[font="Tahoma"]We make our own mineral mix. We save a ton of money by doing it this way.
Hey kev, what kind of mineral lick are you use'n ?
Here is the recipe -
2 - 50 lbs. bags - ADE Mineral - $40 ($20 ea.)
1 - 50 lbs. bag Dicalcium Phosphate - $24
1 - 50 lbs. bag of Mixing Salt - $6
(1 - 50 lbs. bag of Dried Molasses - $15)
Total cost - $85 for 200 lbs of minerals & 50 lbs of dried molasses (Enough for 4 or more licks)[/font]
[font="Tahoma"]No, the deer dug it out by eating all of the minerals mixed with the dirt. (See photos below...)[/font]
I saw water in the puddle, did you dig it?
[font="Tahoma"]We just pour each of the minerals out on the ground and then run a small Mantis tiller over them until it is all good and mixed with the dirt. Then level it off and top with a little of the dried molasses. (We found that the deer prefer to lick the dirt and the minerals together, rather than just the minerals.) We refresh them once in the early springtime and once in the late summertime.[/font]
How did you make-n-maintain the site?
[font="Tahoma"]I wouldn't think it would hurt, but the licks get the most usage spring through early fall. So you might not see the results you are hoping for if you made one right now.
Do you think its too close to fall to set a mineral lick site up?
If you are going to start some licks now here are a couple of tips - I think the important things we did is make sure that the licks were along known deer travel routes and, if possible, close to a water source. That way they find them easier and they can drink after licking all the salt. I would also suggest you put out 3-5 different licks and see which one or two they are using a lot. Then just freshen up those ones.
Try this link for a ton of info on mineral licks - Any mineral plans?
Let me know if you have any other questions.
Here is a photo of our new lick site the day we "freshened" it up. [/font]