“IN SIGHTS” GAME FOOD/ATTRACTANT

Insights makes products aimed at Deer, Hogs, and Turkey.

Insights makes products aimed at Deer, Hogs, and Turkey.

I was recently asked to use and evaluate several products from “Insights” designed for attracting game,and possibly as a supplemental food source. What the company sent me was a supply of “Buck Nut”, “Hog Nut”, and “Buck Strut”. The first two are dry products that can be used in protein type feeders or mixed with corn in a feeder or when broadcast to add a little extra something. “Buck Strut” is a liquid of syrup consistency that can be simply poured on the ground as in creating a “mock scrape” or applied to a dry log or other porous natural material to draw deer by smell.

With the heat and dry conditions on my property, deer have been scarce this summer, so I haven’t gotten to give the “Buck Nut” and “Buck Strut” a fair test. I did find that coons love the stuff! I have been altering my protein feeder to try to keep them off of it by hanging it from a rope suspended between two trees – with pieces of PVC pipe on the rope that should twist and slide when the critters try to climb down the rope, and hanging it just high enough to be out of their reach from the ground – but they still find a way to get it, and get it all.

These young pigs are being attracted to the "Hog Nut" powder mixed with broadcast corn, beneath a protein feeder containing "Buck Nut".

These young pigs are being attracted to the “Hog Nut” powder mixed with broadcast corn, beneath a protein feeder containing “Buck Nut”.

I hoped that deer would find the "Deer Nut" feeder in daylight, and get to taste the product before the coons got it all, but it seems the coons had the same thought, and came out early!

I hoped that deer would find the “Deer Nut” feeder in daylight, and get to taste the product before the coons got it all, but it seems the coons had the same thought, and came out early!

“Buck Strut” also attracted attention from both coons and hogs, but as they cannot eat it, it is still there to do it’s job and attract deer.

“Hog Nut”, however, is an unqualified success! Of course, hogs will eat about anything, but I found that when mixed with corn this product will keep them around longer, because even after they eat all the corn, the scent and taste of the “Hog Nut” is still there. Sort of like using “scratch” instead of whole corn, because it is harder for the hogs to pick up and eat, so they spend more time with it, but the mixture of scents and nuts in this product work even better.

Here I am placing "Hog Nut" in an area where there has never been any corn feeding, to see if this product will attract hogs on it's own.

Here I am placing “Hog Nut” in an area where there has never been any corn feeding, to see if this product will attract hogs on it’s own.

It sometimes takes a bit of time to draw hogs to a spot using only corn, so I was interested in how soon “Hog Nut” will draw attention. This information would be useful to a hunter making a first quick trip on a new property. What I saw was that hogs came to “Hog Nut” placed by itself in a new spot, on the first night it was out!

Again, I have never baited this spot with corn - or anything else. The first night I broadcast some "Hog Nut" in front of the camera, this sow and her brood came to check it out!

Again, I have never baited this spot with corn – or anything else. The first night I broadcast some “Hog Nut” in front of the camera, this sow and her brood came to check it out!

So far, I KNOW “Hog Nut” works, and in an area with more deer traffic (and less coons?), I am certain that “Buck Nut” would yield similar results.

About MikeH

Texas hunter and fisherman for 50 years, published outdoor writer since 1979, licensed charter boat operator from 1982 to 2013. Past Member, Board of Directors, National Association of Charterboat Operators, current member Environmental Advisory Committee to the DOE and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Married to Dorothy since 2000, one son, Michael who is recently married and living in Nederland, Texas. My wife and I live in Oyster Creek, Texas, near Freeport, and have a hunting property outside of Brazoria, Texas.
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