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    #16
    Chuck, do you dump this right on the ground, put it in a small barrel or how are you applying it?? Also, how much do you put down per site?? Turns out I have a Kent dealer in my backyard so I will be able to get the 365 and give it a shot!!

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      #17
      What I have been doing is clearing a 3' circle of all grass and debris and then churn up all the soil down about 4" so you'll be left with what looks like a tilled spot and then dump 10-15 pounds of it on top and take a rake or a spade and mix it into the dirt a little bit. They'll come by and eat the dirt and the mineral. If you just put it on top they would burn through the mineral right away. This way they eat the dirt with it and it lasts longer. You'll end up with a nice sized hole where they've eaten the dirt. It's called 365 or ADE mineral.
      Shoot 'em in the lips


      It'll be aight, they make more

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        #18
        Water softner salt works well too. Work it in a little so it dissolves into the ground. The deer will mine a hole in the ground.

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          #19
          That makes good sense! I think that would be a low cost way of providing NACL to the soil! Walmart has snow melt rock salt for under 5bucks for a 50# bag.
          Originally posted by Gary Benson View Post
          Water softner salt works well too. Work it in a little so it dissolves into the ground. The deer will mine a hole in the ground.

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            #20
            I think I would stay away from ice melt. You could buy a bag of loose cattle salt for around the same price. Im not 100% sure the ice melt is animal safe.
            Shoot 'em in the lips


            It'll be aight, they make more

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              #21
              I don't use pure salt anymore at all. It really has no value to the deer other than than eat it. There are so many amazing commercially available mineral supplements. They almost all have a percent of salt to get the deer to eat it but the majority of the product is beneficial to the deer, for big strong does and fawns, and big antlers for the bucks.

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                #22
                It may not have real value to the deer but it has value to you. If you can attract and keep does on your property bucks will be sure to come. As far as nutrition goes as "minnowmaker" says Nebraska is a big food plot so I wouldnt worry too much about that. Bomgaars has salt blocks on sale now cheap, go buy some and enjoy attracting all those deer to your hunting spot.
                Originally posted by whitetailaddict View Post
                I don't use pure salt anymore at all. It really has no value to the deer other than than eat it. There are so many amazing commercially available mineral supplements. They almost all have a percent of salt to get the deer to eat it but the majority of the product is beneficial to the deer, for big strong does and fawns, and big antlers for the bucks.

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                  #23
                  Never thought of it that way but that is so true! If deer cant get the nourishment they need with all the corn beans and alfalfa I doubt a trophy block would make much difference in antler development. Salt,salt, salt! I think thats another one of those things thats meant to bag hunters not the hunted.$$$$$$$
                  Originally posted by jimbosan View Post
                  It may not have real value to the deer but it has value to you. If you can attract and keep does on your property bucks will be sure to come. As far as nutrition goes as "minnowmaker" says Nebraska is a big food plot so I wouldnt worry too much about that. Bomgaars has salt blocks on sale now cheap, go buy some and enjoy attracting all those deer to your hunting spot.

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