Category: Deer Hunting

Celebrating Pops: The Hunter, Father, The Man

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Watch GrowingDeer episode 432 to see a tribute to Glen “Pops” WoodsNew Video

Pops Woods taught the GrowingDeer Team many lessons. For Pops, hunting was about sharing time with family and the Creator. This week we share several of our favorite lessons, memories and hunting moments of Pops. We celebrate his life as not only a hunter, but husband, father and friend.

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Grant holds up a matching set of shed antlers

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Using an owl call

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Locating toms on the roost can be key to moving in close. Learn tips for using an owl call to get turkeys to gobble.

 

 

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South Texas turkeys

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The best way to learn how to call turkeys is to listen to real turkeys! Grab your calls, crank up the volume of this video, and begin to call along!

 

 

 

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Grant patterns his turkey gun

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Patterning your turkey gun before opening day ensures you know your effective range!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patterning and Hunting Southpaw – Episode #425

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Watch GrowingDeer episode 425 now!New Video

We’ve chased Southpaw for years. Hours of patterning and hunting have finally paid off! Watch the entire Southpaw story unfold as Rae ends her season with a hunt she’ll never forget!

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Shed antlers

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Do the bucks in your area still have their antlers? We’ve got a few bucks that are already shedding their antlers at The Proving Grounds! Find out what influences bucks to shed their antlers in this week’s blog.

 

 

 

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Deer skating on frozen puddle

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These deer must be training for the winter Olympics. Watch as they skate on this puddle!

 

 

 

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Baiting a trap with marshmallows

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During warm temperatures raccoons like sweets but during cold temperatures they seek meats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deer Hunting During Arctic Blasts

By GrowingDeer,

Arctic blasts are a great time to hunt!

Burrr!!! There’s an arctic blast impacting much of the whitetail’s range. Colder temperatures mean deer need more calories to stay warm. These conditions often result in some great hunting opportunities!

This seems to be especially true when the nighttime temperatures are much colder than during the day. Deer easily sense the energy savings of being active and feeding during the warmer daytime temperatures.

In addition, deer strongly prefer to bed on south facing slopes during such conditions so they can benefit from the sun’s radiant energy.

Knowing where deer prefer to bed and eat and when they will be feeding is a huge advantage!

 

The arctic blast is forecast to impact much of North American for several more days. Layer up and go fill some tags! That’s what I’ll be doing!

Enjoy creation,

Grant

Hunting Hit List Bucks During the Late Season – Episode #422

By GrowingDeer,

Learn our hunting strategies in GrowingDeer episode #422!New Video

The GrowingDeer Team has had multiple encounters with hit list bucks! Learn our hunting strategies for late season buck hunting as we close in on Southpaw, Hitch, Herman and Cactus Jack.

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A buck walks through a gap in a Hot Zone fence

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We’ve changed our hunting strategies for the late season and are now focusing on food. Find out how we have prepared for this time of the year by protecting standing soybeans!

 

 

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Grant answers questions at the skinning shed

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Grant takes questions and gives answers to deer hunters after a successful hunt. “Live” at the skinning shed!

 

 

 

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Setting a dog proof trap using a screwdriver

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A screwdriver is a great tool for holding the spring and setting a dog proof trap!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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December: Get the Most out of Deer Hunting

By GrowingDeer,

December is a very special time of year for deer hunters. We’ve changed our tactics from the rut phase to get bucks into range. Deer are really hitting food sources right now. For that reason, we’ve opened the gate where the Hot Zone fence is protecting standing beans. These were strategically placed so that with the gate open, deer would be in range of our stands. Standing beans are one of the best attractants for the late season.

But more importantly, I want to invite you all to join the Woods family in truly celebrating Christmas this year. Not the gift giving and all the ceremonies we have, but the reason Christmas was first started; the reason we do it is to remember the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Without that tremendous gift from God, we’d have no chance of knowing eternity, of knowing salvation or even enjoying Creation that we all enjoy today.

Enjoy Creation,

Grant

Taking Pops Hunting!

By GrowingDeer,

Normally I pass along hunting and habitat management tips, but in this blog I wish to share some tips for an even more important topic — I want to talk about taking my dad hunting.

 Pops tagged a doe and the buck Early Bird

Pops, as I affectionately call him, is my 87-year-old father. He’s the guy that taught me how to hunt, and took me hunting when he could have been hunting with his buddies.

I clearly remember the first time Pops took me deer hunting. I was 6 years old and in first grade. We went on a primitive weapons (muzzleloader) deer hunt on public land near Caney Mountain in southern Missouri. It was during October and I got to skip school! Many of Pops’ buddies went and I was the only child in our camp.

While Pops’ friends walked deep into the woods to hunt, he couldn’t go far from the road with me tagging along. When we’d sit behind a log or against a tree, I’d pretend that his muzzleloader’s ramrod was a gun and “shoot” at every squirrel and bird in sight. I constantly waved the ramrod like a flag!

Of course, we didn’t see a deer. I was fidgeting, “shooting” squirrels and asking about lunch. A few of Pops’ buddies tagged deer, which was a huge accomplishment during those days. Pop must have not been mad because he kept taking me hunting. Click here to read more.

Another Massive Buck for the Martins! – Episode #420

By GrowingDeer,

Watch the Martins tag a massive buck in episode 420 on GrowingDeer.com.New Video

Lindsey Martin has a crack at a hit list buck named Twin Towers! Plus, GrowingDeer interns get in on the action as they help our doe management goal and remove predators at The Proving Grounds!

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A bobcat stalks its prey

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Watch an awesome Reconyx video of a bobcat stalking its prey!

 

 

 

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Trashman buck in a food plot

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Grant shares his post rut hunting strategies and tips for tagging a buck!

 

 

 

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Tyler practices shooting while wearing cold weather gear

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Cold weather gear can make it hard to maintain shooting form. Practice wearing those layers, so that you will be prepared for that next encounter!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Hunt Whitetails during the Post Rut

By GrowingDeer,

If you were unable to fill a tag by the end of the rut, it can be easy to get discouraged. Don’t give up! Post rut hunting can be very productive. Similar to the pre rut, it comes down to predicting when the deer are going to move and being in your stand when they do.

We are currently in one of the first real cold fronts of the season here at The Proving Grounds. This seasonal, colder weather will impact deer movements after several weeks of warmer than average temperatures. It’s also “post rut” so our hunting strategies have changed. We’re hoping to close the gap on a hit list buck. Cactus Jack and Swoops seem to be on a regular pattern. We’ll be hunting stands in their home range given the right wind direction. In the meantime, the does and fawns will be going to the plots to feed along with bucks that are trying to replenish calories lost during the rut. Chances are most of the does will already be bred but there is one variable that’s still in play: the “fawn rut.” This is the time frame when doe fawns have reached approximately 70 pounds and enter puberty making them receptive for breeding.

When this occurs depends heavily on the food sources available. A doe fawn that lives in ag country where there are plenty of crops to eat will come into estrus sooner than a doe fawn living in heavily forested areas. In our area, typically the “fawn rut” will occur during late December to early January. However, due to the wicked drought in our area body weights are down and fawns may reach puberty later than average this year.

In years past we’ve used this strategy successfully: find food plots frequently being used by does and fawns, then hunt those plots where a hit list buck might follow in one of those receptive fawns. This is exactly what I did during December 2013 when “The Trashman” went down (watch episode 163 here).

Whether you’ve already filled a tag or not, don’t let the post rut blues take you out of the hunt!

Enjoy Creation,

Grant

 

Hunting the Rut: Tactics for Tagging Head Turner – Episode #419

By GrowingDeer,

Watch Grant tag a hit list buck in episode 419 on GrowingDeer.com.New Video

It is the rut and Grant’s hunting a mature buck! Learn how Grant adjusted his hunting strategy specifically for the rut. The plan worked and Grant tagged one of our top hit list bucks, Head Turner!

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Bayou venison jambalaya

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Wanting to spice up your meals and try something different? Here
is a standard recipe for jambalaya with a few modifications to make
it work with venison!

 

 

 

 

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Putting cat food in a tin can before placing in a Duke cage trap.

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Cat food is a cheap, meaty-smelling bait that works great for trapping nest predators such as raccoons and opossums.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why deer hunters should never give up – Episode #418

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Watch episode 418 on GrowingDeer.com.New Video

Sitting it out and being patient are often the keys to harvesting a good buck. See Daniel tag a doe then patiently stay in the stand to let that doe lure in a buck. This bonus buck hunt ends with a bang, antlers and fresh venison! Then watch as Pro Staffer Jeff Therrell has multiple heart-sinking encounters with a hit list buck he calls “Wrecking Ball.” The story has a great ending as Jeff sticks it out and finally harvests this Kansas brute!

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Cleaning a venison backstrap before packaging

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Do you send your deer meat to a processor or do it yourself? Here's a short (less than 30 seconds) video showing how we clean up a backstrap before vacuum packaging and freezing.

 

 

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Venison calzone

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Venison calzones are easy to customize to your family’s tastes. Here is a simple recipe that is sure to please!

 

 

 

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Using a Viking Tilt-N-Go to pack out a deer

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Using a cart is a great way for hunters to easily pack out their deer. Carts also help protect the cape should a hunter want to mount their harvest.