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Summer Heat: The Consequences of Naked Soil – Episode #447

By GrowingDeer,

Learn about the Buffalo System in GrowingDeer episode 467

Whether it is wet or dry, the Buffalo System helps promote productive soil. Grant shares why keeping the soil covered has many benefits for soil health, crop growth and cost effectiveness.

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Ozark Mountain gobblerNew blog:

Do you love chasing turkeys year after year? Learn how we encourage healthy turkey numbers and the observations we’ve made about this year’s hatch.

 

 

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 Swoops works a Code Blue scrapeShort VIDEO Clip Of The WEek:

Watch as Swoops works this Code Blue scrape. We've found both of his sheds and are eager to chase him again this fall!

 

 

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A Scent Crusher Ozone Go plugged into our work truck

Tip of the Week:

Summer can be hot and full of odors. We plug in a Scent Crusher Ozone Go at the end of the day to our work truck. The following morning, it’s odor free and ready for another hard day’s work!

 

 

 

 

 

Sun glowing over water in Manitoba, Canada

ENJOYING CREATION:

Pro Staffer Chase White recently went on vacation with his family to Manitoba, Canada. They had a wonderful time fishing, hunting and enjoying Creation. See more of their adventure here.

 

 

 

 

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Increasing Food Plot Productivity: Upgrading the Buffalo System – Episode #446

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new food plot techniques and fawn

New Food Plot Techniques

We are continually learning about and tweaking the Buffalo System. Check out these improvements that increase forage productivity! We also share how Grant planted Tracy's garden in a food plot, all while building soil and keeping it and crops protected.

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hot zone electric fence controls with Grant WoodsNew blog:

The Hot Zone allows hunters anywhere to have the fun and success common to those hunting in ag production by protecting soybeans even in a small plot. Read here for tips on designing and maintaining a Hot Zone fence!

 

 

 

 

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 soybeans in no-till drill hopperShort VIDEO Clip Of The WEek:

Do you inoculate soybeans? Find out why inoculation is an inexpensive yet key step to planting forage soybeans!

 

 

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cleaning turkey gun with howes lubricator

Tip of the Week:

Cleaning your turkey gun after season helps protect the gun during storage. Most importantly, it keeps it ready for the next opening day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

fawn in food plot

COOL FIND:

We recently spotted this fawn in a food plot! We left it undisturbed, knowing momma would be back. Does will often leave fawns in areas that they feel are safe from predators and will return.

 

 

 

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Turning up the Heat: Designing and Building a Hot Zone – Episode #445

By GrowingDeer,

Deer hunting strategies and food plot tips images from episode #445

Hunting Strategies, Food Plots, Life

Watch this video for “how to” tips on a proven strategy to create a hot hunting location this fall! Plus, Grant travels to Bass Pro and speaks to “Good Dads” about the traits of a great father.

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doe in shade of tree in food plotNew blog: FOOD PLOTS AND HOT, NAKED soil

Soil temperature is very important to building and maintaining healthy soil. Find out how you can help your soil stay cool and productive!

 

 

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 doe and fawn crossing gravel roadShort VIDEO Clip Of The WEek:

Fawns are dropping at The Proving Grounds! See the future of our deer herd!

 

 

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bog of Redmond Minerals Plot Rock being hand spread

Tip of the Week:

Using a HotZone electric fence now is a proven technique to create a honey hole for deer season! Standing grain is a great deer attractant! Put a fence up now to protect beans in small plots or in front of your blind then allow them to make a full crop of pods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Prep for Deer Season | Shooting and Food Plot Tips – Episode #444

By GrowingDeer,

bow shooting practice, deer, plant, crimp: collage image of topics in GrowingDeer episode 444

Archery Practice, Food Plots, Hunting Strategies

Grant is preparing for the opening day of deer season! Learn how he improves his archery form during the off season. Then there's an update on food plots and the Buffalo System with tips for crimping mature cool season crops.

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shovel of dirt reveals earthworms in soilNew blog: Why Worms Are Valuable for Food Plots

In some respects, establishing food plots using the Buffalo System means that I am a worm farmer. Find out how worms help the soil, forage, and antler growth.

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 turkeys strutting in the sunShort VIDEO Clip Of The WEek:

If you’re still thinking about turkeys, then you’ll enjoy watching these toms strut their stuff!

 

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hotzone fence over new food plot

Tip of the Week:

Using a HotZone electric fence now is a proven technique to create a honey hole for deer season! Standing grain is a great deer attractant! Put a fence up now to protect beans in small plots or in front of your blind then allow them to make a full crop of pods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Food Plots and Native Browse | Best Whitetail Forage – Episode #443

By GrowingDeer,

Dr. Grant Woods standing in glade

First Steps to Successful Food Plots
Better Browse Naturally

Learn why one of the first things we do before putting seed into the ground is calibrating the Genesis drill. Plus, see how a chainsaw and prescribed fire have improved our habitat, adding great cover and food for the wildlife!

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Buffalo crossing river in yellowstone NPNew blog: Why the Buffalo Food Plot System?

The Buffalo System is an improved practice that seeks to replicate the natural cycles of the great prairie. I am a strong advocate for this system of food plot management as the benefits for soil conservation, animal health, and the overall environment are tremendous.

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 tom turkey gobbling in the sunShort VIDEO Clip Of The WEek:

On a recent Reconyx camera card pull, we saw that one tom was active during the last morning of Missouri’s turkey season. See the show he put on!

 

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a boag of inoculant on top of bags of Eagle Seed

Tip of the Week:

Store inoculant for soybeans in a cool, shaded place so that the bacteria remains alive until you apply it to seed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chasing a Tricky Ozark Mountain Tom – Episode #442

By GrowingDeer,

Watch Rae’s turkey hunt in GrowingDeer episode 442.New Video

Rae grabs the Winchester and heads to the turkey woods! Watch as a big Ozark Mountain tom makes Rae work for a shot. Then, Grant shares an update of the Buffalo System for our food plots and the observations he’s made after a spring rain.

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Velvet bucks in Eagle Seed forage soybeansNew blog:

Food plot management techniques and seed varieties have improved significantly during the past 25+ years. Food plots provide deer the nutrients that they need to grow healthy and strong. Plus, you can create the opportunity for a memorable hunting season next fall by maintaining great food plots. In this blog, Grant shares what he's using for the successful food plot program at The Proving Grounds.

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 Deer eating clover in a food plotShort VIDEO:

Whitetails are selective feeders. Watch as this deer seeks out the clover in this food plot!

 

 

 

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Boots on a Scent Crusher Ozone Equipment Station

Tip of the Week:

The Scent Crusher Ozone Equipment Station is a great way to dry your turkey hunting boots and there's an additional benefit – it eliminates odors!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Their Best Hunt in 32 Years – Episode #441

By GrowingDeer,

Watch a Ozark Mountain turkey hunt in GrowingDeer episode 441.New Video

Grant’s long-time friend visits The Proving Grounds to chase toms. After 32 seasons of hunting together, Scott and Grant have one of their most memorable hunts when Scott tags an Ozark Mountain longbeard! Plus, we show how one of the components in Eagle Seed‘s fall blend is working great during this critical time of year for antler and fawn development – building soil and helping the deer herd.

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a soil thermometer shows soil temperatureNew blog:

Thinking about planting? It’s common for 50% or more of large, soft seeds that are planted during bad conditions to die in the ground before they germinate. Find out when planting should occur and how you can know when it’s time to put seed in the ground.

 

 

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 Grant calls to locate turkeysShort VIDEO:

Locating toms can be key to putting a tag on one midday. See how we attempt to locate quiet toms.

 

 

 

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Using a SwiveLift to unload a heavy object

Tip of the Week:

If you need to load or unload heavy objects for upcoming habitat projects, a Viking Solutions’ SwiveLift can make it safe and easy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Toms Down: Smart Tactics For When the Hunting Gets Hard – Episode #440

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Watch two turkey hunts in GrowingDeer episode 440.New Video

During the first week of Missouri’s turkey season toms were henned-up and quiet. See how Grant and Daniel make tactical changes to their hunting strategies and tag two mountain toms in tough hunting conditions.

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Grant wears Wildear hearing protection when turkey huntingNew blog:

Can other hunters hear the gobblers when you can't? After being disappointed at not being able to hear birds, Grant found an answer. Read this week's blog as he shares his solution to this problem.

 

 

 

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Grant used his iSCOPE to see this nice gobblerShort VIDEO:

We've captured a lot of turkey action with the help of the iSCOPE! See a recent encounter here.

 

 

 

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ScentCrusher full of turkey hunting clothes

Tip of the Week:

Turkey clothes can start to stink after chasing longbeards. For your sake and your hunting buddies', running turkey hunting gear through the Scent Crusher makes the next hunt that much more enjoyable!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Turkey Kickoff: Chasing Kansas and Arkansas Gobblers – Episode #439

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Two hunters show off their gobblers from Kansas and ArkansasNew Video

Daniel recently headed to central Kansas to kick off his turkey season with an archery hunt! There was a lot of turkey action and feathers were flying. Plus, Heath Martin tags a mature mountain tom in Arkansas, during opening day!

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tom turkeys with hens in woodland settingNew blog:

Turkey hunting is not always easy. Some days hunters just have to work harder and smarter to get those toms within range. We share some of our tricks here.

 

 

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A gobbler lets a gobble looseShort VIDEO:

If toms aren’t talking where you hunt and you’re just itching to hear a gobble, then this video will fire you up!

 

 

 

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We use a Caldwell FieldPod when turkey hunting

Tip of the Week:

A Caldwell FieldPod can keep your gun in the ready position so you’re not scrambling to get the gun up when a silent tom walks in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cold Turkey: Snow Bird – Episode #438

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turkey hunting and land managementNew Video

During Missouri's youth season first time turkey hunter, Chase, braced the cold, snowy weather to hunt longbeards! It was cold but the hot turkey action warmed him right up! Watch as Chase's entire hunt unfolds. Plus, Grant travels to South Carolina to help a landowner improve their property and pine management.

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hunter with 8 point whitetail deer buckNew blog:

Internships are a great way to help the future generation of hunters and wildlife managers.

Meet one of our current interns, Jacob Hamilton from Jackson, TN.

 

 

 

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turkeys seen from a redneck blind openingShort VIDEO:

 

Daniel and Tyler were turkey hunting in Kansas. It's always a good day when turkeys come in! Catch the excitement in this short video clip.

 

 

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iSCOPE on shotgun

Tip of the Week:

Placing the iSCOPE on your turkey gun the day before the hunt saves time and ensures you're ready when the first tom fires off.