Deer and Elk Bait Photographs
There are two ways to hunt:
- Walk around in the woods all day making noise, laying down scent
pushing the animals to other hunters.
- Building a secluded mud puddle, complete with a mineral salt rock and plenty of alfalfa hay pellets
to munch on during their day bedding session
The best attractor by far is a mineral salt rock. Not a white cattle lick, but a mined salt rock that
contains salt and a bunch of other minerals that deer and elk love to lick on.
In fact, as the salt melts into the ground with rain, they will continue to lick the dirt, which is saturated
with salt, long after the salt lick is gone. In this picture you can see
the hole that has been created by the animals licking a hole in the ground where the salt rock used to be.
Another great attractor is a secluded water puddle hidden in the trees which provides a little oasis of security when
the hunting pressure gets heavy. In addition to drinking the water, they love mud puddles that double as a wallow.
Mud puddles are great places to hang a tree stand. Just make sure you have clear shoot lanes if you are hunting with a bow.
In addition to mud puddles in a field, also hike down creek beds and look for puddles of water in the rock like this one.