My cousin is using a salt/mineral block. I think his location is the key to his success though. He also gets mostly doe and fawn action. There is a huge buck they are trying to get on film now in another spot. Hope they do, they say it is a monster.
Hey it works! Try it making a fake scrape this year and you will never laugh at that statement again. They can't tell it is different from any other animal. They just have to investigate the smell. Should do just as good in front of a trail cam as it does for a flash scrape.
Rice bran works, corn works, soybeans work, salt mineral licks work. Take your pick. I would not use corn in the summer rack growing months. (low protein) The best I find in the winter is corn or rice bran. In the summer I use salt licks and soybeans.
Don't know if you know this about Buckgrub but if you are in a humid climate it will mold or grow mold all over it in 24 hrs or less. I haven't had any luck with it here in okieland, deer won't touch it here. I actually use corn that i soak in corn syrup and then roll in 30-06 plus protein so they actually will eat lots of minerals and protein this way.
Right now I am having the best luck with plain old corn. I get 10+ pics a night about 80% are deer pics with a few coons mixed in, but do to the the fact I have the PIR about 2-3 feet of the ground I don't get many coon pics I know there are alot more coon than I see in the pics coming in. Before adding the corn I was using some peaches and pears form my yard which worked but the corn is working alot better. I had no bait trail sets up for several weeks and I was lucky to get 10pics a week on those set ups but this time of year the deer are wide spread here and there is to many active trails. I also have a ton of sign at a mineral lick so I moved a cam there will check it in the morning to see how well it did. I found a fresh set of very large tracks there so I am hopeing to get a pic of the buck that made them.
I raise deer and can tell you for sure, there are two things my deer love. Roasted soybeans and Alfalfa. Some feed stores carry the alfalfa cubes. (just thinking they may get moldy though, I never had them out in the elements)
They also like the water conditioner rock salt, they eat the rocks like popcorn. Mine are spoiled and won't touch a block.
Chicken scratch is a mixture of grains and some other goodies for feeding chickens. Not sure what all is in it, but just ask for "Chicken Scratch" at the feed store and they should know what it is.
Up here in New Brunswick, Canada the bait normally only brings in does and fawns. The odd spike horn or 4 point might come in but most big bucks show up in the dark. Farmer's fields with alfalpha and white clover work good but the big boddied deer with big racks are going to the fields moslty at night
I never had luck with apples for big bucks. Some guys do but not often. The odd big buck may come near the bait looking for hot does.
I hunt mostly near trails and have used a small garden scoop to gather the dirt from an active scrape in one area and dropping it off in another active scrape miles away. Don't touch the dirt with your clothes or hands. Place into a plastic container or bag. Move the dirt ASAP for freshness.
Drives the dominant bucks nuts since they think there is an intruder. When they come and re-check their scrapes they know this is a new buck in the area and they normally will hang around for a few days rubbing trees and freshning scrapes.
Another method I use, is to scoop up frozen doe urine on the snow into a jar in late November and early December and keep it frozen in my deep freezer until next hunting season.
Some does are still in heat in late November and December and the urine tends to be reddish orange. Come next hunting season I will thaw the urine and use it on scrapes to attract the bucks during daylight hours.
Can be a little dirty but works! No worse then cleaning a gut shot deer.