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Question by brett_colts18. Uploaded on January 30, 2011
You can put it out right now, as far a that goes. From all the literature I've read, mineral supplements don't make a whole lot of difference over plain salt. The deer definitely need the salt, especially in the spring and summer.
It isn't when the time is right to put out minerals.
Basically there is no WRONG time!
Keeping minerals out all year long is best if possible. If there is livestock in you hunting area, you may have to get either creative or put out lots of minerals.
The plain old stock salt blocks help. Then there are the yellow stock salt blocks. There is just a touch of sulphur in them. That helps keep ticks and insects at bay. It won't stop them, but will reduce the infestation on all but the sickest of animals. Keeping pests curtailed increases the deer's overall health and their ability to withstand summer stress and food conversion. Then there's true mineral blocks. These are probably MOST important during the period when bucks develope antlers.
I try and keep something out year 'round.
It can get pretty expensive if you're not careful.
Like bubba says, I suppliment existing natural licks year round on my property. The deer really hit them late spring and early summer, but they will visit year round.
Anytime now. The does need it for lactation, the bucks for antler growth.
Our DNR guy always suggested prime time as March and mid July but as stated above, anytime works too. A good mixture is 100lbs of trace mineral salt, 50lbs Dical, 25 lbs of granular feed grade lime. Dump on the ground, mix it up and walk away...
Y'all seriously give your deer vitamins and salt, do you massage them and let them drink cool beer. Kobe deer ummm. Just kidding I put home made deer cane from coop products out by the ton. Bulk is the only way to go.
Where I came from (Montana) it was illegal to put out anything to "feed" wildlife. Even salt. Especially salt. Seems like an aximoron to me: "wild"life injesting "artificial" supplements. Keeping it wild means letting them grow their own horns and the healthiest surviving on their own. Just shows you the direction that the DNR in many jurisdictions is headed. They are as commercialized and artificial as their "clients." Should call them the DCR - Department of Consumer Resources. Not much natural about what they are doing these days.
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