Deer attractants like salt and protein licks can draw deer into your hunting area. Many also provide added nutrition for better rack growth and a healthier herd. To choose the right deer lick, you should consider whether you want to provide just salt or added supplements, a block or granular form, and whether you care if the lick is obvious to passersby.
Salt Or Supplement?
All hooved mammals love salt, so licks made only of salt do a fine job of attracting deer. Licks with added flavors, minerals and nutrients can be even better, especially if you find one the deer in your area really love. Try different kinds until you find what works for you. And always check the applicable hunting laws in your area, as some jurisdictions consider protein supplements to be baiting and have banned the practice.
Block or Granules/Powder?
Salt and mineral/protein attractants are mostly available in block form and powder/granule form. Blocks last longer in inclement weather, and even a very hard rain won’t wash them away. However, large ones can be a chore to carry way back into the woods. Powder or granular supplements can be spread over a larger area, providing space for several deer to use them at once.
Obvious or Unnoticed
If you hunt on public land or in other areas with heavy hunting pressure, a conventional cube-shaped protein or salt block can reveal the location of your prime hunting area to other hunters. For that reason, many companies make salt/mineral blocks that look like rocks or other natural objects. Powders/granules can also be better in that situation, as once they’ve leached into the soil a little, the only way you can tell they are there is by all the deer tracks. If your area has little hunting pressure and you aren’t worried about giving away your hotspots, blocks of any shape work fine.