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!
Another good video and article from RealTree website on DIY mineral site for deer.
I found the below National Geographic article about a case in Scotland where they found Red Deer killing young seabird chicks and eating mostly the legs, heads, and bones.
The Red Deer were believed to be supplimenting their increased calcium requirements during the time of year when bucks were growing thier antlers and there was a calcium difficiency in the local vegetation they were eating.
Whitetail deer in North America have also been known to stomp on fish in streams and eat them. There is case after case showing deer will seek out alternative food sources to suppliment certain minerals or nutrients missing in their regular diet.
When I’m planning my food plots and mineral sites, I always try to figure out what nutritional gaps I can fill in the area.
Well, everyone its now August and its time to start to get serious about the up and coming archery season.
If you are like me I have been watching and pattering deer moving stands through out the summer and we are soon going to see if its going to pay off.
I have been reading a lot about home made scents and blocks in blogs and in posts.
Just wanted to give my two cents
I have found that scents and bait blocks are hit and miss in the early season. there is so much food out there that its hard to get deer on these this early.
now for what I know works…
I have found mineral pits have the most activity this time of year. try and start one near your stand.
The best I found is to loosen the dirt in a 4 foot spot and to poor one part dicalcium phosphate 2 parts trace mineral salt and one part loose stock salt (if you want to give it a kick add deer cane to the mix). If you do not want to go through this you can buy the pre mixed mineral at any feed store. or a salt/mineral block will work.
In the early season they need the extra minerals for there bones and antlers