I know they say it's harmless and actually good for them, but I still feel a little guilty playing a part in causing deer to eat dirt. Deer don't actually eat the pure salt granules or lick the salt blocks they eat the soil after the salt has leached into it, regardless of where it comes from. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of maintaining a mineral site is using your trail cameras to inventory the bucks using the mineral site and watching them grow throughout the spring and summer. This is an obvious first step, but a first step that should not be overlooked or lazily decided upon. I normally find it on sale at one of the big box stores mid summer and buy em out, rocks a year on our acres is plenty. In fact, salt is used solely as an attractant in many mixes. Keeping the salt block clean will make it more enticing to your horse and encourage him to use the block.
Other types include a granular form that can be mixed in the soils immediately. Many people feed this to Goats as well, and they love it! Some products need to be mixed with water and some can be poured straight into the soils out of the bag. Deer often consume plants and food meant for other animals. Creating a Deer Mineral Lick Not Just for Bucks It seems you can walk into just about any store selling outdoor products or farm equipment and find some sort of new-aged deer attractant and minerals that are designed to grow big bucks fast. Then, as winter bears down again, you can rest a little easier knowing the whitetails on your property are as healthy as they can be thanks to supplemental nutrition. Just one person's opinion.
Salt Lick – Deer Attraction | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener
I live in Brighton Mi. Back to top 14 donniedent Posted September 12 - You must log in or register to reply here. I also wear rubber boots and spray down completely with a scent eliminator. Once they are there to get the salt, they get calcium, phosphorous and a few other "elements". As a matter of fact, some companies are already manufacturing food blocks and deer licks that have molasses on them. To begin with, your site needs to be freshened.
Feeding deer also attracts other unwanted animals such as racoons that carry rabies. Peggy I have hunted deer for 52 years and Aaron is exactly right. Your story also gives me hope My husband and I just bought a home on 3 acres of land. Macro minerals like calcium and potassium may or may not help. This will last through summer storms and heavy usage during the summer months. A mature buck will experience a mineral drain during the spring and summer months when antlers are growing and depleting their reserves. Similarly, pinch points, bottle necks and funnels are a great place to establish a mineral site.