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#3102742 - 12/31/12 10:44 AM Re: minerals [Re: stik]
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 Originally Posted By: stik
trophy rock. i keep it out and get use year 'round.
yep
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#3102769 - 12/31/12 11:13 AM Re: minerals [Re: Football Hunter]
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Registered: 10/04/12
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One thing you have to rememberabout minerals is that just because deer use one particular brand, that doesn't mean that brand is even remotely good for the deer. Lots of the more popular mixes are for the most part very expensive salt. Regardless of where you stand on the value of a proper mineral supplement, a bag of salt sure doesn't have a lot of health benefit for a deer. I always look at the salt content and won't buy anything with over 15 or 20% salt at most. What I have used most is "Rack-Up" by Evolved Habitat and "30-06" by Whitetail Institute. I do occasionally put some of the attractants with lots of salt on top of these to get more deer useage but that is rare.

I know that there is no documented study showing a quantified benefit of minerals. But then doctors say there is no benefit for humans to take vitamins or herb either. They tend to only see value when it is so large that it is obvious. I can't prove minerals work for deer either of course but it just makes sense that if you give them the trace minerals - some of which are almost certain to be missing in any given area - it has to improve their health somewhat. OF course we all - whether we admit it or not - really want to get bigger antlers. Anybody knows that you won't change what would have been a 10" spread 6 point into a B&C 150" 10point but I figure that it is realistic to expect maybe 5% increase in total antler mass on average. And if you can help does be more healthy going into Spring they will give birth to healthier fawn bucks. The differences will be small but as long as you can make any positive gains in your local deer herd for $50 a year, why not?

Also, a mineral lick is a great place to set up a camera in the Spring/Summer to see what your deer are looking like.

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#3102810 - 12/31/12 11:49 AM Re: minerals [Re: KillenTime]
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 Originally Posted By: KillenTime
What kind of minerals do you put out, and when do you start?


No minerals other than the natural ones in Trophy Rock (a chunk of natural salt deposit).
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#3102819 - 12/31/12 11:51 AM Re: minerals [Re: Winchester]
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 Originally Posted By: Winchester
Minerals have yet to be proven to help deer at all! Many studies and manufactures of products have tried diligently to prove they help, without success! I would plant a food plot if concerned with the deers health!


I was thinking of doing both minerals and small plots. I only have 32 acres. lots of clay and rock. have to try to get it cleaned up and put some lime in.

Is winter wheat fickle or will it grow pretty easy?
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#3102827 - 12/31/12 11:58 AM Re: minerals [Re: Bone Collector]
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i have changed everything to the trophy rocks
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#3102830 - 12/31/12 12:00 PM Re: minerals [Re: BSK]
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Mineral supplementation is one of those things that needs to be looked at from a cost-benefit perspective. If mineral supplementation would be just a tiny part of your management budget, then have at it. It probably won't do any measurable good, but it also probably won't do any harm either.

But for those with a limited management budget, which would do more: $25 worth of minerals, $25 worth of food plot seed, or $25 worth of gasoline and oil for you chainsaw? I'm going with the chainsaw option!
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#3102883 - 12/31/12 12:34 PM Re: minerals [Re: DaveB]
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Trophy Rock and year around
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#3102888 - 12/31/12 12:40 PM Re: minerals [Re: primos32]
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 Originally Posted By: primos32
Trophy Rock and year around




Same here they love that stuff.
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#3102893 - 12/31/12 12:43 PM Re: minerals [Re: Bow Hunter]
lpo1981
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i generally start around 1st of march. and usually out out some trophy rocks, trace mineral block, soda-ash (sodium carbonate), deer cain. may not be proven to help deer but usually gives you a good opportunity to get some good photos of deer.
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#3102988 - 12/31/12 01:53 PM Re: minerals [Re: DaveB]
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Yes there is no proven benifit to mineral blocks...the only thing they are really good for is a good draw to keep a camera on.
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