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trailinone 07-28-2008 07:45 AM

Has anyone had any experience with this feeder? Any opinions from experience would be appreciated.

American Hunter® Sunslinger Game Feeder Timer Kit[/align]

Solar-powered feeder timer with digital clock. Adjustable feed rate of 2-­25 seconds. Galvanized steel control box; metal downspout; rugged slinger plate resists wind and grain trickle; digital timer feeds up to 6 times a day and is powered by a built-in solar charger. Uses 6V battery (not included).

dstubb 07-28-2008 08:44 AM

RE: feeders?????
I have never used that feeder but i can say that i am not a fan of feeders with solar panels, unless the panel can be wired far away from the actual feeder itself. I just put a panel on my tripod and just after one feeding the panel is covered in dust from the corn that it is ineffective.

njbuck22 07-28-2008 08:51 AM

RE: feeders?????
Ive used feeders in the past and have gotten away from using them and baiting as well. My experiences have been that the deer are on pins and needles when the come into baiting area. They know its not natural and i have never seen a large mature buck come into a setup. It is a good way to shoot some does and small bucks, but you will be hard pressed to see a mature animal.
If youg going to get a feeder, get one that dispenses the feed over a large area, ive had ones that just drop the corn in a pile and the problem with that is only a couple of deer will be able to feed. Ones that dispense the corn allow more animals to feed comfortably and will draw more animals in. If your going to use a feeder and bait them, and its legal, set them up now and let the deer get used to them so they are settled down come hunting season.

TexasBowHunter 07-28-2008 09:25 AM

RE: feeders?????
I agree with dstubb about the solar panel being close to the spinner, I went to this style with the externally mounted solar panelabout 9 years ago and they have proven to work well..

I would also agree with njbuck22 that you want a feeder that will spin the feed out as far as possible, I personally use 12 vilt systems with special spinner plates that throw the feed in a 60' circle. Deer don't like to go under the feeder but if you can get one that will throw the feed out farther you will have a lot more deer coming to it...Good luck

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