The deer is one timid that is very hard to get close to. A homemade deer feeder is an affordable way to view or hunt for deer. With the right tools and materials, you can easily come up with a homemade deer feeder that will look great and do the intended job very well.
In this article, we’re going to focus on making a PVC gravity feeder that’s totally easy to make. It’s highly advisable that you attach the feeder on a tree or fence to make it look as natural as possible so that you can attract the most deer.
Making a PVC Gravity Deer Feeder
These feeders are usually made from 4, 6, 8, or 10” PVC or any other pipe type products that are available. The size of the feeder may be adjusted to fit your specific needs.
The PVC gravity deer feeder is the easiest and cheapest pipe feeder to make. It’s very effective and will take you a pretty short time to get done – about 10 minutes. the feeder is so named because it employs gravity to feed the animals.
- A grate
- A lid or plug
- A PVC or metal wye – should be as wide as the PVC pipe
- A PVC pipe with a 4” diameter – should be as long as you wish (between 4 to 10” as previously mentioned)
- A strap, rope, or wire for securing the feeder to a tree or fence
The overall cost of these materials ranges between $100 and $200 depending on where you buy the materials and the size you choose.
As we mentioned earlier, there is no complexity in constructing a gravity feeder. Just follow these steps:
The first step involves attaching the metal wye to one end of the 4” diameter PVC pipe. The wye should be fixed at the bottom in such a way that the open side points up.
Next, you’ll need to set the grate at the bottom of the PVC pipe using a wye. This will help to remove any rainwater that might get into the feeder and cause the food to get spoiled.
The grater also prevents the food from slipping down with gravity.
It’s very important to block water from getting into the feeder from the top. To do this, you will have to fix the plug or lid at the top of the feeder.
If you set it up well, no water should get inside. The plug is designed in such a way that it can be tightened to make sure that no single drop of rainwater gets into the feeder.
Now that the gravity feeder is ready for use, it’s time to hang it up a strong tree or fence. The tree should be strategically positioned in your ideal viewing or hunting location. One thing that you need to keep in mind when choosing the location is to make sure that it isn’t very open as these timid animals don’t prefer such areas. Even though they’ll come, they won’t spend a lot of time there. For the best results, choose an area with a natural cover like bushes.
Make sure that the feeder is secured firmly so that it doesn’t fall when strong winds blow or in case of other weather conditions.
You should also ensure that the feeder is adjusted well so that the open side of the wye point up at a nice height so that the deer can feed on it without any problems.
Lastly, it’s now time to fill the feeder with deer food. Use corn or any other type of food that is relatively affordable. Add several pounds of the food so that it can last for at least several days.
When adding the food, start by filling the wye opening and then open the lid and stash the food from the top.
After that, leave the rest of the work to gravity. The food flows down when the deer feeds on the food that’s already in the wye.
Other Types of Feeder …
There are several other options when it comes to deer feeders. They all work differently so you just have to pick one that works best according to your needs. Just keep in mind that as long as you have the right tools and materials you can easily make one heck of a perfect feeder.
Apart from PVC pipe feeders, you can also make:
1. Feeders With Buckets And Barrels
These are not only easy to make but also have more food capacity. The buckets and barrels may either be made of plastic or metal.
2. Trough Wooden Feeders
The best thing about these feeders is that they can be placed practically anywhere without any issues. The feeders are also amazingly effective as they allow the deer to feel as comfortable as possible.
Whether you made the deer feeder for observation or for hunting purposes, you’re going to need an attractant to draw the deer towards you. The good news is that there are lots of affordable deer attractants that you can make from home that will still get the job done.
Some items that work magic in attracting the deer include:
- Peanut butter
- Vanilla extract
- Molasses or simple syrup
- Doe scent
- Salt in water
Here are some tips on how you should maintain the food:
- Replenish the food at least once a month
- Add fresh saltwater after every six months
- Leave the deer feeder undisturbed for about one week to prevent the deer from becoming suspicious.
Professionally made deer feeders and deer attractants set at high price meaning that a lot of people’s budgets cannot allow them to purchase them from the store. This is where your creation and art skills are supposed to kick in.
Building a deer feeder is a fun and rewarding thing to do with your buddies and at the end of the day, you’ll be sure to have something that will give you many years of service. We believe that now you can set up an excellent deer feeder at an incredibly low cost. All you need is the necessary materials and you’re good to get started.