Do antelope go for mineral licks?Contributors to this thread:
Do antelope go for commercial mineral licks like trophy rock or deer cane, etc? What do they prefer for minerals? What is their favorite food source if ranches are not near by? Is it sage or grass or buck brush or something else that I should be looking for in the high desert?
A Buddy of mine who used to be an outfitter in AZ was a big proponent of using salt for Pronghorn. He used to say it was more effective than water, they would go to salt before the will go to water. I have a dvd somewhere of him and another guy shooting a big pronghorn over salt
Only after a rain. They have no saliva. Need water on block to pick it. I'm talking cattle salt block. Dynamite after a rain.
Once hunting near Gillette, I saw a doe licking in one of the cattle tubs. She licked around in that thing for fifteen minutes. When she finally pulled her head out she had a string of brown saliva hanging out of her mouth. Made her look like she had the hydraphoby !
Next time u shoot a pope feel it's tongue. Very rough and dry.
Hot and dry was always the message I heard.
Several years ago I hunted a ranch in Colorado on the Wyoming border. I had my blind facing the water tank and after two days of having the antelope come behind me to lick the cattle salt block I opened the back window and arrowed a buck on the third day.
The mainly feed on forbes. Yes they will use mineral sites. Make sure it's legal where you're hunting.