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    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Speedykills View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bent Arrow View Post
    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.
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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ehunter View Post
    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.
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    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...
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bent Arrow View Post
    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
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    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.
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    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.
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