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    Mineral blocks for deer

    A quick detour yesterday had me up in the Kawekas, close to the old Kaweka hut site which burnt to the ground years ago.

    My work diary showing I had placed a mineral block and game camera here 14 months ago, replacing batteries the only disturbance.

    Searching the SD cards over this amount of time was interesting, apart from the odd possum and a few rats not a single deer has touched it, farmed deer love them, but their wild friends either don't know what they are or don't need the supplement to their diet.

    Now the block has melted away I grabbed the camera and set back for the ute.

    Anyone else having success on doc land with mineral blocks ?


    Melted away

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    Mineral blocks for deer

    That didn't melt away mate, I packed it out and me Bulls really enjoyed it

    On a more serious note you'll have better success hanging it from a branch by a deer trail or popular clearing. It will also last longer.
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    You must have enjoyed carrying that in originally..
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    Never put one out personally, but have heard of similar results to yours.

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    Were deer in any of the pictures?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Were deer in any of the pictures?
    Yes, mostly hinds and their offspring
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    Quote Originally Posted by 7mmsaum View Post
    Yes, mostly hinds and their offspring
    They destroy them at home on the bush edge.
    As I said hang it up for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BRADS View Post
    They destroy them at home on the bush edge.
    As I said hang it up for them.
    Like he said 'farm deer'
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    I wonder if it is something to do with wild deer eating a more varied diet and so they pick up the minerals they need from their food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    Like he said 'farm deer'
    I was thinking more reds vs sika?

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    Might be something that needs to be learned.
    Like live capture deer learning to eat supplemental feeds.
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    From what I have read , it seems that they work well when suspended, or placed on top of or even slightly inside a tree stump of deer standing height.
    Some people even make vertical cuts in the trunk to allow the minerals to trickle down as block melts. The deer then lick the trunk,and not the block directly.
    Got a hunting buddy here who swears by Mollases to attract them, but I haven't seen it in action.
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    I baited a camera in the bush with one, got pics of a bloody cow ffs!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pengy View Post
    From what I have read , it seems that they work well when suspended, or placed on top of or even slightly inside a tree stump of deer standing height.
    Some people even make vertical cuts in the trunk to allow the minerals to trickle down as block melts. The deer then lick the trunk,and not the block directly.
    Got a hunting buddy here who swears by Mollases to attract them, but I haven't seen it in action.
    "Molasses"?....fuk the deer there'll be a pic of me licking it!!!!!!!
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