In states where you can legally use deer feeders, setting a couple up on your property can be a game-changer. Set a trail camera up near your feeder and you’ll quickly learn how many deer (and what kinds of bucks) you have on your land. Feeders are also an excellent way to provide mineral supplements to aid antler growth, hold deer on your property during hunting season or to provide a supplementary food source during harsh winters when browse gets scarce. Here are three key things to look for when choosing a feeder to make your buying decisions easier.
This model includes a digital timer you can use to program up to four feeding times per day, from 1 to 20 seconds each. Moultrie
Durability is a key factor when choosing a feeder. Tripods should be sturdy enough to stand up to deer brushing up against them or critters, like raccoons or black bears, dangling from them. Make sure the model you choose has a lid that secures firmly to keep birds and other critters out and that it’s waterproof, so your food stays fresh.
This model features a 30-gallon capacity, holding up to 225 pounds of food. Wildgame Innovations
Portability is a key factor as you may wish to move your feeders to different locations on your land depending on the season. Choose a model that you can easily move yourself without having to bring an army of helpers with you. This simple kit attaches to any barrel or hopper in seconds and you can schedule up to 6 feeding times a day.
These little units install easily and are powered by the sun. ZEALLIFE
Since many of the better feeders have battery operated dispensers, you might consider purchasing a small solar charger to keep your feeder powered up. Make sure your feeder is compatible with the charging unit before you make your purchase.