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    Deer licks

    Y'all put your deer licks out in the spring or summer, or year round? I'm told its best to get slat and mineral licks out in late March and early summer to help antler growth, lactation in does, and to reduce ticks. Some folks put it out year round. Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ScottyNC View Post
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    Y'all put your deer licks out in the spring or summer, or year round? I'm told its best to get slat and mineral licks out in late March and early summer to help antler growth, lactation in does, and to reduce ticks. Some folks put it out year round. Thoughts?
    If I remember right it's salt for summer and mineral for winter. If it's easily accessible I put both out year round since they don't cost much.

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    I put them out year round. I use a feed block from Tractor Supply called Record Rack. The deer love it, birds and squirrel munch on it too, and they don't turn to mush when they get rained on. A block usually lasts two or three months. Then in July I start my corn feeders. Between two corn feeders, I'll go through 100-150#s a week. It pays off when season opens. Last year I had 10-12 doe and 4-5 bucks outside my blind at daybreak.

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    I keep a mineral salt block out year round. A block lasts me 3-5 months, depending on the weather and the wildlife.
    Toss some corn out at dusk on an irregular basis. I usually get around 15-25 to come when I shake the can of corn. More in the winter, upwards of 30-40. Can't shoot them, we're in the city.
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    I keep a mineral salt block out year round. A block lasts me 3-5 months, depending on the weather and the wildlife.
    Toss some corn out at dusk on an irregular basis. I usually get around 15-25 to come when I shake the can of corn. More in the winter, upwards of 30-40. Can't shoot them, we're in the city.
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    We generally skip the blocks and feed protein pellets in creep feeders generally feed about 12 tons a year.

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    Tractor Supply has 50 lb. salt licks for 5 bucks. I also set out mineral licks from their horse dept.; cheaper than what you see marketed toward deer. Will add deer corn later and adjust as need be.

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    Will add deer corn later and adjust as need be.
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    Not legal in NY. We're afraid common food spots will spread CWD and other diseases (tuberculosis is a chronic one - who knew?).


    It's illegal to feed or hunt deer over bait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpkiller View Post
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    Not legal in NY. We're afraid common food spots will spread CWD and other diseases (tuberculosis is a chronic one - who knew?).


    It's illegal to feed or hunt deer over bait.
    When I lived in GA, it was illegal to hunt over bait/salt. I don't know about now.

    I was slow-hunting one morning and walked up on a salt block in the middle of the woods. Lots of deer sign around it. I quickly moved on elsewhere. For all I knew the F&W boys may have known about it and were sitting in the bushes to see who might stop and sit a while.
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    For better or worse one of my neighbors is a regional Game Warden.

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    I live on the boundaries of two national forests with a river and a large stream flowing nearby. There is plenty of wooded land bordering the forest to hunt in. There are so many deer that most of us have never needed bait. Some guys with farms use corn cribs placed around.

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