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Old 02-26-2015, 10:29 AM   #1
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First time on a lease I have had to set up my pens. Never bothered to count how many panels were used in the other places I've hunted. I'm thinking 10-12 16' panels is going to be ok? Sound about right for you guys? I will have a corn feeder in the center, a mineral block somewhere in there, and a protein feeder along the edge of the pen.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:31 AM   #2
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:33 AM   #3
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I think I used 9 on my pens and they are 40' across. My setup sounds like yours, I have a corn feeder in the center, a protein feeder off to the side and a mineral lick in between them. I also do mini food plots with the throw and grow in the whole thing.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:39 AM   #4
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0 for me but when we did them it was 10. Nothing to worry about except cows turkeys and coons
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:45 AM   #5
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10-12 and round. Gets much tighter as a round pen IMO.
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Old 02-26-2015, 10:46 AM   #6
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I use a combo of panels and barbed wire. I put the barbed wire in shooting lanes from a ground blind. The strand has a hook at one end so I can take it down, so I don't hit it. I also started to use a directional feeder to keep the corn in the shooting lanes.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:00 AM   #7
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10-12 and round. Gets much tighter as a round pen IMO.
Mine will be round, I dont want a dominant buck to try to get a little buck into a corner and kill him.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:02 AM   #8
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First time on a lease I have had to set up my pens. Never bothered to count how many panels were used in the other places I've hunted. I'm thinking 10-12 16' panels is going to be ok? Sound about right for you guys? I will have a corn feeder in the center, a mineral block somewhere in there, and a protein feeder along the edge of the pen.
IMO, it depends on how many deer you have. I have a 18 panel pen and a 23 panel pen. The bigger the pen, the more likely you are to keep more than 1 dominant deer in the area during the time of year when bucks don't like each other. A dominant deer can, if so inclined, bully his way around a 10 panel pen but he can't continuously bully a 15 panel or bigger pen.

My pens are oval - protein in the middle and corn feeders at each end. Dominant deer, for the most part, feed at one end or the other and then take turns at the protein feeder. In October, I've had as many as 23 bucks and 12 does in the 23 panel pen AT ONE TIME.

Bigger is better....IMO.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:08 AM   #9
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I agree with Hammer. The bigger the better. If cost is not an issue and the posts are easy to drive, I would go with at least 15-20 panels in an oval shape. Dominant bucks will keep the other deer pushed out in a small pen. If driving posts are an issue I would get a generator and a hammer drill to start your holes. You won't regret having a larger pen, but you will regret the small one once the bucks start getting aggressive for the food.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:12 AM   #10
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IMO, it depends on how many deer you have. I have a 18 panel pen and a 23 panel pen. The bigger the pen, the more likely you are to keep more than 1 dominant deer in the area during the time of year when bucks don't like each other. A dominant deer can, if so inclined, bully his way around a 10 panel pen but he can't continuously bully a 15 panel or bigger pen.

My pens are oval - protein in the middle and corn feeders at each end. Dominant deer, for the most part, feed at one end or the other and then take turns at the protein feeder. In October, I've had as many as 23 bucks and 12 does in the 23 panel pen AT ONE TIME.

Bigger is better....IMO.
New property not really sure of deer populations. Its Medina county and we have year round water so I'm assuming they are healthy populations. On the other side of that we have elk and I don't want the pen so big that 6 or 7 elk are in there under the corn feeder tearing it up. Another member has a bunch of pics of 2 or 3 bulls under the feeder feeding, the progressing into sparring. Trashed the feeder when sparring so I'm also hanging about making it a winch up feeder and putting it really high.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:19 AM   #11
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New property not really sure of deer populations. Its Medina county and we have year round water so I'm assuming they are healthy populations. On the other side of that we have elk and I don't want the pen so big that 6 or 7 elk are in there under the corn feeder tearing it up. Another member has a bunch of pics of 2 or 3 bulls under the feeder feeding, the progressing into sparring. Trashed the feeder when sparring so I'm also hanging about making it a winch up feeder and putting it really high.
I will come shoot the elk...problem solved

No, really, elk may be a real problem for your whitetail feeding. I don't know how the two can co-exist without it being a pain in your butt. Let us know how it works out after you've built your pens and had a chance to see what both the deer and elk do.

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Old 02-26-2015, 11:31 AM   #12
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We have four sides, each side is two 16 foot hog panels. Works great and is rigged easy to open one part for filling feeders
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:32 AM   #13
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Sorry to hijack, but will a t-post every 10' around the outside be too many?
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:38 AM   #14
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10 panels make a nice sized pen. 16 foot panels, T post at each end and 1 in the middle. My pen is 8 panels just because that is what fit in my area and I have hundreds of pictures of 4 and 5 bucks feeding at a time. My buddy has a 10 panel and it to me is the perfect size.
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:17 PM   #15
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I used field fence and barb wire to make an oval shape. It is about 300' around (just wanted to used majority of the roll I had which is 330').
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:44 PM   #16
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I wouldn't go any smaller than 8 panels that are 16' long! The deer need a little room so one deer doesn't just take over the pen!
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:11 PM   #17
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10-12 is plenty. I wouldn't think dropping back to 8 panels would be a problem. Had a guy show me a photo of 5 bucks in a 16'x16' pen in East Texas.... But I do agree, bigger is better.
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Old 02-26-2015, 11:35 PM   #18
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Built two round 8 panel pens last year to keep hogs off protein. Both pens have spin feeders as well as free choice protein. Rarely see more than three deer feeding inside pens at a time. It's not unusual to see 8-10 deer piling in under an unpenned feeder. Obviously (as evidenced by this thread) deer behave differently from one place to another. Wish I would have used ten panels, but it was tough enough driving 8 t-posts in rocksprings.

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Old 02-27-2015, 05:06 AM   #19
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Old 03-01-2015, 11:13 AM   #20
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Anyone use the welded wire fencing that comes in a roll? Looks like its pretty tough stuff, cheaper by a little, I can do a bigger pen for the same cost as a 10 panel pen.
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Old 03-01-2015, 08:09 PM   #21
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Anyone use the welded wire fencing that comes in a roll? Looks like its pretty tough stuff, cheaper by a little, I can do a bigger pen for the same cost as a 10 panel pen.
330ft of field fence is $150. I added barb wire to bottom and top.
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Old 03-02-2015, 03:45 PM   #22
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This one is 8 panels and the deer get in it just fine.
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Old 03-11-2015, 03:21 PM   #23
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Bigger the better elk take up a lot of room lol especially when you get 9 to 12 of them in your pen.
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Old 03-11-2015, 07:01 PM   #24
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Also panels are easier to move if you need to and to keep hogs from rooting under.
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Bringing this one back, benefits of a round pen versus a square pen?
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Old 05-03-2016, 07:52 PM   #26
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We use 6 - 16' panels in the rocky terrain mainly because of what it takes to get the equipment to the remote areas and the pain of driving panels in the rock. Pics with multiple bucks in pen at once.
I believe the bigger the better, but 6 works as well.
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:07 PM   #27
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I've got 10 and would go bigger if it didn't cost so much for panels haha. Round will stretch tighter and makes better use of all the space. Plus they're way easier to build alone in a circle
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Old 05-03-2016, 08:28 PM   #28
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10 min best 12 or more
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:35 AM   #29
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Stupid question.. So these panels are made for what? To keep the hogs out?
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:47 AM   #30
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:51 AM   #31
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Keeps hogs and livestock out to prevent loss of feed to non target animals.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:03 AM   #32
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This is one of my smaller pens that I just feed protein from its about 15pamels I think but I have others as big as 25 so I believe bigger is better.
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:17 AM   #33
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This is one of my smaller pens that I just feed protein from its about 15pamels I think but I have others as big as 25 so I believe bigger is better.
I like the looks of that feeder, what kind is it if you don't mind me asking?
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I like the looks of that feeder, what kind is it if you don't mind me asking?
Pretty sure that's a Texas Wildlife Supply protein feeder. We use their corn feeders, they work great
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:20 PM   #35
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Pretty sure that's a Texas Wildlife Supply protein feeder. We use their corn feeders, they work great
Looks like a well built feeder from the pics! We have an HB that works great I'm just always looking for new stuff to add to the inventory haha
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Old 05-05-2016, 07:43 PM   #36
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I will come shoot the elk...problem solved

No, really, elk may be a real problem for your whitetail feeding. I don't know how the two can co-exist without it being a pain in your butt. Let us know how it works out after you've built your pens and had a chance to see what both the deer and elk do.

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I use at least 12 panels and overlap two squares on each. Tie them all together and stand up in a circle. Center feeders and add tpost.
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Old 05-07-2016, 10:26 PM   #38
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Bigger the better. 10-12 works for me.

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Old 05-07-2016, 10:53 PM   #39
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Min 12 round.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:13 AM   #40
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It's a Texas wildlife supply. I do most of the work myself so having a platform is really handy and if I move it around with skids it goes up on my tilt bed really well.
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Old 05-08-2016, 10:51 AM   #41
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330 feet of net wire is what we use. The most mature of bucks do not hesitate to jump in. Net wire keeps the hogs and cows out.
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Old 05-09-2016, 03:11 PM   #42
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It's a Texas wildlife supply. I do most of the work myself so having a platform is really handy and if I move it around with skids it goes up on my tilt bed really well.
I really like the platform and skids on the larger feeders, I'll definitely check it out when it's time to get another protein feeder!
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How does a dominate buck keep others from feeding? Does he live in the pen? I've never had this problem.
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Old 05-10-2016, 07:50 PM   #44
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Hahahaha. Looks just like mine usually does. I have a few pics with about 5 elk sleeping and another 5 feeding. The will pack that sucker full. lol
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Old 05-24-2016, 11:24 AM   #45
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12 X 16' panels, 30' radius (60' diameter), 12' gate. 1 t-post every 7-8 squares (can't remember)....
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Old 06-08-2016, 12:30 PM   #46
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IMO the bigger the better I have some back home that are larger than an acre and have multiple feeders. The more room and the more feed you can put into an area the more a deer will frequent your feeders as well as more deer will use them. Deer do not like to feel like they are in a confined area and are much more nervous when they are. That's just my 2 cents.
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:41 PM   #47
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We use 18 hog panels on our feeder pens in south Texas. Deer like a lot of room to move around.


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Old 06-08-2016, 01:53 PM   #48
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Mine is 330 feet of net wire but I've had to add a few panels and T-Post where the cows have pushed it over...Fred Sanford would be proud. I have a corn slinger, small protein feeder that's rarely used and just added 3 Honeysuckle vines. I'm changing the corn slinger to a Krivoman directional unit before I crank it up next month.

I'm adding another pen in a week or two which will have a timed protein feeder and possibly a corn slinger. It will be made of 16 hog panels in an oval shape.

Bigger the better.
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Old 06-08-2016, 09:36 PM   #49
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Old 07-13-2017, 02:16 PM   #50
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We just increased ours from 24' square to an oval shape with 70' diameter. Will see how this changes the dynamics of the deer hitting the feeder. Used 16 panles and eac hwas between 10-13' long each.


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