Category: Whitetail Habitat Management

Timber Tracts And Velvet Racks – Episode #345

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Grant and Matt consult in timber country in GrowingDeer episode 345.

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Deer hunting in thick timber can be a challenge! The GrowingDeer Team goes deep into the timber country of Mississippi to develop a property plan for better deer huntingClick here to see recommendations on how to transform a timbered property into a wildlife haven.

The 2016 hit list is under way. Want to see what bucks are already on the list? We've got some familiar faces and even a new one. This fall is already shaping up to be a great one!

It's never too early to break out the rifle and get it sighted in. Grant heads to the local Bass Pro Shops to send some Winchester rounds down range! Deer season is approaching fast!

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Grant reviews a hunting property map with a client.Field Day:

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Two hit list bucksNew Weekly Blog: Finding Patterns Of Hit List Bucks

It's planning time! Matt discusses what to do when your hit lister appears. Make your hunting season a success starting now!

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rant practices the blind bale technique.

Tip of the Week:

Get your bow form right! Now is the time to use the blind bale technique!

Tips To Attract And Hold Deer On Your Property – Episode #343

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Watch GrowingDeer episode 343 Tips To Attract And Hold Deer On Your Property

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This week Grant and Adam head east to work a hidden gem in the whitetails’ range. It’s a 90 acre parcel with lots of neighbors! Grant shares tips and ideas that will help this landowner attract and hold deer on his property.

Even the smallest of predators can cause serious trouble in the deer woods. Watch and learn how ticks can stress, infect, and even kill deer.

Plus, we will show you what has gotten us even more ready for deer season!

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Adam leaning on a camera tripod

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Better watch your back around here! Watch as Adam gets ZAPPED!

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Peaches in a tree plotNew Weekly Video Blog: Better Fruit Trees, Better Hunting

This week Adam discusses how to make your deer seasons fruitful! Learn more about successful tree plots here!

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Trimming growth near a HotZone electric fence

Tip of the Week:

Ensure your HotZone fence works, fuel up a weed eater and trim back the soybeans under the fence!

Better Fruit Trees, Better Hunting

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We all know the attractiveness of fruit trees for wildlife, but it becomes even more clear when they’re spending the night standing in the yard just to eat fruit! Earlier this week I placed a Reconyx camera next to a couple peach trees I suspected deer to be using. These two trees are bearing a lot of fruit and are a great reminder of the advantages to having tree plots!

  • Deer love high quality fruit from a tree plot!
  • Pruning is very important in improving the quality and life of a fruit tree.
  • Tree plots can create a hunting hot spot.
  • Selecting the appropriate species, finding the right location and maintaining the trees are all factors in great tree plots!

For love of the land and Glory to God,

Adam

How To Create Cover For Wildlife

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Last week we discussed how the use of prescribed fire in the timber can increase the amount of native vegetation available to the wildlife. This week we dive deeper into what prescribed fire can offer. We use this tool to increase both poult and fawn survival rates. Native vegetation provides a canopy of cover that poults easily walk underneath. This shelters poults from the many predators from above. Removing the duff layer exposes small insects, bugs, and grubs. This allows poults to feed and move safely in these areas. Deer live their lives between ground level and the three foot mark. The vegetation in the burn unit is already several feet tall, making these areas much more attractive to fawns and mature deer. What was an area of limited productivity is now converted into habitat that will benefit many forms of wildlife in multiple ways.

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Matt

The Ultimate Food Plot Transformation – Episode #341

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Watch how we transform our largest food plot in GrowingDeer episode 341.

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This week we've rolled up the sleeves and gotten to work transforming our largest food plot! What was once a fragmented plot has now become an extremely huntable location. Watch to see how we strategically improve this food plot for better deer hunting this fall.

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Deer grooming one another in a clover plot

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Deer behavior is a fascinating thing! Watch as the Reconyx caught these does grooming one another in a clover plot!

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Native vegetation after prescribed fireNew Weekly Video Blog: Creating Native Food Plots

This is why we use prescribed fire in our timber! Watch as Matt discusses the benefits of creating a native food plot with fire.

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Adam prepares to trim a tree stand location.

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The trees are completely leafed out, that means it’s time to trim! Get into your Summit stands and prepare your shooting lanes for bow season!

Creating Native Food Plots

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When the conditions allow for a prescribed fire, we burn! During the late winter, we use prescribed fire in our timber areas. These fires burn slow and remove the duff layer on the forest floor. Throughout the spring, the sunlight hits the ground floor and germination of native early successional vegetation begins. This vegetation is ideal, full of nutrition and diversity. Prescribed fire during the right time of the year creates a native food plot in our timber! To get the most out of your land requires maximizing every acre!

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Matt

Better Soil Equals Healthier Deer

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First things first, we must understand that it all starts at ground level. Healthy soil contains essential nutrients and minerals. These elements are taken up by plants through their root systems. Plants transfer those nutrients and minerals to deer that consume them. Our Eagle Seed soybeans are transfer agents for those elements contained in the soil. Poor soil will limit the amount of genetic potential a deer can express. This is why we take soil samples each season to continue improving our soil, ultimately growing larger antlers and healthier deer.

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Matt

Didn’t make it to field days? Watch this video! – Episode #333

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Watch GrowingDeer episode 322 to see highlights from Spring Field Days 2016.

Grab a pen and paper! This episode is loaded with information!

Watch and learn as the tips and techniques are shared by industry leaders and the GrowingDeer Team at our Spring Field Days event. We cover strategies for food plots, tree plots, bow hunting setups and habitat management practices. Plus the latest insider information on ammunition, broadheads, filming accessories and game calls.

Click here to register for our next Field Days Event: August 12th and 13th, 2016, here at The Proving Grounds! Come meet Grant and the GrowingDeer Team, tour The Proving Grounds, and talk everything whitetails! This event will get you pumped for deer season.

This Week's Blog: Matt gives 5 Tips On How To Tag A Tom During The Late Morning

A hunter waits to take a shot.Tip of the Week:

Patience pays off: Don't give up on a gobbler. He may work in silently to your location. Wait him out and take the shot!

 

 

Improving The Hunt: Spring And Fall – Episode #331

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We share tips on how to improve your hunting land in GrowingDeer episode #331.

Spring is a great time to improve the quality of native grass and forb bedding areas! We will show you how we use hot, fast moving head fires to improve this habitat type!

We'll also share some tips about turkey hunting strategiesCheck these out now so you'll be ready to tag toms soon!

Recently we shared the first step in creating a staging area next to an existing food plot. Watch the second step of that process as we move closer to hanging some Summit stands and preparing for deer season!

Tip of the Week:We maintain our equipment with Howes Lubricator products.

Get your food plot equipment ready!

Hook up your implements, grease fittings, and lubricate moving parts! Planting season is almost here.

 

 

 

 

Warning: This video contains information about prescribed fire which is a management tool for trained professionals using the appropriate tools for the situation.

 

50 Acre Burn How To – Episode #326

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Watch a 50 acre burn how to in GrowingDeer episode #326.

Spring green up is on its way, so it's time to drop a match. First we will show you the steps we take to ensure safety and success. Watch how our timber ground is improved for hunting and habitat. We increase the amount of native vegetation while reducing the tick habitat. It's a win win for our deer management plan!

Deer co-ops make your hunting better. Get your neighbors together for food and fellowship. Then learn to manage that trigger finger! Watch footage from the recent Branson Deer Co-op meeting and see how neighbors working together can make everyone’s hunting better!

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Tip of the Week:Wild turkey

Prescribed fire is a great tool for drawing turkeys.

Fresh food, bugs, and strutting zones.

What’s not to like?

** Avoid fire during nesting season!

Warning: This video contains information about prescribed fire which is a management tool for trained professionals using the appropriate tools for the situation.