Homemade Deer Feeders- Free Plans!

A deer feeder can be expensive especially when you are looking for a high-quality one. On the other hand, you can choose to make your own. To give you some more information, homemade deer feeders come in different sizes and shapes. When it comes to the cost, this depends on the quality of the materials used and the features in the model.

To give some idea of the kinds of features you can expect, these include: the capacity of the container, the programming functions, materials, etc. However, did you know that you can not only build one but also hang one yourself too?

To make this process easier for you, here are some deer feeder plans that are cheap and easy.

Homemade Deer Feeders Plans: Cabin Style

This cabin-style DIY deer feeder plan is ideal for people with some carpentry skills. To give you a time estimate, it will take about one day to build.

In order to make this kind of device, here are the materials that you need:

  • 4 pieces of 4×4 lumber or 52” long for the posts
  • 2 pieces of 2×6 lumber for the frame
  • Two pieces of 2×2 lumber for the cleat
  • 1 piece of ¾ plywood for the panel
  • 2 pieces of 2×4 lumber for the 2x rafter
  • 10 pieces of 1×6 lumber for the roof

Tools

Of course, as with any kind of DIY project, you will need tools. The specific tools you need to make homemade deer feeders are a hammer, tape measure, level, framing square, miter saw, sander, screwdriver, and drill. You should also wear safety gear like gloves and glasses to protect your body.

Once you have completed the materials and tools you need, follow the steps below.

Steps to Build a Deer Feeder

To give you some background, this cabin style of homemade deer feeders can be either fixed in one place or transferred to different spots.

Step One:

Bury the 4x4s in 2’ holes into the ground for fixed legs. Make sure that the legs are of equal distance and height with the use of a spirit level. Keep the posts secured into place by using dirt and gravel

Step Two:

Once the legs are built, work on the frame. Using the drill, drill 2.5” holes into the 2×6 lumber. Then, using a square, check the corners of the frame to ensure they are right angled. In addition, make sure that the frame is at flawless level to the frame. Then secure the edges and the components by locking them with screws.

Step Three:

Fasten the 2×2 cleats on the frame interiors. After that, create pilot holes over the cleats to attach it to the frame using 2.5” screws.

Step Four:

Insert the ¾” plywood to the cleats. Once you have done this, secure it using 1 ¼” screws in the drilled pilot holes through the panel and cleats.

Step Five:

For the stakes, you need the two 2x4s, each top cut with 45 degree slats. Place each stake in the center of the sides of the frame. After that, attach them tightly by drilling holes and using screws through the frame and lumber. Then, attach additional diagonal braces if you are not confident of its steadiness.

Step Six:

For the rafters, cut the 2×4 according to the deer feeder plan. Create pilot holes and lock the parts together using 2/4” screws

Step Seven:

Attach the rafters and the stakes with the 2.5” screws.

Step Eight:

Then, add the 1×6 cedar slats to serve as the roofing of the deer feeder. You can use corrugated metal sheets or lumber for the roof and secure them in place using galvanized nails.

As a final step to your homemade deer feeders plan, you can adjust the measurement of the deer feeder plan according to your needs. Make the surfaces smooth by rubbing them with 120-200 grit sandpaper.

Using PVC Pipes

You can also build a homemade deer feeder using PVC pipes. To do this you will need:

  • 1 10’ long PVC pipe
  • A Y coupler
  • 1 10’ all around
  • 2-4” caps
  • 1-10 screws
  • Spray paint
  • PVC glue

Steps to Follow

Simply cut a small piece out of a 10’ long PVC pipe. Drill holes in this piece for drainage. Attach the longer pipe to a Y coupler.  Then insert the drilled pipe to the smaller PVC pipe.

Cover the top of the pipe with an undrilled cap to prevent water from getting inside it. Then, place the assembled parts in your desired location. After that, you can attach it to the trees, posts, or fences to attract the deer.

With PVC deer feeders, you can also paint the finished feeder with colors that blend with the nature. This is to keep out of sight from hunters and other animals.

Conclusion

Now you have a choice of either purchasing a feeder or building your own homemade deer feeders.

Examples of high-quality deer feeders are the Moultrie Pro Hunter Quick Lock Feeder Kit, JKL Outdoors Spyder Deer and Wildlife Gravity Feeder Attachment, and On Time 11113 Lifetime Elite Feeder Timer.

With the above mentioned deer feeder plans, you can save money and create homemade deer feeders that perfectly suits your needs.

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