Post by antiwheeze on May 11, 2017 11:19:34 GMT -5
I read a lot of discussion about Trophy Rock compared to generic salt blocks and decided to do my own evaluation. I put out both blocks about 10 feet apart and 10 feet from a game camera. Corn had been bated in the area for a general deer cam survey for weeks before the TR was put out. After reviewing a few hundred cam pics and videos, I have concluded that the deer do prefer the trophy rock by about 10-20%. What surprised me was the number of deer that would lick both blocks. I was also surprised at how many pairs and groups would come in and be licking both blocks at the same time. Seems like the dominate deer gravitated to the Trophy Rock first and the subordinate hit the generic block. Sometimes they would switch blocks. I didn't notice any bunnies at the TR, but several hit the generic block.
My summation of all this: Trophy rock is better but if your resources are limited the cheap ($5.99) trace block is fine. Whatever you put out, have at least two stations several feet apart so multiple deer can lick at the same time.
I am going to have to add a third station to see if anything changes.
Random observation: Bucks would also lick in pairs but usually during daylight hours as opposed to does that were mostly at night.
Post by boonechaser on May 12, 2017 10:33:43 GMT -5
I'm sure the more salt content the more it attracts. Have pics of wide range of critters that visit my mineral sites. Deer, turkey, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons and lots of birds... My goal is to get them to ingest the mineral and I even mix mineral in with my corn/protein feed stations. I run the mineral sites and feed stations from Dec. 1 through Sept.1 Then remove feeders and cover mineral sites with plywood during deer season. I plant approx. 3-4 acres of field corn which I leave standing and have additional 7-8 acres of clover, alfalfa, soybeans and acre or two oats and turnips in the fall as well. Local wildlife eat well to say the least.