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Question by PSEbowhunter. Uploaded on May 18, 2010
Calcium and phosphorus are essential for Antler Growth. If given the choice between mineral salt and white salt the deer will go for the white salt. The red mineral blocks do have some phosphorus content as well as calcium. There are other suppliments intended for cattle such as Crystalyx and various formulations of "Molassas Block" which have minerals and salt included. These typically require a special feeder and are not always attractive to deer.
The old practice of using white salt in a hole in ground will avail deer to mineral that naturally occurr in the soil.
You can buy the needed minerals in 50 lb bags at your local Co-op, Tractor Supply or other farm and ranch supplu stores. lots of recipes on google.
Kansas whitetails love the 50 pound mineral blocks I get at the local feed and seed for $7 bucks. Placed a new Bushnell trailcam over one earlier this month and got 1014 pictures in about a week. Posted a couple to my photofiles you can see them by clicking my name.
I always use the ole red mineral blocks from the feed n seed and the deer tear them up. Like Del said they don't cost much and my trail camera proves they like it!
I've found that the deer like the blocks better if you bury them and they really like the loose salt mixed in with the dirt. According to the articles that I've read, there isn't much evidence that mineral blocks or licks improve antler size, but they are good for holding and attracting deer. Don't forget about the good you may be doing for the does that are carrying fawns this time of year, too.
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