Homemade Mineral Lick

Arrowhead

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VA Hunter >> Not sure where you can get tit but check with a feed store.

I usually use the mineral licks thay sell at feed stores. They are brown in color and other than being brown they look just like the salt licks that are white. I don't mean those brown licks that have corn mixed in them they sell at Walmart, just brown mineral licks they sell where ever they sell horse/cattle feed in your area.

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I have seen the brown mineral licks too. I am going to try and add some salt to the lick because I don't beleive that the brown ones contain much salt.

(Edited by StringShooter at 7:56 am on July 22, 2002)
 

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String Shooter >> The brown ones are Trace Mineral Licks. Not sure why you would need to add salt.

When the mineral lick get wet and soaks into the ground the deer will eat the dirt and you'll end up with a large hole in the ground. I've used the same places for 4 years and the deer use it constantly.
 

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I have heard that the deer are attracted to the salt. They would not be as attracted to the trace minerals. It's the salt that brings them in and they eat the minerals while going after the salt.

Thats what I've heard anyway.
 

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see if this is the same thing you are talking about:

Ingredients: (Makes 200 lbs. for about $23.00)

1.) 1 part Di-calcium phosphate, this is a dairy feed additive bought at feed
stores.  Comes in 50lb Bags at around $11.00 you need one bag.
2.) 2 parts Trace mineral salt, the red and loose kind without the
medications.  Comes in 50lb Bags at around $5.00 you need two bags.
3.) 1 part Stock salt, ice cream salt.  Comes in 50lb Bags at around $2.00
you need one bag.
Directions:
1.) Use a 3 pound or similar size coffee can to use as your measure for each
part of the mix.
2.) Mix all together well but not until read to use, keep ingredients
separate until ready to put to use.
3.) Dig or tear up a circle in the soil about 36 inches wide and about 6
inches deep.
4.) Mix your mineral mixture with the soil.
Maintenance:
1.) Replenish in 6 months with fresh supply of mineral, and then each year
there after.

Same thing I use most of the time.  Just mix it in a garbage can and pour it
out.  I also use the red mineral cattle blocks and have had just as good luck
with them.  When I want a stump removed I just put a block on it, then by the
next year it will be gone.
 

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Isn't it strange how the deer will eat the soil and the tree stump.  I have watched them from my lookout window in my barn loft and they will actually eat large portions of dirt as long as there is either salt or something else they like like apple juice, molasses, etc.  Several times they have finished out at the salt/mineral lick area and walked towards me while I was watching out of the window - they look like a little kids with chocklate all over their faces.  They will eat a decent size stump in just a few months when I pour molasses on it.

Hey VA Hunter, did you get my email with the ladder stand plans?  I didn't hear from you so I don't know if you received them.
 

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Bald Eagle, I emailed you but I guess you didn't recieve it.  I got the plans thanks,

 Bubba
 

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The trace mineral blocks are over 90% salt with only trace minerals added.  

It is the salt that is the attractant to the deer.

If you want to provide supplemental minerals to the deer shop around and find the deer formulated mineral additives that are on the market or you may find a feed store that will mix what you need.  This mix should contain no more than 50% salt or better yet closer to only 30% salt.

If you only want to attract deer for harvest purposes, plain salt will work.

Here is a specific deer mix formula I often get at the local feed store.  This is a special mix put together specifically for deer.  I can also buy it from a farm that specializes in mixing deer minerals.

50 Lbs.

Guaranteed Analysis:
Calcium (Ca) Min……………….20.00%
Calcium (Ca) Max………………24.00%
Phosphorus (P) Min…………..12.00%
Salt (NaCl) Min………………..….25.00%
Salt (NaCl) Max…………………..30.00%
Magnesium (Mg) Min…………..1.00%
Potassium (K) Min………………..0.50%
Sulfur (S) Min…………………….....0.25%
Fluorine (F) Max…………………...0.12%
Cobalt (Co) Min……………….….50 ppm
Copper (Cu) Min…………….…500 ppm
Iodine (I) Min………………….….50 ppm
Iron (Fe) Min…………………..3000 ppm
Manganese (Mn) Min…….2000 ppm
Zinc (Zn) Min…………………..4000 ppm

Ingredients:
Calcium, Carbonate, Defluorinated Phosphate, Salt, Magnesium Oxide, Magnesium Sulfate, Potassium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Cobalt Carbonate, Copper Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Ferrous Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide.

If you are serious about providing minerals rather than just salt take this list to a feed store and see if they have anything comparable.  Look for deer, goat, hog mixes to see if any come close to this mixture.

One other thing, make sure there are no animal bi-products used for the mineral additatives.  



(Edited by Jon Bain at 11:03 pm on July 22, 2002)
 

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We have been putting a plastic liner in the ground to hold moisture and the mineral in the lick. It work great in sandy soil. we dig a 6ft X 2ft.
 

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Thanks guy's      
I'll have to add that to the list of things to do,( I still have to wash my hunting cloths from last season )
 

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