aford ta pay ta play the game that's becoming a richmans sport ... Best Wishes & stay Safe... Hopefully some day we'll meet, wondering about the woods ...
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#6014404 - 11/06/15 09:47 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Rob Lay]
Leonardo Online   content
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Registered: 01/03/08
Posts: 4666
Loc: Wise County
Originally Posted By: Rob Lay
Ha, nothing more disheartening than ready to hunt and find out your feeder not.

I try to minimize headaches keeping everything new, quality equipment, and the best batteries. I always check everything over 2-3 weeks ahead to minimize opening day heartbreak. It is also nice having internet cameras as you can tell if corn isn't being put down, even once last year I spotted the day when hogs knocked the feeder down.


Agree completely. quality equipment and well built pens go along ways in limiting your heart break.

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#6014429 - 11/06/15 10:05 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
TxBuck Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 08/12/06
Posts: 320
Not having a place to hunt is my frustration, but maybe I can find something for next year.

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#6014431 - 11/06/15 10:06 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: ddmm]
rexmitchell Offline
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Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 1713
Originally Posted By: ddmm
we started putting all our feeders on winches and tripods with at least 12' legs. Get the bottow of the barrel up higher than the cows can reach and stake the legs down. Let us get rid of the panels and fencing. Cows don't bother trying to eat the corn scattered on the ground. This works with the exception of longhorns. Those stupid critters forget they got horns and sling their heads way to much!!



Cows will figure out a way to take down a feeder eventually.....This was 12 feet up and staked down really well, see what they did to the T-post.

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#6014432 - 11/06/15 10:07 AM Re: Opener frustrations [Re: Drop 1]
D-Day Offline
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Registered: 08/17/09
Posts: 89
Loc: North TX
Went to set up feeders and pop-up blinds first weekend in September. A window on my elevated blind blew open and I wasn't at the property for 4 months.

Vultures had moved in and there was s%*t everywhere on the inside, outside and even the ladder on the backside which is facing the woods! crying Multiple attempts to clean it and it still smells like a zoo. Was able to use it though last weekend for the Youth hunt...my 15-year old said it was good scent control.

I'm going to disassemble the enclosed structure (4x8x6'5" tall) and replace the floor that is on the platform. I made plans when I built it and it's multiple 4' sections that fit on my 5x8 trailer. It's not worth renting a mobile pressure washer, I don't think I'll ever get the smell out.
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