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.
I recently completed my first skull plate mount of my buck antelope from the 2010 season. I used a kit from Van Dykes, and I thought I would pass along the tips my dad shared with me, as well as one or two I figured out on my own. I have only completed the one antelope kit, but these tips should work for kits for other species as well.
1. Leave as much depth to the skull as possible when you remove the antlers/horns from the skull of the animal. This...