Turkey!

By GrowingDeer,

Another fabulous morning at The Proving Grounds!  Scott Smith with Trophy Rock killed a 3 year old gobbler (24.6 pounds, 10 ¼” beard, and 1 ¼” spurs).  Good habitat management programs directed at improving the food, cover, and water resources here at The Proving Grounds is paying huge dividends!  Remember, this area is known for its extremely poor soils.  A BC or PY buck has never been recorded for these counties (The Proving Grounds is split across county lines).

Big gobblers in the spring usually indicate big bucks in the fall unless a drought occurs.  After filming several mature gobblers this spring, I’m extremely excited about deer hunting this fall.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

A Busy Turkey Season

By GrowingDeer,

Later today I will be giving a presentation to the leadership of the hunting department for Bass Pro Shops.  I’m working on the final touches now and hoping to get back out in the turkey woods tomorrow morning.  I’ve noticed some of my crops are already germinating and will be checking on them also.  I have an Illinois turkey tag for next week.  I hope to have enough time to head that way and chase some Knox County birds at North Creek Preserve.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Planting Before the Rain

By GrowingDeer,

It’s raining in western Oklahoma and has a 60% chance of rain at The Proving Grounds tomorrow so Brad is no-till drilling Eagle Seed beans today.  I’m finishing some office work and will take over for Brad later this afternoon.  When conditions are right, the tractor stays running till it’s too dark to see where to plant.  Some recent research from Iowa State strongly indicates that getting soybeans in the ground early results in higher yields than waiting until there is no chance of a late frost.  Planting crops is always a gamble and I’m going for a larger yield and gambling the air temps won’t get below 28 degrees or so after the beans germinate.  Only time will tell…

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Big Turkey

By GrowingDeer,

Scott Reynolds & Grant Woods with a big 2 yr old Ozark turkeyMy friend, Scott Reynolds, and I went turkey hunting this morning.  This is the 23rd year that we’ve turkey hunted together — no missed seasons!  The morning was misty and cloudy.  After we got set up we heard a bird gobbling off of the roost 400 yards away. We held our ground and about an hour later the bird made it to us.  Scott was on him, but I couldn’t get a good view of the shot with the camera because of our position in the ground blind.  The gobbler walked off twice while we waited for a good shot, for Scott and the camera.  The third time was a charm and Scott had a 2 year old turkey: 20.6 lbs, 9 ½’ beard, 13/16” spurs.  This is a big 2 year old for the Ozarks.  Once again, another indicator that the habitat work here pays off at hunting time!  Tomorrow it is my turn.  Scott will be filming and I’ll be taking a new Matthews Z7 out.

Growing Deer (and turkeys) together,

Grant

More Gobbler Action

By GrowingDeer,

Like myself, Brad believes in sharing his love of hunting with today’s youth.  Brad made time to take Justin out on a youth hunt last weekend.  Justin’s jake was 15 lbs.

Justin’s 15 lb gobblerBrad’s 2010 Turkey

An avid hunter, Brad never has trouble waking up early to get out.  Yesterday his dedication paid off.  Brad headed out early in the morning and waited quietly until he heard gobbles over in the distance.  He was able to enjoy success with a 21 lb, 10 1/4” beard, 9/16” spurs gobbler.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Another Gobbler!

By GrowingDeer,

Darrell Avery’s turkey: 24.4 lbs, 12” beard, 1 7/16” spursThis morning I headed out early to go turkey hunting with my brother-in-law, Darrell Avery. The morning started slow and quiet, the birds didn’t gobble off the roost. About an hour after sunrise we started to hear a few gobbles in the distance. Being a cut and run turkey hunter normally I would’ve headed off towards the gobbles. But having a camera in tow, we had incentive to wait it out. A hen pitched directly in front of our blind, ignored the decoy and fed all the way out of the food plot. Awhile later, after a bit more aggressive calling, a mature bird walked directly to the jake decoy – silently. I was filming away and could tell that Darrell was eager to fire. So I gave a single yelp and the gobbler stuck his head up and Darrell made the shot. After a few high fives we saw two more toms run in. This is something I’ve got to learn about blinds versus cut and run hunting – blinds can limit your peripheral vision. I could have made the shot at the 2nd adult tom, but I saved it for another episode of GrowingDeer.tv.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Turkey Season in Missouri

By GrowingDeer,

Grant Woods & Glen Woods with Glen's first gobblerTurkey season opened in Missouri yesterday.  I had the opportunity to go hunting with my father, Glen Woods.  He is 79 years old and harvested his first gobbler!  21.6 lbs, 10” beard, 1 3/16” spurs.  I went out again this morning with Brad.  We saw turkeys, but there weren’t any gobblers within shooting range.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Patterning Mature Bucks

By GrowingDeer,

I’m getting ready for a seminar tonight at the First Baptist Church of Swedeborg.  Attendees will learn the best techniques for Patterning Mature Bucks. I use Reconyx trail cameras because they provide great information with minimal disturbance.

Growing Deer together,

Grant