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  1. #1
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    Default Welcome to the Bioplots sub forum

    Thanks to Brian for giving me a sub forum.

    I have no idea where to start, but I'll post what I'm working on and how things works out on the new things that I'm trying.

    Now, waiting on lab results for soil tests and just finishing up all the mineral sites. Minerals might add a few inches and will definitely make for outstanding trailcam pics later this summer.







    Food Plot Services http://www.bioplots.com/

    Buy my mineral blends online http://bioplots.com/Mineral_supplement_deer.php

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    Oh man those pics are great - got a few questions for you.

    Which minerals are most beneficial for deer and when - meaning is one type important in early spring for antler growth and for does versus late summer or early fall?

    The stump pics are crazy...

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    Calcium and phosphorus are the big two needed for antler production, and ideally you want a 2:1 calcium/phosphorus ratio. There has been no scientific data proving minerals (any brand) actually help antler growth in free ranging deer, but some blends focusing on calcium and phosphorus have shown increases in pen raised deer. Mineral rich soil and old age are the keys to big deer. That's why the midwest has had monster bucks for years. Our native soils are lacking nutrients and we have to work to increase what is available. The best way to increase deer nutrition in our area is through the properly fertilized forage, but minerals can be a useful supplement.

    Most commercially available mixes are severely lacking, so read the label to find out what is in it before purchasing.

    I like to use mineral sites to watch bucks on the property grow throughout the summer. I have personally seen a decrease in the number of spike bucks in the 1.5 year old class with more 4, 6, and 8 point 1.5 year old deer.
    There are countless variations of the dical (dicalcium phosphate) and trace mineral salt recipe. My own recipe is based on it.

    A good homemade recipe is two bags of trace mineral salt and one bag of dical. Deer are attracted to the salt, not the dical. A $5 salt block or a bag of rock salt works just as well for taking pics, but you miss the potential benefits to the game. Put it out in late winter and top it off with more salt in the summer.

    One more thing, do not think of the mineral sites as "hunting spots". Use falls off fast as the antlers harden. Spring and summer are the active times for mineral sites.
    Food Plot Services http://www.bioplots.com/

    Buy my mineral blends online http://bioplots.com/Mineral_supplement_deer.php

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