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What is the best type of wildlife or deer feeder to buy?
There are so many feeder systems available today. Can you help with answers to what? .. and Why? .. when it comes to choices today?
ANSWER: HuntSports Deer Feeder Buying Guide and the Game Feeder Buyer's Guide by BigDaddy from HuntSports.com
Today's whitetail deer hunters are searching for the best investments in the internet marketplace .. and new ideas and year to year changes in some technologies may add a little "hype" .. or "BS" as BigDaddy likes to call it .. the concept of growing or creating trophy whitetail bucks is no longer a phantasy .. If you buy and set up a good quality deer feeder, they will come - and the bottom line is simple - remember basic "psychology" .. and the Pavlovian theory? .. Pavlov called the dogs' anticipatory salivation "psychic secretion" .. Putting these informal observations to an experimental test, Pavlov presented a stimulus (e.g. the sound of a metronome) and then gave the dog food; after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the stimulus. BIGDADDY SAYS .. think about it ??
You set up a good feeding system and CALL THE DEER .. they also develop a "psychic secretion" .. Putting these observations to an experimental test .. (e.g. the sound of a feeder going off ) .. and then the deer get food .. and after a few repetitions .. the deer will respond to the stimulus.
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Basic Feeder Design and Construction
Typically, the design and construction of whitetail feeders is standard. There’s a barrel ( or hopper ) that holds the corn or feed, which opens and releases into a funnel .. and then goes into a spinning plate that slings or spreads the corn. The funnel system normally ensures clog free operation. A trough style or free choice feeder drops feed straight onto the ground or into a bin. barrels and hoppers are constructed of many materials like rust-resistant powder-coated steel, polyethylene or plastic to withstand the elements. Some plastic models even have a UV-resistant to protect them from the sun’s harmful rays. It is highly recommended that your feeder have a waterproof and solid lid, so that animals and the elements don’t tamper with the feed. Today's modern feeders typically hold anywhere from 50 to 2000 lbs. of corn, soybeans, roasted soybeans etc. or a lesser amount of protein feed. Some feeders have adjustable legs with footpads that keep the unit off the ground and out of the reach of rodents.
Power Systems: Batteries and Solar Panel Chargers
Automatic feeders include battery powered 6V or 12V motor drives, scatter plates etc. Today most will integrate solar panels for efficiency, low maintenance and consistent operations - by adding a solar charger to your feeder you can prolong the life of ythe battery. Obviously, it’s important to mount the solar panel where it will receive the most exposure to the sun.
Digital vs. Analog
The manner in which food is dispensed from a deer or wildlife feeder will generally have a direct correlation on its cost. If you want one with a photocell timer that automatically feeds at sunrise and sunset .. then you’ll probably pay a little less than some of the more elaborate digital timer systems - these can be set for specific feeding times .. specific days of the week .. and automatic feeding times and feed dispersal rates. They have LCDs that display many features, such as feedtimes, battery strength, spinner plate RPM's and more.
Hanging vs. Freestanding
Feeders can either be hung from trees or they can be freestanding from either a tripod or four-leg base. Some feeders even sport stairs to make the task of loading the feed into your hopper easier. Higher quality feeders have a ladder and a standing platform. A standing platform frees up your hands so you can pour food into the hopper.