Homemade apple deer licks

Written by jeremy cato | 13/05/2017
Homemade apple deer licks
Attract deer with a deer licks. (Anup Shah/Photodisc/Getty Images)

A deer lick is a block of salt and minerals that is used to attract wild deer who come in search of a quick source of nutrients. Deer licks are indispensable to a good hunter, but there is no need to shell out your hard-earned cash to purchase one. You can make your own apple-flavoured deer lick at home using simple, inexpensive ingredients.

Preparation

Purchase or borrow a large bucket, wheelbarrow or other durable container capable of holding 45 litres (10 gallons), a 1.36 kg (3 lb) empty coffee can and a large shovel. Purchase the following materials from a feed store: one 22.7 kg (50 lb) bags of trace minerals, one 22.7 kg (50 lb) bag of stock salt, one 22.7 kg (50 lb) bag of dicalcium phosphate. Also, purchase one large 510 g (18 oz) container of molasses. Purchase about 4.54 kg (10 lb) of apples, roughly 20 apples in total of any variety. Varieties with grainy textures that are good for applesauce would work perfect for this application.

Execution

Cut the apples into large chunks. There is no need to peel or core the apples. Boil one gallon of water in a large pot. Add the apples and stir the mixture. Simmer this mixture for one hour or until the apples are slightly soft to mushy. In your large container, place two 1.36 kg (3 lb) coffee cans of dicalcium phosphate, two 1.36 kg (3 lb) cans of stock salt and four 1.36 kg (3 lb) cans of trace minerals. Stir this mixture with the end of the shovel, a broom handle or anything suitable to stir a large mixture. Pour the apple mixture into the mineral mixture and stir again thoroughly. Pour the molasses into the mixture. Add 9 litres (2 gallons) of lukewarm water into the mixture. Stir once more very thoroughly.

Placing the deer lick

Place your deer lick in a wooded area where you are legally allowed to dig. Make sure to choose an area that is known to be well-trafficked by deer and that is a good hunting ground. Dig a pit approximately 30 cm (1 feet) deep and 90 to 1.2 m (3 to 4 feet) wide. Pour the apple-salt-mineral mixture into the hole. You also might want to place deer feeders nearby the deer lick. Mix in half of the dirt from the hole back into the pit with the deer lick mixture and incorporate thoroughly. Pat the deer lick down firm with the back of the shovel. Visit the area after a rain to check its consistency.

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