deer mineral in the dirt, really?
pouring mineral supplement on the ground discussion
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Posted on Saturday Feb 1, 2014 at 3:53 PM  
deer mineral:
I read the directions on the package.  I couldn't bring myself to pour this stuff in the dirt and expect the deer licking the dirt to be beneficial for them.  What are your thoughts?  Thanks, 
Posted on Saturday Feb 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM  
I hunt in some reclaim land that is very rocky on top, just loosen some dirt and mix it in. The hole there now is about 3 feet across and 8 inches deep they just pick the rocks out.
Posted on Monday Feb 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM  
Deer need minerals and vitamins just like humans.  They generally can get all they need from their normal diet, but seek out specific minerals when they lack those in diet.  I grew up in Wisconsin where it was a common sight in winter and spring to see deer on the highway shoulders licking the salt (which is used on roadways to melt ice).  I don't know how much of an attractant a mineral mix would be compared to a food source or other scent attractants though.  
Posted on Monday Feb 3, 2014 at 6:40 PM  
Deer licking the ground, is that harmful to them?  thanks,
Posted on Tuesday Feb 4, 2014 at 10:02 AM  
Not at all harmful, in fact it is beneficial as this is another way for deer to ingest essential minerals (especially bucks which need more minerals to produce antlers).  Deer have been licking the ground and consuming food items and minerals from the dirt for centuries with no ill effects.
Posted on Tuesday Feb 4, 2014 at 5:51 PM  
I'm not a hunter, but I know what a "salt-lick" is.  And, if you know where one is, you can stake it out just like a watering hole, as the prey will come to get what they need.

Honestly, you can get salt cubes at a ranch store, for cattle.  Ever see deer and other critters licking those things?

I just saw a report a week or so ago, about some kind of Ibex over in northern Italy.  They were scaling the face of a dam.  Folks couldn't figure out why.  There were no plants growing there.  Finally, after some folks used a really powerful telephoto lens, they realized the critters were licking the mortar that holds the blocks of granite together.  When the mortar cured during construction, various salts were formed, and the Ibex were licking those salts.
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Posted on Wednesday Feb 5, 2014 at 10:29 AM  
I mix my own mineral licks.  salt, dicalcium phosphate, and trace minerals.  mix and pour on the ground.  I have tried loosening the soil and mixing it in the dirt, but to really get one started just dumped it on the ground.  Once they find it you can start to mix it in the dirt.  they hit it pretty heavy in the spring and summer months. 
Posted on Thursday Feb 6, 2014 at 10:49 AM  
They have those white bluffs out in Western Kansas, deposits from when it was under the sea, and I've watched bucks get up on the side of those and lick.
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