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  • #16
    COUPLE HUNDRED yards

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    • #17
      20-30 yards for Bow 100 or 150 for a rifle

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      • #18
        50 yards,.. front and center

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        • #19
          There is no set distance, it all depends on what a comfortable shooting distance for you is. I mean, you need a clear path from you and the feeder so that you can not only see what is going on but make a clean shot. Also, the farther the way the better, that way you do not disturb the animals around the feeder as well as they do not pick up your scent. Also, keeping your distance broadens your hunting area.

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          • #20
            Hunt the trails leading to and from the feeder. Don't put it too close or you cannot get into or out of your stand while deer are feeding.

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            • #21
              As long as "baiting" is legal in your state, the further the better as long as your in "affective" shooting range and you have good optics. If your bow hunting, you should be accurate out to 40 our 50 yards but deer can easily jump the string at 30 +, so 20 is a perfect range. But like Big C said, your better off hunting the trails here. With a rifle ( if legal), say a .30-06 you should be accurate out to 300 but a general safe distance (with a rest from a stand) is 150-200 yards. The reason is you want to eliminate your scent, and the further away you are the weaker your scent will be. Plus you can sneak in and out without spooking the deer.

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              • #22
                What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting". You hide out with a gun in a tree stand with a feeder under it.

                ...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

                Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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                • #23
                  What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting". You hide out with a gun in a tree stand with a feeder under it.

                  ...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

                  Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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                  • #24
                    What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting".
                    You just hide out with your gun in a tree stand and wait for a deer to walk up to the feeder under it.

                    ...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

                    Do you guys shoot animals in cages?

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                    • #25
                      Twenty to thirty yards away if you are using a bow.

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                      • #26
                        Twenty to thirty yards away if you are using a bow!

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                        • #27
                          Twenty to thirty yards away if you are using a bow!

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Eylyis View Post
                            What a pathetic discussion this is. Some of you have no business calling what you do "hunting". You hide out with a gun in a tree stand with a feeder under it.

                            ...."place it high enough so the deer doesn't see you"... What a joke!

                            Do you guys shoot animals in cages?
                            Not an entirely fair response. First that comes to mind is that many responsible landowners manage their populations by culling appropriate ratios of bucks:does, and this can require efficient harvesting, such as at a feeder. Same goes for hog control and for those who choose to hunt for meat supply. The deer doesn't know or care where or how you shot it, and if you're not hunting the blind to bring in a trophy no one else should either.
                            Another point is just who came up with the "rules"? Native Americans used many tricks in hunting, such as baiting, or even herding large numbers of animals off cliffs (and not always using all the resulting carcasses, despite the widespread myth). Look up "buffalo run".
                            I agree that it's not much challenge to hunt a blind (though not as simple as you'd think necessarily, especially with a bow). However, there are reasons for hunting other than displaying prowess as a hunter. Lets be honest here - which is more of a natural means of hunting - scattering some corn or using an infrared, cellular-equipped camera, digitally derived and heavily researched cammo clothes, laboratory-processed scents, etc?

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