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The Importance of Minerals for a Healthier Deer Herd

Provided by Anter King

One very simple and economical way to positively influence antler growth and overall health of the deer herd is to use a QUALITY Deer Mineral.  A quality formulated deer mineral alone will produce noticeable results in antler growth in the first year of use.  When looking at products on the market, that claim they will grow antlers, it is important to know what is really necessary to grow antlers.  Protein, Energy, Minerals and Vitamins are the key elements in Antler growth.  Although SALT is a mineral, it WILL NOT GROW ANTLERS.

The most important (and the most expensive) mineral in antler growth is PHOSPHORUS.  In Fact, before any Calcium can be used by a buck for antler growth, an adequate level of Phosphorus has to be present in that deer’s diet.  And before Calcium and Phosphorus can interact, enough vitamin D has to be present in that animal’s diet.  Minerals and Vitamins work together very closely and their interaction is extremely important.

The 5 major minerals ALL play a key role in Antler growth as do the trace minerals and vitamins.  As an example, not only is the trace mineral copper important for antler growth and tissue health, but some scientists believe that a lack of  copper in a deer’s diet may lead to a higher incidence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD).  There are numerous major minerals, trace minerals and vitamins that deer need on a daily basis and ALL are important for that animal to perform daily functions and be healthy.  I will cover a few of them here.

Manganese (not to be confused with the major mineral Magnesium), is another trace mineral that is required for normal reproduction and fetal development.

Selenium is important for reproduction and also works hand in hand with Vitamin E to help deer deal with stress and is also important in the antler development process.

Zinc is important as it stimulates an animal’s immune system, helps deer deal with stressful periods like the rut, extreme cold and snow, extreme heat and drought.    

Another additive that is important for proper digestion is yeast.  In the past couple of years, a yeast company started doing research on how deer would react to adding a yeast culture in their diet.  This company had been using yeast for other ruminants (mainly dairy cows) for years with very positive results.  The yeast was aiding dairy cows to further break down and utilize fibrous feedstuffs such as clovers, alfalfa, grasses, and other grain sources.  The bottom line is that the yeast culture was aiding in digestion of all feedstuffs allowing for more nutrients available for milk and meat production.  The research done on whitetail deer also showed a VERY positive effect on antler growth.  When bucks consumed a feed with a certain level of yeast in their diet, a considerable increase in antler growth was realized. 

Deer and Minerals

All 3 of Antler King®’s Deer Mineral products contain the major minerals, trace minerals, and vitamins in the proper balance to grow BIGGER BUCKS AND HEALTHIER DEER…Antler King’s TROPHY DEER MINERAL and several other Antler King feed products also contain the special antler growing yeast culture mentioned above.  Although the greatest consumption of mineral will take place from February to September we do stress that you keep mineral available to your deer herd all year long.  Establishing one mineral site per 30-40 acres near a water hole, food plot or well-traveled trail will not only give you an inventory of your deer and your neighbor’s deer, but I will also benefit the whole deer herd.  The whole deer family will hit those mineral sites hard starting in February and continuing through “growing season”.  Bucks need the minerals for antler growth, body growth and immune system health, does need it for fetal development, milk production, immune system health and to replenish minerals lost during fawning period and fawns need it for body development, skeletal development and immune system maintenance.  Once antler growth is finished and the fawns have been weaned, we still see the whole deer family using those mineral licks during stressful periods. 

Remember ……….Growing tomorrow’s Trophy starts Today.