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Old 02-06-2011, 08:11 PM   #1
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I was impressed with how the deer went after alfalfa this year. We started feeding alfalfa to bring in the axis in to the feeders. They keep coming through but don't really stop to eat at the feeders. We started feeding alfalfa and the deer just ate it up. I had a couple feeder barrels left over from changing my feeders to wench up style. I had some rebar and decided to make a feeder we could put a bale of alfalfa in that wouldn't get wet.

First is to cut some rebar, 15", made the corners out of 1" angle, welded them like a small box, then addedsome rebar sides. I have some legs I'm going to cut to make this aout 4' off the ground. What do you think ?
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:13 PM   #2
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Good idea, looks like it'll work.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:20 PM   #3
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I'm going to build something like that. I've just been throwing it on the ground.
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #4
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Cool !!!
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:22 PM   #5
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I likin it!
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Old 02-06-2011, 08:23 PM   #6
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Good idea
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:11 PM   #7
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Not wanting to hijack your thread but a simple way I use is net wire folded double like taco shell put alafala inside and hang it in trees with baleing wire. deer eat off both sides and it's cheap....downside no weather protection once alafala gets wet deer up there at rio Medina didn't eat it...........Andy
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:24 PM   #8
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That's why I wanted to use the barrels, it should keep it from getting wet. Hopefully it will be another wet year
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Old 02-06-2011, 11:06 PM   #9
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Nicely done.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:18 AM   #10
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Good work Rob.
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Old 02-14-2011, 04:39 PM   #11
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cool build.
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Old 02-15-2011, 11:32 AM   #12
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Will an alfalfa bale slide into a 55 gal drum?
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Old 02-15-2011, 12:04 PM   #13
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Will an alfalfa bale slide into a 55 gal drum?
Perfectly (with the cage below). I have one myself, except mine is a little higher off the ground.
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Old 02-15-2011, 02:32 PM   #14
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new to me. looks like it will work
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Old 02-15-2011, 05:20 PM   #15
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Good thinking!
Put it out, put a camera on it, and let us know how it works.
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Old 02-15-2011, 06:24 PM   #16
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I was impressed with how the deer went after alfalfa this year. We started feeding alfalfa to bring in the axis in to the feeders. They keep coming through but don't really stop to eat at the feeders. We started feeding alfalfa and the deer just ate it up. I had a couple feeder barrels left over from changing my feeders to wench up style. I had some rebar and decided to make a feeder we could put a bale of alfalfa in that wouldn't get wet.

First is to cut some rebar, 15", made the corners out of 1" angle, welded them like a small box, then addedsome rebar sides. I have some legs I'm going to cut to make this aout 4' off the ground. What do you think ?
When you say the deer just ate it up are you talkin about the white-tails or axis? I know the axis like it, but did it change their habits and stop them at the alfalfa?
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Old 02-16-2011, 12:05 PM   #17
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When you say the deer just ate it up are you talkin about the white-tails or axis? I know the axis like it, but did it change their habits and stop them at the alfalfa?
We threw it out for the axis, but the whitetail tore it up before the axis came through...after putting out more in different locations, I got some axis on camera eating it at night.

I've killed three axis deer over a 4 yr timeframe. Each of them were shot while trotting, walking through, nowhere near feeders. A few seen were running in packs, no shot opportunity when they are running at full speed. I am just trying to get them to visit the feeders on a regular basis, then hopefully get one with my Bow. The Bucks seem to come into the feeders and eat, but the does won't. I ussually see groups of 20 or more moving through the property 4 to 5 time a year while hunting.
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Old 02-16-2011, 04:05 PM   #18
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Nice build, will have to try it.
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:01 AM   #19
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great idea!!!
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Old 02-19-2011, 10:11 AM   #20
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:09 PM   #21
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Default The setupÖ

Built a feeder Pen this weekend and setup my 2 Alfalfa feeders. I setup a couple cameras, so Iíll check back in a few weeks and see how long they last and whatís eating it. As long as the cows donít get to them, I think it should last at least a couple weeks.

There is only about a dozen or so No Bull

If I start getting some good pics, I'll probably open a thread in Mgt section and leave this for info on builds...
My BIL got some ideas on making some, and I may make 1 more, depending on $, it is an added expense now. 14.50 a bale so far
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #22
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Here's a few from the stands, feeder 25, Alfalfa @ 20yrds.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:44 PM   #23
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Looks sweet! Gonna a build one or 2 pretty soon myself..will post once done!
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:13 PM   #24
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I hunt in Gillespie too and the axis are odd animals. I began by feeding them alfalfa by spreading it on the ground and they ate it up. I invested in a nice alfalfa feeder and they won't touch it. I have had it up for two seasons now. I ended up having to pull it out and spreading it on the ground.

I will move the feeder back to Blanco because there they will eat out of it with no problems there. I tested it there first and no problems. I guess our exotics are just "old school" lol
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:58 PM   #25
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Bowtechlady, what type of feeder did you use ?
Did the deer eat it ?

I'm on the east side of Fredricksburg/Gillespie Cnty, hopefully they won't be as pickey, but it took 3 yrs for them to start visiting our corn feeders, and that is still hit or miss...seems to be only during the week and never on the weekends
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:45 PM   #26
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Here is a link to it;

http://www.allseasonsfeeders.com/Pro...y.aspx?id=1221

I experimented first with it in Blanco and it worked great. I moved it to Gillespie and they wouldn't touch it. For this season, I tried it again and they still wouldn't touch it.

The whitetails stayed away too for the most part. I did see some young fawns and yearlings pulling some out to eat.

I have always fed out on the ground and I guess they are just used to it. One of our members has one similar to the one that you built and same issue.

Hopefully you will have success with yours. Axis, fallow, and sikas are just different animals all together!
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Old 04-26-2011, 01:37 PM   #27
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Thumbs up TC Pics

I finally got out to my lease and got some TC Pics.
Didn't take them long to start eating it.
I did make a change, you have to break up the Bale, so it is easier for them to eat. Still had 3/4 of the Bale, so 1 Bale may last 2-3 months.
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Old 04-26-2011, 03:00 PM   #28
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Old 05-29-2011, 01:38 PM   #29
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Last year I had purchased a couple of the All Seasons Alfalfa feeders and placed them in my feeder pens. The cows tore up my pens to get to the alfalfa, and literally "camped" out in the pen until the alfalfa was depleted. I ended up removing the alfalfa feeders. It was the first time the cows had busted into me feeder pens in 10 plus years (16' x 3' hog panels). It was too tempting for them to resist. <grin>
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