My big fan is to dig a hole about 2' square and 6-8" deep, pick up either a mineral block or salt block and pour a 5gallon bucket of molassas over the top... that last for a couple of years. The deer dig in that area for years... Its a cheap fix too... Go to your local feed guy ask about the molassas and buy it by the 5gallon not the crap from walmart.... Then you start kicking the moultrie directional feeder come later August just before the mid September bucks start rubbing....
Oh the other big go to is to use apples... ALL deer will choose apple over all other stuff 100% of the time.....
thats what i do... JMO
I gotta agree with this, right here. Mineral blocks, salt blocks and corn all do a great job pulling in the deer... But I haven't seen anything that draws them in better than a pile of fresh apples!
I checked 6 apple trees today that i usually use for deer. Not a Single one will produce this year.
Yea, whats the deal with that? We had 8 trees at mom and dads, used to produce apples like CRAZY. Last year we did lose a few of the trees and are down to 3 now I think, but there's not an apple to be found on any of them...I'd like to say 'pollination' bc there are significantly less trees, but that just doesn't make sense to me...not a single apple on 3 trees. Wet spring? Bad frost? Who knows??
(Oh, and sorry Adam...forgot to mention this to ya, but there won't be any apples this year for either of us! )
I tried something called a "crunch block" that I picked up at Cabelas the other week. When I got to my site yesterday I was thrilled. The block had been destroyed. It was totally gone in 2 weeks even the ground was tore up where the block was sitting. I could nopt wait to get home and look at the picks! Even during the drive I was trying to figure out how I could get more of those blocks asap. Once home, I rush in the house and throw th SD card in my laptop and I had 2210 pictures in 3 days!:smiley_coolpeace: Except they were almost all coons!:smiley_blackeye: I had tuned my camera up to 8mp becasue I was sured I was finally going to get some good buck pics. After 3 days the card was full. I only had two series of pics with a little 6 point. Everything else was coon after coon after coon. Lesson learned I guess. I'll be turning the cam back to 5 mp and increase the delay between pics and NO MORE FOOD, only minerals this time of year.