Now is the time to put out those mineral lick sites.
Well I got out this past weekend and put out some mineral lick sites and put fresh batteries in my trail cameras and checked my sd cards in my trail cameras. I had a lot of good pictures of several bucks starting to grow their antlers.
Mineral lick Sites
Now is a great time to put out those mineral lick sites for the whitetails. A friend of mine sent me a good inexpensive recipe for mineral lick sites I wanted to share with you. I put some out a while back and the deer are really loving it. The recipe makes about 200 pounds for around $50. You can pick up the ingredients at most local feed stores. Here’s the recipe:
1 50lb bag of Di-calcium phosphate
1 50lb bag of stock salt
2 50lb bags of trace mineral
Mix 12lbs of trace mineral, 6 lbs of stock salt and 6 lbs of di-calcium phosphate. Mix together and dig into ground and reapply about every 2 to 3 months with half the recipe (12lbs). Store the bags separate, don’t mix all at once. This is a great way to put out your own mineral lick sites at an affordable price. I like to top mine off with a TrophyRock and some corn and the whitetails love it.This time of year is a great time to start providing the whitetails with minerals. I got several pictures of bucks at my sites already growing their antlers and the minerals should help them grow nice big antlers.
I got a picture of a three legged deer on one of my trail cameras I wanted to show you. It looks like a doe and it looks like it is healed up well. I don’t know how well a deer like this can get around but I have seen dogs that get around pretty well with three legs. Would you take this deer out of the herd? You hate to see a deer like this, there is no telling what happened to it. I am surprised the coyotes haven’t gotten it. It seems like they would be able to take this deer down pretty easy, but you never know. I guess it is still able to get around okay and defend itself if it is able to get up and eat and move around. I will be looking for more pictures of this one in the future.
This 3 legged deer recently showed up on one of my trail cameras.
Pre season is a good time to start trimming those shooting lanes to improve your deer hunting honey holes.
You reap what you sow, that’s how the saying goes right? Well I’m planning on getting some pre season chores done early this year so hopefully I’ll reap the benefits of some hard work when it comes time to go deer hunting. Hopefully this will be the season I finally get that Pope & Young whitetail.
Get Pre Season Chores Done
I have got to trim a lot of shooting lanes and hang several stands. I moved a ladder stand after this past season and I went to check it out the other day and man have I got some lane trimming to do. I want to get it done early this year. I would rather do it now than to have to do it right before or during the season. I just think the more commotion there is in the woods close to the season the less likely those big bucks will know you are in the area. That big whitetail didn’t get big by being stupid. If they sense a lot of activity in the woods they will go nocturnal or leave their core area. I am planning on going to do some lane trimming tomorrow and put in some screw in steps in a tree where I plan on hanging some stands on one of my favorite deer hunting properties.
Get those trail cameras out now to watch your big whitetail develop throughout the antler growing process.
Have you started getting you’re whitetail honey holes ready for the upcoming season yet? I’ve got so much work to do to get ready but I enjoy getting out in the woods and putting up stands, trimming shooting lanes, putting out trail cameras and all other sorts of fun stuff. It is a great way to get some exercise also. I can’t wait to start getting some good trail camera pictures of some of those big bucks. I am wondering what bucks made it through the very harsh winter here in Kansas. There is one buck that I really hope made it through and is back. He’s the one I missed with my bow last year and this year he should be an absolute brute. I would love to match wits with him again this season. I was so close to getting him last year but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades!
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Deciding when is the right time to plant the seeds for your hunting food plots can make a big difference.
It’s time to plant hunting food plots. It is about that time to get your spring and summer food plots planted on your deer hunting property. I have heard of some people who have already planted and others who have gotten their sites ready and are just waiting for the right time to put the seed in the ground. Their is still some cold weather here in the mid-west and it might not be a bad idea to wait a little while to put the seed in the ground.
Hunting Food Plots
If you plant to early and we get several days of cold or wet weather or both it could affect the seeds and you might not get as thick of food plot as you would if you wait until the cold weather is gone. It is a fine line though because you don’t want to plant to early and you don’t want to plant to late either. Also to much rain can wash away your freshly planted seed. So timing when you plant your seed can be tricky but by watching your local weather forecast you can plan when you plant you seed and hopefully make a smart decision. A lot of universities have agricultural extension offices that provide basic information on best times to plant what in your region for free. You can also seek advice from a wildlife biologist and a soil scientist. By using some resources that are available to you , you should be able to make smart decisions on when to plant and what to plant and get the most out of your time and efforts. Before you know it it’ll be time to get after those deer.
Having food plots such as a soybean field on your deer hunting property can improve the health of your deer herd.
If you do a little homework you will be so glad you went the extra mile to improve your property by planting at the right time and maximizing the food sources for the whitetails where you hunt. This year I am wanting to talk to the landowners on a couple of the properties where I hunt and on one of them I want to see how much it would cost me to get the farmer to leave about a 1/2 acre to an acre of standing corn or soybeans and don’t cut it at all. I know having standing crops during the winter when there is snow on the ground and most of the other food sources are gone can be a huge plus and attract whitetails from miles around and make for some hot late season action. I would definitely recommend leaving some standing crops if you can on your property to greatly improve your late season chances of getting one of those big bucks
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