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Deer can't find feeder!

I decided to get a small deer feeder in an attempt to bring deer close to my stand and keep them on the property. It seems they like to hide out on the neighbors NO HUNTING property quite a bit since gun season. Well my stand and deer feeder are back in the woods by an alfalfa field. I noticed a lot of deer come onto our property just to eat the alfalfa and then they leave! I'm having trouble bringing them in the woods to my feeder! Any advice or tips to lure them in and keep them on the property? I have a 5-gallon bucket deer feeder with corn, sunflower seeds, and molasses mixed, plus I have a scented mineral lick. I put out some apples and carrots to see if it would attract the deer, but I think their having trouble finding the feeder. Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Location: Minnesota
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Deer can't find feeder!

If you just put the feeder up, that might be the problem. If they are being pressured, they may just hang tight on the neighbors land until the hunting season is over. They may also be hitting the feeder at night. Keep at it though. As the season winds down and the deer get less pressure, they'll likely come in. The feeder is benefiting other wildlife in the area, so don' think of it as a waste. I think the best time to start a feeder is in the early spring. That way the deer can develope a pattern. However, the santuary of the neighbors property might be tough to overcome. Think about easing hunting on your property, creating cover for them on your property, and a food plot. Deer need Food, water and shelter, just like we do. Having as many of those on your property will help you retain resident deer.

Good luck...

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Location: new brunswick
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Re: Deer can't find feeder!
DMiller6868 wrote:
I decided to get a small deer feeder in an attempt to bring deer close to my stand and keep them on the property. It seems they like to hide out on the neighbors NO HUNTING property quite a bit since gun season. Well my stand and deer feeder are back in the woods by an alfalfa field. I noticed a lot of deer come onto our property just to eat the alfalfa and then they leave! I'm having trouble bringing them in the woods to my feeder! Any advice or tips to lure them in and keep them on the property? I have a 5-gallon bucket deer feeder with corn, sunflower seeds, and molasses mixed, plus I have a scented mineral lick. I put out some apples and carrots to see if it would attract the deer, but I think their having trouble finding the feeder. Any advice would be much appreciated.

I think what we have here is a case of edumacated deer apparently they can read signs !! Laugh Laugh Laugh

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