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New digital feeder spook deer?

Discussion in 'Bowhunting Talk' started by spoon33, Oct 13, 2016.

  1. spoon33

    spoon33 Newb

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    Got some new land I am going to hang a stand and start hunting and was curious how much it would effect the deer having a feeder go off in the morning and evening? The land was just recently purchased by a friend and it doesn't appear anyone ever hunted or did anything with the land.

    I'm tempted to hunt when I can on the weekends without the feeder starting off, as to not disturb the area anymore then I need to. However, I would hate to wait until Halloween time or later to put the feeder down and effect the deer during potential rut time.
     
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    cart3r_hunt3r Weekend Warrior

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    As long as you give them time to adjust to it you will be fine
     
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    I agree with cart3r_hunt3r, once they acclimate to the noise and knowing its not a threat they will be fine. Raccoons on the other hand don't care they will be all over it the minute it spits out food lol.
     
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    Raccoons are a major pain. The Does will get use to the feeder pretty quick and they will keep coming into it. Once you have the Does patterned to come into the feeder going off, the bucks will follow once the rut kicks in.
     
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    From my experiences with a feeder, it's works best to have them go off well before you plan to hunt. ( I had mine @ 2:00 A.M/P.M. The first year I hunted I had a MONSTER buck @ 14 yards & I came to full draw & the feeder went off & the buck bolted like nobody's business.


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    Feeder should be set for 15 minutes before you can see to shoot. Makes them stop by when you can shoot if they want to eat. Also prevents it from going off when you can see so the above doesn't happen. That's my two cents

    Furthermore, you get to hear it go off confirming the time is right and the feeder is working well.

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