Mineral Sites?

Discussion in 'Deer Hunting' started by MAKEemQUIVER, Dec 11, 2010.

  1. MAKEemQUIVER

    MAKEemQUIVER 10 pointer

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    Got some new property and am wanting to get some mineral licks going before spring and was just wandering what some of you have had luck with? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. scsims

    scsims 10 pointer

    It's the salt that atracts and makes them stop for a bite. I use big 6 mineral from TSC.
     
  3. Fat Tony

    Fat Tony 12 pointer

    You just looking to keep deer around? Salt block or a bag of rock salt worked into the ground will keep them occupied for a year. Mineral blocks they can take or leave.
     
  4. I have had great success mixing my own. 3 parts red trace mineral salt (bagged) and .5 part Di-calcium phosphate and .5 mono-calcium phosphate. I sometimes add some granulated molasses. I buy the di-cal/mono-cal pre mixed.
    Dumor Spring Mineral mix is good stuff it already has it all. But it sometimes takes the deer a few rains to get really going on it so if you use it I recommend adding some red trace mineral salt or granulated molasses as a extra attractant.
    Mixing your own will get you more for your dollar, because your not paying for someone else's Iowa, Kansas and Milk River trips. Salt blocks or trophy rocks are nothing more than salt and yes deer like them and will use them they don't really do much good for the deer.
     
  5. BriarBuster

    BriarBuster 6 pointer

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    I just threw out 3 or 4 trace mineral blocks (maroon colored ones) from TSC and they havent even put a dent in them and ive had them out since june. I would like to make a powder type mix and dig the ground out some and let it soak in. I like that mixture GSP, might have to give that a try. Where do you get all that stuff around here. Im next to ya in Fleming Co/Rob Co.
     
  6. browningshutr

    browningshutr 8 pointer

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    I use a similar mixture of trace mineral and Di Cal Phosphate. Get you a bag of each and refreshen your sites about every 3 mos. The Di Cal phosphate is what will put the bone on the head. As stated above, all of the rocks and blocks you see for deer will attract them but won't do anything to help grow antler.
     
  7. Blue Moon

    Blue Moon 6 pointer

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    I put out the red blocks from TSC too. I thought they weren't touching them until I moved one; after the block was gone, they dug a hole a foot deep trying to get the salt and minerals that had soaked into the ground. I would say the powder mix would make it work much better, but I think it takes a while for the blocks to dissolve into a form the deer like.
     
  8. Hunter33

    Hunter33 Fawn

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    According to animal bioligist salt doesn't grow big racks. You have to have mineral blocks. Yes, I realize salt is in the mineral block but you need to read the ingredients. Here's a little info I found.

    It is my opinion that I will stick with mineral supplements made specifically for whitetail deer. The salt blocks made for livestock do not have the quantities of minerals needed by deer. Nutritional specialists have found that calcium and phosphorus account for 33 percent of hardened antler and that antlers are about 55 percent mineral. Does also require higher amounts of minerals for milk production and several other minerals are needed in a deer’s diet as well.
     
  9. Darrin at Southern States can order all of it in, if they don't have it in stock.
     
  10. BriarBuster

    BriarBuster 6 pointer

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    cool, thanks man, gonna give it a shot
     
  11. 8&sand

    8&sand 12 pointer

    From KYDFW...

    Establishment of Mineral Licks

    Select an area that provides wildlife with protection or that will keep them moving in a desired direction. Look at the soil type in the area. Choose a site with fine-textured soils or a silt-loam soil. Your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office will have soil maps for your property. If the area has clay subsoil, it will help keep leaching, the filtration of minerals from the soil, to a minimum. Clay subsoil’s will not allow the minerals to filter out beyond the availability to wildlife. Choose a dry upland site; do not select an area in a major flood plain. Consider placing licks in areas frequented by wildlife such as on the edge of a food plot, along an established trail, or near a bedding area.
    Remove the leaf litter or vegetation from a 4 to 6 foot diameter circle and loosen the soil with a shovel. Spread a mixture of dicalcium phosphate with red trace mineral rock salt or regular sodium chloride (table salt) at a rate of 5 pounds of dicalcium phosphate to 20 pounds salt. Initially use a minimum of 50 pounds of salt with 12 pounds of dicalcium phosphate. These minerals can be found at your local farm supply store. Wildlife will not use mineral licks without an attractant such as salt. For this reason you may want to increase the rate of salt at first to attract wildlife to the site and reduce the rate upon recharging the lick. Mix the salt and minerals into the soil, using a shovel or hoe. Minerals are more readily used by wildlife after becoming incorporated into the soil. You should start to see wildlife use after the first couple of rains. Caution: the addition of salt will affect the soil pH of the immediate surrounding area and may kill existing vegetation around the lick.

    Commercial mixtures and blocks are available, but many contain sugar and are excessively expensive. Do not use mixtures containing sugars. Although sugars will increase the consumption rate, it may cause tooth decay. Tooth decay will diminish food consumption along with the health of the animal. Some farm supply stores carry Livestock Mineral 2:1, which includes the correct mixture of calcium, phosphate and salt for animal consumption. Consider adding extra salt at first to attract wildlife.

    Management of Mineral Licks
    Mineral licks may need to be recharged from year to year depending upon soil types and animal usage. Most licks require 20 to 50 pounds of salt yearly accompanied by the correct amount of dicalcium phosphate. Some areas may be prone to soil erosion or loss and may need soil added with the minerals. If the lick starts to hold water, add soil or cut a small channel to allow the water to drain. A properly managed mineral lick will provide essential minerals to a variety of wildlife for years to come. Some of the more frequent users of mineral licks include deer, squirrels, woodchucks, opossums, and raccoons, along with a variety of birds.
    Mineral licks may play a role in your overall management objectives, but they should not be counted on to provide all the essential elements to increase antler growth or animal density. A properly managed property includes a diversity of food, water, and cover. To maximize your property’s potential for wildlife contact your local KDFWR biologist for management recommendations.
     
  12. carter county cuckler

    carter county cuckler 10 pointer

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    Ive always used mineral blocks till this year.I tried the Trophy Rocks this year and their killin em!
     
  13. jtb94

    jtb94 Fawn

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    we put out lucky buck mineral and tht is a awsome attraction for thm!!!! its workd awsome for us anyways!!!
     
  14. hunteatsleep

    hunteatsleep 10 pointer

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    I have really good luck with the Black Magic Deer Cocaine. I checked a site yesterday and yhey have really been hitting hard the last month. I need to get a camera up there.
     
  15. pentail

    pentail Bacon Staff Member

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    I am using the same stuff Muzzy is. I can't believe how hard they hit this stuff. A wildlife biologist buddy of mine turned me on to it. It is manufactured in Lawrenceburg and I have gotten to be such a regular there, picking multiple bags up for both our farms and for lots of buddies, that they just laugh when I walk in now. I used to mix my own but the deer seem to like this a lot better
     
  16. MAKEemQUIVER

    MAKEemQUIVER 10 pointer

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    Thanks for the help guys.
     
  17. I have used a couple bags of that as well. It does work good for starting a lick but after the first year I can not see any difference in use with what I have been mixing up.
     
  18. holler man

    holler man Banned

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    whitetail institute 30-06
     
  19. Bowhunter Webb

    Bowhunter Webb Fawn

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    this hasnt been rejuvinated in a while but i just dug up the ground a little and busted up a salt block with a hammer... couple years later the deer made it HUGE!! cheap and easy!!
     

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