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Deer Hunting

How many deer feeders is too much?

Uploaded on June 17, 2009

Hey fellow hunters. I got a question for you? I have been a whitetail hunter in Texas my whole life, but really got into it during the past 15 years. My stand is in a creek bed with very long views. For the past 3 years, I have had 3 feeders throwing at my stand, 1 with all corn, one with corn and protein pellets mixed, and 1 with corn and roasted soy bean mixed. I just liked the idea of seeing which feeder deer would frequently visit, and having more than one place to focus on while hunting.
Well this past weekend I went to my stand to begin off season feeding, and one of my feeders needs a new thrower, the other needs a new lid, one still works perfect. My question is. . . . is it dumb to have more than one feeder at your deer stand? I am debating just going back to the basics and feeding one feeder, as opposed to the 2 or 3 feeder strategy, but first I wanted to get opinions from some other hunters. Thanks

SWT Bobcat

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from Big O wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

The more feeders you have, the more can "go wrong" but I do like the idea you have about "mixing it up" with your feed.
You could "mix" in one/two feeders though.
Sorry could'nt help more.

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from victorytw228 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I think all but one of our five blinds have atleast two feeders on them. They all pull deer from diffrent directions, would they all still come in if there was only one feeder, I would expect so. But I like two feeders personally. One if hogs come out you still got atleast one feeder the deer can eat at. Also we wlll usually see 20 deer or more in one sitting. This also helps me keep track of the deer, and keeping them around a little longer. Do your deer eat the protein off the ground? It seems that ours wont touch it so we had to build trough feeders. One more thing... isnt it Texas state now? Hope that helped a little.

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from trophyslayer wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Feeders can get really expensive, especially if you get multiples and keep them stocked regularly. You'd be better off spending that money elsewhere. I haven't had any problems not using feeders. Just my opinion. Happy hunting and good luck.

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from swt_bobcat wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Hey victorytw228, thanks for the post. It is Texas State now, but will always be SWT to me :) Happy hunting.

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from 60256 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I think that 1 feeder is way too much.

Nate

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from Mark w wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have a total of ten feeders I fill every year. Yes, I have to replace motors, lids, legs and occasionally the entire feeder.
I have two feeders at two different stands and I use one to feed in the morning and one to feed in the evening. This helps me not to have to fill them wuite as often and lets me position them where The deer will be shaded from the sun in the afternoon and can take full sun in the morning when they might want to warm up.

The feeders attract deer, hogs, squirrels, rabbits, crows and even the wayward gopher pops up by the feeder now and then.

The use of multiple feeders won't necessarily mean you will see more deer, but will give you options of using different feed, filling less often, or having them go off at various times. I have been using feeders at one of my stands for thirty-nine years now. I have planted food plots as well and over the years I have been able to almost set my watch by the time the deer show up. I only use this stand for kids or first time hunters to make sure they at least see something and keep them interested in hunting. I usually take one to two deer from this stand every year and its usually a kid who gets to shoot it. Nothing like seeing the smile on a kid's face after they shoot their first deer!! It wouldn't happen without using feeders.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

ONE.

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from deerhuntnow.com wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

SWT
If you dont have a game cam and dont mind the expense, I would go ahead and put a second one in a different direction at 1/2 the feed rate.
I wouldnt put pellets as the "feeders" are really only an attractant and the pellets are too prone to moisture problems.
Be sure to use the same brand for all your feeders so that you can keep spare parts. Most feeders now only have three easy-to-change components; motor, battery and timer (I like to use 12v)
Just my .02

BTW, ran track at swt in 74.

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from Big O wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

The more feeders you have, the more can "go wrong" but I do like the idea you have about "mixing it up" with your feed.
You could "mix" in one/two feeders though.
Sorry could'nt help more.

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from 60256 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I think that 1 feeder is way too much.

Nate

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from victorytw228 wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

I think all but one of our five blinds have atleast two feeders on them. They all pull deer from diffrent directions, would they all still come in if there was only one feeder, I would expect so. But I like two feeders personally. One if hogs come out you still got atleast one feeder the deer can eat at. Also we wlll usually see 20 deer or more in one sitting. This also helps me keep track of the deer, and keeping them around a little longer. Do your deer eat the protein off the ground? It seems that ours wont touch it so we had to build trough feeders. One more thing... isnt it Texas state now? Hope that helped a little.

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from trophyslayer wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Feeders can get really expensive, especially if you get multiples and keep them stocked regularly. You'd be better off spending that money elsewhere. I haven't had any problems not using feeders. Just my opinion. Happy hunting and good luck.

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from swt_bobcat wrote 4 years 43 weeks ago

Hey victorytw228, thanks for the post. It is Texas State now, but will always be SWT to me :) Happy hunting.

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from Mark w wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

I have a total of ten feeders I fill every year. Yes, I have to replace motors, lids, legs and occasionally the entire feeder.
I have two feeders at two different stands and I use one to feed in the morning and one to feed in the evening. This helps me not to have to fill them wuite as often and lets me position them where The deer will be shaded from the sun in the afternoon and can take full sun in the morning when they might want to warm up.

The feeders attract deer, hogs, squirrels, rabbits, crows and even the wayward gopher pops up by the feeder now and then.

The use of multiple feeders won't necessarily mean you will see more deer, but will give you options of using different feed, filling less often, or having them go off at various times. I have been using feeders at one of my stands for thirty-nine years now. I have planted food plots as well and over the years I have been able to almost set my watch by the time the deer show up. I only use this stand for kids or first time hunters to make sure they at least see something and keep them interested in hunting. I usually take one to two deer from this stand every year and its usually a kid who gets to shoot it. Nothing like seeing the smile on a kid's face after they shoot their first deer!! It wouldn't happen without using feeders.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

ONE.

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from deerhuntnow.com wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

SWT
If you dont have a game cam and dont mind the expense, I would go ahead and put a second one in a different direction at 1/2 the feed rate.
I wouldnt put pellets as the "feeders" are really only an attractant and the pellets are too prone to moisture problems.
Be sure to use the same brand for all your feeders so that you can keep spare parts. Most feeders now only have three easy-to-change components; motor, battery and timer (I like to use 12v)
Just my .02

BTW, ran track at swt in 74.

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