HOW TO USE THE HODAG LICKING STICK
CHOOSING A LOCATION
Food plots, logging roads, field edges, & heavily traveled deer trails are all great options. If you are using the Licking Stick as a hunting aid, place the base where you would like a deer to stop for a shot and serve as a yardage making reference. If your goal is more to inventory your herd, place the base in a heavily traveled area. Please note that prior to placement, think about your goals for this tool. Will you want to use it as a hunting aid for when you are on stand, a scouting tool to inventory the herd, or both? Keeping that in mind will help you decide the best place to set up.
QUICK TIP #1: PLACING YOUR TRAIL CAMERA
For those who want to use this device as a scouting tool as well, it works great to place a trail camera 15’-30’ from the Licking Stick for best results. Please share your videos, pictures & best practices with us!
ANCHORING & BEDDING YOUR FLEXPLATE ™
Once you have your optimal area picked out, level out an area a few inches deep similar to bedding a trap. (see informational video links found on website) Be sure to level the FlexPlate ™ the best you can from the start. This will help you greatly when it comes to balancing your licking stick. Drive in the stakes and cover up the FlexPlate ™ with dirt you removed. This step is important as it will help ensure that the FlexPlate ™ is seeded firmly to the ground and doesn’t wiggle loose.
CHOOSING A SAPLING OR BRANCH
Pick out a branch or sapling that is roughly ¾ of an inch or less. We have seen the best success with saplings that are 6’ or less. Experiment with different types of trees in your area to see what gets the most interaction from deer. Cut your sapling/branch and insert into the top of the spring. Use the 3 thumbscrews to tighten your branch to the base; similar to a Christmas Tree holder. Remember, you are simulating and activating a licking stick, not specifically a Rub Post or Scrape Tree. Bigger is not better when it comes to a licking stick found in the wild.
QUICK TIP #2: BALANCING YOUR LICKING STICK
The Licking Stick is most effective when the branch/sapling is balanced so it is not leaning over too much in one direction. A sapling is the easiest as it naturally does this on its own while it grows. When cutting a branch, you may have to trim leaves or branches on either side in order to balance out the branch so that it does not lean too far in any one direction. You will also want to be sure the branch/stick is not top heavy. It does not take a large Licking Stick to get big deer to interact with it. Please see our website and/or facebook page for more tips. Thelickingstick.com
SCENTING THE TREE
Use the dripper to apply AllSeason Scent ™ to the leaves and branches. This will help stimulate the deer to lick the branches or use their own glands. This helps to get your communal licking branch started. Be sure to cover all areas of the branch/sapling. After a week or so the leaves will dry out and fall off – don’t worry that is ok.
QUICK TIP #3: REFRESHING YOUR LICKING STICK
Once deer start using the Licking Stick they will provide their own “Scents” to your sapling. From time to time, reapply Scent to your sapling to keep the deer interest high.
STILL NOT GETTING INTERACTION?
On occasion you may have a Licking Stick that is not being used. When that occurs, try a new branch, or change the location and put a fresh coating of AllSeason Scent ™ on the new branch or both.