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On the new ground im hunting im lookin to help supplement antler growth, im already set- up pretty good as far as age structure, place has been hunted at all and from what i can tell it isnt overpopulated. I know i can put out mineral licks, but which ones do you guys have the most success with, i use deer co-caine black magic. But is there anything better?I want to help in antler growth, not just attract deer. Also there maybe one or two places that i can put in a SMALL food plot, what should i go with? I already have 2 large clover bottoms and your typical corn fields around. I also have a barley field. Tips or hints please
 

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Deer Caine and blackmagic are not going to offer your deer much in the way of mineral. There are a host of products you can use that will help supliment vitamins and minerals. I could make a suggestion but that will certainly sound like a plug for my company :roll2::roll2:

Good Luck!!!!
 

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If you're looking solely for something to supplement antler growth as far as licks go I've heard good things about the antler max stuff. never used it but have heard plenty.

I would imagine if the land you're hunting hasn't ever been hunted, or at least not in a LONG time that you may find the overpopulation may be a little more of an issue than you think.

Good luck!
 

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This is known to work well and is relatively low cost:

WHITETAIL DEER HOMEMADE MINERAL MIX RECIPE
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 at around $5.00 you need two bags.

1 part Stock salt, ice cream salt.
Comes in 50lb Bags at around $2.00 you need one bag.

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 read 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.

***edit - the above is someone's condensed version of a document put out by an MDC wildlife specialist (?).***
 

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i use the same mix redon gave, its as good as any. one point to remember is, bucks use mineral reserves stored in their bones, it will take time to build up reserves, you wont start seeing results from mineral supplements till down the road, if their is ample supply of nutrients and minerals in the forage available to them they may not even hit the mineral licks. the cocain and salt stuff are an attractant but when they lick the stuff they also get the mineral. place the licks near good cover the bucks hang out in. it wont necessarily be where the does are. sounds like there are good food sources around so if you put in a plot try something thats a bit different to the area. maybe just a fall attractant plot like buck forage oats, wheat, rye etc...
 

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I've tried the mix that Red posted for probably ten years now with very little noticeable activity in the hole. My rock salt licks I started two years ago are twice the size and get tons of activity. Not sure it helps that much with antler growth though.
 

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i started antler max last year with amazing results.you can bet it is out alredy for this year:rotfl:
 

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Mineral licks might be able to supplement a deficiency in a whitetails diet, maybe not...I keep trying though.

Redonthehead has posted a mix that I have used with success in North Missouri, and with complete failure in Mid Missouri, and with success in Southern Missouri. Go figure...whatever those whitetails need they will search it out and get it.

Antler Max is a Purina product that is sold by lots of tack and feeds, Bass Pro, Dunn's, Denny Dennis, and lots of other sporting, hunting good stores. They have put alot of money into development, but I can't seem to get them to post how they tested it and the results...seems to be a mighty big secret???

My suggestion would be to start a couple different licks with different products to gage the deer's interest and then stick with what they like.....Calcium, magnesium, phosphorus are all important chemicals for bones, salt is mainly for digestion...so go easy on the salt.

Good luck....Call Valley Park Elevator if you can't find it and you are in the St. Louis area. --
636-225-7100

As far as food plots, clover, chicory, brassicas, legumes and other high protein content forage will/supposed to enhance the antler development of your deer.
 

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i got it this year at bass pro,but i belive oreshlens has it also.
 

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Bowhunter, put out 12 bags of antler max Saturday, they are hammering it real good. Saw my first set of mother and young, momma's are dropping and need all the nutrition they can get.
 

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I use the homemade mix above...my deer are tearing it up!!!! I'm bettin it's cheaper'n the antlermax too...
 

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There a couple of professionals in the QDMA organization that have been doing some fine tuning to the above mentioned mix...their idea is:

50lb of red trace minerals
50lb of dicalcium phosphate
25lb of ag lime

Mix and apply like the previously mentioned mix.

Alot less salt and more mineral characteristics found in antlers.
 

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you can hunt over clover & CORN!! .I think you got it made already..Shoot the big one & let the little ones live IMO you'l find yourself with a legit opportunity to get a trophy every year..I dont think you need all that other stuff
 

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I adjusted the "original" mix to the one Thayer mentioned in his post:

50lb of red trace minerals
50lb of dicalcium phosphate
25lb of ag lime

I have a game cam on my mineral spot and I must say the deer love the new mix, especially the bucks. The increase in activity is dramatic. Have had this out for a couple of weeks and it's working out great.
 
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