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Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 9:52 am
by gtk
Put them out now, and they will be worked into the soil by the time the deer really start utilizing it. I never had much luck with salt licks until it had "sat a spell" and got worked washed into the ground..

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 10:25 am
by jbullard1
Here is a good recipe that adds minerals that help both the doe and bucks

WHITETAIL DEER HOMEMADE MINERAL MIX RECIPE

Ingrediants: Makes 200 lbs. for about $23.00
-1 part/bag Di-calcium phosphate, this is a dairy feed additive bought at feed stores. Comes in 50lb Bags at around $11.00
-2 parts/bags Trace mineral salt, the red and loose kind without the medications. Comes in 50lb Bags around $5.00
-1 part/bag Stock salt, ice cream salt. Comes in 50lb Bags around $2.00.

Directions:
-Use a 3 pound or similar size coffee can to use as your measure for each part of the mix.
-Mix all together well but not until ready to use, keep ingredients separate until ready to put to use.
-Dig or tear up a circle in the soil about 36 inches wide and about 6 inches deep.
-Mix your mineral mixture with the soil.

maintenance:
-Replenish in 6 months with fresh supply of mineral, and then each year there after

Prices may be a little higher now

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:55 pm
by WGbuckfever
jbullard1, Are you to use the three pound can to scoop out each ingrediant out of the bags when putting it out? So you would be putting out about 9 lbs? I would like to try this out behind where I'm fixing to build my house.

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 5:15 pm
by jbullard1
WGbuckfever wrote:jbullard1, Are you to use the three pound can to scoop out each ingrediant out of the bags when putting it out? So you would be putting out about 9 lbs? I would like to try this out behind where I'm fixing to build my house.


You will be making about 12 pounds
1 can Di-Calcium phosphate
2 cans trace mineral salt and
1 can plain salt
mix well in a bucket before you put it out you have to camoflage the taste of the di-calcium phosphate

The Di-Calcium Phosphate helps with milk production and antler growth

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:42 pm
by mikybigbuck
bullard's recipe is a great blend..we've been using it, too..the di-cal is great for antlers and doe lactation...we mix 2 parts feed salt to one part mineral and one part dical..blend it in the ground...we put out about 40 lbs to a spot and the deer will continue to use it heavily, for two years. we've got a couple they've dug out, probably 6x6 and a foot deep, over the last 4 or 5 years..it's alot cheaper than a deer cocaine type supplement

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:52 pm
by WGbuckfever
jbullard1 wrote:
WGbuckfever wrote:jbullard1, Are you to use the three pound can to scoop out each ingrediant out of the bags when putting it out? So you would be putting out about 9 lbs? I would like to try this out behind where I'm fixing to build my house.


You will be making about 12 pounds
1 can Di-Calcium phosphate
2 cans trace mineral salt and
1 can plain salt
mix well in a bucket before you put it out you have to camoflage the taste of the di-calcium phosphate

The Di-Calcium Phosphate helps with milk production and antler growth

Thanks for the info.

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:25 am
by dustygoodson
i like to try this might have to check in on it

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:27 am
by jaystew
Sounds good. I know what I will be doing this weekend

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2009 1:28 pm
by LEGACY
Put mine out no more than a month ago, and checked them today, they are tearinng them up, Put some cameras on them today and hope to have some pics soon.

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:20 pm
by huntall
I am going to try this also, may be a couple of weeks till get it out.Can those products be found at the co-op? All I have ever tried was mineral or mixing salt.

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:14 pm
by FireCloud
You can buy all the above ingredients in the 50# bags at any co-op. Get two bags of the trace mineral salt as you will be using double portions of this ingredient. Thus, you will buy 200# of ingredients. I have used this exact recipe and mixing method as Jbullard describes for the past year and it works great! Deer will start hitting the salt lick within a couple of days after you put it out, if you mix it well with the soil. Don't just pour it on the ground. The bitter taste of the di-cal is not appealing to the deer and the dirt and mixing helps cut that taste.

I use a 3 pound coffee can, and make a 12 pound batch at a time. I don't have a lot of deer on my land and the salt lick does leach downward into the ground with each rain. And we get a LOT of rain in these next few months. So if you put out a huge pile of the minerals, they will leach down into the ground within a relatively short time. That is why the deer have to paw into the ground; they are digging for the salt that leached downward the most.

When you put out a smaller amount, you can refresh it every month with a new batch. I find this keeps the deer more interested in the salt lick when it is refreshed more often. The cost at my co-op is about $30 for the entire 200#. That amount of ingredients should last a full year.

Both bucks and does will visit the salt lick, primarily from February through April or May. The does who have been bred tend to use the salt lick just as much as the bucks do. However, the bucks seem to enjoy it more. Some of the deer will visit it two or three times per day. Fawns or unbred does basically ignore the salt lick, although they will travel with the older deer who are visiting the lick. Put a game camera on it and you will get plenty of pictures!

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 9:57 pm
by BigRic
we just pour a bag of mineral salt on a stump and after a couple years they will have dug the stump up...we do it all around the camp in the same spots every year..

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 11:31 pm
by FireCloud
This photo was taken last year in February. Four deer are visiting my mineral station at the base of this old stump. If you put it out there, the deer will find it and use it.

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Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 2:12 pm
by junker
last year was the first time i ever did anything with salt and it was my first year with a trail cam. I put out my cam last year in aug and i put out a reg. size container of mortons salt. i dumped it out right before it rained one weekend in aug and by december there was a basketball size hole in the dirt. by jan you could put a small suitcase in it. one problem i didn't think about was the hole the farmer was going to have to drive his tractor thru. the farmer filled in the hole in the spring but the deer kept coming back. there's still a big hole there

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:27 pm
by FireCloud
Just a few more photos of deer using my mineral station.

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Have you put out your minerals yet? What are you waiting for?

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Feb 14, 2011 11:41 pm
by FireCloud
A couple more photos of my mineral station in use.

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Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 1:36 pm
by huntall
I looked at my mineral licks this morning and they have dug it out good with fresh tracks in it!
I was thinking that its time to mix up another batch and
add it to my licks next week or so!
These licks are only one year old now and it didnt take long
for them to start hitin it hard!

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:21 pm
by gtk
thx for the bump.. this reminds me that I need to freshen my salt licks

Re: Salt Licks

PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 9:37 am
by sardisdeerhunter
Freshened mine up yesterday and started a new one ..

Time to move some cameras around ..


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