Below are photo using 35 mm game camera, Mineral lick site was started in 2000 on this piece of property in Southern Missouri along the Arkansas Border. Photo at mineral lick start in 2001 and end in 2003.
You here this from different sources every year. “There are no studies that have proven that mineral licks have benefit to deer” Well I believe that is true – When you are putting 20 lb. block or bucket once or twice a year, really what effect can that have. Now change that to 1,200 lbs. of mineral in a years’ time or 7,900 lbs of mineral in 10 years you bet that will make a difference. But you have to keep in mind that, it’s not the magic bullet you still have to manage your timber, food plots, natural forage, cover, water and etc. It’s an all around effort. But minerals can play a role but not in a 20 lb effort but maybe in a 200 lb effort.
After 18 years of using minerals as a management tool and seeing a great benefit to the Bucks, Doe and Fawns on two different properties the Missouri Department of Conservation has made it illegal to use any minerals as of July 1st, 2018 in my County.