How many times have you heard your mother say, “You can’t grow up to be big, strong and healthy if you don’t take your vitamins.” The same is true of deer. Vitamin and mineral supplements can help you grow bigger deer quicker. By putting out five pounds of Vita-Rack 26, a vitamin and mineral supplement, every other month, you can improve the health of your deer herd and its nutritional level.
Vita-Rack 26 should be put out even earlier than now, because Vita-Rack 26 helps does regain their strength, makes their milk richer and more nutritious for the fawns and helps the bucks grow bigger and healthier.
I’m often asked, “How many Vita-Rack sites do you put out and maintain?” I’ve found that one Vita-Rack site for every 80 acres, depending on how big the property is that you have to hunt, seems to be about right. I keep Vita-Rack out all year long, and especially in the sanctuaries where we don’t hunt. Some states allow hunting over bait, and some states don’t. So, you need to check the regulations of the states you hunt in to make sure if you can hunt over a Vita-Rack site or not. In Iowa where I hunt, we can’t hunt over Vita-Rack.
Another product that Hunter Specialties just has come out with is Gorge, which contains ingredients that deer absolutely love to eat. Gorge attracts deer, and deer feed heavily on it. Gorge can be used in the states that permit hunting over bait during hunting season. However, at this time of the year in May, you can put out Gorge and trail cameras to census your deer herd and tell about how many bucks and does you have, and just as importantly, you can watch the antlers grow on the bucks that are coming to the Gorge. Too, by using this combination all summer and into the early fall, you can better select the bucks you want to hunt and get a much better idea of where these bucks are living. Of course you can’t know for sure that the bucks feeding on the Gorge during the summer months will show-up during the fall, especially when the rut starts. But, at least you can know that they’re on the property and places where they like to feed and get a better idea of where you need to set up tree stands to take them.
The only problem I’ve found with Gorge is that when deer find it, they consume it very quickly. In many areas, you can start your camera surveys now, using Gorge. However, I usually don’t put my cameras up until July or August. There’s not a better way to find big bucks before the season to learn how many shooter bucks you have on your property and to find out where your deer like to feed before the season than using Gorge and a trail camera. I use these techniques to take more and bigger deer every season, and I believe if you try them, they’ll pay off for you like they have for me.