Timing is everything when it comes to feeding deer minerals
A question passing through your mind regarding the upcoming hunting season is whether or not deer minerals are a worthwhile purchase. Though pricey, deer minerals are growing in popularity and being utilized more frequently by hunters. However, it is how and when to use them in order to get the intended reward is a topic generating much buzz.
In order to grow a bigger buck with a more impressive rack, turning to deer minerals makes good sense, especially based on the promises printed on the package. Minerals come in several different forms (powder, rock, licking block) and keep well regardless of the climate in which they are used, plus deer are often more than happy to consume them. It has been reported that areas with notoriously small deer have seen substantial growth after minerals have been introduced. Of course, this sort of development does not occur overnight but given time to work, increased antler growth and overall health benefits have been attributed to minerals when they are fed consistently at opportune times.
In order to get the most out of feeding minerals from a logical perspective, it all comes down to timing. Many people opt to break them out in the fall, but it is highly possible by then that the opportunity for sought after growth will have already passed. An important thing to remember is how the bodies of deer work, both in the case of bucks and does alike, and to cater to those needs.
An important thing to consider is that the main ingredient in deer minerals is sodium. Though other minerals are present as well, it is sodium that is key. The reason it is so relevant is because of how it is used in the bodies of deer. An example if this would be during spring feeding when deer feast on new plant growth which contains higher amounts of potassium and water which go on to offset the sodium levels in their bodies. Over time this actually creates what we as humans would equate to as cravings. Ultimately deer begin to crave sodium and as a result are drawn to seek it out.
Coincidentally deer craving sodium also coincides with antler growth. For example, a buck typically starts growing antlers in the summer months around the same time during which the sodium craving occurs. It is at this time that he would most benefit from a boost in diet via something such as minerals and conveniently enough he will be most drawn to it at this time. Waiting until the fall to introduce such a supplement in hopes of getting bigger antlers is not necessarily going to amount to much because by then that ship has sailed, both in terms of craving and need.
Ultimately, in order to get bigger deer with a bigger antler, you are going to have to start at the source, i.e. the source of the growth. For a buck, this is during summer when his body is using all its resources to begin to grow antlers. When it comes to does, the same concept applies. Does need and can benefit greatest from minerals when pregnant and nursing fawns as this is the time her body is taxed the most. Also coincidentally, this is around the time she will be feeding on new plant growth that is high in potassium, causing her to seek out a sodium counter balance just as a buck growing antlers would.
It all comes down to taking advantage of the natural needs of a deer and making minerals available accordingly. Much like we feed ourselves to meet the needs of our bodies whether it is based on workout regime or pregnancy, the body of a deer needs to be catered to in the same way if the desired affect is to be achieved. Additionally, putting minerals to optimum use will be friendlier on your budget, getting you the most pay off in the end. You’ll thank yourself when the deer in your sights is the one you dreamed of all year as opposed to the one you’ll settle for because he wasn’t eating minerals when they would have benefitted him the most.