How To Make A Deer Feeder FunnelDeer Feed
If you’re looking to attract deer to your property or add supplemental feed for those already living in the area, a deer feeder funnel is an easy and inexpensive project that can make a big difference.
You don’t need any special tools or skills to build one, just some basic materials and a little time.
This article will walk you through the steps of building a deer feeder funnel so you can start providing food for your local wildlife.
You’ll need to gather all the materials you need before starting to make your deer feeder funnel, so don’t forget anything!
To start off, locate a plastic container that is around 10-15 gallons in size. This container should be watertight and durable enough to withstand rain and other weather conditions. It’s also important that the lid of the container has openings for attaching the funnel. If you can’t find an appropriate container, look for alternative materials such as food-grade buckets or 55-gallon drums with covers.
Next, choose which type of deer food you want to put inside your feeder. Consider what types are most accessible and affordable in your area; common choices include corn, soybeans, oats, alfalfa pellets, and sunflower seeds. Be sure to get enough food for several weeks’ worth of feeding sessions – this will depend on how many deer frequent your area.
Finally, acquire some tools like a saw or drill to help construct the feeder after assembly. You might also want a few screws or fasteners in case you need them during construction – these can usually be found at any hardware store near you.
Once all your materials are ready, it’s time to assemble the funnel!
Assemble the Funnel
Now that you’ve gathered all the necessary materials, it’s time to assemble the funnel!
First, cut the PVC pipe so that it’s at least 3 feet long.
Then, attach the funnel to one end of the PVC pipe and secure it with tape.
Finally, make sure that the funnel has a snug fit on the PVC pipe by running duct or electrical tape around its circumference.
Cut the PVC Pipe
Cut the PVC pipe with precision, sawing carefully to create an opening that’ll become a funnel for the deer.
To ensure accuracy and quality of the cut, use a sawing technique with cutting angles that’re sharp and precise.
When finished, you should have two sections of PVC pipe—one long section and one short section.
The shorter piece’ll be attached to the longer piece later on in order to form a complete funnel.
Next up is attaching the funnel to this newly-cut PVC pipe.
Attach the Funnel to the PVC Pipe
Secure the funnel to the PVC pipe with adhesive, using sharp angles for a precise fit.
To ensure the funnel stays securely in place and attracts deer, be sure to adhere it at specific points:
– At the top of the funnel, where it meets with the PVC pipe, angle the two together for a tight seal. This will help keep food from spilling out when feeding begins.
– Along one of the inner walls of the funnel, make sure that you apply an even amount of adhesive all around. This will provide extra support and stability during feeding time.
– Finally, attach some strips of tape along both edges of the PVC pipe where they join with each other. This will add additional stability and prevent any movement or damage from occurring over time due to heavy usage by deer.
With these steps completed, your feeder is now ready to attract and feed hungry deer!
Secure the Funnel to the PVC Pipe with Tape
Tightly wrap a few strips of tape around the PVC pipe and funnel, as if they were holding hands together in an embrace, to create a secure bond. This helps to ensure that your feeder is weatherproof and can handle all types of feed. To make sure the tape stays in place, use several layers of tape overlapping each other. Additionally, consider using a thicker type of tape so that it won’t easily come undone or become brittle over time.
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Once the tape is securely wrapped around the pipe and funnel, you can move on to attaching the funnel to a post for easy access to your deer feeder.
Attach the Funnel to a Post
Gently fasten the funnel to a post with screws, and take a moment to admire your handiwork!
When deciding which post to use for your deer feeder funnel, it’s important that you consider the height of the post. Choosing a post that is too short could cause the feeder to be easily accessible by other animals, while choosing one that is too tall may make it difficult for deer to reach the food. Your best bet is to settle on a post somewhere in between—not too tall and not too short—that will provide an optimal feeding experience for your deer.
Now that you have selected your post, it’s time to secure the funnel onto it using screws. You can use metal or wood screws depending on what type of material your post is made from, but be sure not to over-tighten them as this can cause damage or breakage. Once all four screws are firmly in place, stand back and admire how everything looks so far; you’re almost done with this step!
With the funnel securely attached to the post now comes the next task: filling up the funnel with something delicious for deer! This part requires some careful consideration as well; you don’t want anything that’s overly oily or salty as these ingredients might attract unwanted pests instead of just deer.
Head over to our ‘Filling The Funnel With Deer Feed’ section for more information on what types of foods work best in this kind of setup!
Fill the Funnel with Deer Feed
Now it’s time to tantalize the tastebuds of those furry friends with some flavorful feed! Depending on the amount of deer you’re trying to attract, the type and amount of feed in your funnel will vary.
When purchasing feed for your funnel, be sure to research what types are best for attracting deer and other wildlife. Many brands offer specialized mixtures catered towards specific animals, so be sure to select a mixture that is tailored for deer.
Additionally, when filling the funnel with feed, remember that different times of year may require different amounts; during breeding season or winter months, more food may need to be added than during milder months.
Once you have selected an appropriate blend and quantity of feed for your funnel, use a scoop or spade to fill it up accordingly. Be sure not to overfill as this can lead to clogged funnels and uneaten food – something no one wants! Try leaving a few inches at the top of the funnel for space; this helps ensure all parts function properly and reduces mess around the area.
Finally, spread out any excess feed that didn’t fit inside around the base of your post feeding station – this will give smaller wildlife their fair share while still increasing chances of luring in larger species such as deer.
With everything in place now it’s time monitor how well your creation works!
Monitor the Deer Feeder Funnel
Take the time to observe your deer feeder funnel in action! Watching wildlife congregate around something you’ve built yourself is a unique and satisfying experience.
Monitor the feeding habits of the deer near your homemade station to gain insights into their populations and behavior. Notice any changes that may affect the surrounding habitat, such as an increase or decrease in wildlife activity over time. By monitoring the funnel with this holistic approach, you can contribute to conservation efforts by understanding how humans interact with nature and how we can best coexist together.
Noticing even small changes allows for greater awareness and appreciation of species’ needs. Maybe you’ll spot certain animals favoring certain types of food more than others or realize that one particular species makes up most of the population visiting your feeder funnel.
No matter what you find out, it’s important to use those findings to be mindful about preserving habitats so that these wild creatures have a safe place where they can thrive and exist harmoniously with us humans!
So get out there every now and then, grab a pair of binoculars, and take some time to appreciate all that nature has to offer while keeping track of your deer feeder funnel! Your observations will undoubtedly help inform wildlife conservation initiatives as well as give you a greater appreciation for our natural world.
Frequently Asked Questions
What type of deer feed should I use?
You may want to use a feed that is high in protein, such as corn and soybeans, to attract deer. According to recent studies, deer can smell food from up to 1.5 miles away! It’s important to understand deer behavior when choosing the right feed for your funnel feeder.
How often should I fill the funnel?
Filling the funnel regularly is key to attracting deer. Aim for twice daily feeding times, early morning and late afternoon. This will ensure deer have access to fresh food and maximize your chances of success.
How can I deter other animals from eating the deer feed?
You can deer-proof your feeder funnel like a fortress! Use animal-proofing materials, such as metal or thick plastic, to create an impenetrable barrier. Just like a castle wall protects its inhabitants, these materials will protect the deer feed from unwanted guests. Be sure to inspect the material regularly for any damage.
How can I keep the feed from getting wet in inclement weather?
Choose a material that is waterproof, to avoid mold in inclement weather. Consider using durable plastics or metals for your deer feeder funnel to keep the feed dry and safe.
How long will the deer feeder funnel last?
The longevity of your deer feeder funnel depends on many factors, like the quality of materials used and how often you clean it. Attracting deer with feeders can also affect its life span, as their behavior can cause more wear and tear. With proper care, your funnel should last for several seasons.
You’ve done it! You’ve made a deer feeder funnel that will bring the deer to you. As they come and go, you’ll be able to observe them up close as they munch on the food you provided.
To illustrate just how important your project is, consider this: according to a study by the National Wildlife Federation, deer are responsible for dispersing more than 300 different types of seeds throughout North America. That’s an incredible amount of work, and your feeder plays a key role in helping them do it.
So take pride in what you’ve achieved—you’ve made a real difference in supporting nature’s wildlife!