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Mineral lick....

Old 04-02-2003, 08:29 AM
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On our property there is an old house that sits in a bottom. It' s kept mowed every year, and I have developed numerous food plots here. There is one corner of the yards that stays very WET all year.

Is this a good place to put in a mineral/salt lick? I' ve been mixing crushed salt into the ground in other areas, and it really draws the deer.

Is it good to put the salt in a an active spring?

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Old 04-02-2003, 10:53 AM
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I myself would put it on the edge of the wet land. You don' t want it to dry and you don' t want it to wet....
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Old 04-02-2003, 02:01 PM
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I wouldn' t put salt in the spring, and it may be illegal in your state.
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Old 04-02-2003, 02:25 PM
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I guess I wasn' t real clear on my first post. It' s not a " spring" like I said. It' s more of a place that' s always soggy. No need to worry about contaminating the water...It' s over 2 miles to the nearest residence besides our cabin.


I was just wondering if the combination of the wet ground and the salt would be make it more attractive to deer.
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Old 04-02-2003, 03:27 PM
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Pro-line; just put the salt in an old, decaying tree stump. The deer will eat the tree if you forget to keep the salt stocked.

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Old 04-06-2003, 08:54 AM
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here' s what i' ve been using for years on tree stumps and mixed in soil and have had great results. mix 2 parts salt with trace minerals to 1 part dicalcium phosphate. both can be bought at local feed stores for a total of $20 to $25. that gives me 130 pounds of mineral mix. for an added attractant, pour some mollasses on top of your mixture. if you want them to get more protein you can put soybeans in also. they are very high in protein. good luck!
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Old 04-16-2003, 07:23 AM
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I agree with 10 pt. The only thing we do different is on new, first time sites we use 50# stock salt, 100# Trace min. salt, and 50# Di-Cal Phosphate. Once the mineral site has been established then we eliminate the stock salt the next year. Dig a pit 4-6 inches deep and 3 feet around to keep it in a confined area. Mix it up and put it down. We use 100# of mix at eack location.
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Old 04-16-2003, 09:17 AM
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I maintain 3, and they are all on either root-balls of an undesirable tree, or stumps, cut about 2' high.

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Old 04-17-2003, 08:34 AM
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I read an interesting article in one of my deer hunting magazines (D&DH?) that did a study and concluded that mineral licks have not been shown to increase the size of antlers. It said money is best spent on salt as an attractant to the area, and on food plots.
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