I wanted to remind everyone that now is a great time to establish salt/mineral licks. Another great aspect and effective practice of whitetail management.
The big bucks will be growing their antlers very soon. The minerals will help provide them with the essential nutrients to grow nice big healthy racks. Today I went to Cabela’s and bought a 20 lb. bag of Imperial Whitetail mineral/vitamin supplement and a mineral block. Tomorrow, when I go looking for bone I am going to be post season scouting as well and I am going to establish a mineral lick. It’s great to start a little early whitetail management. The way I am going to do this is I will locate an area where two or more trails intersect and I will dig a hole about two feet in diameter and several inches deep. I will mix 5lbs of the mineral/vitamin supplement with the dirt and put it back in the hole. Then I’ll top it off with a mineral block.
I will be placing my Moultrie Game spy on a nearby tree. That way we will be able to watch the bucks grow their antlers from the very beginning. It should be fun to watch their progress. Hopefully some of the same big boys will be back this year. Time will tell.
Management Makes A Difference
Do you do any whitetail management where you hunt? If not you might want to think about it. You can make a difference in the quality of the bucks on your property. Just by doing a few things and even if your funds are limited you still can make a difference. Establish mineral/vitamin licks. Let the small bucks walk. Shoot more does if your buck to doe ratio isn’t 1/1 or 1/3. If you do just these three things you should see some improvement in your quality of bucks in the very near future.
I was able to get out the other day and do some scouting and shed hunting.
I wasn’t able to hunt the property as much as I would have liked this past season mainly because I was focusing on another piece of property. But I know there are some really nice bucks in the area and there should be some sheds out there. It was nice to find several big rubs that I hadn’t seen before. It just confirms what I was already pretty sure of, that there where some nice bucks using the property. Tomorrow I am going to look for sheds on another deer hunting property that has some really nice bucks on it. I am hoping to find the antlers of one of the big bucks that I missed during bow season. Have you started shed hunting? Are you having any luck shed hunting on your deer hunting property?