How To Make A Homemade Deer Feeder

homemade deer feeder

There are a wide variety of deer feeders to choose from. Depending on the quality and capacity most feeders range anywhere from $30.00 to $300.00, and in some cases even more! Instead of spending your hard earned money on a store bought deer feeder you can make your own in as little as 20 minutes! Store bought feeders are not only expensive; they are often hard to set up and put together.

There are many different ways to make homemade deer feeders. To get the most out of your feeder; you will want to make one that doesn’t free feed. Meaning, the deer have to work the feeder to dispense the feed. This helps keep other animals, like raccoons and squirrels, from being able to easily access the deer corn. Let’s take a look at the cheapest and most effective feeder that you can make.

What You Will Need

•Clean five-gallon bucket with lid


•Utility knife

•3-foot dowel rod



•Binder twine or rope

•Deer feed


1. Set your bucket upside down on a flat surface. Use your drill to make a hole directly in the middle of the bottom of the 5-gallon bucket. You’ll want to make sure that your hole is big enough to fit your dowel rod. Also, make sure to have enough room around the dowel, to allow the deer feed to fall through when the rod is moved. To get the perfect fit use your utility knife to trim around the initial hole. Make about a half inch space between the dowel rod and the bucket.

2. Preparing the dowel rod is quick and easy. Insert the screw into the dowel rod about 3 inches from one end. Use a screw that will be long enough to stick out of each side of the rod. This will keep the dowel rod from slipping out of the feeder and will act as a lever. When a deer nudges up against the rod it swings the rod from side to side and allows feed to fall through the half inch area between the plastic bucket and the rod.

3. You have two options to hang your new 5-gallon bucket feeder. Option one is the easiest. Simply take your binder twine or rope and tie it around the handle. Once you have picked the perfect spot to hang your feeder, throw the rope or twine over the branch and tie the other end to the handle. Option two requires a little more work and has to be slid onto the branch in order to be hanged. To do this you need to remove the handle of your bucket and drill holes where the handle used to be. Thread your rope through one hole and make a knot. Repeat this step on the other side. Make sure your knots are large enough to ensure the rope can not slip out of the hole. Then, slide your feeder onto whichever branch you choose.

Filling this feeder is fast and hassle free. Simply remove the lid, pour in your deer corn, and snap the lid back on. The air tight lid keeps other animals out and keeps your feed fresh. Test your feeder, by pushing the dowel, to ensure that the feed comes out freely. When deer brush up against the rod the feed will fall onto the ground.

There are many different ways to make a homemade deer feeder, but this is by far the fastest and easiest! Whether your a hunting pro or just starting out this deer feeder is practical and effective. So, get your materials and start this DIY project today. You’ll be glad you did!