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Author Topic: Mechanical Deer Feeders  (Read 989 times)

Offline honesttjohn

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Mechanical Deer Feeders
« on: November 13, 2013, 01:48:58 PM »
Any yays, nays, or opinions on mechanical feeders to spread some corn???  Just looking at best reliability for the buck.

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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2014, 12:44:51 AM »
I am returning two American Hunter feeders back. They are new and useless. I went back to my old Moultrie feeders.

I liked the optional varmint zapper the AH feeder could use but since the AH feeders would only spin when empty, the proprietary accessories are useless.

The feeder bar around the Moultrie feeder will slow down buy not totally stop squirrels from picking out corn. If Moultrie ever came out with a zapper, that would be awesome.
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2014, 10:45:46 AM »
I have two, a cabelas one, and a wildgame innovations one, the pros are, cabelas is all metal and it is divided so I could split it half corn and half protein pellets if I wanted too, but i can't for the life of me find a place around me that has whitetail pellets.  I leave it up year round but only use it from january to march, the WGI one i use the time, I like it a little better because it holds a lot more corn so I can fill it up january 10th and how I set it, it will last until the middle of march.  Battery life is about the same for both.  I have to change the batteries about once a month and they run on rechargeable batteries.  The cabelas one has a built in ladder which is nice,  the other one is very tall but if i back my truck up to it I can stand on the tailgate and fill it up so i don't have to drag a ladder around.  Moultie looks like they have nice feeders too. 
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2014, 11:02:04 AM »
If Tractor Supply Company is anywhere near you in Iowa, they have the deer pellets
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2014, 11:07:39 AM »
I have used several brands of spinners over the years and went to moultree about 5 years ago and have had no issues with them. Their very easy to program and I like the amount feature on them. I have 4  that I spin year around. I hooked up a 6 v rechargeable to a solar panel and these feeders are very dependable.
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2014, 08:37:04 AM »
I bought a Big Game GF200 from Cabelas in June 2013.  Last weekend one of the legs buckled while it was full of corn, pulled the nut through the sheet metal tearing the sheet metal and dumping the corn.  Cabelas had dropped it and would not allow credit on a purchase of greater value.  Big Game would not replace it but did do a one time replacement of the damaged parts.

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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2014, 02:04:07 PM »
I just bought the Moultrie 30-Gallon Easy Fill feeder and love it! It's fat & short meaning you fan fill it without climbing a ladder or on top of an ATV. Also it has the control box mounted on the side up high, no bending over under the unit to program it. Calculates number of days left of feed based on number and duration of feed times and amount of feed put in feeder!

http://www.amazon.com/Moultrie-30-Gallon-Feeder-Quick-Lock-Hopper/dp/B00ASLC5VS
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2014, 06:25:32 PM »
I also have a  Moultrie feeder, don't remember the model. I have had it four or five years and I only run it right after our deer season ends, the first of January to first part of March. Never had a problem with it yet.

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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2014, 06:33:13 PM »
I have a small feeder that the bears all but destroyed so I stopped putting it up. My buddy has one up but has to put aluminum flashing around the tree for around 6 ' to keep the bears from climbing the tree to get to the feeder. He even had a bear climb the tree and walk on the wire holding the feeder up to get to the top of the feeder and try and pry the lid off. Pretty smart bears around here. Once he put the flashing up the bears stopped climbing up. There are some slash marks on the flashing though. Only problem is once the feeder goes off we have two flocks of turkeys that think it's a dinner bell and they come and devour everything. The deer hardly get anything from it. So I guess it depends on what you are trying to attract. We do get some deer around but other critters hang around closer. I can put some corn put, maybe a baggie full just for what I call a shot-stopper when the deer come by but the chipmunks devour it before the deer come by!
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2014, 06:57:33 AM »
The buckets are pretty much all the same - the timer and spinner are the important parts. I prefer a digital timer unit rather than a photocell. I started with the Moultrie unit and have tried several since. I recall a bad storm coming through which crashed the tree and trashed the feeder, a little body work got that back in shape, but the timer was gone, Walmart had the Wild Game Innovations digital unit for $40.00 so I tried it and it worked and continues to work very well.
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #10 on: December 22, 2014, 11:26:19 AM »
I have been using  Moultrie for the last 3 years and I love it. No issues easy to program battery life is awesome  and it only cost me 80.00 bucks.
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #11 on: November 10, 2018, 08:45:04 AM »

American hunter feeders are not what they used to be. Had one for 7 years until it died. Bought their RD Pro earlier this year, set it up in August and it died three months later. Hit the test button and all it does is a grinding noise. Iím trying to contact American hunter to either fix it or replace it. They donít work on saturdays so I guess Iíll have to wait till the week to get a hold of them.

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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #12 on: November 10, 2018, 12:12:59 PM »
I've had the best service from On Time Feeders.  I have 3 and have run them year round.  We used to have a man that serviced them at a hardware store, he retired and now the feeders must be sent to the mfg. in Louisiana for service.  To begin with it was such a great deal, $5 and he replaced any part that went bad.  The housing of the On Time, Life time feeder is made of aircraft aluminum, it uses an analog 24 hour clock with pins to set the feed times.  They use 11 AA batteries, 1 for the clock and 10 for the 15 volt motor.  I've had them run way over 6 months on a set of batteries.  They are rather simple, they are old school and they are reliable with a life time warranty.  That company also make an assortment of feeder motors and related equipment, I suppose most of it is controlled digitally, I just like the old simple stuff.
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2018, 09:04:50 AM »
I have used several brands of spinners over the years and went to moultree about 5 years ago and have had no issues with them. Their very easy to program and I like the amount feature on them. I have 4  that I spin year around. I hooked up a 6 v rechargeable to a solar panel and these feeders are very dependable.
Same here.

I build my own feeders from 55gal drums and attached solar panels and 6v rechargeable batteries.  I use the moultrie pro hunter timer/broadcaster.  Iím going on 4 seasons and no problems.

Moultrie sells a complete 55 gal feeder that is a pretty good deal. You canít build one for much less. But I donít like legs that piece together like what comes with these. They come apart when youíre trying to set up/take down the feeder. Either drill holes through all the sections and install bolts through them or go to a steel supply store and buy steel pipe for legs.  I cut mine at an angle on the bottom and weld steel feet on them. Then drill a hole through the feet for stakes. Pigs will tump them over sometimes even with stakes. If that happens I drive tposts next to each leg and wire them together. I hate pigs
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Re: Mechanical Deer Feeders
« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2018, 01:16:29 PM »
I have used several brands of spinners over the years and went to moultree about 5 years ago and have had no issues with them. Their very easy to program and I like the amount feature on them. I have 4  that I spin year around. I hooked up a 6 v rechargeable to a solar panel and these feeders are very dependable.
Same here.

I build my own feeders from 55gal drums and attached solar panels and 6v rechargeable batteries.  I use the moultrie pro hunter timer/broadcaster.  Iím going on 4 seasons and no problems.

Moultrie sells a complete 55 gal feeder that is a pretty good deal. You canít build one for much less. But I donít like legs that piece together like what comes with these. They come apart when youíre trying to set up/take down the feeder. Either drill holes through all the sections and install bolts through them or go to a steel supply store and buy steel pipe for legs.  I cut mine at an angle on the bottom and weld steel feet on them. Then drill a hole through the feet for stakes. Pigs will tump them over sometimes even with stakes. If that happens I drive tposts next to each leg and wire them together. I hate pigs

In the new place I hunt in NW Florida we had to go to a smaller feeder that holds 80 lbs of corn and raise it up as high as we can on a steel tripod with a winch and then put tposts at each leg and wire the legs to the tposts. If not the bears will tip them over and carry the plastic barrel into the woods, tear the top off and eat all the corn! They usually don't damage the lid but they do put holes in the barrel when they carry it into the woods with their mouth!
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