Deer quit using my 20 year old mineral lick.

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  1. Recurve77

    Recurve77 10 pointer

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    I have one lick that has been used for over 20 years that is probably 10 ft by 6 ft and a foot deep. I have refreshed this lick every couple of years using a 4:1 ratio trace mineral salt:dical. The deer wear it out. It’s not uncommon for me to get 200-500 pics every week during the summer on this lick. On 7/15 I poured 1/2 of a jug of BIG&J on this lick and as of 7/25 I had zero pics of deer using the lick. Anyone have any idea what is the problem? I did check the lick on 7/23 and noticed white fluffy mold on top of the dirt. I assume the BIG&J caused the mold.
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  2. Feedman

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    Throw a bag of white salt over it
     
  3. shaman

    shaman 10 pointer

    I'm with Feedman.
    I'd use a bag of mixing salt. Dig a trench and bury the salt .

    I found all those extra minerals like Di-Cal put a nasty taste into the mix. Given the chance to pick between a mineral-laden lick and one with plain salt, bucks and doe will pick the one with straight salt.
     
  4. DH13

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    Add about 2 foot of freash dirt to it. Put salt in it.
     
  5. Trapper Delk

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    Had same thing happen with B&J never use it again!
     
  6. JR PORTER

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    Sounds like BIG&J is the problem. I go to Tractor Supply and buy the red mineral blocks for mine. I once had a bull elk lick on it for over 2 hours and had a bobcat check it out too!
     
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  7. web splitter

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    I agree with the above. I would throw some dirt on the mold first, then a 50lb bag of loose salt. If you're really ambitious add more dirt on top of that and possibly a plain ole white salt block.
     
  8. beauhunter41031

    beauhunter41031 12 pointer

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    Take a shovel and turn the top layer over. If you’ve been feeding that lick for 20 years I’d say it’s got enough salt to last another 20

    I’ve had licks that got salt for two or three years then I abandon farm came back three years later they were still eating the dirt
     
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  9. CRFmxracer

    CRFmxracer 12 pointer

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    Lucky buck or trace mineral from tractor supply for me
     
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  10. Feedman

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    Rain and weather will take care of the B & J. Just add some salt to it.
     
  11. Recurve77

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  12. rcb216

    rcb216 12 pointer

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    I’d say throw some white salt in there and see what happens
     
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  13. Ezelkyhunter

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    Agree. New salt and rain = problem solved
     
  14. OLE RASPY

    OLE RASPY 12 pointer

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    Buddy put out big&j and all he had was crow pictures. I never bought any and won’t. I use plain salt block from RK OR TSC and lucky buck.
     
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  15. xbokilla

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    Throw a bag of corn on it. ;)
     
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