Deer feeders made especially for supplemental feeding of whitetail deer come in literally hundreds of different shapes, sizes, and are
constructed of various materials. Deer feeders come in various forms with the 2 most popular being hanging feeders that are hung from a low
hanging tree branch held up with a cable or rope and tripod deer feeders that are suspended in the air with either square or round tubing legs
bolted to the feed hopper, Out of the two types of deer feeders mentioned above, hanging feeders seem to be the least popular simply because they must all have some sort of motorized spinner mounted on the bottom side of the hopper that can be programmed to dispense feed several times per day. These spinner type feeders can be good and bad as some people believe that by programming their feeders to only spin during
the day, they will train deer to come to the feeders during daylight hours giving them a better opportunity at harvesting an animal. In my opinion, does and younger immature bucks will readily come to feeders during daylight hours anytime of the year but mature bucks will still remain highly cautious and mostly nocturnal for the majority of the year. Fully mature bucks will readily use most any sort of feeder but the majority of the feeding activity will happen at night regardless if you run a timed feed spinner or not. One of the main problem with these hanging feeders that I have found is that most have very small sized hoppers, 100lbs or less and this is simply because in order to fill these hanging deer feeders, you must lower the feeder to the ground, fill it up with your choice of supplemental feed, and than try and hoist it back up into the air while trying to tie off a knot to keep the hanging deer feeder suspended in the air. Basically from my experience, it was a real hassel to keep these small capacity feeders kept full of feed and much more of a pain hoisting them back up into the air with 75-100 lbs of feed in the hopper. As many can attest that run supplemental feed programs for deer, bigger feed hoppers are better since a healthy population of deer can go through 50-75 lbs of feed in a couple nights and sometimes even less in higher density areas. The first feeder I ever used was homemade apparatus that I constructed of a 30 gallon steel oil drum of which I mounted one of those cheap DIY feeder spinner kits to the bottom. The project was less than successful as within a week, the batteries were dead on the feed dispensing spinner, and moisture had condensed heavily on the inside of the steel drum causing the feed inside to cake up and not flow freely. After that episode, I have never tried another hanging spin type deer feeder simply because they are a pain to maintain.
Freestanding tripod style deer feeders seem to be the most popular feeders these days for deer managers simply because they are much easier to refill, and don't require a low hanging branch to be suspended in the air with. Tripod style deer feeders also come in various shapes and sizes with the 2 main components used in building tripod style feeders being steel and poly components. Freestanding tripod feeders are ideal simply because of the huge volume of feed that some of the larger models of feeders can hold. Some of the larger tripod style feeders can easily hold in excess of 300-350lbs of corn or other protein supplement which should adequately feed an average sized deer herd for 2-3 weeks before needing refilled. Most tripod style deer feeders also utilize a moterized spinner unit to spread the corn and protein pellets onto the ground in the exact same fashion that a hanging feed does. However, not being impressed with any sort of deer feeder that required a motorized spinner system to properly dispense feed, I looked for a better feeding system for supplying protein to my deer herd and finally found what I think is the perfect freestanding deer feeder that has all the features that I look for in a whitetail deer feeder. Boss buck deer feeders have by far the most user friendly, longest lasting, best built gravity feeder on the market for deer. After purchasing my first boss buck feeder a few years back, I was instantly amazed at how simple the boss buck feeders were to put together. In a matter of 5 minutes or less, I had the 3 legs attached to the feeder and the 3 port custom designed head installed and properly adjusted to dispense the correct amount of feed. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical as to how long it would actually take the deer to feel comfortable sticking their muzzle into the 4" tubes to feed but was amazed after pulling the trail camera card on day 3 and already having deer utilizing the boss buck protein feeder. After that almost instant proof of how highly superb of a feeder that the boss bucks are, I ordered several more boss buck deer feeders to put on various places on my property. Since the boss buck deer feeders easily passed my high expectations in every way possible on my own property, I decided that they would fit in very well with the rest of my wildlife management products and so I began offering these deer feeders to clients around my area and into the surrounding states with very positive feedback on them as well. One of the nicest features that you will find that is constructed into every boss buck deer
feeder is the 3/8" tough poly shell that makes up the feeders hopper. Since most of my supplemental feed contains small amounts of salt and mineral already mixed in with the protein pellets and corn, I won't ever have to worry about certain ingredients in my deer feed prematurely rusting out my poly shell feeders like they would do to an all steel feeder that some manufacturers build today for feeding deer. The 350lb boss buck feeder is the most popular feeder in the lineup simply because it is very affordably priced, requires no ladder to stand on while filling it up, and holds enough volume of feed that you won't have to refill it every few days like you would with smaller capacity models. In my opinion, the boss buck lineup of deer feeders is the last feeder that you will ever have to buy simply because of their ingenious design and durable construction that will stand up to a lifetime of successful supplemental deer feeding.