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How to feed deer and not squirrels #7287807
06/16/21 05:11 PM
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How can I feed deer and not squirrels? This topics causes me to daydream a lot. There must be a method. Only solution I can think of is suspending ears of corn via mono fishing line. Hang the ears too high for a squirrel to jump up to, but not too high for deer to attempt to nibble the corn. I could combine this with ground feed and once the ground is clean, the deer can circle the hanging ears.

Please share any technique or ideas you have.

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7287815
06/16/21 05:20 PM
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First shoot squirrels good eating
Get a feeder trough and put short electric fence around it. Deer will step or jump over, squirrels will climb and get zapped

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Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288204
06/17/21 07:48 AM
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For a long time squirrels have been outsmarting the people trying to keep them out of bird feeders. Given that birds can fly and deer cannot, success keeping squirrels out of deer feed sounds unlikely.

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288211
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Get a piece of 8 in PVC pipe 6 ft long, bury 2 ft in ground standing up, fill with dirt to 10 in from top, fill the top with corm.

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288240
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Got a Boss Buck feeder I’ve never seen a squirrel on. They do eat whatever hits the deck though.

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288243
06/17/21 09:29 AM
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Easier to just feed the squirrels. Believe me. Check out squirrel obstacle course that a NASA engineer set up on YouTube. They will figure anything out

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288264
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Squirrels will eat a fraction compared to the coons. Good luck! But squirrels only eat the heart out of the kernel the deer then eat the rest. Guy I knew that knew my 3rd cousin twice removed uses fly bait and grape soda to control the coon problem.

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288299
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1) Fatten the squirrel with corn 2) harvest some top notch squirrel meat.

I have eaten it a lot of ways but fried squirrel (with white pepper) then covered and baked in cream of mushroom is one of my fav suppers and always will be.


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Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288312
06/17/21 10:55 AM
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This is precisely why the .22 rifle was invented....

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Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288320
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I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to feed the deer other than to keep them from eating everything else you don't want them eating.

The last thing any sane person would do is try to attract deer to his property.

Its like planting dandelions, don't matter if you do or not they will come.

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288328
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It's a southern thing they feed deer year around.


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Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: Dirty D] #7288353
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Originally Posted by Dirty D
I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would want to feed the deer other than to keep them from eating everything else you don't want them eating.

The last thing any sane person would do is try to attract deer to his property.

Its like planting dandelions, don't matter if you do or not they will come.


For pics and only the pics !! Have to stop here in Ky from march to may . Can't be shooting no grain fed turky's

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288392
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Go to www.Youtube.com and search Squirrel Wars
Not much you can actually do about it, but good luck.


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Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: Diggerman] #7288396
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Originally Posted by Diggerman
Get a piece of 8 in PVC pipe 6 ft long, bury 2 ft in ground standing up, fill with dirt to 10 in from top, fill the top with corm.

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Pic of a 200# + mature buck at feeder that's less than 4 feet (I believe 42") just for reference

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: charles] #7288409
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Hey did you kill him ?

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: Diggerman] #7288411
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Originally Posted by Diggerman
Get a piece of 8 in PVC pipe 6 ft long, bury 2 ft in ground standing up, fill with dirt to 10 in from top, fill the top with corm.

Heck if you fill it with dirt won't hold 5 lb of corn. Coon empty it in 10 minutes

Re: How to feed deer and not squirrels [Re: jbyrd63] #7288426
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Originally Posted by jbyrd63
Hey did you kill him ?

Neighbor got him . 12" brow tine . Net 165. Somewhere in upper 170s to 180 gross. 7 " deduction just between the brows

After comparing note we figure he was regular traveling at lest five miles and crossing a highway during the run.

I messed up by not hunting him myself. I didn't think he was but maybe 150 is until I'd already filled my tag. Boys were sick we didn't get him but it was a good lesson for them.

Ps we named him Savell in honor of the legendary East Texas trophy hunter grin

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