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How far should your feeder be from your hunting spot?

Question by Noah_2. Uploaded on January 20, 2009

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Within shooting range if you want to hunt it. Probably about 50 yards for rifle or 30 for bow unless you just want to set up along a trail leading into it.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Your feeder is your hunting spot, state laws permitting

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from T wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

However far you're comfortable shooting at is probably how far you should put it out for rifle. For bow the probably 30 or less yards.

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from jshaffer wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

For bow hunting put it about 20 to 30 yards away. For rifel hunting put it about 70 yards away.

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from whiteriverguide1 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I have a stand where my feeder is directly below my treestand. It is a very successful stand. My other spots I put my stands/blinds about 20 to 30 yards away. I only bowhunt and my maxium range is 40 yards. This puts me in the strike zone. Place your stand the maximum you can make the shot ethically away and you shouldn't have to many problems.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

If you are hunting above the feeder make sure you put your stand high enough to stay out of deer sight. They do a lot of looking around while they stand there and eat.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

One shoots over a feeder. One doesn't hunt over a feeder. It is called hunting for a reason.

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I'd set up on a trail leading to it about 75 yards away

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from Lead Curtn wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Is hunting over a feeder really hunting at all? Were's the challenge?

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

If your after a big buck don't hunt your feeder. Expect a big buck to stage in a thicket down wind scent checking does. Pattern the path the does use to get to the feeder. Do not hunt that path but down wind of that path into the closest thick area. Feeders work great to get your neighbors deer onto your property. The more deer the more comfortable a big buck will feel.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I myself dont use feeders. I like to set up in travel corridors to feeding area from bedding areas. I think feeders alter the natural movement of the deer and dont consider it fair.

This is just my opinion. I know other people have theres. No offense intended

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Smitty,

I agree. I don't hunt feeders but have a feeder because if I didn't all the deer would be at my neighbors feeders. We live near the city and compete for the same deer.

I do allow young hunters and first timers to hunter the feeder. It's guarenteed success.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Buckhunter is right about feeders and keeping deer around. The big 10 pt in my profile came to a grunt call from a thicket 150 yd from a feeder. I would hunt over a feeder if hunting just for meat. A big buck would not mean much to me if he was shot over bait. Last fall I placed a trailcam over a feeder and got pics of 3 ten pointers and 2 eights in only 2 days. All came in at night. Plenty of doe and fawns came in during daylight. They almost always come in from downwind and with great caution. My state has too many deer in some areas and many doe need to be shot to get numbers down. Feeders help with that. It's not hunting really it's shooting but necessary.

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Yeah, in MI we are not allowed to bait, plus I was never a big fan of it. Where I am at there are just to many crop fields in during the fall, it's kind of futile. I know people that had property further N. of where I am, where there are fewer crop fields, and they baited when it was permitted. In that situation I could see trying to bring a deer in, because there was nothing up there but woods. I see both sides of that one, just not a fan of hunting over bait.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

COUPLE HUNDRED yards

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

20-30 yards for Bow 100 or 150 for a rifle

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

50 yards,.. front and center

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

There is no set distance, it all depends on what a comfortable shooting distance for you is. I mean, you need a clear path from you and the feeder so that you can not only see what is going on but make a clean shot. Also, the farther the way the better, that way you do not disturb the animals around the feeder as well as they do not pick up your scent. Also, keeping your distance broadens your hunting area.

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from Big C wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Hunt the trails leading to and from the feeder. Don't put it too close or you cannot get into or out of your stand while deer are feeding.

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from jscottevans wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

As long as "baiting" is legal in your state, the further the better as long as your in "affective" shooting range and you have good optics. If your bow hunting, you should be accurate out to 40 our 50 yards but deer can easily jump the string at 30 +, so 20 is a perfect range. But like Big C said, your better off hunting the trails here. With a rifle ( if legal), say a .30-06 you should be accurate out to 300 but a general safe distance (with a rest from a stand) is 150-200 yards. The reason is you want to eliminate your scent, and the further away you are the weaker your scent will be. Plus you can sneak in and out without spooking the deer.

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from Eylyis wrote 21 weeks 5 days ago

What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting". You hide out with a gun in a tree stand with a feeder under it.

...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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from Eylyis wrote 21 weeks 5 days ago

What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting". You hide out with a gun in a tree stand with a feeder under it.

...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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from Eylyis wrote 21 weeks 4 days ago

What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting".
You just hide out with your gun in a tree stand and wait for a deer to walk up to the feeder under it.

...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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from herbie57_57 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Within shooting range if you want to hunt it. Probably about 50 yards for rifle or 30 for bow unless you just want to set up along a trail leading into it.

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from T wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

However far you're comfortable shooting at is probably how far you should put it out for rifle. For bow the probably 30 or less yards.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

One shoots over a feeder. One doesn't hunt over a feeder. It is called hunting for a reason.

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from jshaffer wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

For bow hunting put it about 20 to 30 yards away. For rifel hunting put it about 70 yards away.

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from kvlazer22 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

If you are hunting above the feeder make sure you put your stand high enough to stay out of deer sight. They do a lot of looking around while they stand there and eat.

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from Smitty77 wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

I myself dont use feeders. I like to set up in travel corridors to feeding area from bedding areas. I think feeders alter the natural movement of the deer and dont consider it fair.

This is just my opinion. I know other people have theres. No offense intended

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 50 weeks ago

There is no set distance, it all depends on what a comfortable shooting distance for you is. I mean, you need a clear path from you and the feeder so that you can not only see what is going on but make a clean shot. Also, the farther the way the better, that way you do not disturb the animals around the feeder as well as they do not pick up your scent. Also, keeping your distance broadens your hunting area.

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from jscottevans wrote 4 years 4 weeks ago

As long as "baiting" is legal in your state, the further the better as long as your in "affective" shooting range and you have good optics. If your bow hunting, you should be accurate out to 40 our 50 yards but deer can easily jump the string at 30 +, so 20 is a perfect range. But like Big C said, your better off hunting the trails here. With a rifle ( if legal), say a .30-06 you should be accurate out to 300 but a general safe distance (with a rest from a stand) is 150-200 yards. The reason is you want to eliminate your scent, and the further away you are the weaker your scent will be. Plus you can sneak in and out without spooking the deer.

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from whiteriverguide1 wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I have a stand where my feeder is directly below my treestand. It is a very successful stand. My other spots I put my stands/blinds about 20 to 30 yards away. I only bowhunt and my maxium range is 40 yards. This puts me in the strike zone. Place your stand the maximum you can make the shot ethically away and you shouldn't have to many problems.

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I'd set up on a trail leading to it about 75 yards away

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from Lead Curtn wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Is hunting over a feeder really hunting at all? Were's the challenge?

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Smitty,

I agree. I don't hunt feeders but have a feeder because if I didn't all the deer would be at my neighbors feeders. We live near the city and compete for the same deer.

I do allow young hunters and first timers to hunter the feeder. It's guarenteed success.

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from kjflorian wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Yeah, in MI we are not allowed to bait, plus I was never a big fan of it. Where I am at there are just to many crop fields in during the fall, it's kind of futile. I know people that had property further N. of where I am, where there are fewer crop fields, and they baited when it was permitted. In that situation I could see trying to bring a deer in, because there was nothing up there but woods. I see both sides of that one, just not a fan of hunting over bait.

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from Christian Emter wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

COUPLE HUNDRED yards

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

20-30 yards for Bow 100 or 150 for a rifle

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from bear hunter wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

50 yards,.. front and center

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from Big C wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Hunt the trails leading to and from the feeder. Don't put it too close or you cannot get into or out of your stand while deer are feeding.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

Your feeder is your hunting spot, state laws permitting

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from buckhunter wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

If your after a big buck don't hunt your feeder. Expect a big buck to stage in a thicket down wind scent checking does. Pattern the path the does use to get to the feeder. Do not hunt that path but down wind of that path into the closest thick area. Feeders work great to get your neighbors deer onto your property. The more deer the more comfortable a big buck will feel.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 11 weeks ago

Buckhunter is right about feeders and keeping deer around. The big 10 pt in my profile came to a grunt call from a thicket 150 yd from a feeder. I would hunt over a feeder if hunting just for meat. A big buck would not mean much to me if he was shot over bait. Last fall I placed a trailcam over a feeder and got pics of 3 ten pointers and 2 eights in only 2 days. All came in at night. Plenty of doe and fawns came in during daylight. They almost always come in from downwind and with great caution. My state has too many deer in some areas and many doe need to be shot to get numbers down. Feeders help with that. It's not hunting really it's shooting but necessary.

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from Eylyis wrote 21 weeks 5 days ago

What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting". You hide out with a gun in a tree stand with a feeder under it.

...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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from Eylyis wrote 21 weeks 5 days ago

What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting". You hide out with a gun in a tree stand with a feeder under it.

...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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from Eylyis wrote 21 weeks 4 days ago

What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting".
You just hide out with your gun in a tree stand and wait for a deer to walk up to the feeder under it.

...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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