A deer feeder can be expensive especially when you are looking for a high-quality one. Homemade deer feeders come in different sizes and shapes, and the cost depends on the quality of the materials used and the features in the model.
Features include the capacity of the container, the programming functions, materials, etc. But did you know that you can build one yourself? Here are some deer feeder plans that are cheap and easy.
Cabin style: Homemade Deer Feeder Plans
This cabin-style deer feeder plan is ideal for people with some carpentry skills, and it will take about one day to build.
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
- 2 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 you need are 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:
- This cabin style deer feeder can be either fixed in one place or transferred to different spots. 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
- Once the legs are built, work on the frame. Using the drill, drill 2.5” holes into the 2×6 lumber. Using a square, check the corners of the frame to ensure they are right angled. Also make sure that the frame is at flawless level to the frame. Then secure the edges and the components by locking them with screws.
- Fasten the 2×2 cleats on the frame interiors. Create pilot holes over the cleats to attach it to the frame using 2.5” screws.
- Insert the ¾” plywood to the cleats. Secure it using 1 ¼” screws in the drilled pilot holes through the panel and cleats.
- 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. Attach them tightly by drilling holes and using screws through the frame and lumber. Attach additional diagonal braces if you are not confident of its steadiness.
- 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
- Attach the rafters and the stakes with the 2.5” screws.
- 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.
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.
Deer feeder plans: PVC pipes
You can also build deer feeders using PVC pipes. You need:
- 1 10’ long PVC pipe
- 1 Y coupler
- 1 10’ all around
- 2-4” caps
- 1-10 screws
- Spray paint
- PVC glue
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. Place the assembled parts in your desired location. You can attach it to the trees, posts, or fences to attract the deer.
You can also paint the finished deer feeder with colors that blend with the nature. This is to keep out of sight from hunters and other animals.
Now you have a choice of either purchasing a deer 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.
But with the above mentioned deer feeder plans, you can save money and create a personalized feeder that perfectly suits your needs.