Research on the analysis of antlers has shown the high importance of sodium, zinc, phosphorus [necessary for the utilization of calcium], calcium and manganese.
So when you are researching which brand of deer antler supplements to buy, look for ones that contain the following:
If the deer antler supplements also contain the following, that’s great:
- Vitamins E, A, D
When selecting a mineral mix, there are a few points to consider:
- The calcium and phosphorus ratio should be at least 2 times as much calcium as phosphorus
- 25 – 50% salt in the mix to encourage use by the deer. Without the sweeteners, deer generally won’t use the mineral mixes if the salt is less than 25%. You may have to start with a high salt ratio and reduce it over time. The goal is to provide as much minerals with the lowest concentration of salt.
BEWARE: Don’t try to buy cheaply by getting mineral supplements from feed stores just because they are cheaper and are intended for cattle and sheep.
Copper is essential to a whitetail’s antler growth, however is toxic to sheep and cattle so isn’t included in supplements designed for them.