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way_south
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feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
I am looking for something to put in feeders in AL for deer and turkey, but I have a bear population and they are famous for destroying feeders in the area. I read that I could use soybeans or peas, but no one has bags of that stocked and where I find it, it's not a reasonable price. Any ideas on something I could use to draw and hold turkey, supplement deer and bears would pass on?

I can't use a hanging feeder out there too easy either, or I would go that route.


oleyeller
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re: feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
wheat for turkey.. idk on deer because bear will eat pretty much anything they do im sure.


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Boat Motor Bandit
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re: feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
The key to bears not fooling with any feed is to spread it and not concentrate or pile it. A deer and a turkey will pick it up one grain at a time. A Bear will not.


way_south
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re: feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
The bears will destroy the feeder that has the feed where I am located.


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Four Leaf Tayback
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re: feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
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The key to bears not fooling with any feed is to spread it and not concentrate or pile it. A deer and a turkey will pick it up one grain at a time. A Bear will not.


This ^.

On our place in Waterproof (Tensas) the bears have become abundant over the last decade and a half. Spread like mentioned above. Do not pile or it’ll disappear in short order.

Another option is build a serious feeder made from heavy metal. We made some and used 6” heavy wall pipe for the legs but we had to use a front end loader on tractor to stand. It works great. The bears can’t tip these heavy ones we made over and it slings corn perfectly and doesn’t pile.

Good luck


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Perrydawg
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re: feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
We built feeder poles to help keep the bears from messing with the feeders at our club and we have a very active bear population. If you can get it about 12 feet off the ground and then it should be good to go, but they're gonna run off and deer or hogs. I have pictures of the bears laying under the feeder waiting for it to go off everyday when I ran corn.



use something better than galvanized fence post (learned the hard way)



I believe this was the bear that took the pole down
This post was edited on 12/6 at 1:23 pm


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257WBY
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re: feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
It seems they develop a taste for everything. I’ve about given up on feeders all together. I have a spreader on my 4 Wheeler. I’ll run it down a lane slinging corn. As others said, the bears don’t like to hunt and peck for individual kernels.


omegaman66
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re: feed for deer/turkey -- something bears won't go after
Boat hand crank winch to a pulley. Simply crank the feeder above the bears reach. Timed feeder. Should work!


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