Salt Licks for Roe

I've seen the other posts on here which suggest that Roe are not attracted by salt Licks. Does anyone else have any experience? If salt licks don't work, in readiness for the forthcoming buck season, what else might work?

I have a couple of Sheep Rockies that I was going to place on a couple of stumps at opposite ends of my ground.

I would like to draw Roe out of adjacent woodland onto rough pasture.

Any thoughs most gratefully received



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I can't speak for roe but I have found that mollasses will draw deer (sika) and they will eat anything that smells of mollasses, including bits of wood that happen to have got some overspill. They seem to be able to smell it from miles and I watched a stag with the wind behind him sniff out some. He struggled to get a smell of it but knew there was something there that interested him but once he got it he trotted right in to the spot.

You can buy mollasses in most shops that sell stuff for agriculture or horses and it isn't expensive, you can even pour it on your salt licks to get them started on them. You can also mix it with some beef nuts to get the deer going at them.


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I've tried salt licks for Roe and watched them with a "stealth" camera. They have a look at them but not interested.
Tell you what is a good idea as Roe a very selective feeders. Try feeding the area round your clearing or high seat with nitrogen based fertilizer.
Roe can detect the slightest increase in nitrogen levels in leaves, that's because they are much tastier of course.


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I think it depends where you are and the underlying geology. Up here the roe will go KNZ blocks no bother at all
I's also fed them beat pulp .


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Certainly with the sika I found they weren't mad on carrots. They would eat them alright but they wouldn't go out of their way to get at them. Flaked maize was similar, it wasn't a big hit at all but cattle/sheep/pony nuts were much more popular. Clearly roe or even deer in different areas might have different tastes but I'd try beef nuts with some mollasses before carrots or maize.


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I used alot of cracked maize last season to help hold the pheasants, it also seemed to attract Roe.
Every hopper and hand fed area where maize was used was covered in slots. But the areas where wheat was is fed didnt recieve any where near as much interest.


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The paste isn't any better and is much more expensive- i've tried it. Buy the 5 litre bottle of molasses from equestrian stores and pour on exposed stumps in open rides/forest edges and the sika will hoard them.

Be careful not to shoot the deer near the site; ambush them on their way there and back. Shoot too close to the site and they'll soon associate the licks/mollasses with danger and actually drive them away.

Attracting and keeping roe is easy - just site an old pheasant feeder with some feed. Roe can't resist them and are well used to stealing from them.

Roe Hunter

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I too tried Salz Paste for Roe and didn't get much response.

I've just bought some molasses, so going to try that for the Roe and Munties.



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Ok I know this is an old thread but I need to get a Roebuck in the right place so I can smack him - does molasses, salt, or anything attract Roe?


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Attach a pheasant hopper with spring to a tree so the base is about 1m from ground level. Fill with wheat and aniseed powder. Or take a sheep lick block from an agric merchant, drill a hole through, thread onto a light rope and again attach about 1m off the ground. I believe deer can smell up to about 2 miles?

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We have had success with roe and blocks. The secret is to Cut a tree at about 3/4 feet from the ground. Put the block ontop and leave it. Deer will not come to that immediately. You have to let the block weather and leach down the tree trunk. They will lick the tree trunk as it is not an alien object. The same applies to the paste. It is not an immediate reaction. Give it time and patience. Just like stalking.....John

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I'm sure John accidentally deleted the bit about chopping AN ALREADY DAMAGED TREE at the 4/5 foot mark :doh: We have a range of just such trees in perfect locations;)

If its a brand new site, I give it a couple of weeks ( depends on the rain ) and stick some molassess over the block and fill the central hole - so seeps down the timber. To be honest, not sure how much difference it makes, but only likely to help.

Havent yet had any such block ignored - but does take a while to settle.

I once watched a parcel of red hinds make a hard right and tramp about 3/4 mile down a glen - straight to one of these stumps. Queue up to take a few licks each, then tramp the exact route back and carry on with original direction of travel. As looked back toward the block a Roe Buck slipped out of the trees and spent a good few minutes having a go at the stump.

As with everything 'depends' is the operative word. We are on quite poor ground up here. If you are on mineral bearing ground with good food supply, the level of interest will be lower.


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get some penut butter jars unscrew the lid screw lid to a tree post screw the other half of the jar back on to the lid now cut the bottom of the plastic jar of with a sharp knife roe deer love it and will keep them where you want them and if you want to get them to a particular spot get some anisead esence which can be purchased on line food aditive for 3pounds a bottle they go daft for it