In the south, we have straight trees - and other than some of the oaks, we do not have good, stout braches off of the main trunk.
I needed to hang a feeder but there were primarily gum and pine trees in the area...
I built this bar to hang the feeder on and used a small block and tackle to raise and lower the feeder and it worked great.
The bar is just some scrap steel I had in the garage... I added some spikes on the lower section to help it dig into the tree a little bit.
I secure the bar to the tree when the feeder is on it with a large ratchet strap (I just used this small one for demo purposes) and it is as stout as can be... I added that small tab at the top so the bar can not slide out of the strap.
It holds the feeder well away from the tree and is easy to put up / take down... this year when I used it, I just climbed the tree with a portable stand, hoisted it up there and strapped it to the tree.
This gets the feeder up out of the deer's line of sight and once the bar is up there, it is easy to lower the feeder and refill it.
Very simple and works well - if you have a need, you can build one very easily yourself or have someone fab one up for you!