Youth Turkey Hunting

By GrowingDeer,

Yesterday I took my oldest daughter, Raleigh (11), turkey hunting after church.  It was really important to me that she be able to harvest her first turkey.  Her patience paid off, she had a clean kill at 19 yards.  Raleigh used a 20 gauge shotgun loaded with 7 ½ shot.  (I like these lighter loads when taking a youth hunting so they don’t become fearful of the recoil.)

Growing deer (and turkeys) together,

Grant

Trail Camera Info

By GrowingDeer,

Information is crucial to every hunter and land manager.  That is why I was so excited to see these Reconyx pictures.  The bucks are holding their antlers late in the season.  This indicates good herd health and tells me to schedule my shed hunt later next year!  I also love to know where the deer are bedding down.  I can’t wait until next year……

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Sheds

By GrowingDeer,

Tracy Woods holding found shed antlerTracy and dog, Crystal, with antler shedShed finding dog, Crystal

Tracy is doing great finding sheds and training the dog, Crystal, this year.  Tracy has found six so far and is still looking!  Maybe next year I should have her train me…..

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Prescribed Fire

By GrowingDeer,

Reconyx image of Barely 10 buckBrad with shed antler from Barely 10

Yesterday Brad, Bill and I did a 120 acre prescribed fire. Towards the end of the day Brad found a shed from a buck we call Barely 10. He was tired from walking up and down the hill all day, but not too tired to carry out a nice shed.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Sunshine and Spring Weather (Finally)!

By GrowingDeer,

It is amazing how much difference a day can make.  This past weekend we had ice and snow.  Today it is in the sixties and sunny.  Wheat and clover plots are popping and I’m sure the turkeys like it.  I’m on my way to work in Mississippi and Alabama where I can enjoy being outside and working in some warm weather.  The soil sample results should be back today.  As soon as the ground dries out it will be time to spread Antler Dirt and prepare for spring food plots.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Shed Hunt Success

By GrowingDeer,

We had a great time at the shed hunt this past Saturday. Despite the cold and rain about 50 guests walked the fields and bedding areas. We found several sheds and I appreciate all those who participated. The largest shed was half of a 140+ class buck that had been photographed several times by our Reconyx units. Ricky Minton, owner of Outer Armour blinds found it. You can view several images of the shed hunt at the GrowingDeer.tv gallery.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

Keeping Kids Hunting

By GrowingDeer,

I was doing some cleaning of my gun safe and reflecting on last season.  I really enjoy taking my daughters Raleigh & Rae hunting and sharing in their experiences!  To insure that they have an enjoyable experience I use Federal Premium Vital Shok that are loaded with Barnes Triple Shock bullets.  These bullets have controlled expansion and great bullet weight retention.  This is especially critical given Raleigh and Rae use a .223 for deer.  There’s not many feelings worse than shooting and not recovering a deer.  We have a 100% track record of recovering deer shot with Barnes Triple Shock bullets.  Making hunting fun now will encourage my girls to be hunters for life!

Growing Deer (and hunting) together,

Grant

Back from Illinois

By admin,

I returned from working in Illinois yesterday!  Whew, it's very wet in west central, Illinois!!  Many farmers will be late planting corn this year.  I only found one shed while working on a great property – North Creek in Knox County – 1,300 contiguous acres of prime private whitetail habitat.  If most bucks haven't shed their antlers there yet, it is a sign of excellent herd health!

Growing Deer together,

Grant