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#6519620 - 10/31/16 10:24 AM Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle
Texas Dan Offline
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A couple months ago, I setup a feeder and stand for a good friend who is "shooter challenged" when it comes to hitting deer with a rifle. Now I'm second guessing the distance between the stand and feeder as being a little too close (40 yards).

What is the minimum distance that you would put between a stand and feeder for rifle shots?

Thanks.
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#6519624 - 10/31/16 10:26 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
Herbie Hancock Offline
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Registered: 08/23/16
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Loc: Cypress, Texas
100 yards.

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#6519631 - 10/31/16 10:28 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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I've seen lots of them at 60 yards but I think for your friend 40 yards might be just fine, if he can sit still. If he can't and he also can't shoot well, I'm not sure I would want him hunting.
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#6519633 - 10/31/16 10:29 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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Our stands now are 85-110 yards.

My old stand I hunted out of for 10+ years on our last lease was 32 yards from the front of my stand to the center of the feeder. You have to be quiet and you have to be cautious with movements and set the stand/feeder up with your prevalent winds in mind.
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#6519638 - 10/31/16 10:30 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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Loc: Temple...Hunt in Freestone Co.
We've typically always been at least 100 yards as well. On my FIL's place one of my blinds is right at 150 yards and another is about 60 yards, just due to the lack of an open area. Year by year we clear out more trees and brush and keep pushing it back a little bit at a time.

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#6519641 - 10/31/16 10:31 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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What ever distance your friend fills comfortable shooting at up
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#6519646 - 10/31/16 10:34 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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The shorter the distance, the more disciplined your friend will need to be about noise, movement, and wind. But I hunted a place for a while that had several at ~60 yds, very doable. When bow hunting I wanted them at 20 yds.
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#6519656 - 10/31/16 10:37 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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85-175 yards on our place. Very thick south Texas brush country. The couple that are less than 100 yards are in very good areas and only allowed that distance due to creek drainage on either side of the stands/feed pens. Most of ours average 125 yards. I'd like 150-200 on all of them, but not everyone is comfortable (or capable of) shooting deer at those distances. Plus, we take a good many kids who are just learning about deer hunting. The shorter yardage stands work great for them.

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#6519708 - 10/31/16 10:59 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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I've shot deer from a tree stand with a rifle at 10 yards, at 40 yards and at 100.
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#6519730 - 10/31/16 11:09 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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I like being 150+ just so I don't have to worry about being too quiet.
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#6519738 - 10/31/16 11:12 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
TooLow Offline
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Registered: 10/01/10
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Loc: Deep Ellum, TX
Mind is 185 away. I like the distance so the quite part isn't a big issue.

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#6519745 - 10/31/16 11:19 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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Last place was 192 yards. Current place is 70 yards due to being in the forest and wanting to be able to see it. grin
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#6519757 - 10/31/16 11:26 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: postoak]
Texas Dan Offline
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Originally Posted By: postoak
I've seen lots of them at 60 yards but I think for your friend 40 yards might be just fine, if he can sit still. If he can't and he also can't shoot well, I'm not sure I would want him hunting.


He shared with me that he once shot at a doe that was about 100 yards away, and a doe some distance behind her dropped from the hit. I was able to get him to join me for a trip to the range by saying I would pay our range fees and supply the ammo. It was a very good and eye-opening experience for him.

While such poor shooting skills may be rare or even non-existent for those who visit this site, I'm not sure the same is true for the entire deer hunting community. If you ask anyone who mounts scopes and sights in rifles at any of the gun ranges, I'm sure they would tell you they see customers all the time who plan to take their new rifle and scope to the woods without ever having fired a shot.
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#6519760 - 10/31/16 11:27 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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Mine are right around 100 yards because that's one of the distances the range by my house has. Makes it easy to zero the rifle and practice the shot we will see in the field. When my kids were first starting out, I had the stand at 75 yards to be a little closer.
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#6519822 - 10/31/16 11:58 AM Re: Minimum distance between a feeder and stand for rifle [Re: Texas Dan]
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My two are ~85 and ~120 yards simply because the layout seemed right. I would not want to be 40 yards because I'm not that stealthfull. But if it works then I see no issue.

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