I used to defend the time I spent hunting (and its associated activities) with “it’s only a few months of the year.” For some it may only be a few days, weeks or months but whatever your able to do is great, enjoy it. For me It really has turned into a year round proposition. I really enjoy the planning of food plots and reviewing trail cam pics as much as I do the actual hunting which brings me to this phase of the process, mineral stations. As with everything there are opinions and research galore. Look hard enough and you’ll certainly find something to support and discredit your position. My point is this, it’s not too early to start your mineral stations. I like to use a mixture of 2/3 trace mineral salt and 1/3 dicalcium phosphate. There are several options for salt but it is my opinion the important thing is to try to get them to consume the di-cal as it is not real palatable but is proven to help antler growth. There are also many commercially produced options available but if you’re doing multiple stations the cost can really add up. Salt for the most part is relatively inexpensive and that is what makes up most of those mixes anyway. You can always top dress your station with one of the commercially produced products to enhance your offering. So get out there, kick the leaves down to dirt and spread some minerals. Don’t forget your camera, it will give you a reason to hit the woods even before you start shed hunting. Maybe you’ll get a glimpse of the buck you missed this season with one antler still intact. There’s hope for the upcoming season!