If you’re looking for a great way to capture a trophy buck on your trail cam all while giving him a little extra boost then it’s time to setup a mineral lick.
A mineral lick is a great to offer deer the calcium, phosphorous, sodium and trace minerals they need and crave, especially in the summer. All the while it gives you the opportunity to establish new deer patterns in our area and create a new level of predictability. This new found knowledge can be used to capture images with trail cameras, or establish hunting stands over or near the site. Keep in mind mineral licks qualify as bait so be sure to check the regulations in your area as they can vary greatly depending on your state or province.
To get started I’ve outlined a few key steps to help get your mineral lick established.
Step 1 : You have to pick a spot. Depending on your intentions, establish them in areas where you can either setup your trail camera to capture the perfect image or a hunting stand give you that broadside shot. Some recommend setting one site per 50 acres but this isn’t a hard and fast rule. You really just want to make sure your sites aren’t going to be competing with one another.
Step 2: You can buy a readymade bag of loose whitetail minerals or get trace mineral salt from your local feed store.
Step 3: Pour half of your mix into a pail.
Step 4: Take the pail and a shovel to the area you select (helps if there is already good deer sign) and remove any sod and leaf litter from an area (width of a truck tire). Pour two thirds of the bucket contents on this spot, and then use the shovel to drive the minerals into the ground. Pour the remainder of the bucket on the top of the soil
Step 5: Use whets left in the bag to repeat the procedure in another likely spot nearby. Deer may ignore minerals at one site but demolish a lick a seemingly identical location less than 100 yards away.
Now that your setup don’t forget to check back in one week and replenish the lick, but only if it’s seen noticeable action. If it’s doing its job you shouldn’t have a problem picking out all the deer tracks because the ground will be torn up by deer digging for those minerals. Keep a close eye on those hot spots and keep them replenished when needed.