On 7/21/13 we visited the mineral station again to determine the results from the week of Big & J BB2 Granular. I have posted a picture of the product ingredients below. Upon our return, there was nothing left at the station as evident in the video below. Animal hits and percentages caught on camera were as follows:
1. Whitetail Deer - 456 (62.7%)
a. Bucks - 35 (4.8%)
b. Does - 370 (50.9%)
c. Fawns - 51 (7.0%)
2. Raccoon - 252 (34.7%)
3. Squirrel - 6 (0.8%)
4. Possum - 9 (1.2%)
5. Coyote - 1 (0.1%)
6. Rabbit - 3 (0.4%)
7. Total Hits - 727 (62.8% of the total photos)
8. Total Photos - 1158
*Note: A single photo may have had more than one type of animal in it, thus each was counted (e.g., one photo having 5 raccoons was counted as 5 hits)
As you can see from the counts and the slideshow below, the raccoons were a huge problem and accounted for much of the reduction in available product. Prior to this particular product, I had little to no raccoons hitting the mineral station. Obviously much of this has to do with the corn content of the product.
The amount of raccoon traffic is very disappointing from several angles. One, I think they impact the deer who don't want to fight with other animals for product. Two, the raccoon population is far greater than I really want on this property. Three, the large numbers will make it difficult for other game animals, such as turkey given these are known egg eaters.
I paid $20 for a 20# bag. For that cost, I can't afford to feed raccoons who will eventually scavenge turkey eggs and possibly run off or pressure deer from using the mineral station. As a result, I have elected not be using any more of this particular attractant.
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Andy Hayes is a devoted husband and father of 4 kids living in West Central Indiana. Outside of his family, his passion is hunting whitetails. He does not claim to be a professional hunter, but simply wants to share what he learns during his quest to improve whitetail habitat and hunt mature bucks.