How To Build A Deer Feeder
In places that allow you to bait deer, knowing how to build a deer feeder is an easy way to help you select the right deer for the harvest. Deer feeders should be built far from foot traffic and human noise to maximize efficiency. The deer feeder detailed below is only meant to for one hunting trip.
To build a deer feeder, you will need:
- Zip ties
- Five gallon bucket
- Six feet of PVC pipe that is four inches in diameter
- Two end caps
- Preparations. Cut the five gallon bucket so that it stands no taller than seven inches. Drill several holes in the bottom of the bucket to aid in rainwater drainage. Put an end cap on one end of the PVC pipe and cut a three by two inch slot to allow feed to enter the bucket. Make sure it is at least four inches above the end cap.
- Setting it up. Choose a spot away from roads and settlements to set up the deer feeder. Find a sturdy sapling and place the bucket against the tree. Put the PVC pipe in the bucket with the slot you cut facing the center. Strap the PVC pipe securely against the sapling with the zip ties.
- Fill it up and use. Pour corn into the PVC pipe and seal it with the end cap. A six foot PVC pipe will hold a little over 20 pounds of corn feed. You will want to give the deer time (a week if possible) to get used to the notion of a feeder to work it into their routines. Deer can easily eat 50 pounds of corn in a few days so if your feeder is still full, you may want to move to another spot.
- Some hunters meticulously paint a camouflage pattern on the feeder but unless you enjoy painting camouflage, don’t bother. Deer will do anything for corn.
- Deer feeding and deer baiting are basically the same thing. Before you go through the steps to build a deer feeder for hunting purposes, you should make sure you can legally bait deer in your state and area. Getting caught while using one for hunting will cost you big time.