What Type of Deer Feeder Is Right For Me?

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So how do you determine what type of deer feeder is best for you? First, here is a rundown on the two main types of deer feeders that are available.

Main Types of Deer Feeders

Gravity Feeders

This type of feeder does not have a motor in it. It uses the pull of gravity to drop food down to a port or ports that the deer can reach. Gravity feeders come in a range of sizes

Gravity feeders come in hanging, single pole mounted, and multiple pole mounted/tripod varieties. Also, you can purchase gravity feeders that attach to an ATV for moving distribution of feed.

Timed Feeders

A timer controls the dispensing of feed from this feeder. Users can set for their preferred number of dispensing times and length of dispensing with most of these feeders.

The timing devices for these feeders operate by battery or via solar panels. As with the gravity feeders, time feeders also come in a variety of sizes.

Consider how often you will be able to check the feeder and refill when you are deciding which one to purchase.

A feeder that holds 275 lbs vs. 80 lbs will not need to be checked as often.

How And Where To Set Up Deer Feeder

To ensure that your deer feeder works properly, follow manufacturers’ directions when setting up.

In searching for best spot for your deer feeder, keep an eye out for an area that is:

  • Easily accessible for you so that you can restock and maintain the feeder. Consider the weight of the feeder and how high you will need to be able to reach to refill. Most often, it is best to put it in an area that is reachable by ATV or pickup truck.
  • Located near bedding areas and water sources, which naturally pull in deer.
  • Shows evidence of deer hoof prints and trails.
  • Is not heavily traveled by humans.

Once you set up the feeder in your target site, give it a little time for deer to find. Don’t run out and check it multiple times during the first few weeks. Let nature come to it.

*Not every state allows use of a deer feeder for hunting. Check with your state’s fish and game department to learn about local laws.