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#3512288 - 12/22/13 10:31 PM Home Made Deer feeders !!
TENN.BOY
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Does anybody make their own deer feeders that work good , if so lets see some picts of what you got for some ideas .....
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#3519841 - 12/28/13 03:27 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: TENN.BOY]
Inkstainz
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There are lots of videos on YouTube showing how to make one out of PVC or 5 gallon buckets
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#3520823 - 12/29/13 11:26 AM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Inkstainz]
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i use p v c
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#3525020 - 12/31/13 11:02 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: missalot]
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I use 3 inch PVC drain pipe with a cap for top. In years past I have just set it on the ground and deer wout digg around the bottom till the feed would come out , problem : once they dug to much the feed would just continue to pour out the bottom until I readjusted the PVC pipe closer to the ground . Ideal : this year I was thinking of taking a second cap glue it on the bottom with a notch cut in it to let the feed come out at a more consistent rate.
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#3531457 - 01/05/14 08:30 AM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: southernhunter]
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I am in the middle of making a few now,(new design) using PVC 3" or 4" builders choice.

material list:

1 - 6' length of pipe
1 - 16" length of pipe
1 - 45 deg. elbow
2 - end caps (same size as pipe)

I am using small screws to assemble to avoid the smell factor of the PVC glue.

Just a quick drawing to show how to assemble, the 45* elbow allows the feed to flow down the pipe, and the cap on the end of the 16" pipe controls spillage and stops the feed from just pouring out the pipe.

Hope this is useful



FDXX75

PS: I am using 4" pipe to allow for a larger opening at the bottom, also cut the bottom cap in half and you can get 2 feeders out of 3 caps.


Edited by FULLDRAWXX75 (01/05/14 08:32 AM)
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#3531760 - 01/05/14 11:56 AM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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Hey FD- what do you do about rain? Are your feeders covered somehow? I saw a similar design on, believe it or not, an episode of Finding Bigfoot and wondered what the guy did about wet corn and it potentially molding.
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#3532739 - 01/05/14 08:46 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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55 gal barrel with removable lid... Cut a 2"x4" rectangle out of the side at bottom..
Now you got a gravity type feeder that holds 325lbs of corn.. Don't have to fill this up very often about every 3-4 weeks just depending on how many deer you got using the area. I leave my barrel out yr around so they get used to it..
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#3532992 - 01/06/14 12:41 AM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Roost 1]
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I have a gravity fed feeder and a electric powered timed feeder bit it needs a new motor thou
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#3533159 - 01/06/14 07:50 AM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
FULLDRAWXX75
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 Originally Posted By: Pic IN the Casa
Hey FD- what do you do about rain? Are your feeders covered somehow? I saw a similar design on, believe it or not, an episode of Finding Bigfoot and wondered what the guy did about wet corn and it potentially molding.


I only use mine after the season here, mid Dec - March, it is very unusual for use to get rain due to the cold temps. I actually have not put one of this design to use yet, it was in the drawing stages, but I will now add some sort of cover now that you mentioned it.

Maybe a flip up lid that the deer have to step on to open the feeder.............LMAO. ;\)

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#3533181 - 01/06/14 08:03 AM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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Coffe can works great as a cap to the pipe feeders
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#3534748 - 01/06/14 09:23 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Roost 1]
TENN.BOY
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 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
55 gal barrel with removable lid... Cut a 2"x4" rectangle out of the side at bottom..
Now you got a gravity type feeder that holds 325lbs of corn.. Don't have to fill this up very often about every 3-4 weeks just depending on how many deer you got using the area. I leave my barrel out yr around so they get used to it..
do you just set the barrel directly on the ground or set it up a few inches with some bricks with the whole cut in the side of it...

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#3566749 - 01/29/14 03:59 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Roost 1]
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FD,
Do you tie or strap the pipe to a tree or something?
I know it depends on use but how long do you figure, using a 5 foot section, before ya have to fill it up again? I am kinda short and 5 foot would be easier to fill. ;\)

Thanks
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#3566799 - 01/29/14 04:24 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Monroe]
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I make mine out of 4” black corrugated under ground drainage pipe. Zip tie it to a tree forming a loop at the ground “L”. Remove a section near the bottom for feeding trough then cap ends. Punch a couple holes in the lower end cap and no drainage problems.
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#3567488 - 01/29/14 10:12 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: TENN.BOY]
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 Originally Posted By: TENN.BOY
 Originally Posted By: Roost 1
55 gal barrel with removable lid... Cut a 2"x4" rectangle out of the side at bottom..
Now you got a gravity type feeder that holds 325lbs of corn.. Don't have to fill this up very often about every 3-4 weeks just depending on how many deer you got using the area. I leave my barrel out yr around so they get used to it..
do you just set the barrel directly on the ground or set it up a few inches with some bricks with the whole cut in the side of it...


I set mine directly on ground. You can't have it leaning forward or all the corn will run out.. Sometimes might have place a rock under front to level out.
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#3615265 - 03/13/14 01:17 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Roost 1]
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I built a couple for picture scouting....

you can use either 4" or 6" PVC pipe.... I used 6" pipe that was an 8' stick and I cut in half for two feeders. At 4' high, it holds two bags of the corn you can get at TSC for around $10 a bag.

Put a sweeping elbow at the bottom.... another option I have thought about is putting a sweeping reducer going from 6" to 4".... just needs to be large enough a deer can put it's nose up in the pipe to "lick" the corn out with it's tongue. You will have to add a short 4"-8" stick of pipe... just enough to keep the corn from gravity feeding out onto the ground... but keep the corn reachable.

You could customize it more by adding a couple of "Y" fittings to add more feeding ports... it may work better on the 6" pipe though since the deer could get their noses up in there farther.

That setup will keep it quite dry from the rain and off the ground. Squirrels, coons, crows, and turkeys can eat what the deer knock out onto the ground.

Put a cap on top where you fill it from. You will need two small spacer blocks to get it out away from the tree trunk so you can remove the lid to refill. I just used a couple of 2x4 scrap pieces that I contoured them a little to keep the pipe from rolling off. Use some ratchet straps to fasten to tree with the bottom about 1'-2' off the ground.

I had to add a long shank eyebolt through the pipe towards the upper 1/3 so I could run the strap through the eye... this keeps the pipe from "slipping" under the strap during windy conditions which could make the treetrunk flex and loosen the strap. You could also use the eye to run a cable and lock through just to keep an honest thief a little more honest.
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#3615278 - 03/13/14 01:29 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: Roost 1]
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Can't keep the bears out of them so I gave up a long time ago!
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#3617011 - 03/15/14 08:38 PM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: BlountArrow]
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Mine are simple. I take a 4" pipe 4 ft long.Put a Y on the bottom and a cap on the top. On the bottom of the Y put an irrigation cap to allow water to drain through. Strap it to a tree so the Y they feed out of is 2 ft or so off the ground. Works well for me.
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#3620225 - 03/19/14 06:48 AM Re: Home Made Deer feeders !! [Re: feathersandfur2214]
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like most everyone else I make my own out of PVC 4" pipe. It is 5.5 feet long and I cut a half moon shape out of one end. I drive a stake into the ground and bungee cord the pipe feeder to the stake. That way I can move the pipe up and down to regulate the amount of feed coming out.

I also put a round plastic disc into the half moon opening (attached with a L-shaped corner brace) and that keeps the feed from totally emptying onto the ground. I use an old tea pitcher over the top of the pipe to keep the rain out. As a bonus I can use the pitcher to pour the corn in when the corn bag is new and heavy with corn.

I used to use electronic bucket feeders but they just emptied too fast. The gravity flow feeder pipe above is cheap and quick to make.

Oh, I also paint the pipe and the pitcher that I put on top a camoflauged color...kind of beige/tan with some darker brown stripes through it to hide it from people. The deer find it with their nose, but people find it with their eyes. Being camo'd up keeps it buried into the woodsy background.

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