Mineral Stations & Licks - The Enhancer
|In most areas, white-tailed deer can often obtain most of their dietary requirements with the exception of sodium (Na) in most habitats. White-tailed deer and other herbivores require sodium for regulation of fluid volume and blood pressure, maintenance of osmotic balances and buffer systems, and conduction of nerve impulses. Sodium is not readily available in the plant materials that they consume since most plants do not require sodium.
Therefore, deer actively seek sources of sodium. This salt drive is highest in deer during the spring and summer months. The amount of water and potassium in the diet impacts the ability of deer to retain sufficient sodium for metabolic needs.
During the spring, many plants deer consume contain exceptionally high levels of water and potassium, causing a temporary sodium imbalance that results in development of the salt drive and the amazing results and activity we see at our mineral stations throughout our plots. Research has shown that antler mineralization in white-tailed deer reaches its peak during the late summer when the sodium drive in bucks is strong.
Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that providing supplemental sodium during this time can be beneficial to deer. Deer in most areas seldom move more than about one mile for salt minerals. Thus, providing a supplemental source of sodium mineral stations, salt blocks likely will not alter deer distribution to a great extent; however, it may attract deer from the local area (about 2 to 3 miles) to a specific site.
Care should be taken if you hunt on the property and are considering any type of mineral management. Salt and mineral blocks are considered to be bait in some states, please check with your local Department of Natural Resources before beginning a mineral program. To learn more about Natures Own mineral product “The Enhancer” please visit our website at www.whitetailhabitat.com