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Type of Feeders

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Whats going on guys? I hope everyone season is kicking off good although we have had some crappy weather the last few days. The guys at our camp were discussing types of feeders and such the other day. I thought I would get your opinions on what you use and why maybe.

I noticed there are numerous ways people use or have which have pros and cons to each. We have a few different ones but we notice the deer on our property are completely spooked when you have a barrel spin feeder or even the gravity tubes on the bottom.

We find it better to just throw the corn, rice bran, etc. on the ground. The only issues is you are always in that area leaving human scent and instrusion so therefore may spook them as well. I noticed hunt r in all his posts he has piles of them. Hunt r, does that have any effect on them if you have to put that out every week when you go back to hunt? We were thinking of maybe some smaller trough feeders closer to the ground with no roof on them to not spook the deer. I know it isnt ideal but will hold more feed, keep it off the ground, and not large to spook them. Hoping it will minimize our activity to keep refilling for hunting.

Thoughts?....
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   jls
Bump Stick feeder easy cheap&its Works!!!!!
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I use the bump feeders. Cheap, and no batteries. I got one of them that the ball on the end of the stick has been chewed off. Make sure to wire the top shut so the coons don't take the top off. I also hang it high enough so that hogs can't get to it.
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   krazykarl
Ontime lifetime feeder is the way to go. They take 10 AA batteries that last all season and if something goes wrong with motor it gets replaced no questions asked. They are a little pricey at about $180 for the setup, but it is worth it.
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   bigjim
Get you an ontime lifetime elite non solar analog not digital with galvanized spinner plate, not aluminum spinner plate. Put it on 55 gallon drum with internal funnel. Will last up to three months filled. Change 2 motor set screws out to 3/4' long stainless cap head allen screws. Drill small dimple in shaft where one of set screws hits shaft to keep from sliding down. Add a metal rain cap on drum (metal garbage can lids work great) to make squirrel proof and water proof. With these improvements my feeder has run non stop 14 yrs with a little tlc now and then. These are the things necessary to make it run long term. Also try to use boat winch with cable on tripod, much easier to load and keeps coons from being able to climb legs and destroy spinner plate or motor. Squirrels ate our solar panels and digital gets out of time regularly but our analogs are bullet proof. Motor with funnel is somewhere around $90 to $100.
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I use the ranger series from on time. They aren't advertised as much as the others from on time but I like them. The last one I got was around 30.00. I use them early in the season and just unplug the battery pack when we want to stop it from putting out. I'm currently using the same batteries that I installed last year. Most I've had to do is change the spinner plate on a couple of them. Had mine out for about 5 yrs now.
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'The Bran Bag' Rice Bran deer feeder. Keeps Rice bran dry, works great. www.thebranbag.com
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