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Old 10-14-2019, 08:55 PM   #1
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We hunt in very wet/muddy area. Feeder pens help some but arenít always possible and arenít always effective as long as we allow pigs which we want to shoot with bows. Any out of the box ideas to keeping area under feeder from turning into a mud hole? Any suggestion we got which we are considering is putting down thin gauge cattle panel so they canít root and putting old carpet or rug on top of it weighted down in the corners. Any thoughts or ideas other than feedpen, concrete floor (have tried and it has other issues with runoff). Thanks.
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Old 10-14-2019, 08:58 PM   #2
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Cattle panels will help, but likely not stop them completely. Feed pens is your best bet imo.


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Old 10-14-2019, 09:01 PM   #3
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I wouldnít use carpet right now, probably would carry a lot of unwanted scent in the area. Just my .02


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Old 10-14-2019, 09:02 PM   #4
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I used long stakes to secure a sheet of 3/4” treated plywood under the feeder. It worked for a couple of years until it started to warp and the hogs actually dug it up and moved it.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:04 PM   #5
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We poured a few bags of concrete under one of ours, raked in dirt then put a little water on it and it has stayed pretty hard for years.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:07 PM   #6
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Lay cattle panels under it. They work pretty good.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:10 PM   #7
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I've started just putting sacks of sakrete under mine and letting them age / weather. Works pretty well.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:14 PM   #8
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Pens would be best but would keep pigs out and not an option on these spots for various reasons. I would think the plywood would create runoff like the slabs do, but good idea. I get the carpet/scent issue. These will be brand new setups. As wet as it is, I think it would go from y’all grass to mud pit in a week without something.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:16 PM   #9
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Do 50/50 pea gravel and corn in your feeder. After a few seasons you should have a good gravel base.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:26 PM   #10
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I do the cattle panels over about a 10'x10' area and then put one of those heavy rubber cattle mats from TSC on top of that. We are pretty sandy and this helps tons from them diffing it out.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:36 PM   #11
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I did the bag concrete like the others... worked well and still does.
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Old 10-14-2019, 09:40 PM   #12
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We poured a few bags of concrete under one of ours, raked in dirt then put a little water on it and it has stayed pretty hard for years.


This for your best long term solution


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Old 10-14-2019, 09:58 PM   #13
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I did cattle panels at work. Did ok for a while then it stayed wet and they rooted under them. We just went and dumped road base under all the feeders and fixed it permanently


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Old 10-14-2019, 10:00 PM   #14
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Metal grates
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:08 PM   #15
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We poured a few bags of concrete under one of ours, raked in dirt then put a little water on it and it has stayed pretty hard for years.

This is best. Weíve done it a few times. Now, I pen the feeders because I donít care to ever see another hog.
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:09 PM   #16
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4x4 cattle panel and layer sack Crete on top. Bust it with a shovel pour water on it and it will setup and be solid for years.
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:12 PM   #17
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We did this mixing them in and also leaving whole on a couple of spots. The ones raked in still turned into mud pit and as slab basically works but areas just outside of it gets deep and sloppy.
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:16 PM   #18
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4x4 cattle panel and layer sack Crete on top. Bust it with a shovel pour water on it and it will setup and be solid for years.
Just scatter closed/busted bags here and there or pretty much cover. Sounds potentially very effective with panel underneath
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Old 10-14-2019, 10:56 PM   #19
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A friend obtained some used conveyor belt and used spikes to anchor it. It worked really well.
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:15 PM   #20
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I put almost 20 bags of concrete under one of my feeders last year. You cant even tell

I fence the feeder off this year, but need to go in and put more concrete now that the piggies are no longer breaking it back out.
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:31 PM   #21
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I put almost 20 bags of concrete under one of my feeders last year. You cant even tell

I fence the feeder off this year, but need to go in and put more concrete now that the piggies are no longer breaking it back out.
You say you canít even tell as in the pigs tore it up so badly or canít even tell because grass grew over nicely?
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Old 10-14-2019, 11:43 PM   #22
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We hunt in very wet/muddy area. Feeder pens help some but arenít always possible and arenít always effective as long as we allow pigs which we want to shoot with bows. Any out of the box ideas to keeping area under feeder from turning into a mud hole? Any suggestion we got which we are considering is putting down thin gauge cattle panel so they canít root and putting old carpet or rug on top of it weighted down in the corners. Any thoughts or ideas other than feedpen, concrete floor (have tried and it has other issues with runoff). Thanks.
I cut two regular cattle panels in halve the long way and made a small pen. I made a circle out of the panels with the cut ends up and a T post every 8 foot or so. Then I set my feeder to one side of the pen to throw some corn outside of the pen and most inside. I have hogs eating what falls out side and the deer get what is in side. Been doing this about 7 years and never had a hog in my pen.
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Old 10-15-2019, 12:02 AM   #23
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Steve, with only 24” high, cattle stay out as well?
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Old 10-15-2019, 12:08 AM   #24
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Concrete & Panels. Another thing that has helped us is going to the Lamco low feeders. They spread the corn out so the pigs don't root as much. When we had winch ups or feeders with cages the pigs always rooted up everything ,because there was a lot of corn in a small area. With the type of feeders with the plates for keeping varmints out it throws it into a bigger area & not a lot under feeder.

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Old 10-15-2019, 01:22 AM   #25
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We have had good success with pouring concrete on top of the dirt. It works best if you do this before there is a mud hole.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:24 AM   #26
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Are you putting the bags under and wetting or spreading like piles or slab?
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:37 AM   #27
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Could you build the pen, place the feeder closer to one side so it throws inside and out of the pen.

Still keeps your hogs around without the rooting in the pen.
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Old 10-15-2019, 08:53 AM   #28
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spread out some hay or mulch, then get a 12 volt feeder and turn the rpms up so it slings it further away from the feeder.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:09 AM   #29
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I have a corral style hog trap with a feeder in it... under the feeder, the hogs have wallowed out about a 8x8 area that holds water when it rains, probably 6-8" deep. I've been planning on waiting until we get a good rain, when it is holding water, and putting down unopened bags of sakrete in the hole... if I added cattle panels as well, would I put those over top of the concrete?
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:21 AM   #30
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I was running 19 feeders and had lots of hogs. The giant holes the hogs made were so big I couldn't even get my truck within 6 feet of the feeder with my back tires in the hole. I tried 2, 3 and 4 cattle panels and the ones with 2 and 3 cattle panels still ended up a muddy mess. 4 Cattle panels tied together worked good. You need to use long stakes on all corners and in between the corners or the hogs will bend them up and start rooting under. 4 Cattle panels will cover about 16' X 16'. I had no issue with hogs and deer walking over the cattle panels and eventually most of the cattle panel will sink a little into the dirt/mud so they are not even walking on it. Most of my feeder are on skids so I would also tie the cattle panels to the skids. Please note that after the cattle panels are there for a long time and sink into the dirt/mud, they can be a real pain to get back out especially if the ground dries up.
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Old 10-15-2019, 09:51 AM   #31
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You can make the move to a directional corn feeder to get the corn out away from the actual feeder. The Texas Hunter Products Directional Corn Feeder will blow the corn 4 to 5 feet away from the feeder and out to 45-50 feet away. This way there is not a concentration of corn under the feeder for the pigs to make a mess.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:32 AM   #32
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Build a pin around your feeder. And put the feeder kinda on the edge, closest to you. So it slings corn outside of the pin, your hogs still can get the corn that goes outside-the deer are happy inside of pin non disturbed. That’s what I did in the pan handle. Hogs in deer are happy. So am I.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:53 PM   #33
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You say you canít even tell as in the pigs tore it up so badly or canít even tell because grass grew over nicely?
Pigs would just break thru the concrete cap and make an even bigger mud hole.
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Old 10-15-2019, 10:59 PM   #34
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I put bags of concrete into the water/mud home under my feeder. That fixed the issue. Hogs can't root up the concrete
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:12 PM   #35
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Agree with the concrete. We have used it and it worked well.
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Old 10-15-2019, 11:19 PM   #36
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Get a load or 2 delivered of Base it’s yellowish to white in color it holds up well and really makes night hunting great.
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