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    Deer licky things!

    I've just been to the local farm shop and brought 4x2kgs 'Baby Red Rocky' mineral blocks and 5 litres of molasses for 15. Now that beats all these 'block toppers' and 'stump lickers' on price hands down! Muntjac love em!
    It also helps out your local farmers.

    Buck licker salt block 2kgs 4.99 X 4= 19.96 +
    stump licker 5 litres 14.99= 34.95

    I've just saved 19.95!

    And I've still got enough change to buy a portion of chips and gravy, go watch George Formby at Blackpool Pier and have bus fare home! 'Eeee isn't life grand'

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    hello Beowulf,

    I have never used salt or stump licks and would be curious to know how afective they are and some addvice as to how to use them effectivly. Also I have alot of apples and pears that will go to waste this year, do you know of any way to make your own sweet fruit attraction?

    craig

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    Rabbit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf
    I've just been to the local farm shop and brought 4x2kgs 'Baby Red Rocky' mineral blocks and 5 litres of molasses for 15. Now that beats all these 'block toppers' and 'stump lickers' on price hands down! Muntjac love em!
    Do they? Perhaps my Muntjac are just fussy buggers The salt pastes and stump pastes have always just been washed away by the weather before the deer have made extensive use of them.


    Quote Originally Posted by grizzley davey
    Also I have alot of apples and pears that will go to waste this year, do you know of any way to make your own sweet fruit attraction?
    Tip them into old plastic 25kg feed sacks and stack them up at strategic locations.The deer will find them and knock the sacks around in order to get at the fruit. Biggest aggravation is clearing up the empty sacks from the hedges and field fences after the winds blown them about.

    It is also handy place as a rat and squirrel poison baiting spot. That way you get to kill two birds with one stone.

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    Wouldn't the bags get caught around the deer's antlers Rabbit?

    Grizzley Dave,
    I put the blocks amongst the roots of large trees and coppiced hazel stumps in wooded areas with a good tree canopy to protect them against the worst of the weather. Even if they do get wet they take ages to disolve and the area is still attractive to the deer.
    The molasses can be smeared on the base of trees or on the blocks themselves. If you check them regularly you will notice small grooves worn away by the feeding deer. Muntjac tend to nibble at the same piece, extending the groove; so you get a jaw line impression in the block.
    I don't tend to shoot over these areas too much as the deer get wise! Its good to observe the deer licking the blocks and choose your cull beasts as they pop by to have ago at the nice tasting rocks.
    I have used apples before as a 'honey trap' I lay some chopped up apples out (well sweated) in front of my high seat one evening. There were loads of apples, so I thought I'll come back early in the morning and catch them feeding! I got to the high seat before sunrise. When the sun came up all the soddin apples had gone! Greedy Muntjac B**tards!!
    On my land permission its mostly shooting from hide and high seats because of the amount of trespassers taking short cuts across the land. Plus the terrain is in the Muntjacs favour. For these reasons I prefer to bring the deer to me.
    I'm more than happy with the results.

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    thanks Beowulf As I said I have never used mineral blocks or molasses before. but now I think I will give it a try, thanks

    Craig

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    Rabbit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beowulf
    Wouldn't the bags get caught around the deer's antlers Rabbit?

    Grizzley Dave,
    I put the blocks amongst the roots of large trees and coppiced hazel stumps in wooded areas with a good tree canopy to protect them against the worst of the weather. Even if they do get wet they take ages to disolve and the area is still attractive to the deer.
    The molasses can be smeared on the base of trees or on the blocks themselves. If you check them regularly you will notice small grooves worn away by the feeding deer. Muntjac tend to nibble at the same piece, extending the groove; so you get a jaw line impression in the block.
    I don't tend to shoot over these areas too much as the deer get wise! Its good to observe the deer licking the blocks and choose your cull beasts as they pop by to have ago at the nice tasting rocks.
    I have used apples before as a 'honey trap' I lay some chopped up apples out (well sweated) in front of my high seat one evening. There were loads of apples, so I thought I'll come back early in the morning and catch them feeding! I got to the high seat before sunrise. When the sun came up all the soddin apples had gone! Greedy Muntjac B**tards!!
    On my land permission its mostly shooting from hide and high seats because of the amount of trespassers taking short cuts across the land. Plus the terrain is in the Muntjacs favour. For these reasons I prefer to bring the deer to me.
    I'm more than happy with the results.
    Not really, and if they do, they soon get rid of them. In the 20 years I've been using that method I've only seen one and he had divested himself of the offending item by the following morning.

    As you have found windfall fruit is a far greater attractant than blocks or licks. I also use the odd bag of beans which has a similar attractiveness combined with the ability to give a very wide area a thin scattering of tasty treats.

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    i may be late looking at this but i'm with rabbit on this . Windfall or scrumping fruit is good just don't get caught , beans work well but locall supermarket skips and greengrocer scraps are the best not that i am tight just resourcefull (cabbage,carrots,sprouts,and sweetcorn off and on the cob ) fantastic

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    I agree with you Stone but in my case I don't think the farmer would be too happy with me mounding fruit and veg everywhere. The blocks are good also for the minerals the deer require. I'd rather see the Muntjac eating salt blocks than the desicated remains of rabbits, birds and other deer. (Which I have witnessed).

    I use apples in some places, salt blocks in others and when the season is right I set up under crab apple trees and wait to see what comes along. At this time of the year I look for mushrooms patches. After Christmas Guilder Roses bushes. Muntjac are very seasonal feeders.

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    yeh my farmer thought it was higly amusing that i was feeding them when i was suppose to shooting them untill he saw 30+ fallow coming to the feed one night and the watch me shoot 3 of them when they were leaving he leaves me alone now thank god
    in your case choose your mushies carefully long stem with a witches hat on been told they are the best you should see all the deer you want even flying ones

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    ssgpiv
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    Hi Beowolf

    I have a small farm which predominently grassland but ringed by trees and i am begining to Muntjac around. In fact there was one on the lawn this morning. What can I do or plant to help create an environement that they well like and stay in.

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