Deer feeders are an amazing way to set up the perfect shot, either for hunting or photography. In either case, this device can change the game completely and make life so much easier for you. That said, there can be problems that arise when using a feeder that you should know about. Let’s go over some common problems that you may experience with a deer feeder and how to deal with them.
A mechanical failure can take several different forms depending on what type of feeder you have. If it is an old-fashioned feeder that just holds feed and does little else, then this could mean a busted hatch or leak of some kind. In most cases, basic problems like these can be fixed with a little elbow grease and the right tools. However, if the feeder is clearly damaged beyond repair, it is best to just get a new one.
Electronic deer feeders are superior to purely mechanical ones in almost every way. However, there can sometimes be issues with the electronics. This could bit the device failing to turn on, opening at the wrong time, or any number of issues common among electronic devices.
The first step to fixing a problem with the electronics is to read the user manual. This will help rule out that you’re the one that screwed something up. If this is the case, just fix your mistake and move on, easy as that.
On the other hand, if you clearly didn’t do anything wrong and the electronics aren’t working as they should, then you’ll need to either return the device if possible or take it to someone that can possibly repair it. In some cases, it may not be possible to fix the unit and you’ll just have to get another one.
This is actually not the feeder’s fault but it can still be a major problem that decreases the effectiveness of the device. When looking for the perfect spot for your feeder, you need a place that is both high-traffic for deer activity and secluded enough that they will come out during the daytime. This is because deer are very cautious during the day and always like to have a nearby escape route. Also, avoiding areas with high human activity, such as wooded areas near roads and urban zones, is a good idea too.
Depending on the kind of feeder you have, it is possible that the delivery device could get clogged. Normally this is an easy fix with the right tools, but you must be very careful. Do not insert your arm into the delivery device, especially if it is turned on. Instead, use an instrument of some kind to dispel the clog and get your feeder working properly again. Also, it should be mentioned that trying to run a clogged feeder could end up further damaging it so make sure that you take care of the clog before reactivating it.
Squirrels and Racoons
Having one or two critters like squires and/or raccoons get into your feeder usually isn’t a problem. However, when a whole mess of them shows up, it can lead to a lot of wasted feed. This is especially true if they are taking handfuls out of the feeder and throwing them on the ground for their buddies. Yes, raccoons are smart enough to do this.
There are several solutions to this problem, but one of the most common is wrapping barbed wire around the areas the critters are climbing to get access to the feed. Deer are smart enough not to harm themselves on it and it will prevent the other critters from stealing their food. There are also other methods depending on what model of feeder you have such as using axel grease to prevent climbing and using special lids to keep the critters out.
Fixing Your Feeder the Smart Way
As previously mentioned, sometimes a feeder is just damaged beyond repair and there is nothing you can do about it. However, you should try and exhaust all possibilities before it comes to that. In many cases, fixing your feeder is just a matter of know-how and having the right tools. This will help you to preserve your investment and get as much use out of it as possible.