Tollfree: Mineral Licks for Deer. Mineral Licks for Whitetail Deer As a whitetail deer outfitter for the past 13 years in the Midwestern United States, my primary goal is making sure whitetail deer hunters are placed within weapon range of trophy bucks.
Animals require salt and minerals in their diets, and will seek out the foods that naturally provide those needs. Salt and mineral blocks set out for domestic livestock commonly attract deer. A salt block can be purchased from a feed supply store and set out specifically to attract deer.
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.
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.
A mineral lick also known as a salt lick is a place where animals can go to lick essential mineral nutrients from a deposit of salts and other minerals. Mineral licks can be naturally occurring or artificial such as blocks of salt that farmers place in pastures for livestock to lick. Natural licks are common, and they provide essential elements such as phosphorus and the biometals sodiumcalciumironzincand trace elements required in the springtime for bonemuscle and other growth in deer and other wildlife, such as mooseelephantstapirscattlewoodchucksdomestic sheepfox squirrelsmountain goats and porcupines.
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Salt Blocks are either natural or manmade deposits that many animals flock to. Salt is a necessary nutrient, especially during certain times of the year. For instance, the winter season calls for more nutrients so that deer have the energy to stay warm.
Have you ever wondered why deer hammer mineral licks in the warm-weather months more than any other time of year? Deer, during this time of year, are actively searching for it. This is also why mineral licks make excellent trail camera spots in the summer. Studies show that there are about 11 minerals in deer antlers.