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Just wondering what is a good mineral block to use in the spring for antler development. We have a few 1 1/2 yr.olds on the property and would like to get them growing. Guys have any stories to share on this topic? Thanks, Marksman72
 

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not sure of a particular mineral block, but anything with high calcium count. If you plot, lime with high calcium count lime (not magnesium which is more common). Calcium is found as a primary nutrient in soils bordering the Mississippi in notorious big buck areas..
 

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"WHITETAIL DEER HOMEMADE MINERAL MIX RECIPE
Ingredients: Makes 200 lbs. for about $23.00

1 part Di-calcium phosphate, this is a dairy feed additive bought at feed stores. Might have to be ordered.

Comes in 50lb Bags at around $11.00 you need one bag.
2 parts Trace mineral salt, the red and loose kind without the medications.

Comes in 50lb Bags at around $5.00 you need two bags.

1 part Stock salt, ice cream salt.

Comes in 50lb Bags at around $2.00 you need one bag.

Directions:

-Use a 3 pound or similar size coffee can to use as your measure for each part of the mix.

-Mix all together well but not until read to use, keep ingredients separate until ready to put to use.

-Dig or tear up a circle in the soil about 36 inches wide and about 6 inches deep.

-Mix your mineral mixture with the soil.

Maintenance:

-Replenish in 6 months with fresh supply of mineral, and then each year there after."
 
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