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Mineral site

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:05 pm
by Tatersalad
Any reason why my new mineral sites have not been touched. I put out 40 lbs of a recognize brand and 40 pounds of less known brand (that smelled like it had grape cool aide in it). It's been over a month and no action....

Any suggestions?

Michael

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:35 pm
by huntall
Welcome! You finally made it over here.
Some spots just don't seem like the right spot for a mineral lick according to deer use.

Sometimes if the mineral sight is not on a trail that they use regular it will take them a while to find.
You might look for the best trail leading to a plot and put it where the trail comes out on the edge of the plot. Once they find it they will hit it every year as long as you freshen it up now and then.

Best thing is start several smaller ones and find the ones they like then refresh them more.

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:39 pm
by gtk
Sometimes it takes a while to get a mineral site established. Once the does start nursing fawns, they may turn on to it

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:39 pm
by gtk
And btw, :welcome:

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:42 pm
by huntall
I don't know about your mix you use, but you can always use the regular 50# bag of white mixing salt to get them started and once they get started then you could add your mix.
They will hit the salt hard, but it's no mineral benefits in it.
Hope this helps.

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 8:46 pm
by Tatersalad
Thanks for the advice and the welcome to the site....not sure why it took me so long to find the site. I spent the last few days reading old posts. Good stuff on this site! Looking forward to it.

Michael

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:02 pm
by RoadRanger
Welcome Tatersalad... We have the best forum members on this site than any other site I have ever been a member of. . . . Hope you stick around and become one of the regulars! As far as your mineral site goes I have not attempted to do one on my new lease yet BUT my last hunting ground in south west Rankin county the deer would NOT touch the stuff. I used different block style licks.. Ex.. Trophy rock from BPS and a loose mix.

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:35 am
by brewer03
Sometimes it just takes a while for them to utilize it... could be an area they don't like or are skiddish of... could be a scent left there when you visited the site.. I had a sight I doctored up for 2 years and it never seemed to get any action.. I left it alone the third year and when I went to hunt the area I decided to look at the old sight and they had dug a hole 1 foot deep in a 3 foot circle..... I don't know what made em change but they did

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:30 am
by RoadRanger
Brewers post makes me think... maybe why his and my sites went untouched was possibly due to neighboring properties already having ample sites established therefore they didn't NEED to use ours? Just a thought

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 9:55 am
by gtk
i don't understand what makes the deer use one site, and leave the next alone.

I put out two new licks a couple years back. Both sites had never previously had mineral licks. Both sites were on well used trails.

site #1, they almost immediately started using it. By the time fall had come around, they had a nice hole dug out.

site #2 went unused all season. The next summer I went to freshen it up. By then the deer had started using it. The salt had killed a little oak tree next to it, and the deer had even gone as far as to chew on the tree ( i guess it had absorbed some salt).

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 6:58 pm
by QDM4fun
I have found soil type to be a factor. I have had no luck establishing sites in sandy soil. I don't think they like licking sand. I have had the best luck establishing the site in a small depression that will hold water an inch or so deep for a few days after a rain. I assume this is due to a clay content. The salt will dissolve in the water and the deer really use the sites. They won't be there while it is holding water, but they really hit it hard when the water is gone and the bottom is still a little damp.

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:40 pm
by gtk
:welcome:
Welcome QDM4Fun

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:56 am
by glenn
First, welcome to both of you to our forum. Second, as for the sites, I have had my best luck with granular minerals and always pour them on a stump. Next I also put corn in the same place. As they eat the corn they will get the taste of the minerals and salt and continue visiting it after the corn is gone. They will chew on the stump and eventually uproot it.

Re: Mineral site

PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 5:08 pm
by 3spop
Soil type def plays a part. You may need add some baking soda to cut down on the acidity.