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Grow Bigger Bucks | How To Make Your Own Deer Mineral Lick

Who doesn’t want to see bigger bucks during deer season? Do you wish you could see greater antler growth in your deer herd, but just aren’t sure what to do to make it happen? We want to help you learn how to make your own deer mineral recipe, so that you can not only make a product that will help you have a healthier deer herd, but be able to do it without breaking the bank (SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO).

Minerals: A Recipe For Deer Success

Of course, larger antler size gets most hunters giddy. But bucks aren’t the only ones that need mineral supplements. Does need it just as much. When the does are pregnant, start to produce milk and lactate for the fawns that will be born, they need extra calcium. This will help with lactation, but it also is essential for a healthy bone structure of the fawn that is growing in the womb. 

Bucks also need the extra calcium boost, as they will use around 40 percent of the calcium in their own bone structure to grow antlers. This happens every year and calcium plays a huge part in the process. This means that a buck needs not only a good food supply during the antler growing process, but it also needs calcium during the growth process in the mother’s womb. A healthy bone structure will contribute to greater antler growth later in the deer’s life. 

Diligence Is Key

Supplementing your deer herd with the proper nutrition and minerals needed to promote good antler growth is not something you can do just once. So, if you’re hoping to just visit your local outdoors store, buy a mineral block, put it out and hope to see and kill big deer, you may want to temper those expectations. If you want a deer herd that consistently produces bucks with good antler size, you have to be consistent yourself as well. Start making your own deer mineral supplements today and do so every year, so that you can reap the benefits for years to come.

You’ll find in the video below, that all the ingredients you will need to begin making your own deer mineral sites can be found at your local farm or feed store. We hope you enjoy learning how to create your own minerals for your deer herd! (Note: Be sure to check and follow your state’s laws on use of attractants and supplements on private as well as public hunting land.

N1 Minute: Make Your Own Mineral Licks

In this edition of the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute, learn how to make your own mineral licks for deer. We show you a simple deer mineral recipe that you can make. We also give you some tips on where to place it. If you want to improve the overall health of your deer herd, then this is one of our must-see hunting videos. We give you the deer mineral recipe for whitetail success!


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Deer Mineral Recipe:

• 2 parts trace minerals 

• 1 part mixing salt

• 1 part dried molasses 

• 1 part dicalcium phosphate

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(How To Make Your Own Deer Mineral Licks video transcript)

Want to learn how to make your own mineral licks for your deer herd? We’ll show you how. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

Today we hear from N1 Outdoors co-founder, Josh Wells, who gives us a recipe for success in having a healthy deer herd.

Hey, Josh Wells here with the N1 Outdoors N1 tip. We’re gonna make mineral licks today and what we’ve got here that we’re using for the minerals is trace minerals… we are putting two parts trace minerals, one part mixing salt, one part dried molasses and one part dicalcium phosphate.

Why the mineral nutrition is important for deer

What this is going to do for our herd is give the does that are now impregnated, more or less a prenatal vitamin. It’s going to give them what will be equivalent to our multi-vitamins. As the bucks are shedding their horns, they’re automatically starting to grow them back right now. It’s going to help increase their potential of growing big horns.

Where to put the mineral lick

There is a major trail on this side and a major trail on that side of this mineral lick. Now, you don’t want to necessarily put it in the middle of a trail. Put it close to nearby trails and they will find it. They’re not going to eat this like they would a feed or a protein feed or corn. They will come and use this as their body craves the mineral.

As you can see, just last night, there are some tracks in this mineral. So, they have already found it. That is because of the dried molasses. The dried molasses has a strong, sweet, cane smell, and that is why they’ve already found this. We will check back on this in about two months and see how it’s going, and my supplement this mineral with some more material.

Thanks again for joining us for this edition of the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute. Be sure to visit, where you can read all about unforgettable moments outdoors. Also, connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We hope you have a great week, and remember, “where the moment happen, we’ll meet you there.” We’ll see you next time.

Bow Hunting Tips From N1 Outdoors

Bow hunting is a fun and adventurous way to hunt wild game. Many who have experienced success at it will tell you that there’s nothing quite like it. Whether you are looking for information on bow hunting for beginners or even a seasoned veteran, we hope to provide you with helpful bow hunting tips to help you in your quest to become a better bow hunter. 

Bow Hunting Tips: #1 – Bow Maintenance | Avoid Freak Accidents Like This One…

When you see this freak archery accident, you’ll want to learn what you can do to help prevent the possibility of it ever happening to you. In the first of our bow hunting tips, we’ve got details on how to do preventative bow maintenance…

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(Bow Maintenance video transcript)

A freak archery accident caught on film, and what you can do to help prevent it from happening to you. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

Archery Accident

Today we take a look at some incredible slow motion footage submitted to us by Ty Eubanks, who experienced a broken bow cable during a recent film shoot. While we’re certainly thankful Ty was not hurt, it does provide us an opportunity to go over some simple safety checks that can be done to help you have the best chance at safe shooting during practice, as well as during the hunt.

Now, I know some of you are shooting your bow year round, but some of you put it into storage during the off season and because the temperatures can change in those environments, it’s very important to check bowstrings cables as well as your limbs before shooting.

Bow maintenance checklist

Be sure before every shoot that you check your strings and your cables for any signs of wear or fraying. Anything like that can be a potential for a broken string or cable during a hunt just like in the video we’ve shown. Be sure you check your limbs very carefully. You want to be sure there’s no signs of splintering, bubbling, or cracking. As we said, extreme temperatures and sometimes even storage can cause these things to weaken limbs. And, you don’t want to have one of those limbs be damaged or break during a shoot.

You also want to be sure all your screws and any bolts are tightened properly, so that you don’t have any of your accessories loose during a shoot.

It’s also a good idea to check your cams. Be sure you don’t have any nics or cuts that would affect your string in any way,  whether it be to cause a fraying or a cutting of the string, or else damage to a cam, where your string may actually even come off the track.

There are also several other things you can check, such as rest alignment and cam rotation. You want to make sure that you get the proper arrow spine for your bow set up. Those things we recommend you take to your local bow shop and have them look for you and inspect that, so that you can have the best chance of a safe shoot.

Thanks again to Ty for submitting his video. We also want to say thanks to Centershot Specialties in Anderson, South Carolina for their input on this video. We hope you have a great week and remember… “where the moments happen, we’ll meet you there.” We’ll see you next time.

Tip #2 – Blind Bale Shooting

In this N1 Minute archery tips video, learn how closing your eyes can be the best way to see results in your archery and bow hunting technique.


(Blind Bale Shooting video transcript)

Ever shoot your bow with your eyes closed? We’ll tell you when and why you should. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute. 

Hey everyone, today we got to Cole Honstead and Mike Zen, who show us how sometimes closing your eyes can be the best way to see improvements in your archery technique.

I’m Cole Honstead with your N1 Outdoors archery tip. Today’s tip is going back to the basics… blind bale shooting. bow hunting tips blind bale shooting

Stand back a few feet from a large target. Draw back and locate your target. Close your eyes and shoot. This drill will help grip, form, anchor point and release techniques. Put all these techniques together N1, and you’ll be seeing Tipthe results soon.

Thank you Cole and Mike, and thank you for joining us for this edition of the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute. If you’d like to view other hunting and fishing tip videos, you can visit our website at and click on the videos section. The whole library is there. You can also pick up N1 Outdoors apparel and also, now, you can participate in hunting and fishing and outdoors forums on our website,

We hope you have a great week, and remember, where the moments happen… we’ll meet you there! We’ll see you next time.

Tip #3 – Aim Small Miss Small

In the third of our bow hunting tips videos, 3D archery tournament shooter, Cole Honstead, shows you a “small” tip that could help you BIG during hunting season! (hint: Aim small miss small!)

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(Aim Small, Miss Small video transcript)

This small tip could help you big this coming turkey season. Stick with us for the in N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

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The Just Pass’N Through Bow Hunting Tee

Today we go back out to Colorado to Cole Honstead with another tip help you become a better bow hunter.

I’m Cole Honstead with the N1 Outdoors archery tips. First tip of the New Year is something commonly heard in archery… “aim small, miss small.” And with turkey season right around the corner, we’re about to put that to use.

Turkey obviously have smaller vitals than a deer, so on a piece of paper draw a few circles from one to three inches in size. Pin it to a target, step back to ten, fifteen, twenty yards… and shoot. This will help you focus on a smaller aiming point to execute that perfect shot to put a hole N1 one this Spring.

Thanks again to Cole Honstead with another great tip. If you’d like to see more of these tips, you can visit N1 and click on the videos section. And while you’re there on our website, be sure to check out our brand new shirt designs, because we’ve got some things you’re really going to like. Also connect with us on social media; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

We hope you have a great week and remember, “Where the moments happen, we’ll meet you there”. We’ll see you next time.

Tip #4 – Hunting Stances Can Make Or Break A Bow Hunt

In the below N1 Minute archery tips video, learn about various stances that can help you in all types of bow hunting scenarios.


(Archery Stances video transcript)

How to be ready for every bow hunting scenario. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

For those of you who have bow hunted any amount of time, you know that some things can happen during a hunt that simple target practice can’t prepare you for. Today we go back out to Colorado to Cole Honstead, who has some archery tips to help you be best prepared when your moment of truth comes.

Archery Stances For Bow Hunting

I’m Cole Honstead with the N1 Outdoors archery tip. Today’s tip is practicing hunting stances. These can be used for everything from spot and stalk hunts in the West to using blinds and tree stands in the east.

For tree stand hunting, try your best to get to the elevated position. This is as simple as finding the hill and using the bed of a pick-up.

For spot and stalk hunts, try practicing using incline and decline slopes. When shooting from a blind, you’d better get used to sitting in a chair or kneeling position.

Practicing these stances throughout the off season will give you that confidence for a shot of a lifetime.

Thank you for joining us for this edition of the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute and thanks again to Cole Honstead for the archery tips. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and go by and visit We hope you have a great week and remember “where the moments happen, we’ll meet you there”. We’ll see you next time.

Tip #5: Off-Season Bow Practice

In this N1 Minute, learn some bow hunting tips on how to to keep your archery skills polished and sharp during the off-season so that you can maintain proper archery form.

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(Keep Your Archery Skills Sharp video transcript)

Keep those archery skills sharp even in the off season. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

Practice Tips

You know for us bow hunters, this is the time of year that we practice and practice for. But what about when the season’s over? How do you keep your skills sharp? Today we go out to Colorado to hear from 3D Tournament shooter Cole Honstead, with a simple tip to help you do just that.

I’m Cole Honstead with your 3D archery tips. Here’s a simple tip to keep those muscles active after hunting season and all it takes is a simple exercise band.

So many hunters put away their bows, after the fall, through winter, until turkey season. With, one of these exercise bands, you can practice your draw cycle throughout the winter and make that first draw in the spring a little easier.

Simply grasp one end of the band with your front hand and with your drawing hand, pull the band back to your anchor point. Repeat this ten to fifteen times and then switch hands. This will work both your back and shoulders. A few sets of this draw cycle exercise a day, and you’ll be ready to hit the mark on your next 3D shoot or Spring turkey hunt.

Thank you again to Cole for sharing that archery tip with the N1 Outdoors audience. If you’d like to check out our apparel, you can do that at

We hope you have a great week and remember, “Where the moments happen, we’ll meet you there”. We’ll see you next time.

We hope you have found our bow hunting tips to be useful in your quest to become better at your craft. We hope you have an arrow that’s Just Pass’N Through!

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Shed Hunting in Georgia

N1 Outdoors® co-founder Josh Wells talks about shed hunting. His search finds him in close with some unexpected visitors. He sure wished he had brought his bow!

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(Shed Hunting In Georgia video transcript)

Shed Hunting in Georgia

Alright guys and gals… Josh Wells with N1 Outdoors here doing a little shed hunting. It’s March the 4th in central Georgia. Hoping to find a couple sheds that will make you midwestern folks jealous. We’ll see how that goes. I’m not real confident.

I’ve got a new piece of property to hunt next year. I’m not extremely familiar with it. I know that there’s has been a couple good deer killed on it the past couple years. This 10-point was killed this past year. You can see, he’s a pretty nice deer. I would guess in the 14o” range. Looks like, I would say, probably a 4-year old deer based on the mass. Here in Georgia, a deer with mass like that normally doesn’t get that in the first three years of its life. Normally, if you see mass like that, you’ve got a 4-year old or older. So, I’m just going to say he was four. Stick around. I’ll let you know if we walk up on any sheds.

Deer trails, scrapes and rubs

Alright folks, you can see this heavy trail here. That’s the good thing about shed hunting this time of year. Trails are very defined, and beat down. Most of your brush is laying low, so you can see a lot better than you can when it’s green earlier in the season. I just walked up on a big cedar tree here. See this big licking branch right here.

I don’t know if you can tell, but that branch is broken right there. Underneath is this nice size scrape that’s been worked in the past few days since the rain. It rained about three days ago. You can even see where the deer urinated right there… and some small tracks. But, at least we know it’s a good trail that gets some action. It’s some good sign going into next year on this new property.

Hey folks… walking along here on this same trail that I saw that scrape and that big cedar tree on a while ago. I’ve gone about 100-125 yards since that spot. I just came up on a nice rub. Looks like it’s definitely rubbed earlier this year. It’s got fresh sap dripping down. It was, I would say, rubbed even last year also. You can see my hand beside it. My hand is probably about 5-inches wide. That tree is a good 3-inches wide. Good sign. 

The first shed

Ok folks, I’ve moved a little bit on this property. I’m off the creek now. And in the northern part of the property, which is a tall stand of pines… about a 200-acre piece of property here. There’s a ditch. See the ditch on the left. There’s a trail that follows this ditch along this transition. I’m just following this trail and I get here to a couple cross trails. If you look right up here you can see this old shed. You can see it right there. Let’s go check it out and see what we’ve got. 

So, it looks like a small 4-point side that’s a couple years old. As you can see, it just broke in half because the squirrels have chewed it in half. It’s the first horn of the day. I’ll take it.

The second shed

Alright folks, I haven’t gone far since I just picked up that first shed of the day. About maybe 50 yards and I have come down to where this ditch dumps into this old beaver swamp and if you look right there, you’ll see some tines sticking up. Let’s see what we’ve got. Looks like a pretty good one. Reach it. Oh yeah. Yeah. Pretty good. It’s old. It looks like it’s been in this water for a couple years, but its a very nice 5-point side, with a kicker. That’s encouraging. Good mass

A dead deer skeleton

I have walked around. Just circled this big pond, working my way around. There’s a trail that kind of follows all the way around the edge of it. And I walked up on a deer that has died, I’d say a year ago. It’s a doe. You can see the skull right over there. By the looks of the teeth, this was a young deer, fairly young. See how sharp those points are. I’d say that this deer was, was probably, a 3-year old deer. Here’s the skull. It was a doe. I don’t see anything wrong with the skull that would make me say there was some brain abscess. So, I’d say she probably got attacked by coyotes or shot and came over here and died and nobody found her. We’ll keep looking.

Wild hogs

I wish I’d brought my bow and arrow with me. See them right there, look. They’re about 40 or 50 yards. Let’s get closer.

Alright I’ve gotten a littler closer to these hogs. You can see that one right there. That hog is 22 yards. I sure wish I had my bow and arrow. I’m sorry about the shaking. I’m holding my cell phone in my hand. Let’s see if I can get a little closer. A little pig. There’s hogs everywhere in here. Let me stand up and see if I can something else. You can see those pigs over there. There’s about three or four pigs. A white one, a couple black ones. There’s a big old boar right there. About to come through that hole right there. About a 200 pound hog. 

The end of the shed hunt

Alright, so here’s the two finds today. The one good shed. A big 6-point side if you count the kicker up here off the G2. Good mass. That shed’s probably 3 years old. I don’t even know if that deer is still living. And then this one that broke while I was picking it up would have been a small 8-point. And that’s also two or three years old, so that deer could potentially be a good one now.

Maybe next weekend if we have good weather, we can do it again.