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TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
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Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders

Thoughts?

Personally, we have started changing over to gravity/free choice feeders as it tends to keep the hogs and coons out of the feed. However, it seems to take the deer a while (sometimes a year) to use those feeders.


bayoudude
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Houma
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
we tried spin feeders but found them to be unreliable and always in need of batteries.


Hermit Crab
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Under the Sea
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
from briefly searching a few weeks ago it seemed gravity feeders cost a lot more, but at the same time, a little bit of metal and someone that know how to weld could make them fairly cheap


bayoudude
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
I still need to post some pics of our gravity drums. Maybe this weekend I can go fill them up and snap some pics.


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TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
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we tried spin feeders but found them to be unreliable and always in need of batteries.


What kind of batteries are you using? We have always used Duracells and they are still working at the start of the next year.


TexasTiger
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Katy TX
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
I use the rechargeable 6Volts and never have a problem.

Also I like Spin Feeders, I want the deer on my time since I spent the money to feed and hunt them...

Gravity feeders they can feed whenever they want to.


TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
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Also I like Spin Feeders, I want the deer on my time since I spent the money to feed and hunt them...


I've never seen a deer come running when the feeder goes off. Usually, they just wait till dark anyway.

That's if the hogs don't beat them there first


TexasTiger
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Katy TX
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
Within 15 minutes of mine going off I will deer under it. AM or PM on most of the hunts I make thru the year. Granted these are young deer and does, but they still come to it.


And I like to throw more corn from my spin feeder the closer it gets to the rut so I have the does eating under it for a longer period of time in hopes of drawing out a good buck.


TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
Member since Sep 2003
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
Do you have any acorn producing trees there?


TexasTiger
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Katy TX
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We have oaks....but alot of the people around us are cattle ranchers so they have knocked down alot of the woods.

And we have alot of deer...so they will eat the corn/protein to and from the oak patches...


TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
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Thats probably the main difference. We've got tons of acorns, corn is just another food item to our deer.


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winner
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New Orleans,LA
Member since Jan 2007
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
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I've never seen a deer come running when the feeder goes off. Usually, they just wait till dark anyway. That's if the hogs don't beat them there first


automated deer feeders are like dinner bells

and i hunt an area full of acorn producing oaks
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TigerDeacon
Wake Forest Fan
West Monroe, LA
Member since Sep 2003
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automated deer feeders are like dinner bells


So when are you setting your feeders to go off? In the morning? If you are setting them for early evening, a smart deer will wait till dark.


TexasTiger
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and i hunt an area full of acorn producing oaks


I have my climber in an oak patch that I hope produces a big boy early on in Bow season....


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TexasTiger
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Katy TX
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If you are setting them for early evening, a smart deer will wait till dark.


Here is what I think about hunting around a feeder, its good to do if you want to see what your herd looks like or allow kids to see deer during a hunt, but I beleive a big mature buck will avoid a feeder during daylight hours 95% of the time,especially if there is natural food for them to eat, unless its during the rut thats when he will make a mistake.
This post was edited on 9/8 at 1:46 pm


winner
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
normally set for 30-45 mins after sun up and 1-1/2 hrs before sun down, large bucks don't frequent feeders the later it gets in the season, but i enjoy shooting healthy does as well for meat

i hunt other areas without feeders but it just doesn't produce much activity, i enjoy watching wildlife as much as i enjoy eating it


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TigerDeacon
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West Monroe, LA
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
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big mature buck will avoid a feeder during daylight hours 95% of the time,especially if there is natural food for them to eat, unless its during the rut thats when he will make a mistake.


I agree with this.

My problems are that I have NEVER seen a deer come running to a feeder. That might be our herd, but that is the reality here. I have seen deer slip in right at dark to see if corn was there, but never coming immediately after the feeder spins. (I will say that last year we had a doe that would come to a trough immediately after we had left, but again, this wasn't at a spin feeder).

Also, hogs will find your feeder and clean up any corn on the ground and may turn the feeder over to get to the corn.

We have lots of racoons, squirrels, crows and oppossums that love to eat the corn as well.


bayoudude
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Houma
Member since Dec 2007
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
Our deer on my property I have are very nocturnal by my feeder but it is in the front about 300yds from the houses. Best chance is to set up at the back of the property and catch a deer on its way to the feeder just before dark. Feeder is mainly for setting up a camera to sample the herd.


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TexasTiger
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Katy TX
Member since Sep 2003
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When I hunted East TX I had the same issue, if I wanted to kill a deer I had to get away from the feeders. But there was alot of hunting pressure in East TX and it was a "If its brown its down" County so the deer never would get comfortable out in the open.


Tim
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Texas
Member since Jan 2005
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re: Gravity feeders vs. Spin feeders
Personally, throwing by hand has worked best for me, however, I set my feeder to throw at odd hours, 2 p.m. and 3 a.m., they don't run to feeders in East Texas like they do in West Texas, at least that's my experience...I've seen deer run from feeders in East Tx. when they spin...


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