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Old 09-15-2018, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default New feed pen - how long before the deer hop in?

Hate to do this within two weeks of the opener, but. Feeder has no pen, has been running for a year and deer hit it regularly. However that stopped a few weeks ago when the pigs started showing up en masse daily. Since then no deer pics. I donít have time to do it myself so Iíve got a guy going out Monday to build a big panel pen. How long would you guess it will take before the deer get comfortable with it?
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:34 PM   #2
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Im guessing within a few days if not same day
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:34 PM   #3
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Week and BIG boys prolly won’t use it often or at all if you’re in etx
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:51 PM   #4
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Very very soon
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:51 PM   #5
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Not sure that the pen would even bother them if it is large enough. They will want the corn. Have the person putting the pen up dump a bag or two of corn inside the pen. They will jump in.
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:04 PM   #6
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Depends on how hungry they are, how high the fence is, and how big it is. If they feel like they're in a tight spot they stay away. As mentioned already big or mature deer may simply avoid.
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Old 09-15-2018, 05:07 PM   #7
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Depends where your at. West Texas... by days end. I built a large one in east Texas and fed a whole feeder worth and never had a deer enter pen
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:15 PM   #8
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I agree with LowFence, depends on where you are.
Where we hunt they might let you get the last panel wired up before they hop in.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:19 PM   #9
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That question has come up before a few months ago. Someone said same day. I guess your trail camera would know better.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:23 PM   #10
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Not sure that the pen would even bother them if it is large enough. They will want the corn. Have the person putting the pen up dump a bag or two of corn inside the pen. They will jump in.
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Depends on how hungry they are, how high the fence is, and how big it is. If they feel like they're in a tight spot they stay away. As mentioned already big or mature deer may simply avoid.
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Depends where your at. West Texas... by days end. I built a large one in east Texas and fed a whole feeder worth and never had a deer enter pen
All of the above. I would dump corn in the pen and outside the pen toward your blind whenever you get a chance. I always like to throw some hand corn outside the pen on the blind side.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:24 PM   #11
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In East Texas it seems like it depends on the deer. I’ve got one pen that it took four months to get them to get in and then I have another one it took four days. One thing I have noticed it seems like the mature buck in the area or I should say the dominant buck in my experience seems to take the pen over which is a good thing I guess.
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Old 09-15-2018, 06:40 PM   #12
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Kent/Stonewal Counties I took all mine down. No prblem with cows snd pigs are fun to shoot. Pens never bothered ant deer we had snd they were in our pens the afternoon after we put them up that morning.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:03 PM   #13
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Probably pretty quickly......either way, what have you got to lose.....the bigger the pen the more likely they are going to jump in.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:09 PM   #14
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All of the above. I would dump corn in the pen and outside the pen toward your blind whenever you get a chance. I always like to throw some hand corn outside the pen on the blind side.
Agreed.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:22 PM   #15
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Depends how stinky your pig wallow is under your feeder.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:30 PM   #16
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When I built mine about 5 years ago, it took about 30 minutes after I left for doe to show up. Bucks showed up a few days later.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:50 PM   #17
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Are you still using pee gravel????
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:11 PM   #18
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Depends how stinky your pig wallow is under your feeder.
The rain we have had recently coincided with the pigs showing up. As a result it looks like a maniac with an excavator did some work under the feeder. The hole probably doesnít bother the deer but it bugs me a lot. I hate having that kiddee pool under the barrel after it rains.
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Old 09-15-2018, 10:53 PM   #19
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In goliad I had one in it the same day
How tall is your pen?
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Old 09-15-2018, 11:46 PM   #20
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I would start spreading some hand corn 50-75 yards away if I was you
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:18 AM   #21
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Built a 34" high, 10 panel pen. I'm going on two weeks with mine in ETX. Game cam shows no deer in pen and corn under the feeder. I wasn't sure if these old rooters would tear it up. Seems to be working on keeping them out though. Plus gut shooting one every now and then helps, I think.
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Old 09-16-2018, 09:00 AM   #22
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Funniest thing I've ever seen was a big ol dominant buck jump into a 52" tall feed pen.Caught his back hoof,and did a complete flip landing on his back!lol
He jumped up like somebody tripped him,and went into the embarassed mode😂
I cut it down to 36" the next day.Around me they'll hop a short pen in a second.

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Old 09-16-2018, 09:18 AM   #23
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The rain we have had recently coincided with the pigs showing up. As a result it looks like a maniac with an excavator did some work under the feeder. The hole probably doesnít bother the deer but it bugs me a lot. I hate having that kiddee pool under the barrel after it rains.
My memory is you hunt west? They will be on it back to normal within a few days. I suspect they will avoid more for the activity than the pen. I would make sure if using cattle panels he cuts the panel down two rungs where you want them to enter in a few spots. As mentioned above have him lay out a bag of corn inside and out.
In regards to the ďswampĒ below we have the same problem on the pig feeders outside of the pen. Hell it has almost become a challenge to fill them. My plan is to start putting bags of sac-Crete in them whole and fill them. Not sure if it will work but thatís my plan.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:45 AM   #24
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Placing two cattle panels flat on the ground side by side will stop the digging/pig wallow .
Wire them together and hold in place by putting the feeder legs thru the panel.
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:27 AM   #25
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My memory is you hunt west? They will be on it back to normal within a few days. I suspect they will avoid more for the activity than the pen. I would make sure if using cattle panels he cuts the panel down two rungs where you want them to enter in a few spots. .
Yes, we are in Shackleford County around Moran. Fortunately we already have 12 of the 34” panels we moved from our previous lease but haven’t used. That will make a round pen about 60’ in diameter. There are no cows and until recently very few pigs so a pen has not been needed. I hope they get used to it quickly
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Old 09-16-2018, 11:32 AM   #26
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Yes, we are in Shackleford County around Moran. Fortunately we already have 12 of the 34” panels we moved from our previous lease but haven’t used. That will make a round pen about 60’ in diameter. There are no cows and until recently very few pigs so a pen has not been needed. I hope they get used to it quickly



At that height and size I think you'll be fine out that way....
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Old 09-16-2018, 12:18 PM   #27
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Agreed ..at that size and height nothing to worry about.
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Old 09-16-2018, 01:09 PM   #28
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Had new pen at new spot. Deer in that pen and hour later
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Old 09-16-2018, 01:12 PM   #29
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Anytime.
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Old 09-16-2018, 05:04 PM   #30
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Iíve had deer inside new pins the same day I put them up several times.
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Old 09-16-2018, 08:34 PM   #31
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Trail camera told me it took two days for me
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:44 AM   #32
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They'll get in when they need to.
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:46 AM   #33
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Hate to do this within two weeks of the opener, but. Feeder has no pen, has been running for a year and deer hit it regularly. However that stopped a few weeks ago when the pigs started showing up en masse daily. Since then no deer pics. I donít have time to do it myself so Iíve got a guy going out Monday to build a big panel pen. How long would you guess it will take before the deer get comfortable with it?
Right now? About 18 hours.
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Old 09-17-2018, 10:14 AM   #34
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Hunt in Shackelford county like you. I thought that it would take no time at all. We put up standard 60 inch panels and it took so long that we finally cut them down in 3 to 4 places to about 48 inches so they felt more comfortable jumping in. Hogs and cows still kept out. Size of the pens was not an issue. As soon as we cut them down they jumped in...

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Old 09-17-2018, 10:26 AM   #35
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