Take a 5-gallon bucket, a good sturdy rope and an old broom handle. Drill a hole in the bottom of the bucket 1/4" to 1/2" larger than the broom handle.

Take the broom handle and put 2 nails or screws in the sides, opposite each other, about 6" from one end. Do not put the nails or screws all the way through, let them stick out about one inch.

With the long end down, slide the broom handle into the bucket and through the hole. The nails or screws will keep the broom handle from falling through the bottom. Tie the rope to the bucket handle and tie the other end to a tree branch, so the broom handle is hanging 4-5 feet above the ground. Then the last thing to do is to fill the bucket full of corn

or your favorite deer feed and put the lid on the bucket to keep it dry. The deer feed will fall to the ground every time a deer bumps the broom handle.

Forum Suggestions:
Take a five gallon bucket, cut a two inch diameter hole in the bottom center, hang a twenty-four inch length of tree limb down through the hole - to where about a foot hangs out the bottom. The limb's diameter should almost plug the hole up.
Fill with cracked corn and hang about four to five feet off the ground with a little corn spread beneath the feeder.
The deer will quickly learn to nudge the hanging limb to drop more corn.

Suggestion from readers:

Use a toilet plunger inside a 5-gallon bucket. Make the hole in the bottom smaller than a standard plunger, set the plunger down inside with the dowel sticking out the bottom and then fill it up with corn. The weight keeps the bucket sealed until it is bumped, releasing corn. He put peanut butter on the dowel to "train" the deer to release the corn.

A simple feeder can be constructed from a 55 or 30 gallon steel barrel which can often be acquired for little or no cost. This type of feeder can be filled with any grain including black oil sunflower, corn, oats, or a mixture of grains. It serves as a ground feeder and is excellent for deer, turkeys, and other upland birds.

Find a barrel which did not contain pesticides or other toxic chemicals. The barrels most commonly available are those which contained petroleum products. Ensure any residue is washed from the inside of such barrels.

Remove one end of the barrel. This will become the top end into which grain is poured. Do not attempt cutting out the end with a cutting torch as vapors within the barrel may be explosive. Instead, use a saber saw with a metal cutting blade or a large hammer and metal cutting chisel.

Make a 12 inch cut lengthwise along the bottom edge of the barrel about 2 inches above the bottom base ring. The cut should be started by first drilling a 3/8 inch hole where the cut will begin. Cut 12 inches across the bottom beginning at the 3/8 inch hole with a saber saw and fine metal cutting blade.

Pound in the metal above the 12 inch cut. The result should be a half-moon shaped opening that will release grain as it is taken from the small tray opening below.

If the barrel did not come with a lid, cut a section of exterior plywood slightly larger than the opening in the top of the barrel. Secure this lid to the barrel using tarp straps. Eye bolts can be fastened to both the barrel and the plywood for points to hook the straps. As an alternate and more simple method, nail three small blocks of wood on the bottom side of the lid just inside the top edge of the barrel and place a brick or other heavy object on top to hold the lid in place.

To make our bucket feeder we used the following items:5-gallon plastic bucket with snap on lid (empty drywall bucket)1-dowel rod, about 36-inches long (left-over from another project)5/16-inch braided nylon rope3-inch course thread screw

Tools:Drill with a 1-inch spade bitDremel tool and sanding wheel

To make the bucket feeder we drilled a 1-inch hole in the bottom of the bucket and then sanded it out to 1 3/8-inch diameter. Once the whole is too big there is no turning back.

We put the 3-inch screw through the dowel rod to suspend it in the hole in the bucket. Then simply tie the rope to the handle and throw it over a tree limb and pull the feeder up.

To try to get the deer to come to the feeder we sprinkled some corn around on the ground and put some pancake syrup on the dowel rod to try to get the deer to lick it. When they lick the dowel hopefully corn will fall out and they will learn how to get the corn out by licking or moving the dowel rod.

So far our bucket deer feeder hasn't been succesful.

A week before buck season we decided to go ahead and attach our old spinner feeder to the bucket. My Dad had a suspicion that there were some bucks at the far end of our property that we weren't seeing so we put the feeder out there to see what would come to it.

Overall our homemade bucket feeder was a marginal success. With the way the raccoons were chewing on the dowel rod it may not have lasted much longer.

FROM: Forums

The best gravity flow feeder we found was a 55 gal plastic bbl liner steamed cleaned.

With the drum sitting on the ground bung side up, drill two holes on opposite sides of the drum about 2" in diameter. Take the bung out and fill with corn, oats, barley, or what ever. then when you are where you want to set it up to feed, with the bung screwed back in flip the bbl so the bung side is down.

The feed will gravity flow out the drilled holes as critters eat. Works great for turkeys as well.

Very little waste. Only problem is that it is self feed and depending upon your game population you might find yourself refilling once a week. <BR><BR>Take a dark brown chocolate milk jug and fill it with corn. Then knock a small hole in the bottom and tie the handle to a tree. It will keep deer busy trying to work corn out of there and you don't have to fill it every week.

I use a metal 55 gal drum and cut two {1 one each side of barrel} openings around 1 inch from bottom starting at that point cut up 1 inch and then over 3 inches and back down. Then I bend the flap down so it controls the amount of feed that comes out and the turkeys and deer seem to love it. Get a barrel with a lid then just open to fill will hold 250-300 lbs corn.

Easy to make feeder. get a 55 gallon drum, three 3" channels cut 8" long, and three 1"x2" tubes to what ever length you want. i use 6'. clamp your channels to the tubes and drill two holes for a 1/2" bolt. now weld a nut on the inside of your channels and weld the channels to your drum making it a tripod. now you can stick your tubes in your receiver hitch and bent it to a suitable angle. now when your ready to put it up lay the drum on its side and bolt the legs to it and stand it up.


Our experience has taught us that for us the best deer feeder set-up is with a metal can so that squirrels cannot chew into them, with a timer that allows us to select both the spin time and the time of day and number of time it spins and a tripod with a winch so that we can move the feeder away from the mud and lower it for ease of filling.

We have recently set up what we call our exploration feeder. It is a five gallon bucket with a spinner feeder on it. We take this feeder and move it around to see if we can locate bucks we are not seeing at our other feeders and food plots.


Check out the picture. This one holds 300 pounds of feed.
"It uses a pickle barrel and holds 300# of corn. The barrel has a recessed top so you need a cover. I had a buddy make one out of sheet metal. The hanger is piece of galv. pipe. I use wire cable and a hoist to get it off the ground. You will need a stool with a hole in it for the spinner, so the weight is not on the spinner when filling the feeder."


Deer Feeder Video - 55 Gallon Drum with holes At Bottom