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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

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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

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An All Too Common Source of Stress…

By GrowingDeer,

My friend and fellow whitetail hunting strategist Michael Engelmeyer shared the following images with me earlier today.

Coyote chasing deerDeer running from coyote

Unfortunately, my Reconyx units capture this same scenario too often at The Proving Grounds and my clients' properties. Coyotes can't afford to waste much energy this time of year. When they are trailing, they are after a meal!

Yes, coyotes do kill adult bucks — especially during the post rut when many mature bucks are in poor physical condition and resources are usually too limited for them to fully recover until spring. Even if the buck in the photo sequence above wasn't killed by the coyote, he likely had to expend a lot of calories to avoid being killed. That additional stress could lead to other conditions/scenarios resulting in an ill-fated future for the buck. There are a lot of ramifications to coyotes besides spooking deer.

Check out GDTV 4 on GrowingDeer.tv and see how I handle stress-inducing coyote.

Growing Deer together,

Grant

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