Mineral Sites for Deer: It’s Time to Get Moving


by Daniel E. Schmidt, D&DH Editor

If you want your local deer herd to benefit from a mineral site, now is the time to
get one established.

According to D&DH contributing editor Matt Harper, in whitetail’s spring and summer,
the whitetail’s mineral and vitamin needs spike dramatically. “This is due to the
physical condition of the deer,” Matt reports. “For example, the antler growing process
is occurring during the spring and summer, and bucks require huge amounts of mineral
and vitamins to grow the bone (antler).”

It’s important to note that white-tailed does also require high levels of mineral
and vitamins at this time of year due to lactation. “Remember, does milk is very high
in nutrients,”. Harper said. “In fact, it is much more nutrient rich than cows’ milk.
The problem is that the natural supply of many critical minerals is low due to depletion
of minerals in the soil as well as the fact that many soils just have a naturally
low level of minerals. Without mineral/vitamin supplementation, this low level of
natural mineral causes decreased antler growth and decreased milk production.”

For a complete guide to Harper’s tactics for establishing mineral sites, check out
his online program HERE.

Photo courtesy of EKMM at DDH Forums.

One thought on “Mineral Sites for Deer: It’s Time to Get Moving

  1. suppressed@unknown.org

    For the last 2 years I have maintained a mineral site within view of the house. Mostly that the kids enjoy watching the deer and other wildlife visit the site. I also keep a trail cam on the site and referenced the pictures over the last couple years and have seen a marked improvement in the overall health of our deer. Although it does bring several deer to the site at once at times, I have seen it as no different then the group of does I just watched in a field. There were 6 does walking and feeding together on new spring growth along an edge. With some of the does feeding off the same bush. So although a mineral site does bring deer to the same area. They will also feed in the same are in open fields and wood lines. Especially during when they yard up in the winter and during early spring growth where they compete for the best early foods.Posted by: WBowhunt