Trail cameras help greatly with deer management by providing insight into deer population, buck-to-doe ratio, health of herd and identifying individual deer, etc. Signs posted at my farms state the properties are monitored by cameras. Cameras also help you to determine buck age ratios, buck-to-doe ratios, fawn recruitment and many other management factors. Suffice to say, cameras let hunters manage their land far more effectively than in the past by using factual data that would not be available without them.
30-06 Products and Cameras As mentioned, cameras can be used for hunting, scouting and management. Depending on which you’re trying to accomplish, camera setups can vary. Putting cameras on trails, scrapes and rubs might help to pinpoint buck movement, but if used for management, cameras must capture a good representation of the entire herd. Therefore, you must figure out something that will bring as many of the deer as possible to pose for the camera. You can use several methods, including a food source. Corn or deer feed are popular choices. However, before you buy bags of shelled corn, there is another — and in my opinion better — option. One that offers fantastic attraction but also beneficial nutrition as well. Several years ago, Whitetail Institute developed a line of mineral/vitamin supplements called 30-06. Today, the 30-06 family includes 3006, 30-06 Plus Protein and 30-06 Thrive. These products are designed to provide supplemental nutrients specific to a deer’s needs at specific times of year. 30-06 and 30-06 Plus Protein are designed for spring and summer, and 30-06 Thrive is formulated for deer needs in fall and winter. The idea of a supplement is to provide nutrients that might be lacking naturally in quantities that will maximize growth and development. For example, almost all soils are deficient in one or multiple minerals vital to the deer herd. Deficiency levels vary from
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farm to farm and region to region, but all soils will fall short in some regard. 30-06 products help supplement these deficiencies to make sure a deer’s nutritional plane is maximized. Lactation, antler growth and fawn development require high amounts of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and trace minerals, and when optimal levels of these nutrients are realized, lactation, fawn growth, antler growth, body weights and body condition will improve. Nutritionally and biologically, that’s the way it works, and years of research and field testimonials from thousands of 30-06 users have proven that to be true. As mentioned, 30-06 supplements are not only nutritionally beneficial but also highly attractive. When deer start using a 30-06 site, they continue to return on a regular basis. Bucks, does, fawns, yearlings and all segments of the herd will use the site and will continue to do so year after year. Research has shown that fawns will learn from the doe where those sites are located and return even after they are weaned and break off from their mother. Those considerations mean 30-06 sites are excellent choices to be used in combination with trail cameras. Compared to corn or feed, 30-06 sites are more attractive in spring and summer and, more importantly they offer far superior nutrient benefits and will last much longer. The mineral works its way into the soil, and deer dig into the dirt long after the mineral is no longer present at the surface. That gives you a much better set of photo data to work with, as images will be taken during a longer period, and the site doesn’t require as many replenishment visits, thus decreasing human scent and pressure. Corn also attracts many non-target animals that take up card space, such as racoons, turkeys, birds and almost everything else in the woods. 3006 mineral, however, attracts few non-target animals, so most — if not all — pictures will be of deer. Again, I can’t emphasize this www.whitetailinstitute.com