Category: Deer Hunting

The Best Homecoming: Harvesting A Buck – Episode #417

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Watch as the GrowingDeer Team harvests two bucks and three does! First up: Pro Staff member Heath Martin hunts “home ground” in western Arkansas where he tags the big “hard work pays off” buck! Then Raleigh returns home from college to hunt the opening morning of Missouri firearm season! Watch as Raleigh and Grant both punch tags…one is a fine Ozark Mountain buck!

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Marinated venison roast before and after cooking

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Busy at work and slipping a hunt in when you can? Don’t let your busy schedule keep you from enjoying your recent harvest! Here is an easy recipe for a great marinated venison roast!

 

 

 

 

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Use a sharp knife to process your venison

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Keeping your knives sharp (even replacement blades) makes cutting venison safer and quicker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunting Strategies For The Rut: Bottlenecks, Pinch Points And Travel Corridors

By GrowingDeer,

This year has been the best for hunting the pre rut that we’ve seen in several years! Hunters in a wide range of states (Kansas, Arkansas, Kentucky, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and more) have shared how they are seeing more deer than previous during the pre rut.

This most likely will change in a matter of days. Bucks don't need to move much during the peak of the rut. This is when the highest percentage of does are receptive and bucks don't have to travel far to pair up with a doe. Once with a receptive doe bucks often tend her for 24-36 hours. Often, neither the buck nor doe will travel far during this time.

Southpaw a 6 yr old buck

Southpaw, a 6 year old buck, is on our hit list.

During the chase phase of the rut bucks aren’t following a food/cover pattern. They are moving throughout their home range in areas they believe they have the best chance of finding a receptive doe.

Hunting stands that were placed overlooking scrapes will not be my first choice at this time. Why? Because bucks or does rarely use scrapes during the peak of the rut.

Bucks and does tend to abandon most scrapes during the chase phase of the rut. It seems bucks don’t wish to spend energy checking and/or maintaining scrapes when checking the wind often yields much better results of finding a receptive doe.

During the rut bucks will focus primarily on checking scrapes that are in a travel path between areas they will be seeking does. If I find scrapes that are maintained during the chase phase of the rut that can be a key stand location!

It is important to think about how bucks will be traveling during the rut.  Research has shown that bucks will be up and on their feet, moving up to 4X more than the “normal” distance. This is the time to hunt bottlenecks, pinch points and travel corridors.

As always, there's usually more deer activity just before and after a strong cold front so I'm always watching the weather forecast!

Enjoy Creation,

Grant

Putting pre-rut hunting tactics into action! – Episode #415

By GrowingDeer,

Watch episode 415 on GrowingDeer.com.New Video

Watch as Pro Staffer Daniel Stefanoff self films his hunt where an incredible Oklahoma buck hits the red dirt! Grant and Daniel punch tags and have to make a tough decision from the stand. Plus, the deer were moving during Missouri’s youth season and we captured some incredible pre-rut buck behavior on video!

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Two deer decoysShort Clip:

Decoying can be a very effective hunting tactic! Grant shares his decoying techniques for getting a buck within range and broadside!

 

 

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Processing your own deer meat

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Do you enjoy eating deer backstraps? Tracy shares tips for preparing and cooking this choice cut of venison!

 

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A Morrell Target being used for target practice.

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Practicing throughout the season helps shooters know their bow is tuned and has not been damaged during a hunt!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Take Aim With The Future Of Deer Hunting

By GrowingDeer,

Like the rest of the GrowingDeer Team, I really enjoy hunting with my kids. The hunting memories that are at the top of my list are  those where I watched my daughters take their first deer and turkeys as young girls.

With hunter numbers declining, it’s important to pass along the tradition and recruit new hunters. Hunting is a tradition and pastime that not only boosts the economy but also connects people to their roots. I suspect that many kids might not get to go hunting it if wasn’t for youth season because their mentor would be too busy hunting and would not be focused on taking them hunting.

We always put a lot of work into scouting for youth season. We want the hunt to be enjoyable. If a youth hunt is enjoyable, regardless of a harvest, I consider it a success. The goal is to pass on the tradition of the hunt, a kill is secondary.

By the time youth season starts, we have always made sure both our girls shot a lot of rounds from the bench and hunting positions. They have always been prepared by knowing their weapon. They were confident in their shooting skills and ready to have some fun (watch Rae’s hunt from 2009 here).

This year is no different. Rae has already been hunting with the crossbow while practicing with her Prime Centergy Air. She’s practiced with her rifle. After practice this week she returned proudly showing off her targets. Rae was shooting so well that she cut the same hole on the target! If you followed her season last year (watch Rae’s 2017 hunt here) you will understand why the practice this year is necessary to build her confidence!

Rae's Woods with her Caldwell practice target

My advice for success if you're taking new or youth shooters out to practice, make sure you’ve got the appropriate safety equipment and what I call “comfort equipment.” I use a Lead Sled to take all the recoil out of the rifle. This way they can concentrate on shooting and having fun with no worries about the kick of a deer rifle.

I hope that this year you invest in the future of hunting. Take time to make it fun. Get some shooting practice in. Put some time into scouting. Pass on the tradition and give thanks to the Creator who made it all possible.

Hunting with a purpose,

Grant

Bow Hunting Success In New Mexico – Episode #411

By GrowingDeer,

Watch a thrilling elk hunt in GrowingDeer episode 411.New Video

Watch as Grant comes down to the wire on his final afternoon of elk hunting in New Mexico. It is a race against time as he tries to sneak within range of two fighting bulls before shooting light ends!

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Southpaw, a hit list buck, at a Code Blue scrapeShort Clip:

An up close and personal look at one of our top hit list bucks, Southpaw!

 

 

 

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Grant Woods and James Harrison

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Hunters using deer calls will enjoy this video blog on deer vocalizations: how, why, and when to grunt throughout the entire deer season!

 

 

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Cleaning a Bloodsport arrow with a D/Code field wipe

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By cleaning used arrows with a scent eliminator wipe, you can easily remove blood and dirt AND reduce scent for the next hunt!

 

 

 

Deer Hunting Tips: Grunt Calling And Vocalizations

By GrowingDeer,

Recently James Harrison and I sat down to do a Facebook live. James is a World Champion turkey caller. Those calling skills don’t end in the turkey woods. James is also an expert deer caller!

The focus of the live event was deer vocalizations that will help hunters get deer in range throughout the whole season.

Watch the video below (and listen carefully to the vocalizations) to learn about: early season, pre rut, rut, and post rut calling strategies, calls for different habitats, blind calling, strength/volume for calling, timing, and more!

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Bugling Bulls, Big Bucks at Bass Pro and More! – Episode #410

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Watch GrowingDeer episode 410.New Video

Join Grant on a tour of Johnny Morris’ new Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium! See some of the biggest bucks in recent history in their Hall of Horns! Then Grant and Daniel head to New Mexico where they encounter more bull elk than ever before.

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A buck stands at the edge of an open fieldShort Clip:

You probably all know this hunter! Can you guess who it is by their harvests?

 

 

 

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Instant Pot used for cooking venison

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Hunting season is here and that means fresh venison! This week we share one of our favorite venison stew recipes!!

 

 

 

 

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Trimming connective tissue off of venison

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Trimming the fat, connective tissue and lymph nodes off of venison keeps the meat tasting fresh and not “gamey”.

 

 

 

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Opening Weekend Of Deer Season At The Proving Grounds! – Episode #409

By GrowingDeer,

Watch GrowingDeer episode 409 to see the opening weekend of deer season at The Proving Grounds.New Video

Missouri’s opening weekend of deer season was warm but ended with cool venison in the freezer! Watch as the Team hits the woods and punches the first tag for the season! Plus, the GrowingDeer Prostaffers have been watching several big bucks that they hope to be hunting soon!

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Grant recently spoke to a Kentucky FFA chapter about soil, forestry, wildlife and everything in between! Listen to what Grant shared with these future leaders!

 

 

 

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Scouting public land for deer hunting locations

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Whether you own land or not, you can utilize many acres of public land for hunting!! Intern Wes Mason shares how public land can help all hunters enjoy the pursuit of whitetails!

 

 

 

 

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Your “everyday” home clothes dryer produces a lot of scent. Drying your hunting clothes outside is a great way to reduce scent and prepare your gear for storage and use.

 

 

 

No Private Land To Hunt? No Problem! Hunt Public Land

By GrowingDeer,

If you’re like me, you spend all year waiting until the temperature cools and leaves begin to drop, itching to get into a tree stand. I’ve been interning for a little over a month and one thought comes to my head daily, “Man! I wish I was lucky enough to have my own Proving Grounds.” I’m sure many others have the same thought when watching GrowingDeer and seeing their success. The good news is that you do have your own Proving Grounds – roughly 640 million acres of it.

Most people do not realize that we are the only country in the world with this unique system of public lands that is available to everyone and most of it is open to hunting. A quick search on your state’s game and fish or natural resources website will yield all of the public lands accessible to you, both state and federal. Most have specific details about each area – maps, regulations, harvest data, etc.

Don’t forget about preparation! Just because you don’t have your own piece of hunting property doesn’t mean you can sit around all year waiting for the season. You don’t have to dedicate your time to planting food plots, putting out trail cameras, hanging tree stands, and all of the other activities that come with having your own property but you still need to use your time wisely! This means scouting, scouting, scouting.

Two of the details I mentioned earlier are the biggest components for scouting public land and you don’t even have to get off your couch. Maps and harvest data for specific locations can give you a great head start on your plan for the fall. Identifying map features such as pinch points and travel corridors for deer can save you time before you scout in the field. Looking at previous year’s harvest data will show you how much pressure will be in the area. Deer dislike pressured areas so if you’re willing to hike further than the next person, you’re one step closer to a public land bruiser.

After learning how our public lands came to be, it makes the thought of harvesting an animal on them that much more appealing. Thanks to people like Teddy Roosevelt who had great foresight to set aside lands for the American people, I’ll be trying my hand at a public land buck this fall.

Weston
GrowingDeer Intern

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Disappearing Antlers – Episode #373

By GrowingDeer,

Watch Rae Woods tag a buck with disappearing antlers in GrowingDeer episode 373.

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Rae Woods has had a long and testing season hunting whitetails. Watch this video to see the surprising end to her season with a now you see them, now you don’t set of antlers!

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Deer skull with a brain abscessTip of the Week:

As you hit the woods in search of shed antlers this winter be sure to look for any signs of a brain abscess. A buck with a brain abscess can shed portions of their skull when antlers are cast. Read more here to understand brain abscesses: http://www.growingdeer.tv/view/2016/01/29/understanding-brain-abscesses/