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Thread: Replenishing mineral sites using livestock salt blocks

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    Despite the heat today, I put in a little sweat equity using a wheelbarrow to move 132 pounds of livestock blocks to 4 of my mineral sites. I break the blocks with a hammer so that the deer are not wary of the full blocks.
    I had to wear long sleeves, jeans and a hat with a hood ( & bug spray) to keep away the bugs. Lots of mosquitoes and deer flies!
    The 3 blocks cost me $30 and will last until October. As you can see, the deer have been hitting the sites pretty good this spring.
    Who else is enhancing their mi teal sites to keep the deer around?
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    I use water softener salt cost about 10-20 bucks for 40 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by overyonder View Post
    I use water softener salt cost about 10-20 bucks for 40 pounds.
    At $15 for 40 pounds the cost for softener salt is $2.67/pound
    My minerals were $30 for 132 pounds or $.23/pound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMatthews View Post
    At $15 for 40 pounds the cost for softener salt is $2.67/pound
    My minerals were $30 for 132 pounds or $.23/pound.
    The other way around 15 $:40 lbs = 0.375 $/lbs
    Still-your purchase is much cheaper

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMatthews View Post
    At $15 for 40 pounds the cost for softener salt is $2.67/pound
    My minerals were $30 for 132 pounds or $.23/pound.
    Quote Originally Posted by gbk View Post
    The other way around 15 $:40 lbs = 0.375 $/lbs
    Still-your purchase is much cheaper
    If you buy your blocks at the feed mill they are also tax (HST) free. Softener salt not so much.
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    Iíve been putting out trace mineral blocks for many years. I bury them with just the top exposed and I found that they dissolve quickly. When establishing a new site, I also put out a bit of deer feed to attract them to the site and it doesnít take long for deer to start frequenting the area. The salt lingers in the ground a long time so I only replenish every 2 years, which is probably too soon.
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    $35 for 20 lb bucket of loose mineral. Top up in April when I'm turkey hunting and usually once more in August. Bucket lasts 2 years. 600 pics last week of 3 does that have been bedding in the deadfall nearby as I've spooked them twice already this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbk View Post
    The other way around 15 $:40 lbs = 0.375 $/lbs
    Still-your purchase is much cheaper
    You are correct! Much sharper in the morning! Lol

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    I put out a brown trace mineral block every year same spot, gets hit all year, especially spring and summer. Got a hole wore/ate below the lick about 4 feet around and a foot deep now.
    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by cantgetright View Post
    $35 for 20 lb bucket of loose mineral. Top up in April when I'm turkey hunting and usually once more in August. Bucket lasts 2 years. 600 pics last week of 3 does that have been bedding in the deadfall nearby as I've spooked them twice already this year.
    Where do you get your minerals and what mixture are you using?

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