“What is the best deer feeder for the money?”
We asked several hunters, landowners and wildlife managers this one question:
In your opinion what is the best deer feeder for you and your supplemental feeding program, Steel Gravity deer feeders vs wooden trough feeders, which do you prefer and why?
The answer was with No question Steel Gravity deer feeders. Many have tried trough feeders and many folks have lived by the old myth that if cattle can eat from a trough then why can’t deer? And they can. But we have to remember deer aren’t cattle and don’t stand beside the trough while you dump feed for them, and upon walking away eat every last bit of feed. Deer don’t rely solely on protein feed to survive, and supplemental feeding Whitetails is not as expensive as you would think. If your feeding only Whitetails…
Feeders are unoccupied much more than occupied when it comes to deer feeding from a feeder. Many folks believed in the past that coming to an empty trough in 5 or 6 days after filling it and finding it empty and licked clean of feed that the deer were literally eating them out of house and home and getting all the protein they needed. Not true!
Much has changed since 10 years ago with the addition of the new and affordable trail cameras on the market. We talked with several folks who believed that an empty wooden trough feeder and a few deer tracks around the feeder meant the deer were gorging themselves on protein feed. Not so, too much feed was lost by windblown rain and high humidity here in the south and Midwest. But the biggest culprits were varmints according to those we spoke with. And pictures never lie!
Before the Raccoons 4 Raccoons in trough feeder contaminating/eating deer feed
Not just Raccoon, but Opossums, skunks, squirrels, and even crows. Data obtained from trail camera surveys proved that most land managers and hunters were losing 30-40% to varmints and critters and 15% to rain and humidity. They needed to make a change and quick …
You do the math and you will find that steel deer feeders built to eliminate varmints is the solution. Let's say you’re feeding 150-200 bags a year at $14.00 - $17.00 bag for deer feed, that will run you somewhere in the area of $2800.00 to $3400.00... Now the average Raccoon when storing fat for winter can consume an average of 3-5 pounds of food a night. Let’s say you have 2 to 5 raccoons coming to your one feeder every night and you feed 6 months out of the year.
5 raccoons at 3- 5 lbs. each a night = average 15-25 lbs. a night
#25lbs a night over 6 months = average #4500lbs (less or more) of feed in 6 months
#4500 lbs. of feed in #50lbs bags = 90 bags of Deer feed
90 bags at $15.00 a bag = $1,350.00 (and that isn’t including tax!!!)
Without question the initial investment for a quality all welded steel deer feeder during the first year of your program will save you MONEY. Not to mention the time and effort of cleaning out trough feeders filled with urine drenched and feces contaminated feed.
1 Filling Steel Gravity deer feeder
2 Bucks eating from Steel Gravity Feeder