Category: Deer Hunting

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

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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 Woods speaks to FFA studentsShort Clip:

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

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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

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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/

Father/Son Deer Hunting – Episode #372

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Watch GrowingDeer episode 372 to see a father/son deer hunt.

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For many hunters, the best hunting memories are made with family in the stand. Watch the hunts in this video where fathers and sons make memories while making the shot!

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See what's happening at The Proving Grounds with these highlights from a recent Reconyx card pull! Buck fights, coyote antics, and more!

 

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Daniel had a successful late season archery hunt

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Hunting Tips For Late Season Success: If you still have a few days or weeks left of season, check out these tips!

 

 

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 A mature buck walks past a trail cameraTip of the Week:

Use your trail cameras year round! Study the behavior and patterns of the bucks – don't simply count points and estimate their age. By studying their behavior, you can focus your hunting time on bucks that tend to be more active during daylight hours and increase the odds of tagging a mature buck next season.

Hunting Strategies: Seth Tags E.T. – Episode #371

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 Watch Seth’s hunt for an epic deer, E.T, in GrowingDeer episode 371.

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Pro-Staffer Seth Harker has been chasing a buck with out of this world brow tines. Seth called the buck E.T., extra terrestrial, because he'd never seen a buck near his place with such long brow tines. He hunted E.T. all season and kept shifting strategies. Finally, during the late season E.T. was back. Watch this epic hunt to see Seth's strategy!

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 Shot placement on a nice buck Grant tagged.Short Clip:

See the hunting partner that never lets us down in this short clip!

 

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 Checking the trap line

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If you are trapping to help balance predator numbers read the blog at this link! Over the years we have found several tricks that can help you become more efficient with your time.

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 A shed buck munches on a turnip.Tip of the Week:

Look closely before filling antlerless tags as many bucks are shedding early this year throughout the whitetail's range.

Putting The Odds In Your Favor – Episode #370

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Check out late season hunting tips in GrowingDeer episode 370.

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Many hunters are like us and still have a few tags to fill. During the late season deer, especially mature does, can be very alert. Check out these tips for being successful during late season hunts!

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A mature buck during daylight.Short Clip:

What happens when you shoot a doe early during a hunt? Does that scare the bucks away? Watch this video to see what happens during one of our recent hunts.

 

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Early shed buck

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Headed to the woods during the next few weeks? Remember that some bucks may have already shed their antlers. In this blog Daniel shares when and why early shedding occurs.

 

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A mature buck at a scrape.Tip of the Week:

Even though most does are bred by Christmas throughout the whitetails' range bucks still frequent scrapes. Placing trail cameras on scrapes during the late season can be an excellent way to locate mature bucks.

Deer Hunting: Your Best Management Tool

By GrowingDeer,

Mid December can be a rough stretch for many hunters. Throughout much of the whitetails’ range the peak of rut has ended and things seem slow in the woods. This can be a frustrating time for those who haven’t tagged a buck. During this time of the year I often think about the saying “don’t pass a buck on the first day that you’d shoot the last day”.

Recently, I went through our Reconyx images and realized that we have a greater number of three year old bucks than mature bucks. With Missouri’s upcoming muzzleloader season and several weeks remaining in archery season, it is very likely that we will have multiple encounters with three year old bucks.  As season draws to an end with an unfilled buck tag left, letting these great looking deer walk can be hard.

Passing this deer at three years old allowed him to express more potential.

Passing this deer at three years old allowed him to express more potential.

At The Proving Grounds, part of our management objective is to harvest bucks four years of age or older. At the beginning of each season we develop a “hit list” of all the four year or older bucks captured on trail cameras. The list of mature bucks will be the only bucks we will harvest if given the opportunity. However, it never fails, throughout the season a three year old buck will walk by. This can be very tempting, especially toward the end of season, but we keep our finger off the trigger. We hold out to the very end, even if it means we are left with an unfilled tag.

Several seasons ago, we passed two incredible three year old bucks. It was difficult not to shoot but we stuck to our goal. This year we were blessed to harvest both previously passed bucks. Once we laid our hands on them, it was worth the wait. One of the bucks, Gumby, had developed two drop tines, one measuring eight inches! The other buck, Handy, had 19 points and grossed 173”! Even though there were two unfilled tags several years ago, it was worth it in the end.

If you’re down this season because you haven’t tagged a buck, keep whatever goals you had at the beginning of the season. If you wouldn’t have shot a deer on the first day, think twice about shooting it the last day just to fill a tag. If a young buck has made it this long through season, there is a chance he may still survive. Letting young bucks walk can lead to great future hunts.

Enjoying Creation,

Daniel

Don’t Miss This Video! Buck Hunting And A 260” Surprise – Episode #368

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Huge buck and a woman hunter with a big buck

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Watch as the GrowingDeer Pro-Staff hunts the rut – bucks chasing does! See Lindsey tag a mature buck on the family farm. It's one of their top hit list bucks that's a real stud for that part of Arkansas! We've got the details of the hunt plus the story on that gnarly buck you see in the trail camera image above. That's right – 260″ of wild, free-ranging antlers!

Stay tuned for some solid tips and “how to” on trapping nest predators.

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The final moments during the hunt for Handy.Short Clip:

Watch this short clip of the final moments of the hunt for Handy. Pay close attention to see if you can spot the vapor trail of the Winchester Deer Season XP as it closes the distance!

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Deer in a food plot during the late season

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Does deer season always seems to drift away much faster than it arrives for you? 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! Read the weekly blog for a strategy on how to stay focused and fill your tags!

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Coyotes running through The Proving Grounds.Tip of the Week:

Deer tags filled? Time to think about trapping fawn nabbers and turkey nest robbers!

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Never Too Old for Buck Fever! – Episode #367

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Watch Pops Woods tag a buck in GrowingDeer episode 367.

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Pops shows us what buck fever looks like at 86 years old. Plus, the GrowingDeer Team uses Winchester rifles to work toward their deer management goal. See the Deer Season XP ammo in action!

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Adam and Matt use the Viking Tilt-N-Go.Short Clip:

Hard work made easier! Watch how we prefer hauling out big bodied bucks!

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Two opossums and a raccoon caught with a Duke cage trap.

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Do you enjoy spring mornings full of gobbles? If so, now is the time to improve your turkey hunting.

 

 

 

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Weighing a raccoon caught during trapping season.Tip of the Week:

Trapping this season? Then run the roads! It's okay to trap during deer season as most predators travel along roads. Placing traps along easily traversed roads will not cause much disturbance to your hunting.

Hunting Handy: The Final Chapter​ – Episode #366​

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Watch the hunt for Handy in GrowingDeer episode 366.

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This week is all about the number one buck on our 2016 Hit List: Handy. We have a lot of history with this buck, from passing him as a 3.5 year old to this last hunt! Watch to see the route taken to write the final chapter for Handy.

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A mature buck under a Tink's Scrape BombShort Clip:

Want to see what we see? Check out the latest Reconyx videos. November at The Proving Grounds!

 

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A mature buck staying close to thick cover

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Are you prepared? The post-rut is just around the corner. Plan your next hunt appropriately.

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A buck feeding mid-day in an Eagle Seed food plot.Tip of the Week:

A hard frost can delay feeding patterns. Don't be afraid to sit till mid-day.