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#5797092 - 06/19/15 06:47 PM Mineral Blocks?
Kill Box ALPHA Offline
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Registered: 10/29/09
Posts: 762
Loc: Flower Mound, Texas
Looking for some advise on mineral blocks. Do you guys use them and if so what brand. I was looking at Cabelas today and most of the mineral blocks advertise they are "attractants". I'm in a new spot this year (roughly 1050 acreas) with just a few 5-6 hunters. To my knowledge no one is feeding protein. I figured a mineral block would be the way to go for longevity but if I'm off base on this I'm open to new ideas.

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#5797105 - 06/19/15 06:52 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
cabosandinh Offline
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Registered: 08/12/13
Posts: 1383
Loc: Dallas, TX
i use Cabelas brand

the white salt block and
the pink mineral block

deer , hogs will lick both

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#5797114 - 06/19/15 06:57 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
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Registered: 08/04/10
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Are you wanting a mineral block(all mineral) or protein block(mostly protein and some mineral)? Big difference in the 2.
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#5797120 - 06/19/15 07:03 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
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Registered: 12/16/08
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Loc: Wolfe City, TX
Last time I put one out, the coons ate the whole thing in two weeks. bang

Got mine from Tractor Supply Co.
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#5797272 - 06/19/15 09:00 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
rickym Offline
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Registered: 06/14/15
Posts: 5485
Loc: texas
Will be making a mineral site next weekend. Ill post about how it seems to go.

Do yall think a block or making a mineral site with the powder mixed with water then poured works better?
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#5797280 - 06/19/15 09:06 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
Pittstate Offline
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Registered: 09/01/09
Posts: 5178
Loc: NE/CO/KS/MO/OK
I have used mineral sites for years, but never hunt them as they tend to quit using them after antler development stops and fawns stop sucking. I also use these as "safe" zones to keep deer on my place. I dig a 9" hole and put the mineral block in it. First year will go through 2 and only 1 each year after. The deer will dig out the dirt and suck on it to get the mineral they need after the block dissolves. Best to have mineral spot in or next to woods/cover and close to water source. By year 3 your mineral site will be a small pond and the deer will literally flock to it when it fills with water to get the minerals they need. If your deer are not lacking minerals, they may not utilize it....however, I have hunted 7 states with them and not found a spot where the deer didn't use them.

I use the mineral block from Tractor Supply usually.

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#5797334 - 06/19/15 09:42 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 9047
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
I just buy a trace mineral block at the feed store and put it in a low, cut-off plastic barrel that's wired to a t-post. If there are cows around, make sure it's inside your feeder pen. I think it helps to keep deer checking out your feeder from time to time, especially if you're not feeding year round.
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#5797373 - 06/19/15 10:10 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: stxranchman]
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Originally Posted By: stxranchman
Are you wanting a mineral block(all mineral) or protein block(mostly protein and some mineral)? Big difference in the 2.


Waste of money IMO...invest in a good Protein Tub, they hold over well once the free choice runs out..L & E has a great one up
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#5797616 - 06/20/15 09:15 AM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
EddieWalker Offline
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Registered: 08/06/14
Posts: 1445
Loc: Tyler, TX
I've tried several and their have been a few tracks around the, suggesting that they are used, but mostly they just sit there and eventually fade away from the weather. In my opinion, they are a waste of money.


Eddie

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#5797648 - 06/20/15 09:39 AM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
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Registered: 02/14/09
Posts: 2849
Loc: Deer Park, Tx.
It's almost too late for mineral blocks. These supplement feeds should have been out months ago when the antlers fell off.
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#5797764 - 06/20/15 11:34 AM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: 30378]
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Registered: 11/01/12
Posts: 8021
Loc: Lubbock, TX
Originally Posted By: 30378
It's almost too late for mineral blocks. These supplement feeds should have been out months ago when the antlers fell off.
its never too late to help the health of your herd! smile
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#5797768 - 06/20/15 11:39 AM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
Creekrunner Offline
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Registered: 10/19/12
Posts: 9047
Loc: Bexar/Gillespie, hunt Terrell
Do whatever you want, it's your money, and you sure aren't gonna hurt anything. I have seen cows tear down feeder pens trying to, and getting those softer protein, "deer attractant" blocks.

I keep a trace mineral block out all year. And have seen deer licking it...all year.
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#5797826 - 06/20/15 12:42 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Creekrunner]
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Registered: 04/11/09
Posts: 114
Loc: Collingsworth County
I have had lots of activity around deer cane and trophy rock sites. They continue to use 1 site after I quit refreshing it. They have dug it out about 2 ft deep. Do t know how beneficial it is but they definite use it.

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#5797956 - 06/20/15 03:15 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
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Registered: 05/08/10
Posts: 3308
Loc: Dallas / Nolan County
Deer at my place hammer Biologic rock from academy and the rocks from Bass Pro.

I've also made a homemade mix of dicalcium phosphate, rock salt, and trace mineral salt from tractor suppy. Like pittstate said, dig a shallow hole and mix in with soil. They will cont to hit it for years especially if you add mix to site every 4-6 months or so. I've now got a hole 1-2 feet deep and 10 wide after 3 years.
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#5798483 - 06/20/15 11:15 PM Re: Mineral Blocks? [Re: Kill Box ALPHA]
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Registered: 07/17/06
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Loc: Abilene or on the road...
We have used this with varied luck. Some years they tear it up, some they only mess with it a little, it seems to kind of depend on the local farmers and what has been planted and the rainfall.

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