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The deer washed the salt off my truck


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1 hour ago, grampy said:

A mineral lick in the spring would really benefit the deer.

Interesting to me was I had salt blocks when I had some cattle, used to pin them on old stumps.

Deer only hit them in sept/Oct. I figure it was hormonal changes in body chemistry for upcoming breeding season requiring a different set of nutrients.

I know of a naturaly occuring lick that I can see from a highway, and only in fall do I see deer there or tracks in the first snow of the year.

 

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2 hours ago, Dinsdale said:

Interesting to me was I had salt blocks when I had some cattle, used to pin them on old stumps.

Deer only hit them in sept/Oct. I figure it was hormonal changes in body chemistry for upcoming breeding season requiring a different set of nutrients.

I know of a naturaly occuring lick that I can see from a highway, and only in fall do I see deer there or tracks in the first snow of the year.

 

I think I've read that they seek salt sort of when their body tells them they need it. I know there's a lot of extra salt on the roads right now and maybe that gets them through the spring and there's enough stuff in the summer browse to satisfy the need?

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Deer will actively seek minerals in the spring. they require sodium as water content and potassium soars in succulent green vegetation. Both buck's and doe's require calcium and phosphorous to support antler and fetal growth.

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Use to hunt a property in Alabama that had an old Confederate salt spring on the nxt door property. There was a old mound of dirt through a swamp that use to be railroad tracks that went to the spring. Was like a highway to death lol

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