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Question by scott powers. Uploaded on April 20, 2010
I use a 50 lb mineral block from the local feed and seed store. It works great and is much cheaper than the same stuff they sell as deer attractant in sporting goods stores. Make sure it is legal in your state.
I have seen Deer use a 50 lb. white salt blocks a lot. I have never had never seen them use a 50 lb. mineral licks that you get at your local feed store. I have seen the salt block and the mineral block 3 feet apart. There was about 6 deer around the white salt block and 0 around the mineral lick. We set both of them out for cattle and are in the mountains a lot. This is just the observation that I have seen. However mule deer are different then white tail.
Deer will hit salt and mineral licks at different times of the year. I like baged salt and mineral, I can mix water and poor over soft dirt making it harder to see by other hunters and it works into the soil making a longer lasting lick. The block salt works fine and is on sale at Tractor Supply for 4 dollars a block. The only bad with using blocks is thery're highly visible. I do like mineral licks best as the deer benefit more from the supplemental minerals than salt licks.
Deer do seem to have a preference for "white" salt over the mineral form. Deer need salt in their diet just like we do. They will typically utilize salt the most during the warmer months when they are feeding on natural forages and browse. As the weather cools in the fall they tend to use it less and less frequently.
Salt blocks are not legal in some states but most will allow you to disolve granular salt into the soil and refresh it as long as the salt is totally disolved. There is an old man-made salt/mineral lick near my home that is several feet deep from the action of the deer pawing and actually licking up the red clay along with tha salt. I refresh it once a year with a bag of white feed salt.
Yes it does. Just buy a white salt lick and put it out in your hunting spot. You can get one at a feed store or a ranch store.
I don't see salt as an attractant. Yes, they use and need it but more in the spring and summer for lactation and antler growth. I have yet to see one pay much attention to it during hunting seasons. We buy plain old white blocks at the local farm co-op and they lick it to nothing over time.
Check to make sure it is legal in your state. I know it's illegal here in NY yet all the hunting stores sell um.
I use a mineral block and pour molasses on it, that really brings them in.
As everyone else said check your state laws to make sure it's legal, also apples,corn,acorns,pears also work.
what about water softener salt? Would that work do you think?
I agree with 007. We normally refresh our salt licks with a 50lb bag from the Tractor Supply store. However, no matter how hard they seem to hit the licks in late summer, by the time season roles around they seem to have all but forgotten about them. The main reason we use them is for surveying our deer herd with trail cameras.
i just put out about 500 pounds of shelled corn
thank for the feed back it been helpful
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