We hang deer feeders by a home-made tripod constructed from three 12 foot or 14 foot 2X4s (or 4X4,s , depending on how big the feeder ) and t-hinges. Put a large eye bolt where the hinges come togather and hang the feeder from it.
We have found that bolting a boat winch to one leg of the tripod is necessary to hoist the feeder because of the weight of a full feeder.
The advantage if this set-up is the ease of relocating the feeder and removing it in the off season.
I recently made an 8 ft. tripod for my 30 gal. feeder. Welded some angled pipe onto a 1/8" plate and bolted the plate(bracket) to the barrel using rubber washers and silicone to prevent leaks. Then I used a larger dia. pipe(legs) to slide over the brackets and bolted together. The legs can be easily removed for transport. Works really well. I have to back my truck up to it to fill is the only bad thing.
Being a bowhunting I've always been fanatical about scent control. Whether it's sprays, carbon clothing etc. I've tried it. The best thing that I have found for eliminating human scent is Betadine. It's been used in hospitals and homes for decades as a defense against infections on minor scrapes and burns. It can typically be found near the pharmacy in any of the major "one stop shop" stores, and a bottle will last multiple hunting seasons.
Before every hunt possible I...