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Old January 11th, 2019, 01:06 PM #1
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What feeder have you guys had luck with using. Right now I just either dump the corn on a pile or spread it out in front of my camera. Coons seem to end up eating most of it in a few nights. Looking at getting maybe like a hanging 50 lb feeder with a timer so that the corn will last longer to help keep the deer coming to an area.
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Old January 11th, 2019, 01:34 PM #2
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Here is what is used at sika deer farm. Drops straight down and quiet. No spinner.
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Dumping corn produces wildly at first, but dies out fast and draws everything like you said.

We use the Moultrie elite and run it for 8 seconds at 3:30 right now. It brings the does in right before dusk. Feeding in the morning had turkeys blowing out the feeder and then deer stopped using it. My buddy has the Moultrie standard feeder and it uses AA batteries and the motor is quite a bit smaller, IMO.

I put 150# of corn in the elite feeder to get the does through with extra calories until spring. It said 77 days on the feeder calc and Siri said that was March 26th. You can only get about 180# in the 30 gallon feeder.

I have no experience on 55 gallon feeders.
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2.5" pvc pipe x 10' and a coolie cup to seal makes a dandy gravity fed corn feeder. This holds about 25# or 1/2 bag of corn. One load lasts about 3-7 days depending on deer traffic. Once nice thing beyond being cheap and battery free is that you can gauge traffic based on how much corn is consumed.

Longer and/or wider pipe holds more corn. You can also add a hopper for more volume between refills. Just elevate about 5' or so, (fence, sign, or tree and a little bungee cord is all that is needed for vertical support . Don't use in bear country :-)
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2.5" pvc pipe x 10' and a coolie cup to seal makes a dandy gravity fed corn feeder. This holds about 25# or 1/2 bag of corn. One load lasts about 3-7 days depending on deer traffic. Once nice thing beyond being cheap and battery free is that you can gauge traffic based on how much corn is consumed.

Longer and/or wider pipe holds more corn. You can also add a hopper for more volume between refills. Just elevate about 5' or so, (fence, sign, or tree and a little bungee cord is all that is needed for vertical support . Don't use in bear country :-)
I made one from 3 or 4" pvc. What's a coolie cup? Mine had a y connector on the bottom.
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Generally ear corn works best.Throw it randomly,not in piles as deer and other critters will stay on it until gone.If it's spread out they will return but not eat it all in 1-2 sittings.YMMV
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Just a plastic cup to place on the end of the pipe to keep water out. I found just using a straight pipe works great.
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What feeder have you guys had luck with using. Right now I just either dump the corn on a pile or spread it out in front of my camera. Coons seem to end up eating most of it in a few nights. Looking at getting maybe like a hanging 50 lb feeder with a timer so that the corn will last longer to help keep the deer coming to an area.
I have a $100 moultrie feeder. It works decent, I have had issues with walmart lately getting 6v batteries. I need to change the battery in my feeder but the last 2 I got from walmart wouldnt even activate the feeder! And I lost the first receipt, told myself to keep the 2nd and what happens?? I lose the second receipt! I hope to get an in store credit. The battery thats in there now is still kicking and its been in there a while now...Im talking a few months!
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I have one 100 pound feeder which is fine but also a much cheaper solution that works great. Took a plastic trash can, one of the circular ones. Then cut a few holes on the front and back bottom of it for the corn to come out. Just fill the trash can up with a couple bags of corn and its a done deal.
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I dump 50lbs on ground. Sometimes it's gone in 2 days, sometimes it lasts 4-5 days. squirrels eat a bit and occasionally racoons eat a little. But 99% goes to deer. When acorns drop I get some moldy corn because the deer mostly vanish. was thinking about a gravity feeder but if I waste a bag of corn or two a year it would take lots of years to make up for the expense of a gravity feeder
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