- Wed Aug 21, 2013 1:48 am
Last year at the local feed store the owner suggested I try out the granulated Trophy Rock so I picked up 2 bags along with 3 salt and 1 diclacium phosphate and I also experimented with granulated molasses. I had 6 new licks to fill up. We had a tree fall over a trail that was hollow on the inside so my brother and I cut up 6 chucks about 12"inches tall and use these as "stump licks" right next to our feeders and the hunting lease we help keep the feeders filled up for the guide service. I think I went with ratio 3 salt:2 granulated Trophy Rock:1 Dicalsium Phospate:1 molasses. I mixed that up in a 5 gallon bucket then fill up a 5 gallon bucket to the top with the mix till I got 6 buckets for each of the stump licks. On ours I also put out a white salt block and a Trophy Rock right on top of the mineral mix in the stump. Ive had pictures and videos last year of deer licking blocks, rocks, in the stump and the ground around the stump so I believe they eat what they want when they want it. I try to go more heavy with the salt in the mix because that is basically what they are after.
Last weekend I had to replentish the stumps and the feedstore didn't have either the granulated or regular Trophy Rock in stock at the time so I had to go back to red trace minerals so the ratio was 3 salt, 2 red trace, and 1 dicalsium phospate. My brother only got one bag of red trace mineral so I had enough to do 3 licks and I had one batch left over from last year of the old mix and I mixed it in with them and got a forth batch out of it for a fourth lick. We went out and filled the stump licks on the hunting lease first and all three of the stumps was pretty much empty but the deer had the ground eaten away around them and one was circled by a donut moat were they eaten it away. The last batch I put it on our only feeder we are currently running right now. I also made up a small mix of about 4 scoops salt and one molasses I still had left over to over top the the other mix. I plan on getting some Thophy Rocks to put on our stumps later this week. Here in Missouri this year we had a lot of rain this spring and summer till just lately.
I like the granulated TR since it has alot of salt to hide the terrible tasting trace minerals.
As long as the deer gets its salt fix it is getting some of the other minerals too that we want them to have. My look on it. Good Luck with your licks
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