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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 03-27-2019, 10:27 PM
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Originally Posted by alleyyooper View Post
This works for me. when I was useing it in the UP regular I had a 3 foot deep soil dish in 2 years.

1 part Di-calcium phosphate, this is a dairy feed additive bought at feed stores.
Comes in 50lb Bags at around $11.00 you need one bag.

2 parts Trace mineral salt, the red and loos kind without the medications.
Comes in 50lb Bags at around $5.00 you need two bags.

1 part Stock salt, ice cream salt.
Comes in 50lb Bags at around $2.00 you need one bag.


-Use a 3 pound or similar size coffee can to use as your measure for each part of the mix.

-Mix all together well but not until read to use, keep ingredients separate until ready to put to use.

-Dig or tear up a circle in the soil about 36 inches wide and about 6 inches deep.

-Mix your mineral mixture with the soil.


-Replenish in 6 months with fresh supply of mineral, and then each year there after.

I also found that the plain white salt blocks were great fro clearing brush when I put some out to keep the porkie pines from chewing on the cabin. the deer were clearing the brush to get to them. Had to replace them every 3 months too.

A yooper (up of michigan) here. Been using that same formula for 30 years, just beware of the large holes the deer will dig to get at that treated soil!
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The deer in my locale will not lick and do not need ANY additional salt. The 600+acre water body near me and its tributary are called SALT LAKE and SALT CREEK for good reason. My original weather protected 50-pound salt lick stayed UNTOUCHED for three years until it dawned on me that the adjacent water bodies were the fundamental source of their salt.

You give them a MOLASSES lick and they will line up and stay on it until they finish every lick.
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A local game warden told me just a few years ago that I couldn't be putting any attractant out that would still be in the soil come hunting season. I told him that it was 200 yards from my closest stand and it is. They walk right by those stands to get to it but it is within the State DNR Guidelines so he gets to live with it.

We had a rough winter here in Iowa so I bought almost 100 bushels of corn to feed the pheasants. The birds of prey are so bad that I had to dump it where the pheasants had some cover. There was a foot of hard crusty snow where I dumped the corn. The plan was to feed 1 full 5 gallon bucket per day staring the middle of January until the snow was gone and then taper it back. However it didn't take the local deer herd long to find the corn and it was only days until that foot deep snow was bare dirt in a 20 ft circle. So I upped it to 2 buckets per day and a bigger circle. I had one other place that is an abandoned farm stead building sight that has grown up to brush. It was occupied all pheasant season by a doe and two very, very late born fawns. Their spots were still visible but just barely on opening day of pheasant season at the end of October. They were looking bad at the end of pheasant season so they got fed all winter as well. I gave them a couple slabs of alfalfa hey per day and they are looking good now. I won't feel bad eating one of them next winter. Ha!
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Originally Posted by kastengl View Post
A yooper (up of michigan) here. Been using that same formula for 30 years, just beware of the large holes the deer will dig to get at that treated soil!
+1 on the plain white salt blocks. I put out a variety of blocks for my cattle and I’ve tried some “deer” blocks for the deer but several years’ of camera footage shows me that my deer much prefer the plain white salt blocks. I always keep salt near a pond within view of my house. I see deer daily at the block. I think they like to drink after they eat salt. I know my cows do.

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