It all started with an e-mail my uncle/long-time hunting mentor forwarded me back in mid-July. It was from his friend, Jeff—a fellow hardcore hunter.
“I put out an Arm & Hammer salt/mineral lick last week. I haven’t checked it yet. They are the CRAZE lately on all of the hunting forums for attractant sites (no real antler ‘growing’ aids, just attractant). The ONLY ingredient in the A&H Super Washing Soda is sodium carbonate; mix this with salt and [I hear] the deer go wild.”
“The CRAZE” on all the hunting forums? Where have I been, I thought. I hadn’t heard anything about it, and my fellow editors didn’t have a word to say about it, either. Needless to say, I was interested. And the timing of the e-mail was perfect because I was heading north to my family’s farm 2 days later for some pre-deer season hunting prep (scouting, trimming shooting lanes, etc.). I stopped at Wal-Mart and picked up the recommended ingredients on my way up to “The Farm.”
What’s The Secret Recipe?
The ingredients are simple … and cheap! All you need is a box of Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (not baking soda!) and a bag of salt. Now, I’ll tell you this—there’s debate about what type of salt to use (I used Morton White Crystal Solar Salt) and what the proper ratio of salt to Arm & Hammer should be, but it’s definitely not boiled down to a scientific equation. How do I know? Simple: Jeff used a more liberal amount of the Arm & Hammer (photo on left below) on his sites, while I skimped on it just a bit and used more salt (photo on right below). I can say guys using this magical mineral mix suggest one box of the Arm & Hammer to 5 pounds of salt.
According to a follow-up e-mail from Jeff, his mineral site got pounded within the first 5 days. I checked mine after 2 weeks and it was trampled with activity as well. Below is a Stealth Cam photo of some beautiful does fighting over the salty goodness at my mineral site.
Jeff and I both used all-natural water softener salt pellets for the first test sites. But for the second test, I opted to go with a bag of mineral salt from a farm feed store—it has more healthy, beneficial minerals and nutrients than the plain water softener salt.
(As always, be sure to check local regulations before implementing any type of wildlife attractant site.)
Do you use mineral sites on your hunting properties? Leave your comments below.