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How to Build a Squirrel Proof Deer Feeder

By Lane Cummings
A deer feeder will help attract wildlife to your area.

If you want to attract wildlife to your property or to a particular area, a deer feeder is essential. If you enjoy hunting for sport or taking wildlife photographs, the feeder will make it more of a likelihood that you'll encounter deer in your area. However, a deer-feeder is completely counter productive if varmints like squirrels or raccoons can access the food inside. In that case, you need to make sure you can create a totally secure deer feeder.

Drill a hole in the center of the bottom of the plastic bucket. The hole should be large enough for the broomstick to fit through very snugly. Essentially, the hole should be 1 inch in diameter. If the hole is too big, the whole thing will become useless.

Use your sanding tool to make the hole slightly bigger. The hole should now be 1 and 7/8 inch in diameter. Keeping your broomstick through the hole at the bottom, insert a 3 inch screw into the interior end of the broomstick. This will keep it attached to the bucket.

Fill the bucket with grain and replace the lid. Tie a 5 foot long rope to the handle of the bucket and throw it over a nearby tree branch.

Throw some grain or corn along the ground near the feeder. This will encourage deer to the spot. Put some syrup on the broomstick. This will cause the deer to lick the broomstick which will cause the feed to spill out of the bucket. Deer will learn pretty quickly that moving or licking the broomstick will accomplish this. The lid will prevent other animals like squirrels from accessing the feed and squirrels have no way of moving the broomstick as deer do.

About the Author

Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."