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Salt for deer #7498864
02/16/22 09:39 PM
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Which salt product is best for deer? Loose, small blocks, or standard blocks.

Do you mix it with soil or just pour or place on the ground or stump?

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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7498875
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I put a yellow bag of water softener salt on a stump and deer go crazy over it. They will eat the dirt around the stump. White salt blocks work well, but people steal those here. I never could get deer to come to the reddish brown salt blocks much.

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Mix some loose regular salt with a bucket of Lucky Buck (TSC). on a stump or in the dirt.


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Re: Salt for deer [Re: BryanOney] #7498891
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Originally Posted by BryanOney
I put a yellow bag of water softener salt on a stump and deer go crazy over it. They will eat the dirt around the stump. White salt blocks work well, but people steal those here. I never could get deer to come to the reddish brown salt blocks much.

That's funny, I've had better attendance at the mineral (red) blocks than the standard white. I don't think it matters, you could mix sand with stock salt and they would eat it. They crave the minerals, so they consume them, imo.


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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7498903
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I've dumped a 50 lb sack of white salt in the same several spots every few years. I've got holes in the ground 2 ft plus deep and 10 to 15 foot round. Never saw a deer lick a block f salt. They always seem to nibble at the dirt underneath the block getting the salt that dissolves into the soil.


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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7498917
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I buy 80 pound bags of mixing salt at the feedmill for $9.00

Deer can't eat salt directly, it has to leach into the soil first.

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I'm thinkin I need to change things up a bit, thanks guys!


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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7498938
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My old boss's cabin in Northern Minn. Has a 75 year old hole on a hill where they drop a white block in every year .
Seriously in 1984 it was 8' deep and 15' across.


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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7498947
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I've always used the white live stock salt blocks I think there 50lbs.
I have had trail camera pictures of deer licking the salt block but most of the time there licking the dirt.

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I saw a deer chewing the remains of a white salt block ...one time while bow hunting.


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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7499032
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As long as they dont have a choice they will consume whichever you put down. I find the 50lb blocks to be the hardiest. Once deer start digging around the salt and create a hole, I move the block away from the hole a bit. Otherwise, when it rains the block will sit in the water and dissolve much quicker.

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A friend took me to an old shed where salt blocks for livestock were once stored. Deer had eaten the wood threshold under the door.

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Originally Posted by charles
A friend took me to an old shed where salt blocks for livestock were once stored. Deer had eaten the wood threshold under the door.

I've seen cattle eat the paint right off a barn, I'm assuming for the same reason.


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For deer, I typically use freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground pepper grin

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Originally Posted by adam m
For deer, I typically use freshly ground sea salt and freshly ground pepper grin

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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7499196
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Trophy rock, is what gets hit hardest here. Rural King and Tractor Supply both carry them

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Originally Posted by Kevin Colpetzer
Trophy rock, is what gets hit hardest here. Rural King and Tractor Supply both carry them

Same here in Ga. Trophy Rocks get licked until they're gone. The heaviest use time is about to start....


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Re: Salt for deer [Re: charles] #7499381
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i use yellow sulfur blocks they help with tick and insect control in sheep and goats a few years back when it was real dry a lot of dead deer was found i never found any in my area i keep them out in different spots year round have for 20 years or more

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Doe deer benefit the most from mineral supplements before and after dropping fawns.

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I looked out the bathroom window this morning and the deer were opening up my salt block stump.
It must be the time they need it.
Will have to freshen my other ones up.

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