I'm new to baiting deer so am experimenting with different options. I have 17, wooded acres below my home. I created a site, putting out corn and salt on the ground. I have a trail cam posted nearby to record activity. It didn't take the deer long to find it. I had several does and bucks visiting the site at all hours of the day. My friend suggested putting in a deer feeder that would disperse corn twice per day. I followed his suggestion and have seen a drastic decrease in deer activity. The one doe now visiting the site keeps looking up at the feeder. Kind of comical. He's indicating that it will take awhile for the deer to become accustomed to the feeder. My fear is using the feeder at all because of the mechanical noise it makes everytime it goes off. I also had an elk visiting the site that hasn't showed since I hung the feeder. It's close enough to my home that I can stock the site every few days without a problem. Should I eliminate the feeder and go back to what I was originally doing? I know I lose the option of timed feeding and possibly patterning the deer but I'm leary the big bucks won't come within two miles of a mechanical feeder unless it's during a time of the year when they're either rutting or there's a lack of food. Thoughts? Thanks very much.