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New Stand Location: Scouting, Planning, and Hanging– Episode #455

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Planning for deer season in GrowingDeer episode #455

We’re moving in on some hit list bucks! Watch as Daniel hangs a new Summit treestand and prepares for deer season. Plus, we’re scouting hard to find those prime hunting locations for when acorns hit the ground!

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Hit List Buck Highriser in RangeNew blog:

Stand location and careful hunting can be key to punching a tag. Find out how thermals and wind can affect a hunting location and what you can do to hunt your stand appropriately.

 

 

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A buck with velvet antlers

 Scouting For Velvet Bucks:

One of our favorite ways to spend a summer evening: in the blind with the iSPOTTER on the Nikon spotting scope and searching for velvet antlers! See the rewards of a recent sit!

 

 

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Using a Hooyman pole saw to trim a shooting lane

TIMELY Tip:

A battery powered pole saw is not only quieter but leaves less scent while trimming shooting lanes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

bear in the backyard

Bear Update!!:

We recently had a black bear in the backyard! See the video here!

 

 

 

 

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Scent Crusher Ozone Go

Q & A of the Week:

Question: How do you reduce scent in your truck while you check cameras?

Answer: Vehicles can collect lots of odors that you don’t want to carry into the woods with you. Using an Ozone Go is one way we reduce odors in our truck, so we leave as little scent at camera sites as possible.

 

 

 

 

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Preparing For Opening Day: Treestand Maintenance and Hunting Strategies – Episode #454

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Treestand maintenance and hunting strategies in GrowingDeer episode 454.

We share our summer checklist for treestand maintenance as preparations for opening day get underway. See how we provide water for critters during the drought. Then we share the details of our fall hunting goals to target both bucks and does!

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using NIkons to search for AcornsNew blog:

Scouting now could be the difference between punching a tag or eating tag soup. Find out how a pair of binoculars and careful planning can help your hunting this fall.

 

 

 

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Southpaw at a Code Blue scrape

 Favorite Scrape:

Southpaw hit this Code Blue scrape last fall. Now that he's on the wall, we can’t wait to see who shows up this year!

 

 

 

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Using a Nikon rangefinder

TIMELY Tip:

Practice ranging and shooting different yardages (not just 20, 30 and 40 yards) to prepare for when that first deer steps out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An easy marinade recipe for venison

Easy Recipe:

Trying to empty the freezer for this year’s harvest? Here’s a quick and easy deer steak recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pulling up a Summit treestand

Q & A of the Week:

Question: How high do you hang your treestands?

Answer: It depends on how much cover the tree has, the terrain, and other factors. However, typically we like to hang our Summits about 20 feet high.

 

 

 

 

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Wildlife Management Goals: Better Cover and Food – Episode #453

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See how we’ve managed and improved the native habitat at The Proving Grounds. Then an update on an exciting experiment that could increase the productivity of small food plots! Plus, watch as we prepare our bows for opening day.

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Hand of dry soilNew blog:

Find out how drought conditions affect deer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Scouting/Scoring Tip:

Here's a quick tip to use when scoring antlers while scouting this summer.

 

 

 

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TIMELY Tip:

ALWAYS wear a safety harness and be clipped to a safety line or lineman rope, from the moment you leave the ground until you return.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grant hosts a GrowingDeer Talks from his back deck

In Case You Missed It!:

If you didn’t catch our most recent GrowingDeer Talks (Facebook live), you can see it here!

 

 

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Q & A of the Week:

Question: Will I have to sight in my bow again when I switch from field points to broadheads?

Answer: Sights often need adjusted when switching from field points to broadheads. One way to avoid having to move sights is to shoot a DeadMeat broadhead which has a practice point that flies exactly the same! Sight in and practice with the B.M.P. point during the summer and you’re ready to hunt!

 

 

 

 

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Improving Hunting and Habitat: Past, Present, and Future – Episode #452

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Improving habitat and hunting opportunities in GrowingDeer episode 452

Road trip! Grant and the team return to an ongoing habitat improvement project in central Missouri. Through the years, we’ve shared many projects from this farm. See how the habitat and hunting has improved and find out what the next steps are to create great hunting for this landowner and his family. Plus, we share why we are seeing an increased number of spike bucks.

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Mature Buck with Velvet antlersNew blog:

Early season is a great time to chase a hit list buck. Bucks are still on their summer pattern: food to cover, cover to food, and back again. Learn how to close in on an early season buck!

 

 

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A father and son go deer hunting togetherPre Season Thoughts:

As you prepare for deer season, be sure to include your kids! Share your passion and teach the next generation of deer hunters.

 

 

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Hunter’s Blend coffee in a coffee cup

Get It While It's Hot!:

Hot or cold? Either way you drink it, here's a special discount just for you! Hunter’s Blend Coffee now has a GrowingDeer discount available on their website! Simply use the promo code GDTV1.

 

 

 

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a hunter uses an extendable saw to trim growth from around a tree stand

Timely Tip:

An extendable saw is great for trimming new growth around a treestand and lanes. Start trimming now and be prepared for the first sit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A buck in front of a Redneck Blind during daylight

Q & A of the WEEK:

Question: Will the bucks I’m seeing now still be on my property during hunting season?

Answer: Bucks often shift within their home range as summer turns to fall. This may mean that they do not frequent an area as much during the fall as they did during the summer months. This can be influenced by, but not limited to, dominance/subordination, food sources, and individual buck characteristics.

 

 

 

 

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Hot Hunting: Froggin’ – Episode #451

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Frog hunting in GrowingDeer episode 451.

Arrows fly as Danny, Raleigh, Rae and Grant head out for a summer bullfrog hunt! It’s a fun night with friends and family plus great practice for deer hunting. Then we share a food plot update in the midst of drought and heavy browse pressure.

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utilization cage shows deer browse in soybean fieldNew blog:

Do you want to improve the quality of wildlife food where you hunt? We share seven steps for creating healthier soil and better food plots.

 

 

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A close encounter while huntingHunting Strategy Improved:

Reducing scent from our clothes and gear helps us have close encounters and the opportunity to tag game!

 

 

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hungry deer will browse on multiflora rose

Wildlife Management Tip:

Extensive browse on low quality species like multiflora rose can indicate that deer are hungry and searching hard for quality food sources.

 

 

 

 

 

Clay found a mess of ticks while working in the field

FAcebook Recap:

Clay found a mess of ticks while working in the field! Be mindful of ticks this summer.

 

 

 

 

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We scout using Reconyx trail cameras

Q & A of the WEEK:

Question: When do you start scouting for deer season?

Answer: We have already started! We are scouting and identifying oaks that are producing acorns as well as monitoring deer travel patterns with our Reconyx trail cameras.

 

 

 

 

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Hot Summer Work: Habitat Management and Scouting Bucks – Episode #450

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Improving native habitat and fall hunting strategies in GrowingDeer episode 450.

 

Watch as the GrowingDeer Team works on improving the native habitat to control an invasive sericea lespedeza. Plus, a seven-year-old buck named Swoops is alive and on the hit list. See how we’ve begun planning this fall’s hunting strategy for Swoops.

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Grant with the summer InternsNew blog:

This summer, we have been blessed to spend time in the field (and after work hours) with three young men that are passionate about deer hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Here is a little more about the faces you see on GrowingDeer.

 

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Buck next to a Code Blue scrapeOur Favorite Scrape Video:

We can’t wait until the Code Blue scrapes have been re-opened and we see this action again!

 

 

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Raleigh holds a frog she got with her bow

SUMMER FUN:

This week we went frog hunting with our bows! We will be sharing more of this hunting adventure soon!

 

 

 

 

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A G5 small game broadhead

Timely Hunting Tip :

The G5 small game head is great for tagging summer game like frogs and squirrels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Reconyx trail camera image of a buck

Q & A of the WEEK:

Question: How often do you check cameras during the summer?

Answer: We check them once a week. If a camera location is not capturing deer, we move it to another location.

 

 

 

 

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Creepy, Crawly Ticks! – Episode #449

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A fawn covered with ticks

Grant shares how high tick numbers can impact deer and human health. See how many ticks we recently collected in multiple field tests. The results will make your skin crawl!

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Grant holds a forage soybean

Podcast: Food Plots Made Easy:

Listen as Grant shares tips and techniques on the Drop-Tine Report podcast for easy food plots, prescribed fire and hunting.

 

 

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A deer next to a food plot protected by a Hot Zone fenceNew blog:

Now is a great time to place trail cameras in the woods and begin monitoring deer! We share several trail camera tips here.

 

 

 

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A big buck walks into a food plot at sunsetShort VIDEO Clip Of The WEek:

We can’t wait for views like this! Watch as a big buck walks out as the sun sets!

 

 

 

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Arrow in a Morrell high roller target

Tip of the Week:

Shooting with one arrow can help hunters focus on making every shot count.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooperhead snake in the woods

Copperhead Watch!:

We’ve been keeping careful watch while working in the field. We have been seeing many copperheads!

 

 

 

 

 

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Habitat Improvement: Helping Wildlife and Landowners – Episode #448

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Improving habitat and creating hunting opportunities in GrowingDeer episode 448.

Grant visits a landowner to develop a habitat management plan for his property . Watch as he recommends how to improve habitat and encourage great hunting opportunities. Plus, the folks at Mossy Oak Properties of the Heartland tour The Proving Grounds.

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Fawn covered in ticks

Tick Awareness!:

There seems to be more ticks this year than usual. In some areas ticks will likely cause the death of several fawns and many humans will get a tick-borne illness. Be safe and treat your clothes with a permethrin based product and regularly check for ticks!

 

 

 

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Doe with fawnNew blog:

Recently, while cutting cedars in a bedding area, Skyler Partain found a fawn nestled in the native vegetation. It was a great reminder that improving habitat has many benefits. Find out how we have helped our deer herd by creating great bedding and fawning habitat.

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Hot Zone fence protects beansShort VIDEO Clip Of The WEek:

See the results of protecting Eagle Seed forage soybeans with a Hot Zone fence until the conditions are right for hunting!

 

 

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Eagle Seeds' indeterminate forage soybeans

Tip of the Week:

Even under heavy browse pressure, Eagle Seeds' indeterminate forage soybeans continue to sprout new stems and provide high quality forage!
 

 

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

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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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