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GRANT: This time of year – couple weeks before season opens – I’m still using a blind bale technique, just to get that muscle memory locked in and have perfect form. But in addition, I like shooting 3D targets. I like focusing on that kill zone and not on a dot. A deer’s not gonna have a dot come this fall, and it really helps me to focus on tucking in right behind that shoulder and the lower third of the body cavity.
GRANT: Most of us hunt from an elevated blind, or a treestand, and there’s a little bit difference in your shooting form, when you’re shooting from an elevated position to shooting off the ground. You want to bend your body. Cause if you just stand here then crank your bow down, it changes all the physics. Remember, we did blind bale, just to get the form exactly right, so you want to bend at the waist, keep everything up here exactly the same.
GRANT: I consider practicing from an elevated position critical before we go deer hunting. It gives me the confidence I need, when that big buck is below my stand.
GRANT: We receive a lot of pictures of bucks with an obvious injury, and usually, there’s a question with the picture that ask, “Should this buck be put on my hit list?” You may recall, for several years, I chased a buck we’d named Split Brow. Split Brow was easy to identify on the Reconyx pictures because he was blind in one eye.
GRANT: During the years he was blind, his rack increased in size, and he, obviously, was very good at avoiding hunters. Split Brow was blind and on our hit list for three years, before I finally tagged him.
GRANT: Whitetails can clearly survive most injuries that would knock humans off their feet. Split Brow’s a perfect example. This year, another buck has showed up on our Reconyx that’s blind in one eye.
GRANT: He’s a good looking buck, but all the pictures so far, pretty much show him facing the camera and Adam, or I, haven’t been able to accurately estimate his age.
ADAM: Deer season is less than a month away for us, and it’s gonna be opening up soon for a lot of hunters. And what that means, there’s gonna be a lot of guys climbing up the tree and getting in their deer stands.
GRANT: Every year, I receive emails from multiple hunters that have had a treestand accident and can no longer hunt.
ADAM: There’s four main components that keep us safe on every hunt: a full body harness, a rock solid stand that’s not gonna move when we’re climbing in and out of the tree, a safeline and a lineman’s rope. These four components allow us to be harnessed in from the ground up to the tree, throughout the hunt and back down to the ground.
ADAM: This is a lineman’s rope. It gives you a little more mobility in staying locked in to the safeline the entire hunt. It’s got a knot on one end, another knot on the other. Basically, you loop it around the tree like so, and so, this is around the tree. You lock it in as tight as possible. Then, you have whatever’s left over hanging down. You can slide up and down, depending on whatever’s comfortable for you. The only time we’re not attached to the tree is the half second that we’re unclipping from the safeline and clipping in to the lineman’s rope. Gives you more mobility. It’s a must for any bow hunter.
GRANT: Even more important than practicing with your bow, or developing a hit list – make sure your treestand safety gear is in working order and you use it every time you climb a tree.
GRANT: This is a transition time of year. We’re getting ready to start deer season. We’re working on our hit list. And we’re practicing with our bows, but one thing we won’t do much more of is treat weeds.
ADAM: Coming up on the end of August. You can see behind me, the beans have really come on strong. They’re waist tall, full canopy. For a lot of us that have planted Roundup Ready soybeans, we’re probably done spraying ‘em for the year. So it’s time to clean up the sprayer.
ADAM: Once we use all the herbicide, we’re gonna fill the tank back up with water, put some tank cleaner in there, really get it cleaned out. And now we’re gonna move on to a more important task, and that’s cleaning out the pump and the control valve.
ADAM: It’s the backside of the tractor, and that’s where we have our PTO pump and our control valve. Both these parts have a lot of metal components. Replacing parts can be fairly costly. That’s why we’re gonna take these off today and take care of ‘em, get ‘em ready for the winter.
ADAM: The way this pump works is as this spins, it’s taking in fluids on this end, going through the unit, back out this end. The way we’re gonna winterize it is use a high quality lubricant. Put a little on this end, give it a few turns. It should be good to go.
ADAM: Now that we’ve taken care of the pump, we’re back here at the control panel. There’s a lot of small metal parts in here, so it’s very important that we take care of it, get all the rust removed, and get it lubricated for the winter. Taking it apart.
ADAM: A couple metal parts here that I want to make sure I get the rust removed, clean it up. Gonna use steel wool, or a wire brush.
ADAM: I’ll spray both parts down.
ADAM: Once I’ve removed all the rust and I have it lubricated, I’m gonna put it back together and know that it’s gonna be ready next spring when it’s time to head back out.
GRANT: Don’t just flush out your sprayer. Make sure you use a high quality lubricant to treat every part that moves, especially, the pump. Perfect timing at the barn wall today, because it’s just starting to rain. Adam’s going back to planting, and I’m running the camera back up to the office. I hope you do what we do every day, slow down and enjoy Creation, but most importantly, listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.tv.
ADAM: And we’ve had some of these hunters…
ADAM: …okay. Some of these hunters. Some of these hunters. Okay. Yeah.
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