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    Default School me on deer feeders

    Iíve never owned a feeder in the past, honestly never cared that much about deer hunting. I would go 5 or 6 times a year, and shoot one or two a year. This past year my two nephews showed a lot of interest, and I imagine they will want to go any chance they get next year. Their dad is not a hunter, but they love it, and I enjoy the time with them.
    I bought my first feeder yesterday, to cut down on the trips back and forth to the property. Last season I would put out 100 pounds of corn on a Thursday, and it would be all but gone by Saturday afternoon. Iím hoping the feeder will slow this down some. I have read that it takes some time to get them used to it, so Iím not opposed to running it year round, other than removing it during turkey season.
    Is there a benefit other than the obvious to running year round? How long should I set it to run, and what times each day are you seeing to be most successful. Like I said before, this is my first feeder so any help is appreciated. Itís a Moultrie 30 gallon elite, if that matters. I typed all this on the phone, so spare me the typos. Thanks!

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    OK. I'll bite.....

    Dont put the ugly thing in the middle of a field. Put it in the damn woods. 30gal aint that big so dont run the thing for 20sec right at dusk. Why not just let it put out corn for you around noon every day until its empty. Then refill. Repeat. Depending on the type of feeder, you could have a bunch of options for settings. I think 5sec at noon, for now, should be fine. That way, you never have to worry about sunrise/sunset times changing.

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    5 seconds at noon will get wiped out by the flock of turkeys at 1230. Should be patterned good by March

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    Those moultries are great entry level feeders to get you used to the refilling routine and figuring out what the best feed time/duration is. They are also going to teach you real quick if you have hogs/bears that want that thing laying sideways on the ground.

    If you have deer that will feed under it, and you've found the right feed duration/time, move up to something like this:
    https://www.texashunterproducts.com/...r-with-8-legs/
    My buddy just bought three of these for his property, and I'm interested to see how they work out.

    They're expensive, but they will last much longer than those moultries. Plus, you can take the $100 you save with the winter sale and put it towards hog fencing for around the base.

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    Thanks! No hogs or bears on this property..... yet.

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    Meh. I would go with a gravity feeder. Boss buck
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    I have always had good luck with 4 seconds 30 minutes before sun up ish and 4 seconds 30 minutes before sun down ish
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    We use feeders. Started off with the barrel on time feeder 30 gallons. When we started in a new place we would let them run for 10 seconds and check them after 2 weeks and see how is was being used. Tried to keep it from rotting and use the trail cameras. Then adjust accordingly and check again until we met the density of deer.

    Then moved to the 55 gallon drum, you can by all the pieces online. Legs get from a pipe company or scrap yard.

    Now we build our own 1k lb feeders. For ease of filling and times to fill them. Only fill them about 3x a year. They run 15 second in the morning and 15 seconds in the afternoon. After the season is over I back them down a little.
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