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Feeding deer is similar to supporting conservation lands. It helps these ungulates survive cold hard seasons where food is scarce while establishing patterns that are easier for hunters to exploit.
There are mountains of options when it comes to the need for feed, and it can be hard to choose. Auto feeder or gravity? Hanging or tripod? How does it stand up to unintended snackers?
With all the options at our ever increasing disposal, choosing the best fit for your hunt makes all the difference.
Strap on a feed bucket and saddle up to the trough. We’re going to separate the deer feeder grain from the chaff.
Our Best Choice
One and Done Game Feeder
This model holds 30 gallons of feed. Can hang from a tree or stand on a tripod. It is defensive from unintended feedings against everything up to bears (And the larger models will handle even that considerable test). Customizable and programmable automatic feeding. Works for most dry feeds for most animals.
The Top Deer Feeder in the Market Today
Best Deer Feeders and The Need for Feed.
1. One And Done Game Feeder - Best Hanging Deer Feeder
This big bad bucket-shaped deer buffet does it all. The One and Done Feeder is hardy enough to stand up to most anything mother nature throws at it and versatile enough to serve almost any sportsman’s needs.
The 30-gallon drum on the base model holds 130 pounds of feed, and its Smart Program™️ digital timer allows for a customizable schedule of 1-6 feedings a day. Programmable with 1 to 99-second dispersal increments. Vastly superior to most other makes and models, which the best typically only have up to 20-second feeding cycles.
Versatility is this feeder's specialization. Ready to ground mount right out of the box, hang from any convenient tree, or set up on a tripod, One and Done (OaD) throws the feed accurately and is painless to set up.
It tosses the greatest selection of feeds too, so it can be used for a lot more than just deer.
Better yet, it requires no tools to use and needs no more power than a 12-volt battery to operate.
Long story short, it does it all and then some… Unless you want a feeder that holds more. But then OaD comes in 55 gallon, or even 110 gallon! Those heavier models will even keep bears at bay.
2. Moultrie Pro Magnum Deer Feeder Kit - Best Electric Deer Feeder
Need a fiscally friendly feeder that flings feed as far as one could feasibly find? The Moultrie Pro Magnum Deer Feeder Kit may very well be the setup for you.
It is built with a rugged full metal housing and engineered to prevent varmints from eating your feed while keeping the tool useful for years and years. As backed by its lifetime warranty.
The unit has a digital timer with a large LCD programming screen that allows for 6 feeding times a day, ranging between one and twenty seconds.
The design mounts as easily to a 5-gallon bucket as to a 55-gallon drum, making the Pro Magnum one of the most versatile electric kits on the market.
Better still, its built-in feed-level estimator, battery indicator, external power port, and solar panel connectors load the Pro Magnum as full of features, as it loads deer with corn.
With a fresh battery, this device will broadcast feed 10-8 feet and work reliably for 4-5 months (depending on settings) before it needs a recharge.
3. Wildgame Innovations Metal Pail Deer and Game Feeder - Best Gravity Deer Feeder
For conservationists or hunters looking for something equally easy, efficient, and inexpensive, you simply can not beat the classic design of Wildgame Innovations Metal Pail Deer and Game Feeder.
The camouflaged metal bucket holds up to 50 pounds of dry feed. With the dawn and dusk automatic timer and 360-degree dispersal plate, it does everything out would expect a good deer feeder is to do.
Top it off with whatever feed is situationally appropriate, slap in a 6v battery (not included), hang it at whatever height fits your specific needs, and it is ready to use. Simplicity is this deer feeder's specialty.
Since the pail is galvanized metal—as is its spinner plate—it can hold up through countless seasons of rugged use. Making this cost-efficient unit, a completely efficient unit.
While it doesn’t have the heaviest capacity on this list, lighter feeders are easier to mount higher and have a place in many hunters arsenals. Possibly even yours.
4. Moultrie Tripod Feeders - Best Directional Deer Feeder
The Moultrie Tripod Feeders are a quartet of quality 360-degree dispersal units, and one of the set is certain to fit almost any hunter's needs.
Each of the four units—the standard, the pro, the elite, and the ultimate—have a 30-gallon hopper that sits atop its adjustable base.
These models can be rigged from 5 and a half feet all the way up to 8 feet tall. Leaving reloading, varmint protection, and altering dispersal pattern to your ease and discretion.
From top to bottom these Moultries are loaded with purpose-built features to keep the units operational for a long time. From corrosion-resistant spinner plates to electrical varmint guards with low-drain circuitry and even adjustable hopper funnels for optimized flow with multiple feed types and sizes.
All the units have between 4 and 6 programmable feeding times per day—ranging from one to twenty second dispersals—and the Unlimited model has a clever jam sensor and backspin feature that prevents any clogs.
In these four feeders, there is something for everyone.
5. Wildgame Innovations TREEHUGGER80 Gravity Deer Feeder - Best Budget Deer Feeder
You wont get all the bells and whistles with the Wildgame Innovations TREEHUGGER80 that you can from other deer feeders, but you will get a timeless and reliable design that you can use anywhere at all.
At only 5lbs empty, you can mount this feeder on any tree in under 2 min. Lightweight design makes moving it a breeze, while integrated straps and a heavy duty buckle make for secure attachment. Really handy for out of the way and hard-to-reach areas that don't have a lot of open space - like backwoods, mountains, or swamps.
The Treehugger80 holds up to 80 Pounds of corn, bran, protein, mix or your dried feed of choice. This feeder is a low-maintenance feeding solution that sets the dinner table for you.
Straight from the Deer's Mouth
Not one deer feeder on this list will leave your hunt hanging or your query hungry… Or you for that matter.
Whether you are looking for gravity-fed or electric—free standing, hanging, or tripod based—there is a unit for any sportsman’s purpose.
The One and Done Feeder is the best of the best and the cream of a very rich crop. Easy to set up. Easy to use. Just easy. Further, it can be set up to dispense feed for ducks or fish just as simply as mulies or whitetails.
The One and Done Feeder
But if you need to save a buck to bag one, all of the other models presented here are purpose engineered to keep you neck deep in your game of preference.
Start training your quarry now by setting up a high-quality feeder while the price is right, and guarantee yourself hunts as bountiful as the meals you’ve prepared for your prize.