mineral site on olf wood versus on the ground?

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  1. rick-florida

    rick-florida Weekend Warrior

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    have been reading up on mineral sites and some advocate putting it on old stumps or logs and others recommend setting up the mineral site on the ground. seems the advantage of starting it on the log is you could relocate if it wasn't being used. but other than that, anyone have any thoughts on benefits to the deer of setting up the sites on old wood versus the ground? thanks
     
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    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    I drilled out a chunk of white oak with 7/8" holes, the stump holds a full bag of Monter Raxx. Couple of advantages of using a drilled stump, you can move it, you lose no mineral to the soil, you can see exactly when it is time to add more mineral, you can position the stump for the camera rather than trying to find the perfect combination of stump and camera tree. In my sandy soil using a stump is the best used set up I have found.
     
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    thanks. was that fresh wood or an aged/rotting wood?
     
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    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    It was a dead standing white oak with the bark all off. Wood was still firm enough that it took 3-4 batteries on the dewalt 18 volt drill.
     
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    thanks greatly Sota. we've got a lot of oak in the area so we'll use that.
     
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    Sota Legendary Woodsman

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    You can pour deer feed on the top or a block topper on top of the drilled stump to accelerate the deer finding it. I went thru 3 bags of mineral in 12-14 weeks.
     
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    great idea, we'll pick some feed up as well. hoping to get them established next weekend.
     
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    Daryl Bell Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I have always has good success putting it on the ground. Never really tried a stump. I add salt to my mineral and they hit the area all through the year digging up dirt.
     
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    Didn't get the sites in last weekend as planned but got a couple locations plotted out. We'll try both options to see what seems to work the best there. Am really looking forward to getting those going.
     
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    remmett70 Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Trying this in an old 1/2 rotted stump, filled it last weekend, will check to see how it is doing next weekend when I get back to the hunting land.
     
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    Awesome I'm really interested in knowing how it works out. Good luck

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    Great Ideas...
     
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    Curious to see all the results.
     
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    No.6Hunter Die Hard Bowhunter

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    I always use minerals on some sort of stump. The mineral soaks into the wood and they will start eating it. Ground works no different just less appealing to deer.

    I've even cut fresh branches because I had nothing around me and poured the mineral over the top of them. They enjoy digging around all the logs I feel.
     
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    Our 3 sites are all on wood. Two are on stumps one is on a good sized log that was cut. The stumps seem to be better than the log only because the crevices seem to hold mineral longer which allows the deer to work on them a good bit.
     

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