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#6855935 - 08/14/17 12:39 PM Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks
jadkins Offline
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Registered: 08/11/17
Posts: 15
Loc: Midland, TX
What is everyone's preferred times to have the corn feeders go off? How long after sunrise / before sunset? How many bursts? How long each burst?

Right now I have them set 30 minutes after / before the big yellow ball in the sky does it's thing for only 1 burst at 10 seconds.

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#6855948 - 08/14/17 12:47 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
ChadTRG42 Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
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Loc: Lewisville, TX
About the same for feeding times, morning and evening. I run a 12 volt feeder, so I only go about 4-5 seconds during season (or leading up to it), which is A LOT of corn. I run on the lowest setting during off season at about 1.5 seconds. Right now I also have a feeding time at 10 pm for night hunting pigs. I'll cancel this feeding on my next trip to get ready for bow hunting.
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#6855950 - 08/14/17 12:50 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
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I have mine set for 3 seconds twice a day.

I'll change that to 3-4 seconds 4 times a day during season
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#6855963 - 08/14/17 01:04 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
titan2232 Offline
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Registered: 12/29/14
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Loc: Conroe, TX
I throw 15 minutes before sunrise for 7 seconds and 1 1/2 hours before sun set for 3 seconds during the off season.

This equals about 350 lbs of corn every 2 months with my set-up
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#6856018 - 08/14/17 01:39 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
ErnestTBass Offline
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Registered: 08/12/16
Posts: 286
In the am, I have it throw right around sunrise or even a little after. I want to be able to get in the stand well in front of it without spooking deer. I also don't want deer feeding in the dark and then leaving.

In the afternoon, I throw it pretty early - usually about 2 hours before dark. Again, I want the deer to be coming out in daylight as much as possible.

For that same reason, I try not to throw more than they will eat in a sitting. I usually throw for 3-4 seconds twice a day. If that gold stuff is sitting on the ground all night, I'm exacerbating the problem of having big bucks only feed in the moonlight, and I'm feeding more raccoons.

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#6856041 - 08/14/17 01:59 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
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Registered: 01/15/07
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Loc: Live in Katy, Hunt in Llano Co...
We are located in Llano Co.

-Off season: 3 sec am, 3 sec pm
-Season: Will go up 6 sec at 7:15 am, and 6 sec at 4:30 pm.
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#6856048 - 08/14/17 02:04 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
Triplesnake Offline
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Registered: 01/03/05
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In the morning, 3 sec at shooting light, and another 3 sec about an hour later. In the afternoon,3 sec about an hour before sunset and another at sunset. I'm thinking about moving the afternoon schedule up about 30 minutes.

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#6856056 - 08/14/17 02:07 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
jadkins Offline
Light Foot

Registered: 08/11/17
Posts: 15
Loc: Midland, TX
Thanks all. I always thought 10 seconds was a bit much.

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#6856059 - 08/14/17 02:08 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27409
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
15 seconds right around or just after shooting light... 5 seconds hour or so after that... another 15 about 1 1/2 hour before dark
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#6856063 - 08/14/17 02:08 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
Navasot Offline
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
I only run about 10 seconds twice a day in the summer until right about now
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#6856066 - 08/14/17 02:11 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27409
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
10 seconds isn't much at all ill have a few doe come clean that up in minutes... if your going to do under 10 spread them out do 3-3-3 inbetween the first 3 hours of daylight... that will give a group enough time to eat then usually loose interest and leave then the next group that comes in sees no corn on the ground and stays out of reach... my deer will literally stand about 60 yards out and look at the feeder if there is corn under the feeder they come in... the reason I have gone up to 15 is iv noticed feeding deer in the area keep the activity up longer and more abundant... this keeps does around longer which in return gives you a longer chance of having a buck roll through to check.. if you hit it right and im sure everyones had that day.. when your area has had the activity and no one else seen deer.. usually it because deer like being around other deer And rut just enhances that


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#6856073 - 08/14/17 02:16 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
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Loc: Killeen/Ft Hood, TX
There is a huge difference in the amount of corn thrown from a 6V and a 12V feeder in 10 seconds.

My buddy in Lometa throws 20 seconds using a 12 V motor and the deer clean it up in an hour or less but that's 10 plus deer at times. I always hand corn a 50 lb bag just to make sure they stick around.

Right now on Ft Hood I am feeding 30 min after sunrise for 8 seconds, 2 hours before sunset for 8 seconds, and again at 10 for 5 seconds for hog hunting. This is a 6V motor and it throws plenty to keep the deer around.
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#6856085 - 08/14/17 02:27 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
Navasot Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 27409
Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
will also depend on how tight you have the motor set to the hopper, how clean the corn is, how big the funnel is and if you even have a funnel.. I also keep mine throwing the corn out a good ways on 100% power so the deer have to look a bit once the corn is gone from under the feeder... just keeps interest
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#6856089 - 08/14/17 02:29 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: Navasot]
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Originally Posted By: Navasot
will also depend on how tight you have the motor set to the hopper, how clean the corn is, how big the funnel is and if you even have a funnel.. I also keep mine throwing the corn out a good ways on 100% power so the deer have to look a bit once the corn is gone from under the feeder... just keeps interest
yep I can't stand when I see a feeder where all the corn ends up right under the feeder, I want the deer to have to walk around looking for the corn a little bit so it takes longer to eat it up.
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#6856090 - 08/14/17 02:30 PM Re: Recommended Feeder Times / Lengths - Hill Country Folks [Re: jadkins]
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Registered: 02/25/09
Posts: 4680
Loc: Burleson Texas
All places are different but I throw once in the morning off season for a couple of seconds just to keep them coming in. Month before bow season I throw once 30 minutes before sunrise for 2 sec and then once an hour later if the area has activity after sunrise. And then one more if there is normal activity around 9am. It is true that a single deer can clean up corn quickly that is why I throw multiple times. I also throw once in the afternoon an hour before sunset for a couple of seconds.
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