Bow Hunt Turkeys: Get Ready! Plus Fire And Frost Seeding (Episode 279 Transcript)

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ADAM: That way, that seed can get into the soil and get good seed soil contact through the freezing and thawing of the ground.

DANIEL: I like it. (Inaudible)

ADAM: Did he gobble, or was that a – or was that a woodpecker? Did he gobble at the woodpecker?

DANIEL: Yeah. There was a gobble.

GRANT: All of us at GrowingDeer.tv are very excited about turkey season. But you know what? We’re more excited about Easter. Easter is a time when we celebrate the life, and more importantly, the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I hope each of y'all take time this year to join the Woods family and find the time to be quiet and seriously consider what Easter’s about and give time to thank our Savior for the Resurrection.

TROY: Right there. On the left (Inaudible). You are right (Inaudible).

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GRANT: Recently, Adam and Daniel headed back out to Kansas to help Troy Landry with his personal Proving Grounds. Part of our plan included implementing a prescribed fire.

GRANT: It was obvious, when we toured Troy’s property a couple of months ago, that a lot of vegetation had grown kind of rank and mature and was shading out forbs and native grasses from growing beneath some of the weeds that were growing there and weren’t providing as much cover as a thicker, younger stand would. The obvious answer was prescribed fire.

TROY: Oh, this is gonna burn like great. Huh?

ADAM: Oh yeah.

TROY: Man and it will go. Look, we might not even have to set the Redneck on fire. It might be just dirt around it. We might be okay.

ADAM: Yeah. We’ll just make sure.

TROY: Yeah. It’s better to go check it.

GRANT: Troy’s property is in a remote area of Kansas and it’s surrounded on three sides by gravel roads, and on the fourth side, by native hay pasture with a neighbor he has a good relationship with.

TROY: Oh, what about the other Redneck? We gonna go do something with that one?

ADAM: Hmm. Hmm.

TROY: Check it? Okay.

ADAM: Yeah. We’ll light around – it’s – I think…(Fades out)

GRANT: With the forecast calling for a west wind all day long, they worked hard on the east side of property, to have a slow backing fire and create a large black area that served as a great fire break.

TROY: (Inaudible)

ADAM: Yeah.

TROY: Well, we’re over here at my place in Kansas today, and, uh, we burning. Dr. Grant says if we burn, it’s wildlife management. And, uh, he said burning is a good thing, so we gonna try it out. We burning. We got the whole place burning up.

ADAM: All right. Good. Yeah. You’re good. Loop it. Come right up here. Loop in with that other fire.

TROY: Going up with that one?

ADAM: Yeah.

GRANT: Once they had the east side secure, they moved around to the north side, to start another backing fire.

TROY: We watched it. It look good.

GRANT: As the day progressed and they got the downwind side secure, they moved around to the upwind side and set a head fire. A head fire will burn a little bit more intensely and actually do a better job of removing old debris and causing new vegetation to grow.

TROY: All right, Adam. Everything look good out here. You want me to grab a torch and come meet you?

ADAM: Yes, sir.

ADAM: Well, it’s been a long day on the fire. We started bright and early this morning. It’s about 9:30 now. We’re just now winding down, but it’s been a great day. We’ve burned 320 acres and we found a lot of nice sheds.

GRANT: During this time of year, when you anticipate a couple more frosts, is a great time to use the frost seeding technique.

GRANT: Frost seeding is a great technique for plants that are appropriate to be planted in the spring and have a very small, hard seed.

ADAM: When you’re frost seeding clover, you typically want to plant it with a couple frosts left. A lot of people say five frosts left. That gives that seed a chance to get absorbed in the ground, through the freezing and the thawing of the soil. During this time of year, temperatures are still a little cool, the soil is certainly cool, and you can’t plant big seeds, like a soybean or corn, especially not through frost seeding. But with the small, hard seed of clover, we’re gonna have no problem.

GRANT: If you’ve got small plots where beans can’t grow from being over browsed, or something, clover would be a good option. It’s also a great option to reseed small parts of clover fields where maybe they’ve been killed by drought, or other issues. And you’re not planting the whole field, you just wanna touch up a spot to re-establish clover in an existing stand.

ADAM: It’s a little, small, hidey hole food plot with about 40% coverage of clover and 60% of just bare ground. We’re gonna plant the bare ground, by walking through twice – giving it a double coating – and then, one quick pass through the areas of clover that’s already been established. So when that seed germinates and grows, it’ll gonna fill in those gaps.

GRANT: (Whispering) He’s down. He’s down. He’s down.

GRANT: For the GrowingDeer Team, getting ready for spring, well, that means getting ready to turkey hunt.

GRANT: Several states now offer an archery only season, a week or so in advance of the shotgun turkey season.

GRANT: Like most hunters that use a bow to chase turkeys, we do most of our archery hunting out of a ground blind during turkey season.

ADAM: There’s basically two ways we’re gonna be shooting at a turkey during a turkey hunt. We’re gonna be shooting at it from a ground blind or sitting flat on the ground. First off, we’re gonna start out with our ground blind technique.

ADAM: When we’re sitting in a ground blind, we’re probably gonna be in a chair just like this, with our bow sitting on a tripod, arrow nocked, cam on the ground. One tip, bring something – I’m using a big, thick stocking cap to provide cushion – and protect your cam and your bow strings, instead of sitting it down on the rocks, or in the dirt, gettin’ it all nasty. It’s a game situation, so I’ve got my gloves on, want to put my face mask on. I’m gonna work on drawing, just like on a turkey, so nice and slow.

ADAM: Start practicing my shots.

ADAM: Another thing I do, when I’m practicing, is I shoot an actual turkey target. This Morrell target works great. It gives the outline of a turkey, plus it gives me the location of the heart and lungs. So I can train my eyes to start shooting that kill zone, so when a live turkey steps out, I can be a more ethical shot and kill more turkeys. Now, we’re outside of the ground blind. We’re sitting on the ground, leaned up against a tree, just like we usually do with a shotgun. Turkey’s out front. There’s a couple different ways you could do this. It’s all about finding your comfort zone. Some guys will leave their legs flat and shoot just like this, or some guys will even cross their legs and sit just like this. It’s all about the comfort, so whatever fits you. I like to practice both ways, just because I don’t know which way my legs are gonna be positioned, until I get to the spot.

ADAM: The turkey is 100 yards out. He’s working his way here. And it may – I may have to sit here a while – but I’m, I’m comfortable and I’m fine, so I will wait until that turkey gets in, into my range, around the decoy. He struts. He faces the other way. He cannot see me ‘cause of his tail fan. So I will come up nice and easy, draw, and be ready, ‘cause I may have to take a really quick shot. He may see me take a couple of quick steps, but I’ve already practiced enough and I’m very confident in my shooting ability.

ADAM: Another thing. If I’m out on the ground, I’m wearing a vest. I don’t want to be sitting just on the bare ground, so I’ve got a cushioned seat. One thing you will notice, I’m not strapped into my vest. I don’t have my shoulder straps on. It’s basically sittin’ behind me, providing some cushioning, holding my calls but I don’t have it on my back, so it’s making a bunch of noise, or in my way as a I draw my bow.

GRANT: Whether you’re shed hunting, planting food plots, or turkey hunting, I hope you take time, especially this week, to slow down and enjoy Creation, and most importantly, listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.tv.

TROY: It’s hot out here, but we just gonna keep working down the line. While Dr. Grant is in Hawaii, on vacation, getting a suntan – we getting a burn tan. (Laughter)