How to Make a Steel Deer Feeder

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How to Make a Steel Deer Feeder

Before you spend between £52 and £975 on a deer feeder from a hunting speciality store, consider this thrifty and Eco-friendly project. You'll save money by either using your own scrap metal pieces or buying the required pieces at a junk yard. Once you start looking around and using your imagination, you will be surprised at what trash metal you can transform into a deer-feeding treasure.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Metal container (a metal rubbish bin or metal barrel works great)
  • Cans of spray paint in camouflage shades
  • Electronic feeder control
  • Heavy rope
  • Jigsaw with metal cutting capabilities
  • Drill
  • Nuts and bolts of various sizes

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  1. 1

    Think about your feeder design. Since gravity feeders have a tendency to either clog too often or feed out more than enough corn or grain, invest in an electronic feeder control. These can be purchased for less than £26 from hunting catalogues or online, and most offer up to 12 different time settings.

  2. 2

    Line up the electronic feed control with the centre of your metal container. Mark the container where the holes will be drilled to mount the battery-operated feeder control.

  3. 3

    Drill holes to mount the electronic feeder control to the metal container. Cut out a hole to match the size of the funnel at the base of the electronic feeder control.

  4. 4

    Mount the control to the container. Use the nuts and bolts that fit your drilled holes to mount the electronic feeder control to the metal container.

  5. 5

    Spray paint the feeder in different neutral colour shades to make your feeder more approachable to wildlife.

    How to Make a Steel Deer Feeder
  6. 6

    Prepare to hang your feeder. If you're using a metal rubbish bin, you can feed the rope through both side handles and through the handle on the lid. If you use a container that doesn't already have handles, you may want to drill or cut out holes to feed the rope through.

  7. 7

    Hang the feeder once you have filled it with the feed of your choice. Find a tree with stout lower branches. You can even mount a strong board between two trees.

Tips and warnings

  • If you prefer, you may build wooden legs or weld metal legs to the feeder instead of hanging it from a tree or brace.
  • These feeders are also great for livestock, and even for birds and squirrels.
  • Always be cautious when using power tools.
  • Wear gloves and safety goggles when cutting metal.

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