Depending on the state you are in, the use of minerals and attractants may or may not be allowed. If allowed in your state, how much time and money do you spend on these products? This market segment for whitetail hunting continues to grow with each manufacturer stating they provide that magic bullet for growing monster racks and improving herd health.
I believe there are pluses to using minerals and attractants for whitetails. The trail camera photos prove that deer are definitely come to these products. What all of us really want to know are answers to these three simple questions....
1. Which product is the best to attract deer?
2. Which product benefits the whitetail deer the most?
3. Is the answer to the above two questions the exact same product?
Based on hunting stand observations, it is clear that deer eat what they want. Logic can naturally lead us to believe they eat what they want because of the increased benefit. For example, during the winter months what do you think a deer will forage on first? A green honeysuckle bush or the woody browse on a small tree with all of the leaves fallen off? Of course, they prefer the green forage. The truly unknown is to what extent that deer benefit from minerals and attractant products.
On 7/14/13, I plan on beginning a weekly experiment for the next five weeks to determine which of the products I typically use, answers the first question above. I'm not a scientist and have no means of answering question #2 with a valid experiment (if you know of one, please go to my contacts page and send me a comment with details). However, to answer the first question I will be putting out the following five products in this order:
I will have a trail camera observing the site and report out on how many times individual deer hit the product. The count will simply be based on the number of times pictures are taken with deer at the site. I will report out on the results each week in this blog. Please answer the survey below on what mineral / attractant product you prefer.
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.