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MLN1963
08-21-2011, 11:41 AM
I made a new thread in the DIY group section. I wish they would open that up to everyone now that the spammers are under control. I'm posting a link here and hopefully it will work even if you aren't a member of the DIY group.

http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/group.php?discussionid=100&do=discuss

Simple Life
08-21-2011, 03:50 PM
I like that MLN,I use a PVC feeder,but have critters getting into it.Might have to make one this week.Good job to you and your son:D

MLN1963
08-21-2011, 05:23 PM
I just walked thru WM and found a very similar bump bucket for $38!

I was going to make some other PVC feeders but I know the deer and critters can stay and gorge until they are full or all your bait is gone. I think the bump bucket will make the bait last a little longer. Not as well as a timed feeder but still better than a PVC pipe feeder.

What I want to figure out now is how to get some water in a feeder. I think that would be more successful than corn. It's probably not feasible but I would like to try it.

Double S
08-22-2011, 08:38 PM
I made a DIY Double pipe feeder last season. it was great for taking Game camera pics. But this one spike decided that he would camp out all night long and eat all the corn out of both sides. I had one Doe that waited for me to come out to add more corn. She figured me out in about 3 days. She watched me from a distance one day. She got familiar with the bucket i used and the sound of the corn jostling around. A couple of days later as i went out to add more corn she came around the corner from behind the shed. She was about 8 FEET from me. she had two yearling with her in tow. She came straight at me. I screamed like a 8 year old girl and dropped the bucket and ran back in the house. :rolleyes:

She was one of the ones tagged by the state and was moved. She had attacked a neighbors dog while being walked on a leash. I took the Feeder out a couple day later. It was costing me a lot of money. I have to buy the corn in 25 pound bags and don't have any other cheaper deal on corn. I might make this bucket feeder. looks like the feed would last longer.

Sharxfan
08-23-2011, 04:55 AM
If you want to do water you should try using the water bottles like they use in gerbil cages. If you hit the local feed store they should have some biggerones for larger animals.

MLN1963
08-23-2011, 06:06 AM
Double S that is why I made this kind of feeder instead. I've heard of stories like yours before. Is it better? Only time will tell, but it will take them longer to empty it for sure. I hope you make one or two that way we can see if it saves you some money on feed.

I am going to make a couple more to try as well. Finding a good hanging spot near a trail or shooting lane will be the hardest part. I have my game camera set to video right now and hope to get some footage of it in action. The problem with video is if they are eating at night I won't record it.

I think the key to keeping the coons and squirrels from sitting there and shaking the stick until the bucket is empty is location. Don't have it too close to the trunk of the tree or anything else where a critter can hang out and reach the stick. Of cousre it has to be high enough off the ground where they can't reach it or jump up to it too.

Sharxfan

I'm trying to figure out what makes the gravity feeders work and try find a way to cheaply replicate it. I think the bigger it is the stronger the vacuum it will need to hold. Also, I don't want anything that has to sit on the ground because that could bring all kinds of unsavory critters.

Ford
08-23-2011, 07:20 AM
This is a great idea, thanks for posting, and please keep us updated on how well it works.
For those of you wanting a cheap autofeeder, I have 2 of the 6 gallon feeders from moultrie, and they work great, cost 25 each on sale. Got them through gander mountain on line. They run on a battery, but that last 1-2 months, for 5 or 6 dollars. They hold almost 3/4 of a 25lb bag, you can adjust how much it throws, and there is slight ajustment on time of day, usually 30 min before and or after sunrise and sunset. The only issue we had was a squirrel at the internal funnel, spilling everything out, but they are cheap to replace the funnel.
Just a thought, not trying to highjack the thread. Its just a super cheap way to get an automatic feeder, save some money on corn, but still have the desired effect. I may use your plunger method along with the other feeders.

Double S
08-23-2011, 08:51 AM
Here's the Pipe feeder I made last season. You can tell it's popular. If I was a rich man and could get cheaper corn I'd keep the feeder out...but I'm not. lol

MLN1963
08-29-2011, 12:31 PM
I found a solution to not having trees where I want them to be. T-Posts and 1.5" PVC to the rescue!

http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4127&d=1314635879
http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4125&d=1314635868

Double S
08-29-2011, 03:17 PM
Great idea on the frame MLN1963. As you see with my pics, there's no tree's either.
I found a solution to not having trees where I want them to be. T-Posts and 1.5" PVC to the rescue!

http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4127&d=1314635879
http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=4125&d=1314635868

MLN1963
08-29-2011, 03:25 PM
I had other ideas but driving a T-post is a lot easier than digging a hole! Espescially when it was 111 degrees when we out there yesterday!

There is a little more info in the original DIY thread.

http://martinarchery.com/mtechforum/group.php?discussionid=100&do=discuss

elkslayer4x5
09-01-2011, 07:28 AM
Have you got the deer to come to the feeder yet? Sometimes, its like you have to teach deer to eat corn, you might try a comercial deer block, a molassas and corn block.

MLN1963
09-01-2011, 07:58 AM
Elk

Originally we used Hen Scratch on the ground, just because I had a bag of it laying around. It had cracked corn and other stuff in it and they seemed to like it better than plain corn but it is about 30% higher in cost. Then we switched to straight deer corn and that took a while but they did eventually eat it off the ground. Then we tried it in the feeder and had no luck from the feeder but they did eat off the ground directly below the feeder. From a couple pictures I think the feeder was too high so we lowered it. We got some new apple flavored corn and mixed it in with the straight corn and added some vanilla as well. A few of my friends swear by vanilla so I tried it. We also sprayed some on the corn we placed on the ground as well as the plunger/feed stick. That was last Sunday and we haven't been back. We will go this weekend and see if they have broke the code yet.

I moved the game cam to an automatic feeder we placed out there. I know I shouldn't have but my son just wouldn't drop it about having the cam on the auto feeder. I couldn't get it through his head that we know they know how to eat off the ground! Of course I caved in and moved it. I might put it back this weekend if we see we have pic of deer at the auto feeder. I have one game cam and 3 feeders (2 bucket) on a small 30 acre plot where a friend lives.

I think the deer we have seen are traveling and not residents. We have a bad drought and they really need water more than food. If I could find an easy and cheap way to do that I would have them sticking around I think. Than again 30 acres is small so they probably will always be passing through.

I have thought of making some deer blocks and haven't ruled it out yet. Especially for public land where we will just show up and hunt trails.

elkslayer4x5
09-02-2011, 07:29 AM
If you have bedding cover on that 30 acres, and you provide water, they will stay, at least nearby. I used to live on a little 3 acre place, that had bedding cover, I keeped water and plenty of corn avaible for the deer every day, and after a few weeks, I had deer every where on that place. The problem is that water is heavy, and hard to carry very far. By all means, use the vanilla and or molassas, both have strong odors. If you can , run a hose out to your feeding area. Keep up your feeding program into Nov, and you'll have bucks following the does to the feed. I also tried a pvc feeder, and had the same problem someone else mentioned, the deer stuck their noses in and did'nt pull out till the corn was gone. A feeder with a timer controled dispersion unit will make that 50# of corn go a lot further. Unfortunatlly, all I can feed deer here in Oregon is alfalfa, another food that deer seem to love, it also has a strong odor, makes a great attractant. Best of luck to yopu and your son ! Post pics of all successes! :D

MLN1963
09-02-2011, 10:17 AM
I wish I could run a hose to the feeder areas but that won't happen. The guy who lives there doesn't even have water as his well has dried up. There is a lot of that right now around here! I want to figure out a way to bring water and dispense it that is semi-practical. I know it can't be on the ground or everything will be drinking it but the deer.

Tell me more about your molasses home brew.

Simple Life
09-12-2011, 03:48 PM
Just a update,don't use these feeders in Bear country,lost mine the other night and found it today destroyed with the tree limb still attached:mad:
Got pics of the theif too,and eating my apples