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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?

Consistent, healthy antler growth requires consistent nutrition… Keep reading to find out more about how to get started making your own deer mineral lick and why it’s so important!

There are countless mineral supplements for sale these days… mineral blocks, mineral rocks and minerals in powder form.

But you don’t have to go buy minerals with fancy labels and pictures of big antlers on the packaging. You can make your own deer minerals and we’ll show you how!

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.

N1 Outdoors – How To Make Your Own Deer Mineral Recipe:

  1. Trace Minerals

    2 parts trace minerals.

  2. Mixing Salts

    deer mineral mixture
    Mix the trace minerals above with 1 part mixing salts

  3. Dried Molasses

    Mix the above ingredients with 1 part dried molasses.

  4. Dicalcium Phosphate

    Mix the ingredients above with 1 part dicalcium phosphate.

  5. Make your mineral site

    Now you’re ready to spread out your homemade deer minerals and create your mineral site. Be sure to put out a trail cam if you have one, so you can get photos of what is visiting your mineral site and monitor the antler growth progress!

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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. 

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Minerals play an important role in whitetail antler size as well as the overall health of your deer herd, both male and female.

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.

The antler growth process happens every year and calcium plays a huge part.

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.

The N1 Outdoors N1 Minute Video: How To Make Your Own Deer 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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DIY Deer Mineral Recipe Ingredients:

  • 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.

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Fishing Tip | How to tie the palomar knot (and double palomar knot)

Looking for a really strong fishing knot that’s simple to tie? In this illustration, we’ll show you step-by-step how to tie the palomar knot (you can also view instructional videos further down the page).

Time needed: 1 minute.

Step-by-step instructions for tying the palomar knot:

  1. Thread fishing line through the eyelet of the hook.

    threading line through hook eyelet for palomar knot

  2. Thread tag end of line back through the hook eyelet.

    threading line back through hook eyelet for palomar knot

  3. With loop end and other end, tie a simple overhand knot, but be sure to keep it very loose and large (you’ll need that loop in the next step!)

    tying overhand knot for palomar knot

  4. Now, take the hook and insert it through the loop end of the line…

    inserting hook through loop for palomar knot

  5. Grab the hook in one hand and the line strands in the other and pull slowly. The knot will begin to cinch. (Be sure that the loop cinches above the eyelet of the hook!)

    pulling line and hook for palomar knot

  6. Trim the tag end of the line and you’ve completed the palomar knot!

    trimming the tag end of line on palomar knot

Want more instruction? View video below on how to tie the palomar knot!

(How to tie the palomar fishing knot video transcript)

Video #1: Learn to tie the Palomar Knot step-by-step

Learn a fishing knot that’s simple and strong. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

Hey everyone. Today I’m going to show you how to tie the palomar knot. It’s my favorite fishing knot. It’s one I learned many years ago. And, I like it because it’s very strong and easy to tie.

Step 1. Thread the hook

Ok, we’re going to show you how to tie the palomar knot. We’re just using 10 lb. test mono line. Now, this knot works very well with braided lines, and I’ll show you why it’s a little easier with braided line in just a minute. 

But, basically, we’re going to have to take this line and double it over… about eight inches or so. We need to get this end – the double end – through the eye of the hook. So, we’ll try to press down… now, this is where it gets a little tricky with mono. So, to get this through the eye of this hook, and you can tell it’s a little bit difficult to do that. Sometimes, you’ve actually got to crimp this line. That’s not a good thing for line strength, so, I’m going to show you another way in just a minute. But, we slip that through the eye of the hook… it should look like this.

Now, there’s another way we can do this without having to crimp that line. We can just take this line and thread it through the eye of the hook. Now, we’ll just take this line and thread it right back through the way we came. Like I said, about eight inches or so should do the trick. This is what it will look like. Now, we’ve kept from having to crimp the line. This is a much better option. 

Step 2. Tie a simple overhand knot

Now, we’re just going to tie a simple overhand knot, like you’re going to start tying your shoes. Just a simple overhand knot. It’s going to look just like this. 

Step 3. Drop the hook through the loop

Before you cinch that knot all the way tight, you want to take this hook and drop it through the loop right here. So we’re going to take it and drop it through the loop. We’re going to begin to pull both ends of the line tight. 

Now, sometimes when you begin to pull this knot, this loop is going to try to get stuck under the eyelet of the hook. You just need to make sure it gets over the top of the hook before you pull tight.

Step 4. Pull tightly and trim

We’re going to take the ends and pull tightly. 

I’m going to take my clips and snip the tag end here, just to give you and idea of what it looks like. That’s what it’s going to look like when you’re finished. It’s a very, very strong knot. You can also moisten this before you pull tight. It reduces the friction and helps the knot cinch down tighter.

My Dad, when I was a kid… one of the first knots he showed me was the clinch knot. I used that for years. And then I came across the palomar knot. It’s the go-to knot for me. It’s very strong and it’s very easy to tie. And, hopefully, this is a knot you can use when you fish. And, we hope you put a hook N1.

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In this next video, learn how to tie the DOUBLE palomar fishing knot.

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(How to tie the double palomar knot video transcript)

Video #2: How to tie the double palomar knot

Hey everyone. You may have joined us earlier for the instructional video on how to tie the palomar knot.

In this video, we’re going to show you how to tie the double palomar knot. It’s great for braided line and for when you’re fishing heavy, thick cover. It’s just extremely strong and it’s only one extra step from the standard palomar knot. 

Step 1. Thread the eye of the lure

In this example, we’re going to use an actual lure. It’s a little bit easier to see the eye of the lure, as opposed to the smaller eye of a hook. So, we’re going to use this and just like with the standard palomar knot, we’re going to pass our line through the eye. And, then we’re going to take the end of this line and go back through the eye of the hook like this.

Step 2. Tie an overhand knot with two passes

And, tie a standard overhand knot, just like we did with the palomar knot, except when we do that this time, we’re going to actually make two loops through here. Through this loop, we’re going to go one loop, two loops. A standard overhand knot… two passes.

Step 3. Drop the lure through the loop

Pull it down a little bit so that your loop end is large enough for the lure to go through. And, then we’re going to take the lure and just drop it through the loop.

Step 4. Pull tightly and trim

At this point, it’s great if you can moisten that knot. It will pull tighter a lot easier. You’ll pull on both ends and then each end individually. Just pull tightly, and you see, that’s what we have. Now we’ll take our snips and clip that tag end. And there you have an extremely strong, double palomar knot. 

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Trout Fishing Tip | Fishing With The Gulp Minnow

In this N1 Minute, learn a trout fishing tip to help you catch more trout.

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(Trout Fishing Tip video transcript)

Trout fishing tip

When it comes to fishing, you don’t want to just fish… you want to Put A Hook N1. We’ve got a tip to help you do just that. Stick with us for the N1 Outdoors N1 Minute.

Today we go to Fries, Virginia, to hear from Jessup Lambert, who’s got a tip to help you catch more trout.

Hey guys, on this week’s N1 Minute, we’ve got a few tips for you when it comes to trout fishing.

The trout lure

I’m going to focus on using the two-and-a-half inch Gulp Minnow… the Watermelon Pearl. Any kind works, but I prefer this one. My advice would be to hook it up with a drop shot, probably 8-10 inches. Use a size 6 hook, bait hook, it doesn’t matter which way.

How to fish it

Your best success can come from either throwing the Gulp Minnow upstream and retrieving it back toward you and letting it swim in the current. Usually, the drop shot will hold the minnow in place. It will almost turn around and look upstream, giving it a life-like feature.

If you cast downstream, I’d suggest a slow retrieval, that way it can do the same thing, and flutter in the current, giving it a life-like feature. And the trout tend to strike it when it stops moving. Generally, in 2-3 feet of water you’ll have your best success. I have fished it in lakes, bringing it across the bottom. You’ll have the same results. It doesn’t matter if it’s dingy or clear. I’ve had the same success with the Gulp Minnow.

Thanks for tuning in to this weeks N1 Minute. I hope you get to Put A Hook N1.

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