What do you guys use or recommend for attracting blacktail in front of my camera? I always see them on the property behind mine and get one on my property every once in awhile. There are 2 big bucks that I cant seem to get. Thanks for any info
Have you tried salt or minerals? Don't know about blacktails but it works well for whitetails here in Missouri. I got a recipe from the Missouri Dep't. of Conservation that call for 1 part stock salt or ice cream salt, 2 parts trace mineral salt, and 1 part di-calcium phosphate.
Set a bale or two of alfalfa out and they'll eat on that for a couple weeks...don't even bother unbaling it...they'll get it and it lasts longer that way.
The absolute best thing is to drop a madrone tree in a likely spot...along a ridge-line where you know there are plenty of does around...late in the season. We usually do it a few days prior to Halloween. When those bucks are cruising for does, they love the fresh madrone for some reason. You'll keep a buck coming back to that tree every day for a couple weeks or more a lot of the time.
Thanks for all the help guys. Right now I have 1 bail of alfalfa and the salt block. I left it alone for awhile, so im going to go set up the camera and see what comes up. I forgot to mention I only have 5 acres... thats why its kinda hard to get them on my property. I think one of them is the buck on the left of this pic taken last year.