how to make a deer feeder

How to Make a Deer Feeder

Are you an active wildlife enthusiast? When was the last time you hunted for or took care of a wildlife deer? What equipment do you have that aid you in this activity?

Whether you’re a professional hunter or just someone on a lookout for a new hobby, you will need good gears. Using the right tools is crucial, especially if you are hunting. The thing is, though, having an excellent set of equipment usually requires spending a lot of money.

Now if you are doing this one time or are just at the beginning of your wildlife journey, there is an alternative. Let’s talk about going for a DIY or do-it-yourself.

This article will teach you the basics of how to make a deer feeder—homemade that is. Hopefully, this will cost you less money and will still make the job easier to do.

What You Will Need​ to Make a Deer Feeder?

As you may already know, the goal of a deer feeder is to just supply food to the animal in the most convenient way possible. The mechanism is expected not to give the deer a hard time. This is the reason why most forest rangers and hunters prefer automatic deer feeders.

But like I said, since it costs a lot of money to purchase the automatic feeder, we are listing down all the things we need to build our own. Since there are a lot of different materials to choose from, we narrowed it down to two.

1. A PVC pipe

The idea is to tie the pipe tightly to a sturdy tree to help gravity do its job. The food will just go all the way down from the top hole to the bottom hole. You may use any size of PVC pipe depending on the size of tree you will be tying it on.

An acceptable minimum size would be a 4-inch. As for the length, you will also have to decide as you estimate the deer’s size.​

​2. A grate and a plug

These tools will help secure the pipe tightly to tree or fence. These will also keep the holes sealed. Specifically, the grate’s job is to drain all possible liquids that might get into the pipe, like rain. This way the foods will not easily spoil.

​3. Ropes

Obviously, this is what you use to tie the pipes. You will need to know the basic sturdy knots to make sure they are placed and locked. You need to make sure you tie it to the tree closest to your viewing range if you are hunting.​

4. Buckets or barrels

This is another type of feeding tool you can use in exchange for pipes. This will be more convenient if you are not up for the technicalities of the DIY pipe feeders. You only need a standard-sized bucket that is wide enough for the deer to bow down too.

One advantage of using a bucket is that you will not be wasting a lot of food. The deer get to pace its feeding in it too.​

5. Big plastic buckets​

If you think placing the standard-sized buckets on the ground is too low for it to reach, you may still tie it. Perhaps you can build your fences to try on the pail. Even a 5-gallon pail or container will do.

How to Make a Deer Feeder​

The following procedures vary as there are different types of feeders you can do. To start off, let’s list down the ones for PVC feeders.

1. Cut or saw the PVC’s. Put the top and bottom together.​

Your desired length must be observed in the cutting or sawing. The length of the pipe where the food will roll down must not be too thin or too thick for the eye at the bottom part. And then, assemble by putting the two together.

2. Place the grate at the bottom and the plug at the top.

As mentioned earlier, these two will help secure the food inside and prevent it from being wet. Make sure both “lids” are tight enough so that even the slightest drop of water does not come through.​

​3. Get the 5-galon bucket and drill holes at the bottom.

These holes must be of the same size. These will be where your broom handle will pass through later on. After drilling, screw two nails at the opposite ends of the broom handle.

4. Insert the broom handle.​

Insert it inside the bucket, passing through the drilled hole. Slide it in place carefully so as not to widen the holes too much.

5. Tie the ropes.​

Do this with one end on the bucket and one on the part of the tree where you are placing the feeder. This will enable the feeder to hang around. Lower down the height between the bucket and the ground to your preference—around 4-5 feet.


There you have it! A quick DIY list of how to make a deer feeder in the comfort of your home. All the tools you will need for these projects are readily available in your local hardware, so you have no excuse.

Now you do not have to worry about where to get good automatic feeders for your hunting game. This is cost-efficient and can also enhance your mechanical creativity. Happy wildlife hunting!​

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