Hang 'Em High

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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!

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ndemiter's picture

that's a pretty good looking

that's a pretty good looking rig. i live in kansas where there isn't a lot of big trees and have thought about what i could do to fix a small feeder up in a place where i could get a good shot off from some rocks above my favorite canyon.

the only thiung i could think of to make your idea better is swap the block and tackle for a winch with a remote that would make my day! while we're at it, let's get a drum that can hold 500 pounds at a time, we can fill it up 1 time a year and never mess with it the rest of the time.

 

just curious, do you have a problem with bears trying to get into your feeder? ... you may not have many of them around anyways.

Deer Slayer's picture

Thanks for the tip and the

Thanks for the tip and the pictures. Looks like an easy, quick make and alot less money than buying something similar to it in the store. Thanks for sharing.

ManOfTheFall's picture

Great tip, Great pictures. It

Great tip, Great pictures. It looks like it would be really easy to make. Once again, another great invention by Jim. Get yours today!!!!!

numbnutz's picture

Very  good tip, Looks pretty

Very  good tip, Looks pretty easy to make and use, I have the same problem out here with the trees. we have mostly very tall douglas fir trees in our forests. thanks for the great tip.

groovy mike's picture

I can't do it :(

Darn it! another well written adn well illustrated article with good avice that I can't make use of.

Here in New York it is not only a violation of regulation from the Department of Environmental Conservation to "bait" deer or bear by hunting over any artificial food source, you can't even feed them when the season is closed. 

The logic is that deer at a feeder will be nose to nose and that the close contact will promote transmission of contagious disease from one deer to another.  So in the wake of Chronic Wasting Disease (which I don't thik has ever been detected in a wild deer in New York) we can no longer supplement the deers feed in winter....

This is yet another reason I need to get a food plot planted. I'm thinking some corn rows would be just the ticket to draw not only deer but turkeys into my hunting area....

 

jaybe's picture

I Can't Either

Actually, here in Michigan, baiting is allowed in the Upper Peninsula, but no longer in the Lower.

A couple of years ago, one doe at a private deer "farm" was found to have CWD, so the reaction of our DNR was to ban ALL baiting in the entire Lower Peninsula.

As was previously stated, this was supposed to prevent nose-to-nose contact between the deer.

But I have personally witnessed deer touching noses when there was no food anywhere in sight!

But - back to the tip here - - that's a great idea if you don't have trees with branches.

I have also seen where this would work well on a power pole that deer seem to hang around.

C'mon up to Michigan, Jim - we have lots of trees with low branches here!

(Just don't hang a feeder on them).