Year Round Mineral can help pattern deer, however, bucks and does consume different amounts seasonally depending on their needs. *Early Spring: This is the optimal time to be placing Mineral as consumption is high due to does carrying fawns and bucks seeking out minerals to grow new antlers. *Spring: Mineral consumption remains high for lactating and bucks continue antler development during velvet season. *Summer: Deer consume minerals as needed for improved overall health, including healthy digestion. Bucks reach final antler growth potential during this time. *Fall: Have you noticed the bucks not touching the mineral as much? Well, during the rut, does consume more minerals and bucks consume fewer. However, rutting bucks will seek out mineral sites in search of does who have visited the site. *Winter: Mineral consumption aids in preparing the herd for the cold months ahead.