One of the areas I've been hunting has a gravel pit in between 2 hardwood ridges. I always figured the deer crossed the pit to get to the other ridge but now I'm not sure. I went to the pit this morning to speak with the property owner and he can't believe how many deer are in the pit during the night. He has opened a new area in the pit that looks like crushed white quartz and he says the deer love it. I walked around and he's right, the area is covered with deer tracks of different sizes. I'm wondering if he's started some type of huge mineral lick. I tasted the rock and it isn't salty, just kind of bitter. He said earlier in the summer when he first excavated the new site the moose were everywhere. He took a hunter during the moose season and got a young bull from the pit. There are still a few moose around the area but mostly deer. Anybody else got any thoughts on this or ran into this before. My youngest son got a nice 7 point, his first deer, yesterday morning off the hardwood ridge behind the pit. It was travelling with another buck and 3 does. All were heading away from the pit just after daylight. Guess I'll be haunting that pit after the owner is done this week.