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deer feeder newby questions

hey guys,  I recently moved back to Tx where my parents have some land.  My dad and I wanted to set up a deer feeder and try our luck at it this year.  Im usually used to Elk and Bear hunting in MT so the whitetail thing with a feeder is new to me.  We set it for slinging corn 2x a day and have caught a small buck and a few does on the trailcam so far.  The feeder is in an open spot near a treeline that has moderate dense brush / trees that leads to a pond (which will soon be dry if we dont get some damn rain soon lol).  Most of the activity we have gotten pics of is at 9pm or 4-5 am.  I sprayed some Cmere Deer around, used some liquid Deer Cane as well just to get them to be curious about the new setup.  I have corn and apple scented corn in the feeder at the moment.

1.  Anything i should change up as far as what im feeding / using as attractant?  Maybe specific to the season and or the weather condition.

2  Will they get bored with it or keep hitting it since its a constant feed source?  Do they keep the same routine of just go wherever?

3.  Will different deer eventually hit this or just the same 2 or 3 we've been seeing.

thanks in advance, jonathan 

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heres a pic, i have a few

heres a pic, i have a few more...forgot to mention i have a salt lick in place as well.  I thought the pic of the deer and the raccoon was pretty funny

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Best advice I can give you is

Best advice I can give you is to find out where your deer are bedding and where the primary food source is located.  If you find both of those you should be able to set up most of your equipment just off of the main trails they use and you will attract more that way.  You can put all the food out in the world but if the deer don't frequent that location you wont get much.  The best example I can think of is where I have my site and camera set now I get between 75-100 picturs a week where as the location I had it before I got 5 pictures every two weeks if I was lucky.  I only moved the camera 150 yards but closer to the main trail they used.  Really proves that they are creatures of habit.  I would try to do a little scouting, even pull up google earth, it can show you alot about your land and give you good starting points.  Find those two points of intrest and set your gear there but thats just my two cents.  good luck and I hope you get that rain.  We finally just got some tonight thank the lord.  Now if we could just shake these 100 degree days  Wacko

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im pretty sure they mostly

im pretty sure they mostly hang out across the fence at another guys property who has a pecan orchard, more shade and a pond about the same size as mine.  Im just tryin to pull em my way over the fence lol...

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You may have to wait until

You may have to wait until most of the regular food sources thin out before it starts to pull them to your set up then.  Think about it would you leave a all you can eat buffet to eat somewhere else if where you were the food was full and delicious?  If you don't a primary food source or bedding area on your property it will be a little tough.  Like I said before they are creatures of habit and won't change things up unless they have too (lack of food, pressure, lack of water).  Best advice I can say is to stick with it, maybe even look at planting a food plot.  In my opinion food plots are better than feeders  as it will give them a main source of food.  Feeders are good as secondary source of food, like a snack . All in all it is a tricky task creating an area that deer will visit frequently if it is outside thier normal routines.  Remember this is just my opinion and Im not always right.  Besides any day of hunting and being outdoors is better than a day at work  Thumbs up

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