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Entered by Gary Howey

Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

November 8, 2019

  I’ve hunted deer in several states and found that my better deer came from locations where they used deer mineral supplements.

  When I’m referring to mineral supplements, mineral licks, I’m not talking about the salt blocks they use for cattle.

  I’m talking about a supplement that contains what a deer needs  to improve its rack, contribute to the overall health of the deer and to give the pregnant does those items that help to develop healthier does when nursing. 

  These include Calcium carbonate, Phosphorus, Zinc, Manganese, as well as other minerals and vitamins.

  You should also check to see what the Minimum and the Maximum percentage used in the blend, as too little or too much make a difference.

  I’ve tried numerous blends, products that looked good, but after several years couldn’t see any improvement on the deer herd in that area.

   Several years ago, I came across RAKS; a supplement that was showing significant gains in areas where it was used.

  I decided to try it on one of my mineral site, to prevent my scent from messing up the area, I wore rubber boots and gloves. I removed the vegetation, discarded it, mixed the RAKS with the dirt, sprinkled water on the site and then set up my game camera close by.

  It didn’t take long for the deer to locate the site as I’d placed it close to the deer trails that ran through the bottom in a food plot.

   Both the does and the bucks were hitting the site and hitting it hard.


  The deer were digging down a long, ways up to their shoulders to get at the RAKS. I continued to use that site, developing others over the years, with the general health of the herd improving, with better looking animals and a huge improvement in their RAKS.

  That year, I took my largest buck on the property, a 5 X 5 with an additional two crab claws on both sides, 7 total points, that scored over 175 non typical and field dressed at 235 pounds.

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  To say I’m sold on RAKS is an understatement, in my opinion, there’s no better mineral supplement than RAKS.

  For more information on RAKS products, check out their web site at


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