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.
“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.
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!
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.