Make Your Own Deer Mineral Supplement! (Spring is the time to make mineral licks and deer hunters on a budget can make their own supplement for a fraction of the cost of commercial mineral.)

by: TONY KALNA Jr.

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!

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.

Take two, 3-pound cans of Di-Calcium Phosphate, two 3-pound cans of stock salt, and four 3-pound cans of trace mineral and mix the ingredients together with a shovel or other garden tool. Make certain the ingredients are mixed well. This formula will give you 24-pounds of mineral to put into the ground the first time you make your lick. You can cut this recipe in half to freshen your mineral lick every three to six months.

At your predetermined site, dig a whole large enough to accommodate the 24-pounds of mineral mix you prepared plus the dirt you removed from the hole. Mix the mineral mix and the dirt together and fill the hole. This will take a little effort but will make your mineral lick much more effective than if you just dumped it into the hole and left the dirt out. Wait for a couple of good rains before you go back to check your new mineral lick.

It shouldn't take long before the deer begin utilizing your efforts. Before you know it they will be digging out the hole you made. Over time, I've had mineral licks large enough to drive and park an ATV in. Your four bags of ingredients will make 200-pounds of basic mineral supplement and the total cost of all three ingredients should be under $25 in most parts of Missouri. END