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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2011, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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Feeders at Camp

Anybody have a deer feeder at camp?

I finally got around to making and hanging one at my place. Wanted to do it for a long time, and finally got around to doing so.

I got a wooden spool from the local cable company and wrapped it in chicken wire. I made a door on top to pour feed in. I put 150 pounds of cobbed corn in. Should be interesting to watch all the wildlife. I also hung a big floodlight to shine on it so we can watch from inside as well at night.

I hung it between two trees about 4' off the ground.

Anybody else have a feeder to watch game while at camp?

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-18-2011, 09:53 PM
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we built a V style feeder. We only fill it in the summer, we dont hunt near it but that subject gets itchy.

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Had one at camp a few years back till the state told me to remove it. I now just put out some scratch feed or a little shelled corn in late winter or summer. Nice to watch the wildlife come in to feed, especially when you think there's none around.
What your going to find is the deer will use it until a bear shows up, which I'm sure you will agree, isn't all that bad. The problem is he won't want to leave until there's nothing left to eat, and the deer won't return until he does.
One thing you might want to keep in mind, especially during the summer. Corn bring mice, mice bring snakes, so watch out for rattlers at that time of year.

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Bear might beat up your feeder trying to get to the corn.

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Do you hunt around your camp? I believe there is a pretty big setback for hunting around a feeder. It will also effect the neighboring property's if they are close enough.
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We do not hunt near the camp. We hunt on gamelands and state forest. Nobody hunts around it either. I wouldn't have put it up if that was the case.

All I was asking was if anybody hung a feeder around their camp to watch the game. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Yeah we used to have one up as well until it became illegal to feed bears in PA then we took it down. Bears will do some serious damage if they are having trouble getting the corn out of the feeder so just make sure you keep a lot of spare chicken wire around for repairs.
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Nuge, we have one at camp...actually filling it this weekend. Unfortunately, we do not have any trail cams so hopefully we see something by Sunday morning. Its been up for 7 years and no major bear damage yet.

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We too used to have a feeder like this. There was an infrared video camera setup so that we could watch the game after dark. Pretty cool for a while.

It was taken down when the bears began to lose their fear among other things. As stated before a feeder brings in other game you may not want around the camp so much. We had a mouse and chipmunk population explosion. Porcupines, squirrels, and raccoons all moved in the area in surprising large numbers.

Bears can do significant damage when they mark their territory on the corner of your cabin or on a telephone pole. Also, the porkys began to use the wood structures for dessert.
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Re: Feeders at Camp

I have one at camp. Usually only fill it after hunting season. It's nice to watch the deer and turkeys at it. Did get some nice pix of a bear this past weekend at the feeder. Had some old sweetcorn I threw in it.
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