Whitetail deer enthusiasts can save some money while having the satisfaction of doing it themselves when it comes to deer mineral supplements this spring. There are many fantastic commercial whitetail deer mineral supplements on the market today, a few of which I either have used or continue to use with great success. These store bought supplements come with lots of added vitamins and minerals that help make deer healthy. You simply cannot make these more beneficial mineral supplements in your garage.
However, there have been times when I've had to pinch pennies and making my own basic mineral supplement was all that I could do to help the deer where I hunted. Basic is the key to this mineral supplement recipe but it does include some key ingredients that not only will help the health of the deer population in your area, it will attract them too.
To begin, you will need to go to your local feed store and purchase three bags of ingredients Stock Salt, Trace Mineral, and Di-Calcium Phosphate. All can be purchased in "loose" or granulated forms in 50-pound bags. You will need two bags of trace mineral and one bag each of Di-Calcium Phosphate and Stock Salt. Make certain you keep all three ingredients separate until ready to use.
Once you've decided on a location to start your mineral lick, preferably a site where deer frequent already, you can begin to mix your ingredients in a large bucket, wheel barrow or trash can. Use a 3-pound coffee can to measure each of the ingredients.
Mix your own mineral and place it in a high deer activity area and get results like this!