Deer is a popular animal, often sought-after for its meat. It is also a common practice to hunt them down during certain seasons. Seasoned hunters who are well versed with their movement patterns and dietary habits will be able to easily locate this animal. Nevertheless, another popular option to lure the animals out from the safety of their confinement is to use a feeder. Deer feeding is popular among hunters and in zoos. Deer feeder equipment can range from the simpler designs, to more complex ones equipped with timed-feeders. For those looking forward to hunt and also for those who intend to rear this animal, knowledge about deer-feeding is essential. Here, we will explore some of the ways on how to build a deer feeder.
Firstly, decide on the number of animal that you intend to feed. If your intention is to train a few deer, than a lower-costing backyard feeder will function well. However, if you intend to attract a larger herd, then your feeding equipment should be more sophisticated and attractive. You will need a trough for the feed, regardless of where you intend to place the equipment. A trough is a container specifically for animal feed. It should be large enough for the animal to access, while plain in design to avoid attention of predators. To keep the feed dry, you need to build a roof over the equipment. It should be high enough to accommodate longer posts built for taller animals. Also, do consider blowing rain that may wet the feed.
A deer will feed only when it feels safe and there is no sign of predators. They will snack on the feed and move away from the area quickly as they are wary of predators. If you are building a large feeding area, you may want to include fences. They should be allowed to leap over the fence, while feeling safe from attack. For this, a timed feeder will be particularly useful. However, this will require higher cost as well as considerable amount of effort to construct. For simpler feeding stations, there is no need for foundation. Bigger stations require them to keep the station in place. To do so, all you need is to dig some holes and fill them with cement, water and sand. The station legs can be attached to the foundation using clips. They can be removed in the event of relocation.
There are many other methods to build a feeding device and this is just one of the ways on how to build a deer feeder.