Beyond the Rock: Redmond Hunt History
At Redmond Hunt, we have a proud 16-year history of bringing you natural mineral products that expand your ability to improve the land, provide quality deer management, and keep critters coming back to your property. But did you know our our history goes far deeper than 16 years? Let’s look beyond the rock.
We thought you’d like to know exactly where your Trophy Rock and Four65 come from—and the incredible forces of nature that created them. So let’s peel back the layers of time and sediment and expose what’s underground in our Redmond mineral mine. Let’s rock some Redmond Hunt history.
History of Our Mineral Deposit
Geologists estimate 200 million years of natural forces created our Jurassic Period mineral deposit in Redmond, Utah. Curious how it happened?
Long ago the area of central Utah was under seawater. At some point a volcano erupted in the region and ash settled into the bottom of the ancient Sundance Sea. When the waters dried up, a pristine and colorful mineral deposit remained, protected by a layer of sodium bentonite.
Through the ages humans and animals have utilized this rich deposit. Livestock and deer grazed the minerals and vegetation. Native Americans mined and traded the salt with other tribes. And years later two brothers farming the area were forced into the salt business when a drought hit and crops failed. The two took up pick and axe and began a hard-rock mining venture that’s still going strong.
Our Redmond Mine Today
The Redmond mine began as an open pit mine in 1958. For the past 32 years, however, we’ve been tunneling underground, drilling rock salt from the earth and hauling out nearly 4,000 tons a day.
There are 14 miles of tunnels to navigate in the mine. So, let’s climb in one of our 70-ton haul trucks and begin a descent down.
Inside the mine it stays a moderate 45-60 ℉. The 80 x 30-foot tunnels are open and airy, but without the glow of headlights, it’s as black as ink. Our stacked tunnels zigzag into the mine and descend four levels, or 480 feet, underground.
We use a drill-and-blast method to remove mineral rock from the mine. First, we drill into the face then use ammonium nitrate and detonators as explosives to break the salt into large chunks. We then crush, load, and haul the rock to the surface to sort, package, and ship to you.
Founding Redmond Hunt
Since the Redmond mine opened over six decades ago, livestock and humans have benefited from and loved our mineral salt. Sixteen years ago, we realized deer love it too—and Trophy Rock was born.
Like the deer we hunt on our lands, we harvest our rocks straight from nature. They’re not heat–manufactured, processed, or dyed. We deliver Trophy Rock and Four65 in the same natural and unrefined state it existed underground—just in rugged chunks or crushed pellets. And the same 60+ trace minerals and electrolytes naturally found in our rock are still intact in each product.
Three years ago, Trophy Rock rebranded to Redmond Hunt to facilitate bringing you more great products and gear. We’re still the same company, same people, same mine and mineral rocks you love—just under a new name.
At Redmond Hunt, we’re proud of our deep roots and mined–in–America rocks. Mostly we’re proud to bring you quality products made by nature that replenish the land and help animals grow.
Going Beyond the Rock
Now that you know our Redmond Hunt history and where your mineral rocks come from, we’re ready to give you more! Look for informative blogs, awesome videos, and helpful newsletters coming your way as part of Beyond the Rock.
We’ll pass on info beyond a basic knowledge of hunting and deer management. Beyond the Rock will cover interesting topics geared to expand your ability to grow bigger, better bucks—and have a heck of a lot of fun doing it. #beyondtherock.