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Instead of spending $15-$20  on s salt lick or "deer minerals" i decided this year to mix and  make my own minerals at a much cheaper price with a larger quantity. Went down to the local co op and picked up 1 50 lb. bag of stock salt, 2 50 lb. bags of trace minerals, and 1 50 lb. bag of di-calcium phosphate. This makes 200 pounds of mineral mix for just under 50 dollars. Mix one part di cal and stock salt and two parts trace minerals ruff up the ground spread over it and mix it in. I don't know how well this will work or if it will have much benefit but with a much cheaper price its worth a shot. 

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I went and put the minerals out last week but didnt put any type of attractant (corn, Deer cain, or buck jam) on it, after checking cameras later in the week i realized i should have added an attractant since they didnt find it yet. Thus being said i should have listen to the wisdom bestowed by mountainman haha

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LOL....if they cant smell it, they wont find it any time soon.  Another little tip......buy some medium sized jars of El Cheapo peanut butter. take a cordless drill with a long extension and a 2" decking screw. remove peanut butter jar lid & screw bottom of jar into a tree about 3' off the ground, leaving the open end of the jar facing you. You will find that deer (and bears) will lick the inside of that jar clean as a whistle.

 

Another tip:  pour your minerals out onto a stump or log that is about rotten. The rotting wood acts as a sponge and soaks up all the minerals. The deer, in turn, eat the wood and it lasts WAY longer than pouring it onto the ground or into a feeder. I have a series pics of a stump that I took over several years. After 3 consecutive years of salting/mineralizing this stump, there is nothing but a 2' deep, 6' across hole in the ground where they have eaten the stump & dirt. Its really amazing what all theyll eat when it tastes like minerals. lol

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