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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

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

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

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Back from Illinois

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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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