Re: Testing Some Pic\'s from the ranch
Your totally right on the time thing, both of the daughter's best deer have come between 11:00am and 1:00pm. My best was just being in the right place at the right time about 30 minutes into the season. I also think that the deer sort of pattern the hunters almost as much as we do them.
On those feeder legs, the one in the picture has classic cow rub written all over it. I watched as a cow on a neighboring property decided to bring one down. It was very interesting and informative. They first try to remove the blockage keeping the corn in, which is generally the motor. When that works, your only changing out the motor and bracket. When they can't get to the motor, they resort to hitting the legs in an effort to shake the candy loose from the machine. Bad part is, once they learn this, every unpenned feeder is open game. If they hit one that is easily tipped over, they learn they all will fall over, and go about their routine of just knocking them down and rolling them till they spill.
In one week, I had three of them wrecked by the cows loosing two brand new motor in the process. The bad part was, the two with the motors, had locking lids, and they evidently really got into it once they found no corn would come out the top. Similar findings as you, some distance from where it was originally located. I guess they just kept pushing it around getting what little would spill out as it rolled.
I have started using either 1" or 1.5" galvanized conduit for legs. On them I install an anchor using one of two methods. I either weld a piece of 1/4x4" flatbar on the coupling, or use a 6" piece of 2x2 angle with a piece of 18" - 2' of rebar welded to the middle, and slid up the inside of the leg. The angle is inserted and buried in areas with soft ground, and the plates have a 1/2" hole in them to drive rebar through from the top, in harder ground.
This at least give you a solid footing and helps keep some critters from getting a leg moving and shoving them down.
For the connection to the barrels, I use 1/8"x4" flatbar cut about 9" long, with a 3/8" hole drilled 1" in, on each corner. THen weld a piece of 1/2" or 3/4" pipe 2' long to them, bent on about a 25 or 30 degree angle for the first 6". These are bolted using SS 3/8 bolts and fender washers on the inside. For the most part this hyas worked the best on the feeders we have put up over the past 10 years. Even a couple have been attacked by the cows have made it through. The ones which didn't just happened to be in some very wet ground similar to what we have now, and once they got them moving, they didn't stand a chance.
Speaking of feeders, I got a couple that require a little attention, and might even have a hog under them now.
Best go take a look. Take care.
Mike / Tx
"Heck why would I lie, most folks don't believe the truth when I tell them"