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Author Topic: Grandpa's Deer Sucker  (Read 2945 times)

Offline DEERSLAYER

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Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« on: September 02, 2008, 10:31:54 PM »
Has anyone ever used Grandpa's Deer Suckers? They were like a king size slow poke. I don't know if they still make them, but the deer loved them. There was only one problem. The deer took the suckers with them every time! I tried wedging the sticks between roots on an angle and they just broke the stick and walked off with it. I also tried the bigger 4lb hang on suckers & the deer worked it off the rope and walked off with it. I finally quit using them because they ended up being a one time deal and that was expensive.

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2008, 11:51:45 PM »
Had the same problem with 4# bucklickers one day they would be there and the next they would be gone went to a 12# rock from primo and it stayed , can't trust them deer any more . -00-9 %^$^
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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2008, 01:30:20 PM »
Has anyone ever used Grandpa's Deer Suckers? They were like a king size slow poke. I don't know if they still make them, but the deer loved them. There was only one problem. The deer took the suckers with them every time! I tried wedging the sticks between roots on an angle and they just broke the stick and walked off with it. I also tried the bigger 4lb hang on suckers & the deer worked it off the rope and walked off with it. I finally quit using them because they ended up being a one time deal and that was expensive.

Have not heard of them, who make them??   ???

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #3 on: September 05, 2008, 09:08:24 PM »
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No seriously I to would like to know.
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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2008, 09:27:01 PM »
i tryed them all i killed was yellowjackets and ants >:(
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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2008, 09:36:55 PM »
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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
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thats because your a VOLS fan bigjim --099-780 --099-780
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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2008, 09:50:37 PM »
Has anyone ever used Grandpa's Deer Suckers? They were like a king size slow poke. I don't know if they still make them, but the deer loved them. There was only one problem. The deer took the suckers with them every time! I tried wedging the sticks between roots on an angle and they just broke the stick and walked off with it. I also tried the bigger 4lb hang on suckers & the deer worked it off the rope and walked off with it. I finally quit using them because they ended up being a one time deal and that was expensive.

Have not heard of them, who make them??   ???

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I can't remember. I was hoping someone here could tell me. I don't think they are made anymore, but I'm not sure.

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #8 on: September 06, 2008, 07:58:34 AM »
I can't remember. I was hoping someone here could tell me. I don't think they are made anymore, but I'm not sure.

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #9 on: September 06, 2008, 08:07:06 AM »
 i tried them about 10 years ago and the deer loved them and took them with them but have not seen them around for a long time ?

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2008, 02:12:33 PM »
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ISHPEMING — The new owners of the business that makes Grampa’s Deer Suckers is looking to revive the popularity of the hard candy “treat” that attracts deer.


Grampa’s Inc., formerly located in Negaunee, was bought earlier this year by Kevin Tasson of Skandia and Thomas Kuopus of Ishpeming. It was founded in 1989 by H.G. Artibee.


“The Deer Suckers were widely distributed in 28 states and were extremely popular with deer hunters and backyard wildlife enthusiasts alike,” Kuopus said. “Hunters have found them to work very well, as evidenced by the many pictures and testimonials from successful hunters throughout the country.”


Kuopus said the Deer Sucker is an effective deer attractant and a lightweight alternative to hauling heavy bags of corn, apples or other feed into the woods for hunters.


The product was first developed as a fund-raising tool for Artibee’s daughter’s string orchestra class at Negaunee High School. The class was invited to a worldwide competition in Austria and needed to raise $90,000. Artibee and his wife Alice wanted to do something to help the class achieve their fund-raising goal, and from this the Deer Sucker idea was born.





Artibee initially made 250 suckers. He was met with some skepticism from the orchestra class, but with the help of several local retailers, the suckers sold right away. Proceeds went to the students’ class trip. When requests for the sucker poured in the next year, Artibee returned to the kitchen to make more suckers, and the rest is history.


Grampa’s Inc. is located at 150 Greenwood St. in Ishpeming. Its products are available locally, though the company is working with distributors in several states to expand distribution.


For more information, call 485-4144.

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2008, 11:12:04 PM »
farmerdunn,

Thanks. I appreciate your effort.

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2014, 09:46:30 PM »
I know this post is quite old but I came across it while looking at different deer attractants.  I used these deer suckers a long time ago but then couldn't find them any more.  I got tired of looking for them and decided to try and make my own.  I've been making candy forever (pralines etc) and figured it couldn't be too hard.  First batch came out something akin to tar, not so successful.  I couldn't seem to get it hot enough but found that it was cooking time more than heat that I was missing.  I cook mine in a 30qt pot on a propane turkey fryer, outside (it gets really messy when it gets thick).  Here's the recipe for anyone that is interested...

20 LBS Sugar
1 LB Salt
3 LB bag of apples
5 TBS or small bottle of vanilla (NOT IMITATION)
5 Jars Molasses (I use Grandma's and I've only ever seen in one size probably 16oz or so)
2 Jars peanut butter
1/2 Gallon water
1 stick of butter

This makes about 25 loaf pans (small 3" x 8" or so).  I prep 25 with non-stick spray and lay them out in a row.  I use about 18" of wire per pan.  I twist the part that goes into the pan into a loop and bend the middle of the loop at 90° so the sucker won't come off when the deer get at it and leave about 10" or so sticking out of one end of the pan.

Puree the apples into sauce, skin and all.  Start by putting the water in the cooker and heat to boil.  I usually add the peanut butter first then the sugar, after that it's what ever I grab next.  Don't skip the butter.  For some reason it will foam up and boil over without it.  Bring everything up to a high boil and stir and stir and stir.  I stick a candy thermometer in but it never seems to get above 225° - 250°, you definitely don't want it to get above 290° if you happen to have a hotter cooker.  It takes about an hour to cook down where it will set hard.  Keep a bowl of cold water close by to check the process.  Once it starts getting thick, drip some of it into the cold water.  If it's not done it will just puddle in the bottom of the bowl.  Once it starts balling up in the water it's close to done and can overcook quickly.  When it's setting up in the water and you can pick it up in your fingers in the consistency will be a little tougher than a Bit-O-Honey; it's pretty much ready to pour.  Cut the heat.  Let the bubbling slow a little.  Use a small pot and scoop the mixture into the loaf pans almost to the top.  Let it set overnight.  They should set up much harder than caramel but not as hard as say a jolly rancher.  To set them out, use the wire and tie it securely to a tree branch 4' to 6' off the ground (gotta make them work for it).  You can add corn, oats, maize or other grains to it as you like but add it right at the end after you cut the heat.  Adding grain will increase the pan count.  Keep some old butter dishes or larger disposable containers in case there's extra mixture.  DO NOT do this in your kitchen, it will make a mess.  When it thickens up and bubbles it will splatter out.  Wear gloves and long sleeves because you CANNOT wipe off molten sugar.  It WILL cause severe burns if you get careless and it splatters on you, believe me, I know.

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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #13 on: November 20, 2014, 07:48:07 AM »
Very innovative bigwilbur!  Great job and thanks for sharing.
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Re: Grandpa's Deer Sucker
« Reply #14 on: November 20, 2014, 09:30:21 AM »
That is very cool.  Do the deer hammer them pretty hard?
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