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Deer question #8319353 07/13/21 03:02 AM
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Alright, I know next to nothing about deer. We are buying 30 acres and want to keep deer around, just for company and viewing and not for hunting. Should I just put one feeder up around 75-100 yards from the house, or do I need to have multiple feeders out to keep them around?

Also any suggestions on cheap feeders? Buying a house and moving, so I don't have a fortune to spend.

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Depends on where you are going.


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I hand feed 3 full red solo cups of corn every evening and by throwing it in 4-5 inch grass and really spreading it out, it takes 6-8 deer 2-3 hours to eat it all. If it's in a pile or on cleared ground, they will scarf it up quick. I feed about 70 yards from the front door of my ranch house every day. Can't help on the feeder question though because I don't use them now that I'm living here.


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Ah, gotcha. So I can just feed manually and not worry about it? Can they smell it from a ways off? I don't just want to be throwing food out front for nothing.

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Originally Posted by 2Beez
Depends on where you are going.

Caddo Mills.

Lot is about 600' wide by a half mile long. House is on one end with an 8-9 acre pasture out in front of it and then trees and creek beds from there on back.

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Originally Posted by patriot07
Ah, gotcha. So I can just feed manually and not worry about it? Can they smell it from a ways off? I don't just want to be throwing food out front for nothing.


As long as you have deer, no corn will be wasted. They will find it in a day or so and within a week, they will be checking on it everyday. Mine know the sound of my Polaris Ranger that I feed from and come running when I start it.


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I had them as close as 30 yards from my back door when I set a feed up out there. They become used to people fairly quickly if they’re not threatening. Just don’t think you’re going to walk up on them. If you hand feed as mentioned above they will come to you. Shaking a plastic cup of corn is like calling horses with a feed bucket once conditioned.

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My feeder is 70 yards from the house. It goes off once a day, in the evenings. Deer come almost daily. I do not get down there but maybe once a month and recently while working from "home" I hosed debris out of the tractor radiator while a fawn and doe ate corn. Several times during morning service meetings I was in attendance on the deck while watching deer eat corn. They deer are much less concerned with humans than when I was a kid. I assume it will be the same for you. BTW, my place is also 30 acres. Good luck.

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I hung a feeder in a tree right in the middle of the 600 yard rifle range. See deer there eating corn even when we are shooting.


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Get a metal 1 gallon pale. Fill it with corn, walk out to the same spot every morning and scatter it around, then flip the pale over and slap it repeatedly all the way back to the house. Grab your cup of coffee and sit back on the deck and enjoy watching the deer.


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Originally Posted by psycho0819
Get a metal 1 gallon pale. Fill it with corn, walk out to the same spot every morning and scatter it around, then flip the pale over and slap it repeatedly all the way back to the house. Grab your cup of coffee and sit back on the deck and enjoy watching the deer.

A feeder is less work.

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Originally Posted by psycho0819
Get a metal 1 gallon pale. Fill it with corn, walk out to the same spot every morning and scatter it around, then flip the pale over and slap it repeatedly all the way back to the house. Grab your cup of coffee and sit back on the deck and enjoy watching the deer.


My grandfather would do this. I watched him. Way before feeders.


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You have the land, plant a sizeable food plot. More work on the front end. Day to day there will be no work. If you don’t hunt them, they will tame up and feed there every day if your food plot is large enough.


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If you plan to have a garden or fruit trees or your wife likes flowers, feed them with a feeder as far from your house as you can but within sight if you want to watch them.
While they are fun to watch, they will venture on to the next easy food source after they finish the corn.

If you want to feed by hand, get your can full of corn and rattle it as you walk out and spread it thin so they have to hang around and work for it.
After about a week, they will be waiting in the edges of the bushes for you.


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My wife and I lived in Arkansas for a hot minute, the previous owner had these simple pvc pipe feeders that would hold exactly one sack of corn we had one literally 60’ from our front door, and we watched deer year round eat from that feeder. I kept them full all the time we had squirrels, Turkey, and white tails year round.

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Buy a real feeder , quit being cheap and enjoy watching the wildlife

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Originally Posted by Brother in-law
Buy a real feeder , quit being cheap and enjoy watching the wildlife

For some reason, I was thinking they were like $500. Looking now, they start at around $80 and go up to $300/$500. I'll just start with a low-end one and go from there. I may actually start with this one for now since I'm thinking of hanging them in the trees that are 40 yards or so off the front porch. My next option is stuff that's 100+ yards away and the trees aren't big enough to hang a feeder. I'd have to buy a more expensive feeder. So I might give that a go to start with.

https://www.tractorsupply.com/tsc/product/moultrie-5-gal-all-in-one-hanging-deer-feeder?cm_vc=-10005

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The academy stand n fill would be a ok choice

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A 5 gal is going to get anoying to fill and will be empty more often than not. I have one that holds 200 lbs out my back door and only feeds 1 time a day and it runs empty fast enough.

I believe the best way to go is build one yourself spend money where you need to not where you dont (spend your money on the best timer in your price range). Our most trouble free feeders are ones we build it is really not hard if you have a little do it yourself er in you.


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Yeah maybe 5 gallon isn't a great plan.

BIL - the stand & fill...can you give me a link?

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If you put out corn, you will get hogs too.





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Just get one of the square ones at bucees. The entertainment you’ll get will be worth it. They are $400 but they are easy.

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Originally Posted by Brother in-law
Just get one of the square ones at bucees. The entertainment you’ll get will be worth it. They are $400 but they are easy.

I hate this man but he is right and life is so much easier with a stand and fill. It is just money and you will make more.


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Originally Posted by scottfromdallas
If you put out corn, you will get hogs too.

Is this real? I definitely don't want a bunch of hogs.

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Very real. Virtually every county in Texas has hogs.


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