There are different types of homemade deer feeders that you can make. The plans you will find here at the links to our other pages, are free and the materials that will you need to buy should be inexpensive. Inexpensive compared to some of the deer feeders on the market. Many of the deer feeders can be made for less than $20.

We have divided the deer feeders up into four categories of feeders and given each type it's own page. Some of these feeders overlap each other such as the barrel or bucket type that have had automatic timers and spinner plates added to them. Those are listed under

Automatic Feeders Some people use a gravity type feeder to fill a trough. If you are planning on doing that, look at both the Bucket and Barrel type and Trough type.  Bucket and Barrel type are usually made from 5 gallon buckets, plastic barrels, or galvanized trash cans. These feeders can usually hold more food and can be set up to make the deer nudge the bottom of it to get food. Some barrels are set up with automatic spinners and timers. Trough type feeders are usually meant to be free standing feeders that feed would be manually added to. These include wooden stands, tree stumps, and hay feeders that are usually used with cattle or small animals like sheep. The troughs can be set up under gravity feed or automatic feeders also.

PVC type deer feeders are just what it sounds like. They are made from 4,6,8 or even 10 inch PVC. There are also a few other pipe-type products mentioned like driveway "whistle" or "tressle" type pipe. There are several styles of these, but most are made to attach to a tree, post, or fence.

The main consideration when thinking about a deer feeder is how many deer you are thinking about feeding and why you are feeding them. If you plan to feed where there are larger herds, you may want a deer feeder that is a little bit more sophisticated than the ordinary variety, like an automatic feeder.

Feeding deer can lead to more deer coming to your landscape, but if you only have a few deer coming to your yard causing problems and believe feeding them on the fringes will satisfy their hunger, then an inexpensive PVC feeder should satisfy.

Quick and Cheap PVC Deer Feeder Plan

by Cash

Quick and Cheap Deer Feeder

1-8ft section 4" PVC
1-end cap
1-screw top w/adapter
1-90 degree elbow
Dremel tool w/cutting wheel
Drill w/ 1/4 bit
PVC glue

Cut 2 ft off the pipe, glue the 2 ft section and 6 ft section to the 90 elbow
Cap the short section with end cap.
Cut a section out of the top part of the 2 ft section approx 1 ft long x 6 in wide with Dremel tool.
Drill several holes with drill in bottom of 2 ft section under cut out portion for drainage.
Glue adapter for screw top to top of 6 ft section and screw in top cap.

This will hold 1 40#bag of corn

Deer Feeder Helped Save My Plants

by Angela

I placed a deer feeder in area away from my gardens. Before that I couldn't keep them from my plants. Deer corn is cheaper than replacing my plants. They also munch on the natures vegetation around the area were I have the deer feeder. For three years now I have had no problems with them eating my plants. This way I enjoy my plants as well a watching the deers come to their feeder. The neighboring deer hunters during deer hunting season does help with the over population. There's also Milorganite, a fertilizer you can pour around your garden that is suppose to keep deer from your garden that can be purchased at you local garden center

Bucket 1 (blue) Bucket 2 (white) Bucket 3 (green) bucket 4 (gray), straps (olive drab) screws (red)

3 5 gallon buckets.
1 extra stand bucket (optional)
1 5 gallon bucket snap on lid.
wood screws
earth tone spray paints
saw, Dremel, or other tool sufficient for cutting the 5 gallon bucket material.
Heavy straps for securing it to a tree, post, etc.

Cut the bottoms out of two of the 5 gallon buckets about an inch up from the base.

one the un-cut bucket, cut a downward facing C-cut starting about 6 inches up from the bottom, cut about half way through the diameter of the bucket, and all the way to the base. Bend the C-cut downward, so the opening turns out like a tray.

I used the other two bottoms, and cut triangle wedges for "tray" sidewalls, as well I also cut one-third flat off one, and secured it inside the "tray" bucket, sloping down towards the tray.

Stack the two now bottomless buckets on the one with the new tray and secure using wood screws so you have one large tube, and the tray is at the bottom of the stack. It should sit roughly 4 to 5 feet tall.

Spray the buckets using darkest colors as the base tones, then one or two lighter ones, using fern leaves as spray stencils overlapping. Make sure to spray all OUTSIDE sections, top and stand bucket if used. this will not only make the deer for comfortable with it, but will also keep by standards if any, from messing with your feeder.

Another option I have found to be more rewarding and more nature friendly, is to use tree bark affixed to the outer surface rather than, or in conjunction with the paint.

Lets sit out and outgas (dry) for a few days prior to setting up and filling.

I found that using yet another 5 gallon bucket to set the feeder on, prior to affixing it to the tree, keeps it up off the ground and makes it comfortable for the deer to feed from.

Use the snap cap at this time to keep your feed dry and from becoming a deep squirrel, bird feeder.

Warning... local chickens will find and devour your feed. (I learned this from multiple trail cam images after my feed was gone far to quickly!)

Redneck Bucket Feeder

by Tyler Hutcheson
(Guntown, Ms, US)

Find a 5 gallon bucket, cut out a 2 or 3 inch whole in the bottom of it. Then, get some pvc, use glue or a bolting system to put the pipe on the bottom of the bucket, covering the whole. Then get an arm piece to go on the pipe, 2 or 3 arm piece. Hang the feeder on a low limb so deer can feed out of it. Spray paint it whatever color you want to, green, black, tan, or an offtone color.

Another Bucket Feeder

by juan

you will need this things, a 5 gallon bucket ,a lid ,1inch pvc pipe ,nails ,earth tone spray paint, drill or hammer, first take the pvc an drill the nails in it, then drill a hole in the bottom not to big though then drop the pvc in the hole the nails will hold it in the bucket then test it to make sure all the corn wont fall out if this works it will be grate i have made 3 an they work fine

Well, I have made a few of the PVC feeders with the "Y" on the bottom. I believe that they are 4" PVC with a cap on the top and another on the bottom with holes drilled in to let the water drain out. Works great!!! The only issue that I have is that the chipmunks will eat/squirrel away a boat load of the corn.

The last video you are showing is mine (fishmlb).
It is made from 8 in aluminum tube. I cut some 90 degree brackets and mounted them on a 1/4 thick aluminum plate. I mounted the tubes about 1/2 above the plate. Corn can run out almost all the way around. Most people will not have access to the tubes. I wouldn't have if it hadn't been scrap from my work place. That tube is expensive. But you can do the same thing with PVC. I drilled 4 holes in the plate and drove tent stakes in the ground to keep if from turning over. This is set up behind our house in a subdivision in South Forsyth County. Had 10 does and 4 bucks out there last week. Stays busy.

A flexible gutter spout can be packed into any location and tied to a tree or post with parachute cord or rope. It is about a foot long compacted and stretches out to around three feet. Only holds about half a sack works great or a secret spot with a few deer but watch out hogs will empty it in a few days . Perfect for a backpack full of corn on Friday to hunt till Sunday.