YES i also use troughs, i have 10 of them and the deer went right to them all real good, seems like right now is the time to get them accustomed. In winter when the food is scarce the deer are looking for food i filled mine in January with corn the first time then 50/50 corn/protein then strait protein on the third fill up and the deer took right to it so this may be worth a try. Good Luck!!!!
Electric feeder over a trough. Basically creates a place for the feed to fall, almost like a funnel to through. This will keep you from running out and ration the feed. It's better to have it everyday than in cycles of having run out.
Yea got to make my mind up soon. May try a boss buck type and build a couple troughs as well. Thanks for the input guys. Seems like everybody has a different opinion so I will try them both, one is bound to work. LOL
I bought a boss buck from a guy that won one in a contest. I thought big bucks would avoid it but the pictures I have indicate otherwise. I will probably buy another to put at another spot on the farm considering the deer are staying right around it and hitting it often. I also built a trough feeder two years ago. The amount of money for materials was about the same cost for the 200lb boss feeder. In other words I can save my time and buy another boss.
I use both and each has positives and negatives. Boss buck is harder to fill but is easier to keep raccoons out of and you can somewhat control the flow of feed. Troughs are cheaper (especially when you make a couple) and easier to fill but raccoons can and will park in the things and eat their fill. Boss bucks also require pellets. Either will work.
We use troughs and love them. If we have anything other than buck muscle crumble the raccoons hammer it. However when we switch to the the winter blend buck muscle pellets the raccoons start hammering them again. We just switched back to the crumble the raccoons went away. I don’t think like the powder on their feet or nose or something. Just thought I would throw that out there for the guys having problem with raccoons eating corn or pellets.
We had 4 of ours made from a mix of treated wood and untreated wood. The wood wasn’t brand new so the treated wood had already dried out. We built one out of freshly treated wood and put it out the same time. I don’t know if it was location or if was cause it was fresh wood but it took the deer 5-6 months to start eating it well. Now a year later they hammer the feed out of it. The other troughs only took a few weeks.
I made my legs, main frame and roof frames out of PT wood and was able to score a huge pile of 3/4 none PT plywood enough for 10 troughs and made all the troughs just where the feed sits out of that plywood they were eating out of mine within 2-3 days these deer have not been fed out of troughs ever. I made mine 30" wide 4' long some 5' long and 8-10" deep mine hold between 250-350 lbs of protein i made the top of the trough part along the 4' side 28" high the narrow 30" wide ends i dropped down to 25" so the yearlings had no problem eating out of them and it seemed that most of the deer used the shorter sides if it wasn't occupied attached is a few pics for ref.