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Old 01-28-2018, 06:45 PM   #1
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I grew up hunting over bait in SC, but we dumped bags of eared corn on the ground and had at it. I'm new to the feeder thing. Property is 15 acres in the Pipe Creek area. One big neighbor and multiple 5-40 acre tracts around. I don't think there is a ton of hunting pressure around. An suggestions on how long to run the feeder for? Will probably stick to twice a day, 15-30 min after legal fees in the AM and @2 hrs before legal in the PM.


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Old 01-28-2018, 06:59 PM   #2
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How big is the feeder? A 55 gallon drum with a 12 volt spinner running for 2 seconds twice a day will last about a month in my experience. If thatís your only feeder you might want to run it longer. Set a trail cam out if you can to see whatís hitting the feeder.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:01 PM   #3
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How big is the feeder? A 55 gallon drum with a 12 volt spinner running for 2 seconds twice a day will last about a month in my experience. If thatís your only feeder you might want to run it longer. Set a trail cam out if you can to see whatís hitting the feeder.


35 gallon, 12v. Lots of does on the feeder, several decent bucks for the area, and Axis every now and then. I want to get a little bigger stand and fill this year.


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Old 01-28-2018, 07:03 PM   #4
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The amount you feed depends on the distance from the spinner plate to the bottom of the feeder funnel, and the amount of time the feeder spins. I have a feeder that I have set at 7 seconds and another I set at one second. It depends on how low the spinner plate is. I would start at 3 seconds and adjust it as needed. I feed year round, but turn all mine down to 1-2 seconds during the off season.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:04 PM   #5
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I run mine 10 seconds in the morning and 10 seconds in the evening. If theyíre not cleaning it all up Iíll bump it down a little. Donít know if it keeps them hanging around but it makes me feel better.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:25 PM   #6
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Make sure to use one of the several coon deterrent options and your feed will last much longer. I can go about a bag of corn a month on 4 second throws.

Options are, but not limited to-
pvc pipe on feeder legs
slinkies on feeder legs (giving me excellent results so far)
a varmint cage (should be full circumference of barrel- not store bought square)
a spring loaded spinner plate- spin tech or eliminator
carpet tacs ( mixed results)
greasy substance on legs (gets messy)

Without one of these the squirrels and coons will rob you blind in no time.



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Old 01-28-2018, 07:33 PM   #7
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How far away are from the feeder? If you can't fill it very often, I would just go with a few seconds to start.
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Old 01-28-2018, 07:38 PM   #8
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How far away are from the feeder? If you can't fill it very often, I would just go with a few seconds to start.
I'm a long ways, but my FIL goes out there 5-6 days a week.

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Make sure to use one of the several coon deterrent options and your feed will last much longer. I can go about a bag of corn a month on 4 second throws.

Options are, but not limited to-
pvc pipe on feeder legs
slinkies on feeder legs (giving me excellent results so far)
a varmint cage (should be full circumference of barrel- not store bought square)
a spring loaded spinner plate- spin tech or eliminator
carpet tacs ( mixed results)
greasy substance on legs (gets messy)

Without one of these the squirrels and coons will rob you blind in no time.



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Just one slinky at the bottom? Or tacked up higher so it stretches out to the ground?

There's really not many coons around. But a varmint cage would definitely be beneficial. The deer will spin the plate on their own sometimes.


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Old 01-29-2018, 04:32 AM   #9
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I'm a long ways, but my FIL goes out there 5-6 days a week.




Just one slinky at the bottom? Or tacked up higher so it stretches out to the ground?

There's really not many coons around. But a varmint cage would definitely be beneficial. The deer will spin the plate on their own sometimes.


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Here's a LONG thread on it-
http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...light=slinkies

Basically, attach them near where the spinner plate is and let them hang down on the legs.
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:30 PM   #10
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I would buy a 1000# stand and fill, w/ solar panel and Timer. (Lamco, AS, etc.) Set it to go off for 5-10 seconds and try to keep feed times in the first hour of daylight and around 1-1.5 hours before dark.

If you can see the feeder from your house/camp area, spin it 1 second mid day too.
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Old 01-30-2018, 11:45 AM   #11
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I don't know if I need anything huge. Like I said, my FIL goes out there almost every day, so it gives him something to do(he's retired and needs something to do so he doesn't drive my MAIL crazy). I was thinking a 300-400lb stand and fill would be plenty big enough.

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