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Using salt and cameras to locate a specific buck

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@JSR thanks for the detailed response. I plan on getting to work out there this upcoming weekend. Being as you recommend getting the buck on cam to fine tune the salt set, I have the 44# and 50# trace mineral blocks. Should I try busting them up, partially burying them when I set them, or get the appropriate format?

@Shawn thanks for the insight on how lions and terrain affect where you set.

@grey curse sounds like the blocks I bought might be handy after all. Ill have to research the cattle situation better to see if it'll be a factor.

@muledeerarea33? luckily, I have a sturdy and not too heavy shovel. Yay, 1 more thing to pack.

@Roosevelt Mark What you do at 'that time of the month', and whatyou do with your body is your choice. 

 

 

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Cattle will be your Nemesis, if they are in the vicinity, the will find and destroy it.  Nothing worse than a card full of cattle.

When using salt, set it and forget it.  They will find it.  All game seem to always find mine, usually in a day or two.  Set your time interval based on card size and how often you plan to check on them.  Also keep an eye batteries.  Dead batteries can also ruin your day.  

I've tried them all (water softener pellets, salt nuggets and trace mineral blocks).  I prefer the trace mineral bricks (brown).  I pick mine up at Cal Ranch or Tractor Supply.  I usually break them into cubes with my mason chisel.  I get 6 cubes out of one brick.  For me they blend in much better then a bright white pile on the mountainside.  When in cube form they pack much better too.  Some deer and elk like to nose or push the salt blocks around, when in cube form not so much.  

Now is the time to get your salt and cameras out.  Personally I wait until after the general javelina seasons are over, just to be on the safe side.  When the bucks and bulls are in velvet, they seem to really hit the salt hard, once they shed their velvet, not so much.  Good luck and post some pics of your set up.

Al

 

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13 hours ago, muledeerarea33? said:

Take loose salt, water, and a small shovel. Dig a hole and mix it in. 

I think this is your best bet. Don't get rid of your blocks since you have them.  Maybe start with the loose salt then bring the blocks next visit to keep it going.  Cal ranch sells the loose stuff.  I think it's good to visit your cams in a week or two anyway. Its good to check and see if the tree they are on moves to much, did you put in on the wrong setting, is the sun bleaching out the image at prime time etc.  It sucks to get 800 pics of garbage.  Oh and pay attention to your cam direction as fsr as the sun goes.

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+1 on the visit soon there after to verify all is good from CatfishKev.

I also take along a plastic torpedo level, to make sure my box is on the level for stellar pics.  I know, mas loco, my wife and kids remind me all the time.

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5 hours ago, ThomC said:

Double duty on the shovel.  Wolf hunting. SSS

Keep in mind the last s.  Shhhhhh. 

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