I did a video in the past of the Moultrie Deer Feeder that I have on my property. Many people liked it but a few made what I consider stereotypical comments about how feeders are akin to shooting fish in a barrel.
As I post videos from the feeder I hope to dispel some of these myths. Feeders in and off themselves don’t turn deer into highly conditioned trained pets.
That said Deer can become highly conditioned to feeders if…
- The land owner controls large tracts of land
- The land owner feeds heavily year round and
- The land owner maintains a deer density beyond what the land can support with out feeding
In such situations I have seen deer literally run in like dogs to a can opener when the feeder goes off. In my situation I have 5 acres and only about 3 is dense woodland. There are thousands of acres of private land around me and I only have access to a neighbors adjoining 5. My feeder in this environment is nothing but an additional feed source among many others.
In the following video you will see one large buck, this is the only deer that visited the feeder (which has been in operation for months now) in a 24 hour period, he was there in the pitch dark at around 3:15 AM. Feeders can be effective, but they are not magic and only a tool. This deer will likely remain largely nocturnal, especially the moment he feels any hunting pressure.
Hopefully this series will be both educational and entertaining. Who knows what we will see as the series progresses. I also wonder if the raccoon in this episode knows how fond I am of raccoon stew?