Some deer hunters may be taking a break in spring for turkeys and fishing, but others already are thinking about the upcoming deer season and checklist items to take care of.
Among those items are mineral licks and camera surveys, and creating a great mineral lick is one of the best ways to help your deer and yourself. With a good one — mineral or salt, where legal of course — you can give the deer on your property a boost, get some good photos for survey info, and have a good time seeing what’s going on.
Mineral licks are easy to make. Although deer can get most of their bone-growing and body-boosting minerals from natural sources, your supplemental minerals may give them an extra helping hand. It also should give them a little sense of security, too, because they’ll feel comfortable coming to a good area where they can get something beneficial.
But it does take some planning. You don’t just dump a bag of stuff on the ground and voila! There’s a lick!
Check out this episode of Deer Talk Now, where we answer questions about mineral sites, a new game camera and better venison for the dinner table.