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Bent Arrow
07-14-2012, 11:19 AM
What do you folks (if it's legal in your area) put out for a mineral lick to strengthen the deer herd? I've had good luck with Trophy Rock and Buck Lickers 4lb bricks. Acorn and Sweet corn & molasses seem to work pretty well.

Speedykills
07-14-2012, 01:37 PM
I quit putting out corn,cows like it alot,started with cattle salt,50lb bags will see how deer like it..........read alot of good things about this on AT.

Thermodude
07-14-2012, 02:46 PM
What do you folks (if it's legal in your area) put out for a mineral lick to strengthen the deer herd? I've had good luck with Trophy Rock and Buck Lickers 4lb bricks. Acorn and Sweet corn & molasses seem to work pretty well.



Trophy Rock works well I've had good luck with it...........basic mineral blocks used for cattle work very well also.

Ehunter
07-14-2012, 07:40 PM
Property I hunt has cattle on it, so there's already mineral and salt blocks out. None in the areas I hunt, but the deer have easy access to them. I figure the corn, wheat, beans, milo, clover, acorns, etc. is enough in addition to the blocks that I don't need to do anything else.

Bent Arrow
07-14-2012, 08:07 PM
Property I hunt has cattle on it, so there's already mineral and salt blocks out. None in the areas I hunt, but the deer have easy access to them. I figure the corn, wheat, beans, milo, clover, acorns, etc. is enough in addition to the blocks that I don't need to do anything else.
LOL Man, that's the whole buffet laid out for 'em. I planted some soft mast stuff for them to forage on like paw paw, crabapple and elderberry. That's by my apple orchard (my part time job) and a neighbor's corn field.

mdodraw29
07-14-2012, 10:00 PM
I dug up a 4 foot in dia area and put in a 50lb bag of of mortons melting salt. Then threw some corn on top of it...

Chip
07-15-2012, 06:38 AM
I have never used a mineral block out, but I am going to put one out with some corn in one of my areas this year.

mdodraw29
07-15-2012, 07:28 AM
As the seasons change so do their nutritional needs. As the bucks antlers grow they protein and sodium May, June, July, come August they are not looking for as much sodium then come September they go into carb gluttony as the fall approaches so they can prep for the up coming winter. The does look to protein and sodium as their fawns nurse June, July, and into August. They will continue to feed on food sources that are readily available but their bodys will tell them to search out different requirements that they are not getting.

Bent Arrow
07-19-2012, 06:58 PM
A bottle of molasses is a cheap way to liven up your corn pile too. Did you get a lot of hits on that 50 lb bag of salt?

mdodraw29
07-19-2012, 08:03 PM
Yup, a decent amount. I have a 4' dia. area thats all torn up. It started off slow this year then it started getting hit on a regular basis. It looks like I have a lot of young bucks visiting it this year, haven't seen much sign of any real big ones. Decent amnt of doe traffic also.

Bent Arrow
07-20-2012, 07:22 AM
I've had pretty good luck with the 4 lb bricks by just jamming them in broken up stumps. They last longer and the minerals leech into the wood. The deer will actually chew the wood to get the minerals. Good news about the does, where the girls hang out the boys will soon come over. But that's with any species including our own.:rolleyes:

Bent Arrow
08-06-2012, 04:36 PM
Yup, a decent amount. I have a 4' dia. area thats all torn up. It started off slow this year then it started getting hit on a regular basis. It looks like I have a lot of young bucks visiting it this year, haven't seen much sign of any real big ones. Decent amnt of doe traffic also.
Put out a bag of salt the other day. Mixed two jars of peanut butter in it and they seem to really like it. Just hope a bear doesn't show up, very illegal to shoot them in my game zone.

elkslayer4x5
08-07-2012, 09:22 AM
Put out a bag of salt the other day. Mixed two jars of peanut butter in it and they seem to really like it. Just hope a bear doesn't show up, very illegal to shoot them in my game zone.

Thats what happen hereabouts, once you get deer comming to your mineral and alfalfa ( thats what we're allowed to use here in Oregon ), then Yogi will come wanderin in to see what the deer are nosin around. I could only imagine if we were to put out some peanut butter out! :D

mdodraw29
08-07-2012, 09:22 AM
Put out a bag of salt the other day. Mixed two jars of peanut butter in it and they seem to really like it. Just hope a bear doesn't show up, very illegal to shoot them in my game zone.

That is a great idea I never thought of peanut butter.

Bent Arrow
08-09-2012, 04:22 PM
They love the stuff down here. Smear it on a tree trunk, stump or dump it on the ground. I have a bud that unscrews the lid and nails it to a tree. He then cuts the bottom out of the plastic jar and then screws it back on. This makes them work for it harder and it will last longer. Put it about 5ft above ground. He's got trailcam pix of deer standing on their hind legs to get at it when he put the jar higher than 5ft so 5-51/2 ft is about right. I haven't tried his method yet but the pictures prove it works. For the record I haven't found any preference between smooth and extra crunchy.;)

dzsmith
08-27-2012, 02:27 PM
I quit putting out corn,cows like it alot,started with cattle salt,50lb bags will see how deer like it..........read alot of good things about this on AT.

hes right the salt and protein licks you can buy for your cows are pretty much the same as for the deer only theirs a specific market for the deer blocks and they cost more money. a lot of feed milling places where i live all have their own custom blend deer feed that they patented and sell. any of you guys heard of rack attack. its made right here in brookhaven mississippi by gatlin feed. i dont care for the stuff, it molds very quickly so unless you have a big deer heard i would no suggest it. the lincoln coutnty co-op feed store patented a feed called mo bucks. its not national like rack attack, you can only get it here. it works great, even if you are hunting in a hunted out area with very few skiddish deer, if you put this out just for the sake of feeding and helping them they are going to eat.

anyways i kind of ranted on, i have heard good things about the deer cane blocks, if you live in the south do not give anything with apple or sugar beats, i have literally seen a deer lick an apple block snort and run away, i guess its possible it could have scented me but it never got licked down.

dzsmith
08-27-2012, 02:30 PM
That is a great idea I never thought of peanut butter.

careful with the peanut butter, there are some specific laws on using that in the south

Bent Arrow
08-27-2012, 04:01 PM
I poured some Sugar Beet Crush down the other day and it only lasted 3-5 days. The apples do work if they're used to them ( I have an orchard). Fuji, Braeburn and Granny Smith seem to be favorites among the deer in my area.

typically8
08-28-2012, 12:08 AM
I like apples too wink wink. For some reason the deer dont like blocks around here. They do love C'mere Deer and Buck Grub powders

mdodraw29
08-28-2012, 02:25 PM
I find the deer up here like all stock sweat feed, and unlike corn the tree rats leave it alone.

elkslayer4x5
08-29-2012, 09:59 AM
What do you folks (if it's legal in your area) put out for a mineral lick to strengthen the deer herd? I've had good luck with Trophy Rock and Buck Lickers 4lb bricks. Acorn and Sweet corn & molasses seem to work pretty well.
A bottle of molasses is a cheap way to liven up your corn pile too.

You're gonna get bears! Molasses has a strong scent, and will attract bears from a long ways off. Deer do love it, but will be second in line, waiting till the bear gets done, who will just flop right down and graze on the pile till its gone. Another cheap way to liven up your corn pile is Vanilla. I've tried that sweet corn and molasses block, got a bear, ate the whole block, like I said, just floped down and gobbled. Of course that is in Oregon, where we're not allowed to run bears with dogs, and since that law was enacted, the bear population has exploded, bear tags are now $11 for the Aug 1st thru Dec 31st, addional tags are avaible, also have a spring season, same thing with Cougars, now a total of an 11 month season on them. Worse in California, where cougars are protected.

Bent Arrow
08-29-2012, 04:00 PM
I'll try that vanilla. We have one zone in SC that bears can be legally taken and on certain days dogs can be run. I hope they let us have a drawing for tags like they do on our gator season. That would thin them out a bit.