Feed & Attractants
We tried a new recipe for a fortified feed block that works really well and is a little easier to make than our homemade molasses deer lick. The idea actually came from watching a video on how to make homemade granola.
- 2 cups of rolled oats (e.g. Cheap Oatmeal)
- 1 cup of deer corn
- 1 cup of corn meal
- 1 cup of brown sugar
- 1 cup of corn syrup or molasses
- 1/2 cup of peanut or vegetable oil
- 1/2 cup of salt
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
- Put rolled oats, corn, corn meal, and salt in a large bowl.
- Stir corn syrup, brown sugar, and vegetable oil in a separate smaller bowl.
- Pour liquid mixture into large bowl and mix ingredients together well. It is easiest to mix with your hands, but you may want to wear rubber gloves.
- Put mixture in large deep pan and spread evenly.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes and then take the pan out and stir around mixture.
- Bake for another 12-15 minutes and take the pan out of the oven and let it cool for a while. Press the contents in a mold of your choice or let cool as is and break into smaller pieces.
There are many applications and variations for what we call “fortified feed” and its really fun to come up with your own concoction or special recipe. Try mixing and matching different types of grain (i.e. oats, corn, soybeans, rice bran) or adding more salt and minerals, peanut butter, fruit, and the list goes on and on.
Basically, you are taking feed that deer already eat in your area and enhancing it even more. Good luck and please do share your experiences with our members. We want to hear from you!
We started making our own peanut butter by simply blending roasted peanuts with peanut oil, but realized its still difficult to find large quantities of roasted peanuts for a reasonable price. However, they are now offering 50lb bags of Roasted Soybeans at feed stores. It is still pretty expensive, but much cheaper than buying that many roasted peanuts.
1. Roasted Soybeans
2. Peanut Oil
- Add two cups of roasted soybeans in blender and crush to the consistency of regular coffee grind.
- Add 2/3 cup of oil and turn blender on low speed to mix ingredients.
- Continue to add more oil until you get the consistency you desire.
You can experiment same as with the homemade peanut butter, including adding some molasses or even throw in some acorns or something that deer are already eating in your area.
It would be great to hear different ways to apply larger amounts of peanut/soybean butter since we can make large quantities cheaper now!
This is excellent article on some popular DIY hog bait!
Another good video and article from RealTree website on DIY mineral site for deer.
Great article and video from RealTree website showing how to make a popular style PVC pipe – gravity deer feeder.
We’ve all seen a lot of different types and flavors of expensive deer licks at the store. Lately, I’ve been experimenting with making hard candy and it occurred to me I could use molasses instead of corn syrup and make a pretty tasty molasses deer lick!
- 2 cups of Sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 2-3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup of Molasses
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- Candy thermometer
- Large pot
- Wooden spoon
- Large 32 ounce cup (or other substitute for a mold)
- Stick or large screw (depending on how you want to use the deer lick)
- Place all the ingredients in large pot and mix together.
- Put the candy thermometer in place.
- Set on medium to high heat and begin to boil.
- It will need to reach about 270-280° degrees F. or what they call soft-crack stage.
- Once it gets to 270-280° degrees F., I take it off the burner and let it cool for a while.
- Before it gets too thick, I will pour into mold.
- Can put the stick or screw in it probably hour later when it starts to harden.
When it gets above 200° F., you will see it start to bubble up a lot. When I first tried this recipe, it kept boiling up too high and I could never get to soft-crack point, then we found another recipe that included adding butter, which was the secret to keeping it from boiling up too high. If it boils up too high, you can try adding more butter. It will get extremely hot, so BE VERY CAREFUL!
Then after cooking it for a while and the water starts to evaporate, it will lower back down and you will see it just simmering in the bottom. I stir it a little bit and just keep cooking it until it reaches 270-280° F. Here is a picture when it’s been cooking for a while.
Finally, as soon as it hits 270-280° F., you can take it off the burner and let it cool for few minutes while you stir it. Then when it cools down a bit, you can pour into your molds. Also, be sure to put some butter or light grease in your mold so it won’t stick. Again, please BE CAREFUL and always use precaution when cooking with high temperatures.
I’m sure there are many more recipes for other types of deer licks, so please do share!
We’ve had great success adding vanilla extract or spraying our corn with other homemade scents such as the persimmon extract. One of the major benefits is it will help the deer find the corn faster. Corn itself doesn’t have a potent scent to it and if you want to attract deer from a further distance, then this is a good option.
Also, having a strong scent in the woods that deer associate with the corn will give you the opportunity to use that same scent as a cover scent to help mask human odor.
Any other popular scents you are using in combination with feed or attractants, please share!