anyone use minerals in off season?

Discussion in 'MWT Community Bulletin Board' started by southjerseyarcher, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. southjerseyarcher

    southjerseyarcher New Member

    Feb 17, 2006
    southern new jersey
    just wanted to get ideas on using minerals for attractant and antler growth. i have a small food plot that is tore up by the end of sept. i was considering mineral "hot spots" around multiple stand locatons. any recomendations, also i have lease in pennsylvania where baiting is not legal, i thought this would be great for deer seeking these areas before i hunt them?
  2. Lefty

    Lefty New Member

    Jun 29, 2004
    Oh yea! We have minerals put all year long. We usually replenish the mineral sites 4 or more times a year to keep everything fresh...

    If no one posts recipes by later today I'll get on the other computer that has them saved... But I bet someone will have them on han dfor you!

  3. Hoytshooter

    Hoytshooter Active Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Small Buck, MO
    I use mineral licks also but don't really start them up again until the spring.
  4. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    I don't put Mineral out until this time of year :confused:

    :D The Big Grin likes Salty Dogs.
  5. Thayer

    Thayer New Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    Imperial, Mo
    Here is a recipe one of the MO conservation agents passed on to us hunters.

    by Brad McKee

    Private Land Conservationist

    The ultimate goal of mineral supplements in deer management is to increase antler size and improve overall health of deer herds by providing minerals or trace minerals that may be lacking in a given area.

    Although the jury is still out on effects of mineral supplements on wild deer populations since most studies have been on pen raised deer. Studies on wild population have been inconclusive and to a degree the same on pen raised deer due to other variables such as supplemental feeding that takes place in these areas. The direct benefits will probably be far greater in certain regions that lack certain trace minerals in the soil and plants.

    One mixture or home recipe of deer minerals we recommend to landowners is a mix of one part Dicalcium Phosphate, 2 parts trace mineral salt (loose), and 1 part loose stock salt. All of these are available to purchase at most local feed and farm supply stores. Just to give you a little background on these minerals and what they are designed to do lets start with the Dicalcium Phosphate. Dicalcium phosphate is used primarily as dairy cattle feed additive and other animal feeds. It promotes feed digestion, weight gain, and milk production, which is obviously beneficial to a lactating doe deer. Dicalcium phosphate contains roughly between 18 and 21 percent phosphorus and 19 to 23 percent calcium. You're probably asking why this is important by now. Well if your talking about growing antlers on deer you need to take a look at what is the make up of a deer antler.

    Hardened antlers contain 40 to 50 percent organic matter from mostly proteins while the most abundant minerals consist of calcium and phosphorus. The demands for these minerals on a daily basis can be significant for antler production. In addition, a lactating doe's milk contains high percentages of both calcium and phosphorus to pass on to their young, also causing a significant mineral drain on the doe.

    What makes all this significant is the fact that phosphorous cannot be synthesized by the body so it must be provided in needed levels in the animals diet. This is where a mineral mix such as this could be very valuable if an area is lacking in these naturally.

    Trace mineral salts do two things for deer. The first and foremost is it does have the salt/sodium to attract the deer and promote the use of the mineral. Secondly, it provides the trace minerals such as magnesium and potassium that are very important to herd health but are not found in significant quantities like others. Stock salt is again like part of the above. It has the sodium to attract deer to the minerals.

    Most mineral mixes have salt as their most abundant ingredient since a mix of just posphorus, calcium, and other trace minerals have little attraction to deer once mixed with the soil.

    As for directions of use we suggest using a 3-pound coffee can to measure out 1 part dicalcium phoshate, 2 parts trace mineral salt, and 1 part stock salt. Mix all these together once ready to use but keep components separate during storage. Dig a hole in the soil about 36 inches wide and 6 inches deep and mix the mineral well with the soil. This should be replenished after 6 months and then once a year thereafter.

    Most use seems to be during the spring and summer months on mineral licks. It's a good idea to keep these areas replenished and stocked in the same spot to maintain use.

    Print this off and take with you.


    Ingredients: Makes 200 lbs. for about $23.00

    1 part Di-calcium phosphate, this is a dairy feed additive bought at feed stores. Comes in 50lb Bags at around $11.00 you need one bag.

    2 parts Trace mineral salt, the red and loose kind without the medications. Comes in 50lb Bags around $5.00 You'll need two bags.

    1 part Stock salt, ice cream salt. Comes in 50lb Bags around $2.00. You'll need one bag.


    -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.


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

    xxx Guest

    IMHO one should always have a mineral lick ready. Deer are like cattle, they will only use it when then need it but having one out all the time keeps them trained..... either for the camera or the weapon of choice......:rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
  7. FiremanBrad

    FiremanBrad New Member

    I put mine out today!!!! Hopefully I'll be able to tell ya'll soon how good it's workin here.
  8. Hoytshooter

    Hoytshooter Active Member

    Mar 7, 2005
    Small Buck, MO
    I noticed one that was just starting to get used so it looks like I'll be refreshing sometime this week when I get a chance. I did freshen up a couple of buck jam spots two days ago, moved the camera today and they are already hitting them hard again.