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Old 03-26-2021, 06:23 PM   #1
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Talk to me about your feeder pens. Mine is 8 hog panels round and doesn’t seem to be cramped. But only have a few jumping in and most are just walking around it. Should I cut the top rung off? Maybe make it bigger?


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Old 03-26-2021, 07:38 PM   #2
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Not sure what you should do, but bigger is better. I like 60’ diameter or more if I can get it.

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Not sure what you should do, but bigger is better. I like 60’ diameter or more if I can get it.

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Yes sir I may attempt to cut the top rung and if nothing changes may try to go larger. We all figured 8 panels was more than enough


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Yes sir I may attempt to cut the top rung and if nothing changes may try to go larger. We all figured 8 panels was more than enough


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It just takes time for deer to get used to them regardless of size. Move corn feeder closer to fence if you feel the need to help lure more deer faster. Dont cut it
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Old 03-26-2021, 08:06 PM   #5
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It just takes time for deer to get used to them regardless of size. Move corn feeder closer to fence if you feel the need to help lure more deer faster. Dont cut it

Yea I’ve been hesitant to cut it, because I dang sure don’t want to have to buy 24 panels again to replace them if hogs start getting in.


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Our pens are 20 panels each. Makes a 100’ diameter pen.

My Lamco low and throw feeder throws corn up to the edge just inside the pen.

They work great for us.
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Our pens are 20 panels each. Makes a 100’ diameter pen.

My Lamco low and throw feeder throws corn up to the edge just inside the pen.

They work great for us.

Lord. Not sure in East Texas I could do 20 each. I can go a few panels bigger in 2 of my spots, the other I’m about maxed out. My ez feeders on low throw right up to the edges now of what I have


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Old 03-26-2021, 09:53 PM   #8
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Lord. Not sure in East Texas I could do 20 each. I can go a few panels bigger in 2 of my spots, the other I’m about maxed out. My ez feeders on low throw right up to the edges now of what I have


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It will take time for them to get used to them, but they will start going in. Lots of green stuff for them to eat right now as well. Give me it time. But, as others have said, if you can afford more panels, go bigger. When we hunted around Marquez the deer never really came to corn, we stopped using it. They just had too much natural browse they preferred.
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Go bigger. I like 12-14 panels. But don’t cut anything.
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Old 03-27-2021, 05:59 AM   #10
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I know some guys have only cut the top on one or two sections. That has worked for them. The deer jump in where the cut outs are.
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Old 03-27-2021, 07:30 AM   #11
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We have several 8-panel pens and they are fine, they have always done the job for us.
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Old 03-27-2021, 08:10 AM   #12
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Not sure what you should do, but bigger is better. I like 60’ diameter or more if I can get it.

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You would need 12 panels to get a 60’ diameter (60 X 3.14 / 16).
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Old 03-27-2021, 08:27 AM   #13
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Fist off, do you have qty 7 16’ sections in that picture (what it looks like)? I have 6 16’ panels on my smaller one and mine work, but I don't have a tough feeder in mine. If I did, I would make it much larger. It tends to get tight in mine when 2-3 deer jump in at once and they don't have to contend with a trough feeder in mine.

Also, mine are only 25” tall and I have had very little trouble with hogs at that height. Every once in a while I will get a jumper, but based on the number that stay out (like 1 hog every blue moon vs. 40-50 that don’t) I am ok with it. I found that the deer didn't like jumping in 34” height, but did not mind the 25” height. You can also do as mentioned (and I have one one setup) and cut large sections down, but not the whole setup. I did this in trying to force them to enter the pens in certain areas only. It worked.

This is for wary E Texas deer like what you are dealing with. Not starving deer in the Hill Country.

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Old 03-27-2021, 08:31 AM   #14
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Fist off, do you have qty 8 8’ sections, not 16 correct (what it looks like)? This is what I have on my smaller one and mine work, but I don't have a tough feeder in mine. If I did, I would make it much larger. It tends to get tight in mine when 2-3 deer jump in at once and they don't have to contend with a trough feeder in mine.

Also, mine are only 25” tall and I have had very little trouble with hogs at that height. Every once in a while I will get a jumper, but based on the number that stay out (like 1 hog every blue moon vs. 40-50 that don’t) I am ok with it. I found that the deer didn't like jumping in 34” height, but did not mind the 25” height. You can also do as mentioned (and I have one one setup) and cut large sections down, but not the whole setup. I did this in trying to force them to enter the pens in certain areas only. It worked.

This is for wary E Texas deer like what you are dealing with. Not starving deer in the Hill Country.

No sir they are 16’ each. We have one guy that has 25” panels around his and he doesn’t have an issue either. Well he didn’t last year since he was the only one who had panels up. Now that every feeder has pens, I’m curious if he will have more trying to get in


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Old 03-27-2021, 08:37 AM   #15
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No sir they are 16’ each. We have one guy that has 25” panels around his and he doesn’t have an issue either. Well he didn’t last year since he was the only one who had panels up. Now that every feeder has pens, I’m curious if he will have more trying to get in


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Yeah, I edited my comment on the number of the panels after I looked at the picture again.

I do have issues where the hogs try to push their way in all the time, so make sure you have the fence secured well. I also cut my t-posts over over drove them to be level with the 25” top of the panels as well.

I am hearing more and more places requiring them to help combat the hog issue. Honestly, I like the idea.

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Old 03-27-2021, 08:43 AM   #16
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Bigger pen the better from my experience, but like said above. It will take them a little while to get use to it. I wouldn’t cut it down at all, we’ve had guys do this and The cows just hop right in


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Old 03-27-2021, 12:25 PM   #17
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Talk to me about your feeder pens. Mine is 8 hog panels round and doesn’t seem to be cramped. But only have a few jumping in and most are just walking around it. Should I cut the top rung off? Maybe make it bigger?


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Those are 34" tall panels?
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Old 03-27-2021, 12:26 PM   #18
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Those are 34" tall panels?

Yes sir the 34” hog panels


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Old 03-27-2021, 12:35 PM   #19
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They look tall. I'd add 4-6 more panels. Never had issues with deer hopping in our pens. Yours does looked cramped
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Old 03-27-2021, 12:55 PM   #20
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You might be OK with that small of a pen if you just had the corn feeder in the middle. But with two big feeders in there, it's cramped.
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Old 03-27-2021, 12:58 PM   #21
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I have 9 panels on 2 of my spots in e tx with zero issues of deer jumping in. 7 deer in at one time multiple times. I use the 34inch hog panels. Dont cut or hogs will jump in them.
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Old 03-27-2021, 01:43 PM   #22
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You need at least double the pen size with that amount of equipment inside. If you took all the feeders out and just hand corned they would all jump in. Thats just from my experience.
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OP. That pic made me think those were cattle panels. Don’t cut the hog panels any lower or you will have hogs in it. Chances are you will will get a hog in there from time to time.
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Old 03-28-2021, 08:43 AM   #25
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Is that all new? I added a trough to my best existing feed pen. It instantly turned it into my worst location. Pictures show the deer looking at it like an alien landed on their dinner table.
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Old 03-28-2021, 09:21 AM   #26
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Is that all new? I added a trough to my best existing feed pen. It instantly turned it into my worst location. Pictures show the deer looking at it like an alien landed on their dinner table.

Not new for say, it was an existing spot on the lease. This is my first year on the lease. But, it probably hasn’t been fed since dec-Jan time.


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Old 03-28-2021, 09:32 AM   #27
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I like my pens big! Mine are 24 panels each, I want them to feel like they aren’t in a pen.
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Old 03-28-2021, 09:36 AM   #28
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I should add to say that every feed location on our place has an 8 panel feed pen. So it’s not just mine that is 8 panels


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What is the feeder with the cover on it? Coon buffet?
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What is the feeder with the cover on it? Coon buffet?

The trough? Protein feeder. I was running trophy coon hunts on them, but we’ve done took care of that situation.


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I have ran 6 to 15 panel pens with no problems once they get established
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Add a couple panels if you want to, but it’s different and going to take awhile, and green up coming maybe put some big piles on ground in open, and we also had trough style and coons would play in then throwing corn out and pooping in it, time will tell
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Old 03-28-2021, 01:49 PM   #33
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We just built a couple with 10 hog panels. They seem to be plenty big. I’d give it some time and sprinkle corn in and around it til they get used to it.
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Old 03-28-2021, 02:00 PM   #34
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Seems high? How tall are they? We cut out sections down were we want them to come in. deer will jump easily 4' but not if they don't have to.
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Seems high? How tall are they? We cut out sections down were we want them to come in. deer will jump easily 4' but not if they don't have to.

Hog panels, so 34”


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Old 03-29-2021, 12:07 AM   #36
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8 is plenty but bigger is always better. Don't cut the top.

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Old 03-29-2021, 08:52 AM   #37
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8 is plenty, I wouldn’t go smaller than 6. Just give it time. Don’t cut the hog panels. With only one guy having a pen last year on your place and now you it will take time for them to adjust. The bucks will probably start getting in before the does.


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I would never cut down 34" hog panels.

Just be patient and give them some time.
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