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#2923871 - Sun Jan 13 2013 02:56 PM Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder!
RedWolf23 Offline
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Registered: Sun May 10 2009
Posts: 773
Loc: Elk County, PA
I promised I would post my Bear Proof set up for a few of you guys. So here it is. As you all know a bear can and will wreck havoc on a corn feeder, We have Tons of bear on all of our property's and they just destroyed our feeders year after year so My dad and I came up with a set up to keep bears completely away and have an easy inexpensive way of feeding the deer and turkey. I been feeding deer and turkey at multiple property's and feeders for years with this set up and it works Beautiful. So i took a series of pics so you can get the idea and if any of you have any questions feel free to ask. Ill try not to leave anything out. at the end of the pics ill post a few of the items you need to buy to make this set up.

Ok first find 2 trees about 10ft apart so that the feeder hangs in the middle between the two so a bear cant climb the tree and reach out and grab it. Use 3/16 chain (at Walmart 20ft piece in a plastic box already cut) u can buy quick threaded link chain connectors there too.) My chain is about 18feet up around the tree cuz the feeder is 4ft high and the chain sags a foot or so and the barrel chain is about 1 1/2 high also. So the BOTTOM of my spinner is about 9ft off the ground. Everything I use has like 500+ lb weight limit. Anything like that will be fine. The components are cheap chain 20.00 threaded links few bucks, 650 lb pulley is about 10.00 the 2000lb hand boat winch is about 25.00 or so. and (4) 5” 1/2in dia lag bolts are a few bucks. Most expensive part is your feeder, but your buying that to begin with Right? So my components without feeder cost is about 75 bucks total.

Oh I will note: If you Do not want to screw lags into the tree then just mount the winch onto that 2x6 like I did and put an Eye bolt thru the 2x6 board and just choke a piece of chain around the base of the tree that way you wouldn’t hurt any of the trees in any way. (see I told ya I know what im doing) LOL One thing good about the chain is that the trees can move freely in the wind and trees are unharmed and you can remove it very easily if needed. Now my set up I just lagged the 2x6 to the tree cuz its our property and the hemlock trees I used arnt worth anything. Like I said feel free to ask questions.

Take a look at the pics and you will see I don’t cut corners and don't use junk! I want it to last 30+ years no problem. If you have another way feel free to use it! This is just a very good Solid set up and my whole family has this set up on there property's as well. Oh for i forget one last thing, these game Country spinners i use are Made in USA and are made of Aluminum and steel so critters can chew it up. They take a 6v battery or 4 D's in the adapter (4)D's = 6V And the Batterys last about 9months to a year. You should see the bears trying to figure out how to get at this feeder, lol its funny I hope you enjoy the set up. Take care!

These are the best feeders made Made of Aluminum and steel. No plastic for critters to chew! MADE IN USA Great price too.
Fishing, Turkey Hunting, Shed Hunting, Archery Hunting yep that's it!

#2923881 - Sun Jan 13 2013 03:06 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
Coyotekilla20 Offline
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Registered: Sun Dec 19 2010
Posts: 212
Loc: Mansfield, PA
good idea

#2923906 - Sun Jan 13 2013 03:22 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
spur Offline
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Registered: Tue Jan 27 2009
Posts: 3405
Loc: 3B, 3C, and NY
I've seen people do that with their bird feeders. Great idea if you have bears in the area!

#2923920 - Sun Jan 13 2013 03:41 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
AmazonHunter Offline

Registered: Mon Feb 26 2001
Posts: 436
Loc: York County, PA
Thanks for posting. I really like that set up. I don't have any bears to worry about where I'm at but that set up looks like it's built to last.
"When seconds count…the police are only minutes away”.

#2924210 - Sun Jan 13 2013 07:13 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: AmazonHunter]
beagler Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 26 2002
Posts: 16895
Loc: Lackawanna County
thumbs clever
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#2927022 - Tue Jan 15 2013 10:16 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
littlegopher Offline
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Registered: Mon Jul 05 2010
Posts: 1078
Loc: Manitoba, Canada
A nice, well designed project. Thanks for sharing.

#2927035 - Tue Jan 15 2013 10:25 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
Pepsi's Dad Offline
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Registered: Tue Nov 10 2009
Posts: 822
Loc: North East Pennsylvania
Thanks for sharing , I get My Regular Feeders destroyed every year.Going to Make One Of Yours for next year . I feed daily in daytime on the ground this time of the year , No Bears.....yet

#2927085 - Tue Jan 15 2013 11:30 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
RedWolf23 Offline
old hand

Registered: Sun May 10 2009
Posts: 773
Loc: Elk County, PA
Thanks fellas! and your welcome! Yeah bears just arnt happy with the corn thats on the ground they want the entire amount and do anything to try to get it.
Fishing, Turkey Hunting, Shed Hunting, Archery Hunting yep that's it!

#2927092 - Tue Jan 15 2013 11:40 PM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
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Registered: Mon Dec 01 2008
Posts: 6819
Loc: Fayette Co Pa
Nice setup

#2927262 - Wed Jan 16 2013 07:45 AM Re: Bear Proof Automatic corn feeder! [Re: RedWolf23]
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Registered: Tue Aug 30 2011
Posts: 1282
Loc: 3C Camp-5C Home
What do you do to "lock" the winch so the cable doesnt lower the barrel if the bear pulls on the cable?
"Lazy people think of the easy way to do the hard stuff"

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