University Park, Pa. It actually is past time, noted David Wolfgang, extension veterinarian and field studies director in veterinary and biomedical sciences. There is no disagreement about that. The Board of Game Commissioners in the past has outlawed the feeding of bears and elk in the state, so there is precedent for banning the feeding of deer, Wolfgang pointed out.
Minerals for Whitetails | QDMA
DIY Make Your Own Artificial Salt Lick Artificial salt licks can be made from plain granular salt or better sea salt which contains a lot of trace minerals besides sodium chloride. However, commercial mineral salt available in bags or solid blocks from the local agricultural feed store is best and cheaper than sea salt. These products contain higher concentrations of minerals and sometimes molasses to make them more attractive. Natural minerals and salt are fairly common in almost all areas where the deer live however by making one and placing them near areas you want to hunt the hunter or wildlife researcher can influence their travel routes. Do not place the lick so near water that the ground water table reaches the lick and leaches it away. It takes longer to buy a block or bag of mineral salt than it does to make a lick the deer will use. To simulate a natural lick locate an old stump near the trail you plan to use.
Creating a Deer Mineral Lick | Not Just for Bucks
They know that deer typically begin using supplemental minerals around spring green-up and continue until early fall. Surely, the knee-deep depressions in the soil caused by repeated years of mineral supplementation are evidence of deer need, correct? Maybe, or maybe not. Growing antlers are composed mostly of proteins 80 percent by weight ; whereas hardened antlers contain roughly equal amounts of proteins and minerals. Studies have shown that calcium and phosphorus are by far the two most common minerals in deer antlers, comprising 30—35 percent of the mature antler by weight.
Some of my earliest memories were putting out salt licks with my grandpa. I was so little back then I could barely see over the grass in the clearing where his deer fed. Those outings were one of my favorite things as a kid. You care about your animals, and you want them to be healthy. You also want to have the right habits and movements in place when it comes time to harvest that big buck.