Why do deer need minerals?
Providing your deer herd the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients on a year round basis can not only produce larger antlers but it can have a positive impact on your whole deer family. The right minerals in the right proportion are important for increasing body weight, antler size, milk production, immune system health and disease prevention. While Mother Nature provides minerals in the soil and through plants that deer will consume, many positive results can be obtained by providing additional mineral supplements to your deer herd. Providing supplemental mineral sources like Antler King® Trophy Deer Mineral is important for the whole deer family especially younger deer that have not reached full maturity. As a young deer consumes minerals they are stored within the skeletal system allowing it to continue to grow. It is only when there is a surplus of minerals that they will be “transferred” from the skeletal system into antler growth. A mature buck, with a completely developed skeletal system doesn’t need as much of a mineral surplus to maximize their antler growth as a young immature buck does, because much of their mineral intake is still being used to support it’s skeletal growth. When choosing a mineral supplement make sure it contains highly-digestable chelated minerals, like Antler King® Trophy Deer Mineral so deer can easily digest and store these important minerals in their skeletal system and antlers.
Although deer will consume minerals on a year round basis, the largest consumption will occur from March through September as antlers are growing, fawns are nursing and does are producing milk. It is during this time that it is extremely important to offer mineral supplements on your property. To provide enough minerals for your whole deer family we recommend at least one mineral site per 40 acres of property. Mineral sites are best established near watering holes, food sources or frequently traveled deer trails allowing deer safe and easy access to these valuable minerals. Consumption of minerals is different than consumption of grain or corn. One deer will consume anywhere from 1-5 oz. per day, so if you pour out a bag of Trophy Deer Mineral and a bag of Apple Burst Deer Mineral per site you will want to replenish it every 3-4 weeks.
As we mentioned, deer will consume minerals that Mother Nature provides through plants, water and soil and these minerals are digested and then stored on the deer’s skeletal system. It is only when a deer is able to consume a surplus of minerals that they are allocated towards antler growth. There are two types of minerals that deer need to consume to maximize body and antler growth and sustain optimum health; Macro Minerals (Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Sodium etc.) and Micro or Trace Minerals (Copper, Iron, Selenium, Manganese, etc.) Deer will consume and require more Macro minerals and far less Micro minerals to achieve maximum growth and optimum health.
What kind of minerals do they need?
There are many different types of minerals, vitamins and nutrients that deer need to survive, remain healthy and maximize their genetic potential and it is important to find a well rounded mineral to provide all of these for them. While a growing antler is comprised mostly of protein (see food plot and feeding program for protein options) a hardened antler actually contains a more equal amount of protein and minerals and as much as 35% of the hardened antler is comprised of Calcium and Phosphorus, the two most important minerals in antler growth. Calcium, Phosphorus and Magnesium are the three most common minerals in an antler, so when choosing a mineral, make sure you’re using a complete mineral that offers all of the various minerals important for antler growth, like Antler King® Trophy Deer Mineral. Minerals work like spokes on the wheel of a bicycle, if a spoke gets “out of whack” the tire wobbles. A good example is the way Calcium and Phosphorus interact. Before any Calcium can be transformed into antler growth enough Phosphorus needs to be present in a deer’s diet AND before these two can interact, enough Vitamin D has to be present. Calcium and Phosphorus are not the only minerals important for a deer’s body and antlers…Trophy Deer Mineral has 27 different minerals and vitamins and each serves a very important purpose in it’s exact proportion. The Macro Minerals; Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, etc. will generally promote body and antler growth and improved digestion, while the Trace minerals like Copper, Zinc, Selenium, etc. will promote immune system health and help deer fight off disease and infection. We’ve also included a special yeast culture in our Trophy Deer Mineral which will aid in digestion and feed efficiency allowing deer to more easily break down and digest the grains, browse and “feedstuffs” they consume and more efficiently use it in body and antler growth. Today, there are many “deer minerals” on the market that have a high level of salt and perhaps a significant level of Calcium but low or virtually no Phosphorus. Calcium and salt are very inexpensive whereas Phosphorus is the most expensive element in a bag of mineral. Look for a balanced deer mineral that has been Specifically Designed for deer and elk. Make sure it contains Calcium and Phosphorus along with other major minerals such as Sulfur, Magnesium, Potassium, and all trace minerals including Zinc, Copper, Selenium, and Vitamins A, D, and E. We do use Sodium in all of our mineral supplements as a transporter of important minerals and vitamins, as straight mineral can have a bitter taste. While too much Sodium can be the limiting factor in antler and body growth, just the right amount can positively benefit a deer in the Spring and Summer as deer may have a slight Sodium deficiency during these months.
What products should I use?
We offer three mineral products that will help increase antler and body growth, milk production, immune system health and help fight off disease and infection.
TROPHY DEER MINERAL was our first product 27 years ago, is the #1 selling mineral supplement in America since that time and offers the most complete mineral supplement on the market. It contains 27 different antler building minerals, vitamins and additives along with a special yeast culture which allows the deer to better utilize and easily absorb the minerals and vitamins. The result is more minerals into antler and body development. Trophy Deer Mineral is available in 20 lb. bags and is best used when poured on the ground near a deer trail. Although we suggest a year round mineral program greatest consumption is from February to September
POWER RACK – Antler King has researched deer nutrition for 27 years and in the past couple of years, research has pointed to the vast importance of certain special trace minerals that will greatly enhance overall health and antler growth. Power Rack Deer Mineral has a special Antler King® flavoring for long range attraction and is loaded with these SPECIAL trace minerals and in the proper proportion to help maximize body and antler growth and help fight off disease like EHD and CWD. Power Rack Deer Mineral may be used as the sole source of your mineral feeding program or for MAXIMUM ANTLER GROWTH, mix one bag of Power Rack with one bag of Trophy Deer Mineral.
APPLE BURST DEER MINERAL combines extreme long distance attraction with premium nutrition to create a complete mineral supplement that is a “game changer”. With over 25 years of science and research on deer and deer nutrition we brought to market our newest mineral supplement, Apple Burst Deer Mineral. Apple Burst Deer Mineral offers the intense aroma of apples for long range attraction and the sweet taste of apples for daily consumption that will have deer coming back day after day to fulfill their mineral needs. It contains all the necessary Major minerals and is Mega fortified with specific trace minerals necessary for antler growth and improved overall health. Apple Burst Mineral is not only an important mineral supplement for deer, but it is a long range attractant that can be used in front of your trail cameras or tree stands to grow ’em big and bring ’em in close. It can be the sole source of your mineral feeding program or it can be combined with Trophy Deer Mineral for maximum results.