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Attraction and Distraction: Hunting Mineral Sites

Brad Clay

Staffer Trenton Gaines arrowed this Texas panhandle buck coming to Buck Blitz on October 13th, 2018.

Staffer Trenton Gaines arrowed this Texas panhandle buck coming to Buck Blitz on October 13th, 2018.

Hunting mature bucks often crowd my thought bubble. However, if you were to actually tap into that bubble, you’d see large-antlered deer, regardless of age. Lots of them. For me, the preoccupation is a year-round affair. Therefore, I find myself always putting in work with the goal of encountering such animals in the fall and winter. I know I’m not alone here and come springtime, many whitetail hunters will establish or renew mineral sites throughout their hunting grounds. I know firsthand that, once established, deer hit them hard.

Before we go any further, let me give the obligatory warning to educate yourself on your state’s game laws regarding the use of minerals. In some states, it’s illegal to provide minerals to deer any time of the year. In other states, it’s simply illegal to hunt over them.

There are a few reasons to maintain mineral stations including whitetail nutrition, attraction, scouting, and antler development. The latter, however, often results in over-inflated hopes of overnight increases in antler size. While, from a health standpoint, whitetails need nutritional supplementation in the spring and summer, there is no guaranty of any quick turnaround in antler growth. There are simply too many other variables involved, including area genetics and rainfall. Nonetheless, during the spring and summer, deer do need to maintain the minerals and salts in their bodies. While mineral sites may or may not result in large headgear, they still fill a nutritional need. Even on a small tract where it can be darn near impossible to manage for genetics, mineral supplementation will still enhance herd health. The cool thing is that, when used as an attractant, we can leverage it as hunters.


The Benefits of Mineral Site Attraction

  •  Inventory. It’s no secret that trail cameras can help inventory the bucks in our hunting areas. Mineral sites are just another way to aid in the process. Put cameras on them. Not exactly an earth-shattering notion, I know. The resulting snapshots are valuable at all times. This includes summer footage of velvet-laden bucks, the hard antler period, and even the late winter and spring when bucks are devoid of antlers at all. It’s all good intel.

  • Long-Term Go-to Spots. Like food plots and feeders, a well-established mineral station can draw deer to desired locations. Whitetails are intelligent, but are still creatures of habit and will return time and time again to mineral-rich soil; especially if it’s refreshed adequately and often. Even where it’s illegal to hunt over them, you can draw them into optimal pastures or sections of timber; sometimes during precious daytime hours.

  • Setting up on Them. As game and habitat managers, most hunters will still admit that the end goal is shooting a big buck. With that in mind, it’s important to maximize daylight encounters with said buck(s). This means finding locations where deer are most likely to move during the day. Good choices for stations are near bedding areas, consistent rubs, and funnels. Though you want to avoid over-pressuring a buck’s master suite, use game cameras to help narrow down their locations. Start on the outskirts and carefully work your way in.

Western Oklahoma bucks eating Buck Blitz in July of 2018.

Western Oklahoma bucks eating Buck Blitz in July of 2018.

Hunting at a Granular Level

It’s no secret that deer often decrease their visits to mineral sites during the season. For one, alternative food sources like plots and acorns become more prevalent during the fall. Also, vegetation typically holds less water, meaning a lesser need for a sodium source. However, for bowhunting, in particular, mineral stations are great alternatives for early-season sits. If legal in your state, these sites are great for taking advantage of the tail end of the summer-early fall movement patterns. This means that even visits from bachelor groups of bucks are not out of the question. Suffice to say, it never sucks to have encounters with 2 or more bucks during a bow sit.

Creating Patterns

Behavior modification. When effective, there’s something liberating about it! Everything from teaching a dog to work the birds or potty-training a child. Employing mineral stations to reinforce optimal deer travels is a powerful practice. One of my favorites is using them as a staging area by placing them between sanctuaries and food sources. And near bow set-ups. If you’re not allowed to hunt over them, use them to do a little positive reinforcement. If you’re not allowed to use them at all, well, that’s a shame. You might be surprised at the correlation between whitetail movements from Spring and Summer to Fall. At a minimum, think of the possible benefits of doe groups replicating their offseason patterns during the fall, not to mention the rut.

Trenton Gaines recovered his Texas panhandle buck 60yds from his blind.

Trenton Gaines recovered his Texas panhandle buck 60yds from his blind.


Create a Diversion

Finally, if legal in your state, consider locating stations within bow range, but obstructed by clumps of brush or other structure. If you are able to coax deer in to feed comfortably, quality shot opportunities arise as they exit the barrier. Again, this is especially effective during the early days of bow season before mature buck movement patterns change.

Again, nutrition aside, I suspect that most hunters use mineral sites as a means of ultimately arrowing a slobber-knocker buck. If you don’t already do so, embrace the unorthodox and literally hunt near the mineral-rich soil that you’ve worked so hard to create; and frankly, sunk money into. In the spirit of stacking your arsenal, why not? Just like mock scrapes and rub lines, mineral licks represent a great solicitation. While they should be used as just one part of a nutritional regimen, they can play a direct role in the kill.




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Based in Texas, Jerald Kopp is President of 1st Light Hunting Journal. His content is largely about hunting strategies and the outdoor lifestyle – often from a Christian perspective. Jerald is an avid outdoorsman with deer hunting and whitetails being by far his greatest passion. In 2005, he established the Empowerment Outfitter Network (EON) – a faith-based non-profit organization that provides hunting opportunities for disabled and terminally-ill children and youth. When not hunting, he spends his time traveling and enjoying life with Amy, his wife of 30 years. Jerald and Amy have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.





5 Things You Need To Know About Hog Hunting

Brad Clay

Every time we do a hog hunting episode we get tons of feedback from folks asking “Where can I go to do a hog hunt?” A wild hog is a bucket list hunt!” Being from Oklahoma we are blessed and cursed with this evasive species.  The first pigs are believed to have been brought into Florida in 1539 by explorer Hernando de Soto.  They brought pigs with them as a traveling food source.  As they traveled throughout the southeastern part of the United States and as far west as Texas the hogs got loose from time to time and the numbers slowly grew.  Today we have an estimated 5.5 million hogs in the continental US.  With 36 states having an established wild hog problem today and more and more hogs moving north the problem means more hunting opportunities for outdoorsman.  So, if hunting hogs is on your list, here are 5 things you need to know.

 

1) THEY ARE SMART: Hogs are as smart as a dog.  Matter of fact Purdue University did a study showing pigs could do the same cognitive tasks that chimpanzees could do.  So that means that hogs don’t handle hunting pressure, they remember well, and learn fast.  When they feel pressured they either move on or worse, become nocturnal.  It’s not an easy hunt, they are smart, they are quick to learn, and are one of the best survivors on the planet.

 

2) ALWAYS ON THE MOVE: When hogs are on their feet, they are moving.  It’s just who they are.  When feeding in a field or standing at a feeder they are always moving.  When they are grouped up many times they are also making lots of noise.  A hunting property I used to hunt had lots of hogs.  When I sat in my deer stand along the creek it was a pattern, just after first light the hogs would begin squealing as they fed which made the turkeys roosted above them gobble.  It happened literally every time!  With that being said when a hog gives you a shot, be ready to take it because more than likely they won’t be in that position long.

 

3) NEVER FOOL THE NOSE: Hogs don’t have the best eye sight, that is why you see lots of spot and stalk kills.  They do have solid hearing but the best defense a hog has is the nose.  99.9999999% of the time you will not fool the nose of a hog.  If the wind is wrong, it’s not going to happen.  According to researchers at Texas A&M hogs can sense some odors from as far away as 5-7 miles and detect odors underground as far as 25ft.  You can fool the eyes, but rarely the nose!

 

4) BOARS vs. SOWS: Boars and sows have many differences besides sex.  For instance, when you see a hog alone 9 times of of 10 it’s a boar.  Unlike whitetail or other game animals, hogs don’t have a “rut”.  A sow can reach sexual maturity as young as 6 months and cycle all year long.  That means hogs are breeding 24/7/365.  Because of the constant rut boars are fighting for breeding rights all year long.  When a boar is alone it means he is either looking for new sows or has been whooped off and is searching for new sows to breed.  Boars typically develop larger teeth or “cutters” that they use to fight for breeding rights.  The larger boars develop an “armor plate” made up of fat and scar tissue along the shoulders.  The scar tissue develops from the boars fighting.  This armor can also be an issue for hunters who need to make sure they are using proper equipment that is capable of penetrating the shoulder.  The sows stay in small family groups and spend most of the time pregnant and raising piglets.  The sows do have cutters but rarely are they as large as the male counterparts.  

 

5) HUNT THE WEATHER: Hogs do not have sweat glands which means that they have to take measures to keep cool in heat.  Many dog hunters know that hunting hogs in the heat leads to the hogs dying in the process as they can’t handle the stress and heat.  When it’s hot, hogs tend to stay along water in the thickest cover possible.  They lay and cover themselves in mud and tend to move at last light or only at night when the temperatures drop.  The best times to hunt hogs is in the colder months.  They are not spending near the amount of effort to stay cool.  They move more frequent during the day and the cover is less since the leaves are gone.    

 

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Why Should A Church Host A Wildgame Dinner?

Brad Clay

We don’t have to tell you that men’s ministry is tough.  On any given Sunday in America there are 13 million more adult women than men in attendance in our churches.  Men don’t like to admit they are wrong or ask for help.  To come into a relationship with Jesus we have to admit we are sinners (we are wrong) and that we need Jesus (help).  So, creating events like a Wildgame Dinner is a great way to get men into the doors of the church, in a non-threatening environment and present them with the gospel.  There are nearly 14 million hunters in the USA and using the common ground of the outdoors to reach those men is quickly becoming a very effective way to draw men into the church.  However, this isn’t just about the man.  When a man comes to faith in Christ the rest of the family follows 93% of the time.

Our Church Doesn’t Have A Mens Ministry Budget, How Can We Pull It Off?

I do realize that many churches don’t have much money set aside for men’s ministry.  I do believe that this can be a huge outreach and you should figure out a way to make it happen.  

You should want to try and keep the event free if possible but many churches do charge to come to the event.  There are benefits to charging outside of the actual money coming to help cover costs.  You sell tickets and you have an idea on how many to expect, you can cap the event based on space and food if needed.  This is all based on where your church is along the lines of funds to put on this event.

 

We Have Never Done One, Where Do We Start?

We realize that many churches have never hosted such an event and have no idea where to start.  I have spoken at over 200 such events and have seen them done well and I have seen them done very poorly.  Here is what you need to pull it off:

Food: Don’t be scared by the name “Wildgame”.  You can do several things here.  One, ask men in the church to bring homemade wild game dishes, another great way to involve men in the church.  You should also have other food available.  Many churches will do chili, fried fish, or smoked meats.  (Actually had several churches bring a whole smoked hog, people loved it.  Apple in the mouth in all!).  You want to make sure that you have plenty of food and fish and chili seem to go along way.  Tea, water, and simple desserts keep all men happy, happy, happy!

Date: We recommend doing the event between January-March or September-October.  This is right before and right after the hunting season.  Many churches choose Saturday or Friday evenings. However, you need to look at your church, your area, and decide what works best for you.

Speaker: You can dream as big or as small as you want here.  You want Phil Robertson?  If you can afford him, do it!  There are several outdoor TV personalities that speak at such events like myself.  Jeff Danker of Major League Bowhunter, Jimmy Houston, Daniel McVay and Buddy Groom of Buckventures, Alex Rutledge of Bloodline TV, Jimmy Sites and many more (sorry if I left you off!)  You don't have to have a TV guy by any means.  Maybe it is someone in your church but you want someone who can clearly...clearly present the Gospel.

Promotion: Many of these events succeed and fail by the amount of effort put into it through promotion.  Don't make it all for not!  Start with the men in your church and work out.  Get them on board and bringing buddies.  Then hang up flyers at local gun shops, bow shops, ranges, sport stores, etc.  Run ads in the paper, USE SOCIAL MEDIA!!! Get the word out and get those guys in the door!

Door Prizes: One of the best way to get guys in the door is by promoting the event and mentioning some amazing door prizes. Contact your local sporting good store, taxidermist, gun shop, bow shop, feed store, etc and ask for a tax deductible donation. Set aside some budget to also provide great prizes.  Just an FYI...giving away guns means background checks and FFL transfers.  To avoid embarrassment and the hassle we recommend giving away a muzzleloader as it doesn't require a background check or an FFL transfer.

Plan Well: Men have a tendency to miss details.  You can't. Plan out the schedule and hold to it, respect the folks that comes time the best you can.  Plan to have food prepared and served.  For door prizes, have runners take prizes to folks, this process can drag on forever if you don't speed it up.  Plan for men to make decisions and follow up to be done.  If men come accept Christ make sure proper follow up is done! Don't just say, they stood up, filled out a card, or raised there hand, good enough!  Make sure you have there information.  (I recommend having a card you do the drawing from with contact info and at the bottom have a response area for follow up afterwards).

Pray: Last but for sure not least!  There are so many lost men in your community that need Jesus, many of them love the outdoors.  Pray that this event would appeal to them and that they would come and hear about Jesus.  That is the end result.  Bring men together to be challenged by the truth of the Gospel.

If you have any questions about Wildgame Dinners please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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