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deer feeder (coon proof)

Discussion in 'General Hunting & Fishing Discussions' started by tjones96761, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. tjones96761

    tjones96761 Sharpshooter Member

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    I have found 2 major flaws with tripod corn feeders:
    1. Even fenced off, the cows eventually worm their way in and end up knocking the feeder over and tearing it up, not to mention wasting all the feed.
    2. Farkin coons shimmy up the legs and pull the feed out by hand, regardless of electrified varmint guards, razors on the legs, and every other deterrent on the market.

    So, laid it all out in my head over the summer and here's what I come up with. barrel, feeder control box, all-thread, chain, cable, pulleys, and a boat winch. about $150 worth of materials.
    First attempt was a flop. tried to use 1 pulley between the winch and the feeder, but bottom only gets about 4 ft off the ground before it hits the cable between the winch and the pulley.
    Added a second pulley up the same tree as the winch so the cable made more of an upside down U shape instead of a V.

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    Had a camera on it for about 3 weeks now. the coons still come and eat the corn on the ground, climb the tree and get on top of the feeder, but they aren't getting any extra.
    The base on this one is about 16 ft high, way higher than any tripod. scatters the corn in about a 75 ft diameter area on low speed. It's got 350lbs of corn in it, and I'm much more comfortable about the stability of this one.
     
  2. TATER

    TATER Marksman Member

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    Good job! Sounds like you've got it figured out now.
     
  3. Kingmarine

    Kingmarine Sharpshooter Member

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    Looks real nice, I guess you just lower it some when you want to fill it. Seems like a very solid idea to me.
     
  4. willystruck

    willystruck Sharpshooter Member

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    Just wait till you see a bunch of coons standing on each others shoulders scoopin out your corn! ;)
     
  5. sleeperx4

    sleeperx4 Sharpshooter Member

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    LMAO. They are smart little suckers.
     
  6. dennishoddy

    dennishoddy Moderator Staff Member Moderator Member

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    thats a good method.
    I don't have pics, but on one of my tripod stands, I've just rolled some 16 ga expanded metal around the feeder and it keeps them out.
    The deer are just as bad as the coons about licking corn off the spinner.
     
  7. RackStacker30

    RackStacker30 Sharpshooter Member

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    Looks really nice. Good job getting it figured out. We did the same thing at one of our leases this year where cattle beat the heck out of everything. We screwed the winch directly into a small tree and hung the feeder with a double pulley system (one at top of tree branch that it's hanging from and one directly on the drum. This helped to reduce the load on the winch. We also learned the hard way that we needed to beef things up with chain and also needed some safety insurance by putting legs on the bottom of the drum which extend down past the controller. I'll take some pics next time I'm out there and post them in here.

    What kind of contraption did you rig up for mounting the winch to the tree? Looks a lot better than mounting it to the tree like we did.
     
  8. tjones96761

    tjones96761 Sharpshooter Member

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    just a couple pieces of scrap 3" channel iron in a T so the winch stands out away from the tree. lag bolt the standoff to the tree.
     

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  9. RackStacker30

    RackStacker30 Sharpshooter Member

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    Sweet! I like it. I'll definitely use that on our next one. Thanks for sharing.
     
  10. Jon3830

    Jon3830 Sharpshooter Member

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    I did something like this about 10 years ago and after 2 weeks with no problems I found 2 coons stranded on top of the feeder they found a way on to it but they still couldn't eat anything. When I was lowering the feeder down as soon as it got about 4 foot from the ground they jumped ship and ran it was the funniest thing I have seen a coon do.
     

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