A practice I use in Upstate NY is to construct a licking brance by taking a 1-1/2' or 2" diameter pipe about 18 " long and drive it into the ground. I use both medal and PVC pipe. Cut a branch/small tree that is less in diameter and place it in the pipe. If there is not a branch that is hanging 5' or so off the ground, tie a twig or small branch off that. Reference the four photos I attached and you can see the medal pipe and the hanging/licking branch. I normally put buck or some other type of lure on the branch, sprinkle it on the leaves, and on the ground to entice deer to stop buy to check it out. As you can see from one of the photos, I sometime punch holes in a container that camera film comes in and hang that. The container is filled with cotton batten soaked with lure. As you can see from the photos, both does & bucks come by. I place these licking branches on well used paths, on or near food plots or apple trees near my blind or tree stand where I can get a good broad side shot when a deer comes by to sniff or lick. This is particularly useful when bow hunting to get the deer to stop for a good broad side shot. I have found that they really constraint on the branch when sniffing which allows you to move more without spooking them. Another technique I have seen, is to take a metal or plastic stake (about 6" long) that holds down tents and pound that into the ground near a tree that has a good licking branch. Tie a string or wire to the branch and pull it down to approximately 5' and tie it to the stake. Again, IMO it is a good idea to dip the branch in some lure for added value and also hang a container filled with lure soaked cotton batten. I know of hunters that keep this arrangement all year and just use fresh lure when it comes time for trail cameras or hunting. I hope this helps, [size="4"]Tom Mac[/size]
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