Also, it must be positioned in a relatively easy, secure, and favorably accessible location (away from roads). The opening must be relatively wide to keep from frequent clogging. It must be so designed that feeds are protected from non-intended groups or species and extreme weather conditions to avoid unnecessary wastage. And most of all, the feeder must safeguard growing and sensitive antlers.
Feeders of any type are available in the market, like spincast and free choice feeders. The automatic spincast feeder is most effective in regulating the amount of feed that gets distributed; while a free choice feeder mainly relies on gravity in providing a constant flow of feed. They’re both cool and easy for deer to eat from.
Here are our top picks for the best deer feeders.
1. American Hunter Sun Slinger Kit Feeder
The Sun Slinger Feeder kit from American Hunter comes with a durable 6-volt solar charger. Made of high-quality metal, this feeder is designed for durability to withstand even the worst weather conditions.
It’s a sturdy product which measures 6 x 19 x 5 inches and weighs 5.5 pounds, and works as slinger and downspout at the same time.
According to customer reviews on Amazon, its mounting brackets are quite easy to install, and the easy-touch digital timer works just great – once it’s set to your convenience, you’ll never have to fret so much about resetting frequently.
The Sun Slinger is an amazing 5.5-gallon feeder can keep on running for over a month if you set the timer in low mode, and can sling feed as far as 10-15 foot radius.
It costs below $80 and you can hope to see that investment working even after a 4-year stretch. You may need to replace both the rechargeable and AA batteries every 2 years.
2. Moultrie 6.5 Gallon Pro Hunter Hanging Feeder
If you’re looking for affordability and functionality in a product, check out this low-priced 6.5 Gallon Pro Hunter Hanging Feeder by Moultrie, with incredible features one would expect only from other high-priced brands.
This electronic feeder measures 16.8 x 12 x 12.2 inches and weighs a sturdy 7.7 pounds. It has a diamond-shaped metal spin plate and funnel with a 360-degree feed pattern ideal for extensive feed dispersal.
It comes with a state-of-the-art timer which can be easily programmed for six separate feed settings in a day with 1-20 seconds run time.
The detachable ABS plastic kit housing can be removed without need of emptying the feeder. The whole thing is very handy and easily to transport or transfer its location.
The kit includes a long-lasting 4-pack of D-cell batteries, but you can also use a single 6-volt battery (not included in the kit) to operate the feeder.
It is sold in the same price range as the American Hunter Sun Slinger. According to customer reviews on Amazon, batteries need changing at least every month, which synchronizes more or less with feed refill if set at low lower feed rates.
3. Redneck Outdoors T-post Gravity Feeder
Made from top-quality all-weather polyethylene, this no frills (it has no mechanical parts and is maintenance-free) Redneck Outdoors T-post Gravity feeder (exclusive for deer feeding only) certainly is one of the biggest and most highly durable feeder there is in the market – it boasts of an 80-pound corn capacity – that’s a load of feeds!
It is designed to endure harsh weather conditions or repeated attacks by big animals. The feeder includes hardware and mounting bolts with a concave-shaped back and a V-groove to allow for quick and easy mounting onto a standard T-post.
Or you can use a ratchet strap and set it up from a tree. This gravity-type deer feeder also provides a 45-inch feed opening making it easy for deer to feed on. It costs a little over a hundred bucks.
What are the best deer feeders for the money?
Take note that the first two feeders are spinners, while the third is a gravity feeder. All three have great performance reviews on the web.
For capacity, the Redneck gravity feeder could feed a whole herd, minus the varmints and raccoon! The Sun Slinger may be better at feeding a smaller number of deer, however.
Compared to the Moultrie feeder, the Sun Slinger spinner has a wider radius and much simpler refilling method. The solar panel will need to be kept clear of dust by washing it with water to keep it in tip-top performance level.