6" PVC deer feeder

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by Xi Bowhunter, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. Xi Bowhunter

    Xi Bowhunter 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2002
    Goetz Farm
    I just picked up 2 5ft sections of 6" PVC pipe to make some homemade deer feeders to attract some more attention to my deer cams. Here is my question: I was told to cut a wedge-shaped portion out of the bottom of the pipe that goes on the ground to let the corn flow out. That makes sense, however, how big of a wedge shape do I need to cut? 2"? 3"? 4"? across? I thought about using a 90* elbow instead, but I thought this might let too much out. Have any suggestions?
  2. naturalelite

    naturalelite 12 pointer

    Nov 24, 2004
    In my opinion you need to cap both ends. The top side to keep rain from getting in of course. And the bottem side because eventually they will have a hole a foot deep below the feeder. It saves time from having to fill it back up. You can actually just take a piece of wood drill it to the bottem of the feeder cut a two or 3 inch wedge in the pvc pipe and put it on the ground. You can also buy the cap but why buy when you can build:D
  3. KYhunter79

    KYhunter79 12 pointer

    Dec 11, 2003
    Irvington, KY
    On mine I have a top cap to keep the rain out, and I have a 90 degree elbow on the bottom. It works fine.
  4. Feedman

    Feedman Cyber-Hunter

    May 28, 2003
    In the basement
    If you use the 90 degree elbow on the bottom, You can cover part of it with duct tape to slow down the flow.
  5. piebald buster

    piebald buster 8 pointer

    Nov 9, 2006
    Glasgow Ky.
    I have my feeder sitting on a small piece of plywood with a steel post in the middle of it. This way you can slip your pvc over it and then have a small disc the same size inside the top to keep it steady. You can guess on how much of a wedge you want to cut out. I go up and cut a notch about the size of a piece of pie. Hope this info helps.
  6. ebfarmer

    ebfarmer 6 pointer

    Nov 22, 2003
    Cave City, Ky, USA.
    I built this feeder out of six inch sch. 21 PVC. I put a Y on the bottom and plugged the bottom hole with a sch 40 cap, it fit perfectly inside the Y. The cap in the bottom has holes drilled in it to allow any water to run out. On the top I put a six inch cleanout with a screw in plug. I think the two I built cost about $25.00 each.

    Edit: After thinking for a moment I realized that mine was built out of 4" sch 21. They will hold about 25# of shelled corn each.

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  7. whitetailpredator

    whitetailpredator 6 pointer

    Jan 30, 2007
    Leitchfield, KY
    I have something similar to ebfarmer, but we placed a 5 gallon bucket on top of it so we could hold more corn. We also keep a lid on it to try and help keep the squirels. The design with the bucket on top seems to work the best, it keeps us from have to go back every 2 days and fill it up!
  8. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony 12 pointer

    Or you can just be a lazy slob like me and spend $70.00 delivered on one of these. I haven't set it up yet becuase of the March cut off date for feeding, but it is a monster. The thing is huge. Holds 350 pounds of feed and keeps it dry. If nothing else I figure there are going to be some fat does, turkeys, reds and greys running around my place next fall.

  9. kybowhunter64

    kybowhunter64 Banned

    Oct 17, 2006

    How long does it take the deer to get used to that?
  10. Xi Bowhunter

    Xi Bowhunter 12 pointer

    Nov 17, 2002
    Goetz Farm
    I bought a cap for the top, but controlling the out-flow is what I am concerned about. I have seen pics of the ones my uncle uses, and all he uses is a pie shaped wedge at the bottom and it seems to work just fine. I guess I'll try a 2" wedge and go from there.
  11. deadaim

    deadaim 12 pointer

    Dec 12, 2001
    Booger Hollar
    Tony you can get those exact same barrels in somerset for 10 bucks they are olive barrels and just drill a few holes in the bottom they work great........................
  12. The Beagler

    The Beagler 6 pointer

    Mar 12, 2003
    Paducah, Kentucky, USA.
    Man, forget the pvc, get a 55 gallon drum with a top. You'll be filling those pvc feeders up every time you turn around.

    Make a sheet metal funnel (that is closed on the small end) the same size as the bottom of the barrel, cut holes all around the bottom of your barrel, now put the enclosed funnel upside down in the barrel. The funnel helps keep your bait pushing towards the bottom of the barrel and gravity and your holes in the bottom of the barrel will due the rest.

    Barrels make it a lot easier than having to refill pvc every week or two. Deer are eaters!!!
  13. bowhunter49

    bowhunter49 Cyber-Hunter

    Feb 27, 2002
    ky, USA.

    Xi, sent you a PM.
  14. Rut36

    Rut36 6 pointer

    Nov 3, 2005
    Grant County
    I put a 45 degree on the bottom of mine and it worked pretty good. I argee with beagler they go through it pretty quick. I could put 50lbs of corn in my feeder and they eat it up with in 3 days. It became too much of a chore, you better go with a drum.
    Feed can get costly...... It is more expensive to feed the deer than it is my own kid. Get your wallet out and be ready to hear you wife say "you spend more money on them deer than you do on me." :)
  15. deadaim

    deadaim 12 pointer

    Dec 12, 2001
    Booger Hollar
    ..............This is why I use a 55 gallon drum with a spincast feeder just set it and forget it..

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