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    Attractant for Elk

    Hey gang,

    I have been seeing lots of trailcam pics of deer and elk over a wallowed-out areas of dirt. I am guessing that people are putting out some sort of attractant to bring the critters in.

    I want to set out a trailcam this weekend in an area frequented by elk and deer, and I'm wondering if anyone can recommend something that both species of game will hit. I'm mainly focusing on elk though and trying to see what kind of bulls my area holds.

    Any advice based on personal experience would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!



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    One more thing...

    Oh, I forgot to add that I am hunting in Oregon for Roosevelt elk so I'm not really trying to target wallows per se (my understanding is that rosies don't wallow all that much). Instead I want to create some sort of mineral-enriched attractant that will pull in some bulls for the added nutrition.

    Thanks again!

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    Any ideas?

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    Mineral blocks, 50 pounds of elk and deer candy...

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    Yeah, we've used salt/mineral blocks for whitetails back in Louisiana with marginal success. I'm sure elk would go for it too, but the 50lb weight could be a bit prohibitive for backpacking into the remote area I had in mind. Still, I could probably pull that off. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Yep, those are salt licks you're seeing. Not legal to hunt over in Idaho, ok to hunt over in Washington.....go figure.
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    If you haven't heard of Trophy Blend I would encourage you to check out their website. Just google "Trophy Blend scents". Very small but very effective. You could use an Elk Herd Blend stick along with a salt lick to get elk into thinking that it is already used by other elk and therefore a "safe" place in the elks mind. Also there are severel attractants like apple and vanilla available in scent sticks if you'd like to go that route.
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    Also, I was just down in Oregon neer Reedsport with my dad for a quading trip, and there were some BIG bulls down there. By the time they are done growing they will be as big or bigger than the one in you avatar. Not sure if there are any places to hunt there or if its a park but there are definately some magnificent animals down there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skewerer View Post
    I'm sure elk would go for it too, but the 50lb weight could be a bit prohibitive for backpacking into the remote area I had in mind.
    Look at it this way.......that would be less than half the weight of packing each load of meat out when you put one down over that block. That, and the hike out would be 50lbs less.

    I wish it was legal to that in Colorado. I'd haul in a couple of blocks about early August.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jared Les View Post
    Also, I was just down in Oregon neer Reedsport with my dad for a quading trip, and there were some BIG bulls down there. By the time they are done growing they will be as big or bigger than the one in you avatar. Not sure if there are any places to hunt there or if its a park but there are definately some magnificent animals down there.
    There is an elk viewing area about 2 miles east of Reedsport called Deans Creek. This is a protected area but is fun to see all the elk there. There is quite a bit of public/Weyerhauser land down there to hunt but is quite a popular spot. Lots of hunters!
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    I have limited experience using mineral/salt on the Oregon coast but from what I have seen and heard is that they are not as attracked to it as the animals farther east. Not sure if it is from the salt in the air or the soil type. Maybe somebody will come on and add some insight to this or have had better experiences using it than I have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alandale Archer View Post
    I have limited experience using mineral/salt on the Oregon coast but from what I have seen and heard is that they are not as attracked to it as the animals farther east. Not sure if it is from the salt in the air or the soil type. Maybe somebody will come on and add some insight to this or have had better experiences using it than I have.
    This is good info. Thanks! I know that coast elk have water more readily available, so it makes sense that salt wouldn't be as big of a draw. At the same time, I've read that the forage along the coast isn't as rich in minerals. Maybe a mineral block could be the ticket?

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    A buddy of mine just made up some of the homemade mineral mix. He put some out in northeastern Oregon and the animals just tore it up. He then took some over to the area you are talking about and said they would hardly touch it. It would be worth a try though, it sure could'nt hurt anything.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 5MilesBack View Post
    Look at it this way.......that would be less than half the weight of packing each load of meat out when you put one down over that block. That, and the hike out would be 50lbs less.
    haha...I guess I did sound like a wuss there. I was thinking about carrying in a few blocks to spread around, so the weight would add up. It's downhill to my hunting spot from where I park on the ridgeline, so I could still tote it.

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    Here is my Salt CRATER that the elk and deer are hitting pretty hard as you can tell. This used to be a flat spot! Just freshened it up last week. This spot is in Oregon, so I imagine it should work for Roosies.
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    My buddy is using the red 50 lb mineral block in AZ and the elk are hitting it really hard. He has some monster bulls coming in to it. I've got pics but I'm at work and can't resize them. : ( He also told me that he likes to put Block Topper on each block which produces sort of a candy type foam that covers the block and ground and puts off quite a bit of scent so that animals will find it quickly. I'm going to put some of that on mine this weekend.

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    Deer,hogs and rabbits prefer salt in the summertime. Studies on rabbits have shown that it helps with parasites. They tend to lay off of it during the cooler months.

    I'm sure elk would go for it in the summer.

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    If you're hiking it in you could just use rock salt ?

    You should also be able to get smaller salt and mineral blocks at a feed store.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5MilesBack
    I wish it was legal to that in Colorado. I'd haul in a couple of blocks about early August.
    I hauled 24 blocks in for the guy that had the USFS grazing allotment in one of my hunting areas...We did well in there for many years, but I think that was mostly from riding it alot and getting info out of the cowhands more than the salt holding them in the area.
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    50lb bag of sa-30 selenium. It has worked in my spot for years. By the time I get up to refresh it in late July the elk have already been in there licking it off of the roots and digging deep for any traces left over. I used to use the block but stopped for 2 reasons. 1- they tend to kick it around and sometimes all the way down the hill. 2- other hunters may find it, not that they won't see the 10'x10'x3' crater that has developed.

    Another that I have found they really like is the 4lb sweet corn block. I use those if I pack in anywhere. They will go through a block in less than a week.
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    Regular old salt licks works in Oregon
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