Minerals and Licks

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logawhit01
 
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Minerals and Licks

Postby logawhit01 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 3:20 am

Gentlemen and Ladies,
 
What in your opinion are the best Minerals and or Licks that can be used for supplimental deer nutrition for both Does and Growing Bucks?
 
 
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ranwin33
 
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RE: Minerals and Licks

Postby ranwin33 » Tue Dec 01, 2009 4:26 am

Get yourself a 50# red mineral block from the local farm supply store.  It's the easiest way to create a mineral lick and will have many of the minerals you will find in commercial minerals "designed for deer".
 
As for all the commercial stuff out there, I honestly cannot believe that deer would take in enough minerals from these type of sites to really make much difference in body/antler growth.  I'm sure they don't hurt, but how much help they provide is still a big question mark for me. 
 
If you want to have a healthy herd, then manage the population by shooting does so it doesn't over populate your land, allow young bucks to walk so you have a decent representation of various age classes, make sure the deer get plenty of nutrition year round.
 
You won't develop a healthy deer population by simply putting out mineral licks despite what some advertisers claim.
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RE: Minerals and Licks

Postby cwanty03 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 6:16 am

lucky buck has seemed to work well, also mega rack


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