Example of a Mineral Site Set-up...

deast1988

Senior Member
5lbs of big six trace minerals from TSC, 5lbs of course salt cattle minerals from TSC, 4gallons of water 1 packet of grape koolaid and a bag of deer cane mineral

Add all the stuff into your prepped site, mix cane koolaid into water then pour it over the site.
 

Jim Boyd

Senior Member
Any and all of those will work.

Pool salt will work.

Salted road run off pulls them to highways all the time.

To me, it is the LOCATION that makes the lick work.

I use the same things in each location, yet some are successful and some not.

Damp SEEMS to be one of the keys for success.
 
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Any and all of those will work.

Pool salt will work.

Salted road run off pulls them to highways all the time.

To me, it is the LOCATION that makes the lick work.

I use the same things in each location, yet some are successful and some not.

Damp SEEMS to be one of the keys for success.
I agree with this...if I can get water to pool regularly with rain, it is definitely one of my better spots...sometimes have to dig the hole to get it started...and an old hollow stump in a low area near a trail = PURE GOLD!
 
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Trace minerals from tractor supply work good for something the deer can lick.. for bucks it’s missing calcium and phosphorus. It does contain magnesium for lactating does though.
 
I’ve had poor luck with trophy rock. Washed out in about 3 good rainstorms.. thought it would be good in the ground, they didn’t hit it until I poured other minerals in.
 

nmurph

Senior Member
Man, I just spent three hours on a tangent about these minerals we are putting out... by and large a waste of time with the makeup and bioavailability of what we're putting out vs what WT need.
 
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Man, I just spent three hours on a tangent about these minerals we are putting out... by and large a waste of time with the makeup and bioavailability of what we're putting out vs what WT need.
I don't put a lot of stock into thinking I'm growing antlers or really helping with a deer's nutrition...my thinking is that they are going to visit the sites, which allows me to pattern and take a census. Most whitetail have sufficient nutrition around them...Mother Nature won't allow the herd to grow if not...our food, food plots, and minerals serve a purpose, but to me it is mostly for us...
 

nmurph

Senior Member
I don't put a lot of stock into thinking I'm growing antlers or really helping with a deer's nutrition...my thinking is that they are going to visit the sites, which allows me to pattern and take a census. Most whitetail have sufficient nutrition around them...Mother Nature won't allow the herd to grow if not...our food, food plots, and minerals serve a purpose, but to me it is mostly for us...

That's certainly fine. However, if the goal is have minerals as an attractant, then plain pool salt is all that's needed. I look at minerals as one more piece of the puzzle, and while deer can find most of what they need in their browse, body growth and antler size can be optimized. In the same way that humans can live pretty well on burgers and junk food, it certainly doesn't help with lifespan or the shape of our body.
 
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