Fall & Winter Minerals For Next Years Antler Growth
We all know that deer really seek out mineral sites during the growing season, but less emphasis has been placed on mineral requirements for deer in the fall/winter time frame. We know that antlers are finished growing across most of the white-tails’ range by September, but what we fail to realize is that next year’s antler growth originates from nutrients received during the fall and winter. Bucks take minerals from their skeletal system in order to grow antlers, so placing a mineral block out during the fall is a great way to ensure your bucks have access to the nutrients they require to grow a healthy rack next year.
I like to use a dense mineral block that will hold up to heavy rain and still be there in the spring after the snow melt. The Ani-Block™ from Ani-Logics Outdoors® does just that. I put one out at the end of August last fall, and had several bucks using it throughout the fall.
This buck took a few licks November 9th last fall. He isn’t a shooter but I was thankful I had the Ani-Block™ out so that he could get a jump start he needs for the next antler cycle.
This doe was likely pregnant and seeking minerals to help her grow a healthy fawn.
Once spring came, the deer were accustom to using the area so it became a really active spring/summer mineral site (without having to step foot there in the spring to replenish the site).
-Tim Neuman, Wildlife Biologist