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.”
Photo courtesy of EKMM at DDH Forums.