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Old 07-29-2010, 08:49 PM
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I went out 2 weeks ago and dug some holes with post hole diggers and filled them with livestock salt for deer.It has came a few good rains and has soaked in good.The deer have just walked right by the holes.Is it the wrong time of yr for salt? Or did I do something wrong?
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Old 07-30-2010, 04:06 AM
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Put some corn in your salt to attract their attention. The deer probably do not know it is there yet. This is a great time for salt, and I am sure your salt lick will get hit once the deer find it.
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Old 07-30-2010, 06:58 AM
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Are there cattle in the area? Salt licks usually do not work well in areas where there are cattle: The deer get their salt at the same place the cattle do.
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:20 PM
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No cattle for miles.
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:07 PM
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It is the right time to be attracting, but you are about 6 months late on putting it out. I put mine out in February every year, I top off with a little salt in July, but they have been coming for a few months by then.

Also some spots just do better than others, but I'm not 100% sure why. I think lush vegetation and water are key factors.

Here are a few pics from some of my mineral sites(not just salt)...












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Old 08-01-2010, 12:30 PM
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Well like that one man said get something to get their attention. I put a salt block out in the spring on top of a stump and they have ate the salt block, the stump and including all the ground around it in a 3 ft. diameter and still licking the ground.
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Old 08-01-2010, 07:50 PM
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Alright thanks for the help.
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:08 PM
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Try a salt lick near a pond that the deer use. i often hunt on 14,000 acres where there are no cattle. Sometimes the deer never find the salt. Every salt lick that i've put near a pond that the deer drink from is being heavily used.
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