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Old 06-17-2017, 12:43 PM   #1
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Default Anyone Here Not Hunting Over Feeders on Their Lease?

I'm just curious! You weren't allowed to bait for game where I come from. It seems pretty standard practice here, but it's such a foreign concept to me.

I guess until I get some private I don't have to worry about figuring it out anyways. At least I think you aren't allowed to throw corn for deer on most of the Corp land around here?
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:46 PM   #2
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I don't hunt over a feeder in East Texas. In west Texas I have them spinning as much corn as I possibly can. Lol
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Old 06-17-2017, 12:49 PM   #3
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where I come from you had to learn the habitat and patterns of deer...not so much in TX where you can bait them in, unless you hunt public land - which is a thrilling challenge.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:00 PM   #4
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I use corn, but I don't sit on feeders much. If I want or need to just kill a doe I sit in a box blind and watch a feeder. If I'm trying to kill a buck I get off the road and feeders and hunt trails. I usually keep a little hand corn out at those spots too though. Bucks don't hit the feeders much where I hunt once deer season starts and if they do it's at night.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:01 PM   #5
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I quit hunting east Texas deer over feeders 10+ years ago. Best thing I've ever done. I actually hate hunting them anywhere now. Nothing to do with easier or fair, I just hate that the success of my hunt is 100% dependent on that electronic piece of &@$* to work.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:40 PM   #6
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I use corn, but I don't sit on feeders much. If I want or need to just kill a doe I sit in a box blind and watch a feeder. If I'm trying to kill a buck I get off the road and feeders and hunt trails. I usually keep a little hand corn out at those spots too though. Bucks don't hit the feeders much where I hunt once deer season starts and if they do it's at night.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:42 PM   #7
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Been trying to wean myself off of them . On our place they are magic once it gets really cold. Also best way to smack the piggies.
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Old 06-17-2017, 01:55 PM   #8
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:27 PM   #9
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I have not used a feeder in 8-9 years. To much trouble to find time to drive 1.5 hours to the lease to fill 'em. I do how ever toss some corn out when i hunt. After bow hunting since 1986 i have shot my best bucks in the last 6 years from 5-15 yds
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:27 PM   #10
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We did a little bit in west Texas, but I preferred to drive/walk and glass. Back home I hunt big crop fields so there's no point in hunting over a feeder. I actually think the older/ bigger bucks tend to shy away from the feeders.
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:30 PM   #11
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South Tx I hunt over feeders. My place in East Texas I just pile corn.
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:48 PM   #12
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I have not since I started hunting in Kansas
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Old 06-17-2017, 02:58 PM   #13
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This year will be the first we have hunt over one in E Texas since 2008.


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Old 06-17-2017, 03:10 PM   #14
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I have feeders at my wife's stand and a couple other stands, but I usually try to find a hot trail or scrape line to put a climber.

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Old 06-17-2017, 03:13 PM   #15
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I walk when rifle hunting, when bowhunting, I sit on the ground near high traffic areas. Never have baited deer, I also have a huge place to hunt. On small acreages Im sure you need to bait.
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Old 06-17-2017, 03:31 PM   #16
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I use feeders, but don't hunt over them. See most deer away from them.
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:03 PM   #17
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LOL...well, it's Texas! Just drive around and see all the feeders for sale from Grocery Stores to Hunting Stores. Ain't it great?!
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Old 06-17-2017, 05:55 PM   #18
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I have a friend from Alaska who calls deer hunting in Texas a beer drinking sport. Lol
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:11 PM   #19
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I hunt in Bastrop and my favorite stand has no feeder.
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:23 PM   #20
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I have 2 feeders going year round with box blinds at both. But while bow hunting I have ground blinds and ladder stands over trails and hand corn. Had more success getting away from feeder bow hunting. Now hunting pigs I'm at the feeder laying them out as fast as my AR will let me.
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:25 PM   #21
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I feel ya Brother. I don't hunt deer over bait either, its the Texas way though. As long as folk are enjoying the outdoors, dats all that matters.

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I'm just curious! You weren't allowed to bait for game where I come from. It seems pretty standard practice here, but it's such a foreign concept to me.

I guess until I get some private I don't have to worry about figuring it out anyways. At least I think you aren't allowed to throw corn for deer on most of the Corp land around here?
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Old 06-17-2017, 06:47 PM   #22
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I have been running ground blinds and stands away from my feeders on old lease and will on this new one as well
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:14 PM   #23
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I have a friend from Alaska who calls deer hunting in Texas a beer drinking sport. Lol
That made me laugh!
(I don't think I've ever gone to the deer stand without one)

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Old 06-17-2017, 08:24 PM   #24
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Usually did. This year I am trying hand corn.
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Old 06-17-2017, 08:47 PM   #25
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Big axis and whitetail no feeder. Pigs and does feeder.
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Old 06-18-2017, 12:44 AM   #26
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Only a few people around us use them. In good deer habitat where they're not hungry, I consider them near useless. Yea, you might get a night time picture of a big one walking by, but that's not giving you any info for hunting purposes (in my area). A nighttime picture is useless to me in terms of strategy.

I think the intrusion of having to fill them pushes the big boys away. Its not natural and any decent buck is going to be tipped off around here. I SEE deer that never come to a camera that I've poured bait in front of at the house.

We put a few feeders out several years ago. Before bears tore them down, the biggest buck we had on camera MIGHT have been 130". The big ones just steer clear of the unnatural.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:17 AM   #27
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I run feeders but put my stands up on trails going into and out of feed areas and hope that I can catch the big one trying to be slick and go down wind of feeder (not knowing I'm there waiting) But I agree I have never shot a big,mature deer under feeder.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:56 AM   #28
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i grew up hunting public land where I had to find the deer. located travel areas to and from bedding and food sources. scout for rub lines or areas with lots of scrapes. this adds to the thrill of the hunt of trying to outsmart the animal. trying to figure out which tree to pick for my climber would be best for that particular area, most of the time its trial and error on that part. I do have a lease near my house where I do have a feeder, but very rarely hunt it. I kill more deer every year on public land where no corn is fed, compared to feeding them on my lease!
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Old 06-18-2017, 06:10 AM   #29
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I have a few feeders on my East Texas lease, but I rarely see the bigger bucks at them. They will circle downwind of them checking for does and only occasionally visit them at night.
I prefer to hunt stands of big white oaks and trails downwind of scrapes, and I see a LOT more deer than the lease members hunting over feeders do.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:33 AM   #30
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we have feeders at my lease, but my favorite place to hunt has not feeder. Just a natural corridor for deer travel.
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Old 06-18-2017, 08:34 AM   #31
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I can see a feeder from my favorite stand on my place in East Tx.... but I don't look in that direction when I hunt...does this count?
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:15 AM   #32
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We don't on my lease in Arkansas. We may hand corn some during the season.
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Old 06-18-2017, 09:22 AM   #33
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I have feeders out, but it's been a while since I put anything in them. I turn one on at one part of the place bc of the neighbors and it does an alright job of concentrating the hogs to that feeder and theirs.
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Old 06-18-2017, 02:21 PM   #34
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It is fun to hunt both ways. Can't bait in Wisconsin, and it has forced me to be a better hunter. Although I would not say it is easier, baiting/feeding deer is a lot of work!

Last year I did not manage to kill a deer at my feeder, but I shot an elk in New Mexico and a Wisconsin buck with no bait. My son did shoot 3 deer at the lease in Texas though.
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Old 06-18-2017, 03:32 PM   #35
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Big axis and whitetail no feeder. Pigs and does feeder.
Pretty accurate... Big deer on trails and maybe hand corn. Does and pigs at a feeder if I'm just itching to shoot something or need deer meat. We have a single feeder pen we keep food in year around but do not have a stand on it. Thinking of putting one on it this year for the kids to shoot something and have a better chance at seeing activity and holding their interest.
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Old 06-18-2017, 05:40 PM   #36
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I agree. Only pinheads like these, doe and pigs come to feeders.
One of these days I'm gonna try some hand corn and vanilla and maybe I'll kill a big'n.








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Old 06-18-2017, 05:51 PM   #37
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I hunt east Texas, one feeder in a pin, one hog feeder, & a feeder at my boys stand. But my biggest I've seen I was hunting a oak patch.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:09 PM   #38
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Don't kid yourself. Under the right circumstances, big mature bucks will eat at a feeder in the daylight. I have tons of pics, if there is any doubt.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:16 PM   #39
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In West Texas I use feeders. In East Texas I only have one feeder and I don't bow hunt it. I do hunt trails leading to it. In my experience, big East Texas bucks at my place don't come to the feeders in the daytime.
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:34 PM   #40
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Big axis and whitetail no feeder. Pigs and does feeder.


How are you hunting Axis, just sitting on a trail, spot and stalk, etc.?
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Old 06-18-2017, 10:42 PM   #41
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Killed at a feeder first of Dec this past season in McCulloch cty. Second pic buck also killed at a feeder on the same ranch previous year. Not giants but good mature HC bucks.

The deer hit corn hard on our ranch so we all run feeders. I still place hand corn in shooting lanes though.

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Old 06-18-2017, 10:44 PM   #42
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South Texas whitetails yes and I've killed some good ones in the feed pen

West Texas muleys no feeder hunt them during the rut.
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Saw this thread and had to make sure I wasn't on archery talk.

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Most of the deer on our place have not been shot over a feeder but travel lanes that we may throw hand corn out to slow them down. It helps on slowing down pigs, too.
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Old 06-19-2017, 07:25 AM   #45
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I stopped hunting deer over feeders 99% of the time 2 years ago due to the huge acorn crops. I still have protein and corn feeders in my areas but I prefer not to hunt over them. I prefer to still hunt or stalk down in the gully and creek bottoms. I've seen the biggest bucks on our place within 200 yds of my feeders but never at them. They seem to skirt around them so I try to guess which route they are going to use to avoid them and hunt along them sometimes just sitting by a tree (if rifle hunting). I've seen more mature deer doing this vs hunting feeders. This is in East Tx where deer tend to be more skittish though.
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Old 06-19-2017, 09:37 AM   #46
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Why? Do they discuss different hunting tactics there?
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:16 AM   #47
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Run feeders?
Yes.
Hunt over them?
I don't, but the kids do.
I hunt travel routes or akern trees.
Our big bucks won't even go to a feeder, day or night.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:19 AM   #48
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[quote=Trumpkin;12511954]I'm just curious! You weren't allowed to bait for game where I come from. It seems pretty standard practice here, but it's such a foreign concept to me.

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Same here. No feeders or box blinds.

You've probably already found out that most hunters participate in feeding and box blinds nowadays.
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Old 06-19-2017, 10:47 AM   #49
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Why? Do they discuss different hunting tactics there?
They are extremely prejudice against feeders.
Like sitting in a small funnel between two huge corn fields is any difference. Every deer on the place will be in that small section of woods sooner or later.

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Old 06-19-2017, 11:45 AM   #50
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They are extremely prejudice against feeders.
Like sitting in a small funnel between two huge corn fields is any difference. Every deer on the place will be in that small section of woods sooner or later.

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Having hunted both ways there is a huge difference between hunting a feeder and setting up in the woods near a corn field. I follow what you are saying though. The condescending attitude about how someone chooses to legally hunt gets old fast! I am on a Facebook group for elk hunting and there is a group that say if you hire a guide, you are not hunting. It's just as dumb as saying using a feeder is not hunting. It most certainly is hunting, just a different style or method.

Edit - I would add though where I have hunted there are not small wood lots. Its hundreds of acres of woods mixed with hundreds of acres of farm/crop ground. Actually I think there is more woods than crops.

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