Hunting Tips and Strategies
This is an excellent free guide to grafting persimmons from QDMA website and it’s not too late to begin step one.
Great article from Field and Stream on how to make your own scent-free deodorant!
We tried something new with the gel scent candle recipe and added homemade acorn scent. This gel scent candle will last much longer than the acorn scent spray and is of course reusable!
a. 1 cup distilled water
b. 2 oz. unflavored granulated gelatin (e.g. Knox)
c. 1 tbsp. salt
d. 1 cup of acorn scented water (from boiling acorns)
e. Glass jar(s) with lid
First, heat 1 cup of distilled water until boiling.
Second, stir in 2 oz. of unflavored gelatin plus 1 tbsp of salt until completely dissolved.
Third, remove the mixture from the heat and stir in 1 cup of room temperature (acorn scented) water into the mixture.
Fourth, pour mixture into glass jars and put the lid on. Store in refrigerator for few hours. When you are ready to hunt take the lid off and put in desired location
There are many great ideas out there for the different types of scents that you could use and different applications. Please do share your thoughts and experiences!
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!
Real simple trick to keep squirrels and raccoons from climbing your tripod feeders is to smear Vaseline on the poles.
Couple of cool video links below showing squirrels trying to climb feeders with Vaseline applied: