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Portable Deer Stand Made From Old Feed Grinder
Don Keen’s old Artsway feed grinder has found a new life as a portable deer stand.
    The “feed grinder deer stand” has windows on 3 sides and a door on front, with a metal roof on top. It’s equipped with a table, bench, bar stool and carpeting on the floor.
    “It makes a great hunting spot,” says the Verndale, Minn., farmer. “I can move it wherever I want and stay warm and comfortable. The windows slide up out of the way for shooting.”
    The deer stand sets on top of the feed grinder about 10 ft. off the ground. It measures 5 ft. sq. by 7 ft. high and is made from 3/4-in. thick plywood over a frame made from 2 by 6’s. “The top of the deer stand is 17 ft. off the ground. I was worried it might tip over, so I added a 12-ft. wide axle and wheels off an old Keewanee disk to the front of the frame,” says Keen. “The axle is welded to a pair of channel iron brackets that bolt onto the frame.”
    A pair of 1 1/4-in. dia. hinged pipes along the sides of the grinder serve as stabilizers. The pipes are hinged so they can be swung down to the ground when stationary.
    A metal ladder runs from the grinder’s tongue up to the deer stand and is braced at the middle by a set of diagonal metal rails. There’s a tube railing to hold onto along one side of the ladder, and a grab handle next to the deer stand’s door.
    To attach the deer stand to the top of the grinder, Keen welded 4 uprights on the bin and lag bolted them to the stand’s frame. Cables also come down from each corner of the stand and attach to the grinder’s frame.
    “It turned out great, and I spent less than $25 to build it,” says Keen. “I pull it with a medium size 4-wheeler. I watch where the deer are running and then go out and park it. After a while the deer get used to it.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Don Keen, 18690 494th St., Verndale, Minn. 56481 (ph 218 445-5457).

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2