A hit was counted if the deer's face was down at or actually licking the mineral station. If the deer was standing at the station, but looking up or around it was not counted as a hit.
On previous blogs, I attempted to log the weekly results with the first two products tested. Time simply got away from me and I didn't report out on the last three weeks of the test period. As a result, I wanted to wrap this up with a complete report just on the deer group hits and discuss my perception of the results. Perception is simply your personal reality. I say that as I'm sure there will be comments on the validity of this study. Each visitor to this blog will perceive the results differently. As always, all I ask is that you do not go out and buy this product solely on these results. These are my results. You should make an informed decision before purchasing any of the five products tested. I am not sponsored by any of these products, so I have no monetary stake in this.
I put out products each year in the hopes to attract the deer and basically complete an informal camera survey. I want to know each year how the fawns are doing and see the continued growth of the buck racks. Mission accomplished this year! We know we have three fawns that have run together all summer long. We also have a good idea of the resident bucks on the property. Hopefully as the velvet is shed, we will have a better idea of what these bucks will score and can estimate age of each for the fall hit list.
I have put together the graph below that shows each of the five products tested with the date range and the number of hits for each deer group (buck, doe, or fawn).
Personal Perceptions (my reality):
1. Big & J BB2 Granular: Draws the largest number of deer, especially does. I'm not really interested in does as much as the fawns and bucks, but they obviously like this product. It could be the grain added to the product. What I listed in the previous blogs was that this product pulled raccoon in from the three county area, which is not desired. Either way, you will have to put out several bags of this to keep animals returning, which isn't cost effective.
2. Trophy Rock: Good product in my opinion. You can see in the graph numbers that this attracted fewer deer and does in general, when compared to BB2. Buck hits stayed relatively the same. Product lasts a long time and doesn't require much maintenance. This is by far the most popular attractant as outlined in the previous blog. http://www.allthingswhitetail.com/1/post/2013/08/survey-update-results.html
3. Luck Buck: Most obvious data swing for this product was buck hits. This could have been primarily due to the time of year with bucks making a last ditch effort to hit the minerals. Tough to say, and I obviously have no scientific data either way. This is just a possible cause that led to the number increase.
4. Redmond Mineral: Very even numbers between the deer groups (buck, doe, fawn). I can't help but recognize the huge swing for fawn hits. This is much higher than any of the five products put out for sampling. The buck number is similar to the Lucky Buck. The doe hits dropped drastically, which was great to see since I got tired of counting does with the first three products.
5. Kraze: This product has been discussed among other QDMer's as being the best product to attract bucks to see what you have in your local herd. I'd have to agree with that statement. You see the number of buck hits was the highest on the graph and the number of doe and fawn hits dropped compared to the other products. Again, was this a function of the time of year as bucks prepare to shed velvet and finish antler growth? It might be interesting to reverse the order next year to see if the numbers are similar for Kraze.
Overall Personal Conclusions:
a. I will not use BB2 simply due to the number of raccoon attracted. Plus the number of doe visits was obnoxious.
b. I like Kraze the best to monitor buck numbers with limited hits from does and fawns. I'll probably purchase only one bag each year due to the cost per pound.
c. I think Redmond mineral will be my primary product of choice in future years. It has an even number of hits between the groups and drew in a high number of bucks.
d. I like the Redmond mineral based also on cost per pound. I purchased the 50# bag for $11. A huge savings compared to the other products when you look at cost per pound.
This may not have produced any scientific data that the huge mineral industry can use, but that wasn't my goal going into it. First and foremost, I had fun doing this and have a better idea of what products I like and what I will avoid. I appreciate your time to review my personal findings. Follow us on Facebook or subscribe to the website on the Home / Sponsors or About Us / Contacts pages. Good luck preparing for the '13 season. It is almost here.