During deer season, no hunters want to spend hours in the field without achieving anything at the end of the day. Since this animal tends to return to areas with a good food source, a deer feeder is an easier way to track your prey. There are many ways to make a homemade deer feeder that is cheaper and no less effective than ones purchased from stores.
This article will provide some ways to help hunters access the deer faster. After reading, you will find it is easier and simpler to do it yourself and give your target deer a better food source.
Top 2 Best Homemade Deer Feeders
1. PVC Deer Feeder
First, we will start with the simplest and cheapest way to make a homemade deer feeder. What you need are:
- A PVC pipe of 10 feet long divided into 4 inches pieces
- Another 10 feet PVC pipe
- 1 Y Coupler
- 2 caps of 4 inches
- 2 spray paints with brown or moss colors
- 10 screws
- 1 bag of food for deer
- PVC glue
(These materials are relatively easy to find or available in your home).
The first thing you need to do is cut a 4-inch piece out of the 10 feet PVC pipe. This piece will help connect the top and bottom of your deer feeder. Next, drill a few drainage holes on a 4 inches cap. This way, any rainwater falls down can get out through the drainages without damaging the deer’s food.
To gather all parts together, take a long piece of PVC pipe and attach it to the Y-coupler so that the opening is downward. Attach a shorter piece of PVC pipe into the bottom of the Y-coupler and a drilled cap into the end of that pipe.
Finish your feeder by putting the other cap that has not been drilled to the top of the PVC pipe to prevent water from entering. This is also a location where you pour food for deer in.
Last but not least, paint your feeder at a dry place, to be honest, this step is not so boring. The color of the deer feeder needs to blend with the color of the forest. Camouflage colors like brown, dark green, or moss green will keep your feeder out of view of the deer and other competitive hunters.
Plus, remember to hide your deer feeder behind thick bushes. Do not forget to take a power drill with you when going to the field to attach the feeder to a tree.
2. Wooden Deer Feeder
This type of homemade deer feeder requires very inexpensive and available raw materials such as pine or cedar. In order to make a wooden box of deer’s feed, you will only need a couple of wood broads.
In preparation, cut a broad into:
- 4 sides of 18 inches long by 8.5 inches wide
- 1 back of 18 inches long by 7.5 inches wide
- 1 sloped front of 17 inches long by 7.5 inches wide
- 1 bottom of 7.75 inches long by 7.5 inches wide
- 1lid of 10 inches long by 10.5 inches wide
- 1 tray front of 9 inches long by 2.5 inches wide
A sloped front is to create a narrow gap along the bottom of the box. This space will allow food to spill out while the tray front holds the food so the deer can easily access it.
To assemble all the parts, mounted 4 sides to the back then attach them to the bottom with nails.
Cut a bevel of 22,5 degrees crosswise one end of the sloped front. This bevel will line up with the edges of 4 sides. If all the steps are done correctly, you will have a triangular shaped box. This box’s bottom will have a small space of about 0.75 inches between the sloped front and the back.
Next, attach the front tray on the bottom to form a tray of food for deer.
After that, cut a T-shaped piece of wood from the excess wood to attach to the bottom of the lid. Make sure that the lid is situated in the center of the feeder. Cut 2 other T-shaped pieces to make a handle for the lid. The low one must be narrower than the above one.
You can also follow this video guide for another Wooden Deer Feeder style:
Additionally, to attract more deer come to your homemade deer feeder, you need to choose high-quality food. Specifically, a smart deer hunter only put a small amount into the box each time. The goal is to make the deer visit your feeder regularly but not too dependent on human food sources. Furthermore, you can put a camera above the feeder to track the deer, or any other wild animals, especially during peak season.