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ADAM: Middle August here at The Proving Grounds this week. We’re working on those fall food plots and chasing hogs.
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GRANT: ((Whispering) Unfortunate for one of my friends, but great for Adam and I, some feral hogs have moved to his property, so we get to start hunting season a little bit early here in Missouri.
ADAM: The property manager has had corn out on the ground for a couple weeks now because they're in the middle of their deer herd survey. So, we knew if we didn’t see some hogs, we were still gonna see some deer.
ADAM: It’s hot, humid. We’re sweating. The wind was predicted to be out of the southeast all night, so we had no fear that the deer were gonna smell us.
ADAM: As more and more deer start coming in the field, we had high hopes for some hogs.
ADAM: As the evening came to a close, we had a lot of action; had a great time, but no hogs. No worries though, because we’re gonna be back.
ADAM: With the calendar reading mid-August, that means one thing for deer managers: fall food plots.
ADAM: We’re here at what we call Fifty Acre West or the Sink Hole and today we’re gonna work on clearing this out and making a hidey hole food plot.
ADAM: We’ve hunted here in the past. You may remember two seasons ago, I shot a nice doe five foot to my right out of that Walnut Tree behind me.
ADAM: (Whispering) Doe patrol.
ADAM: Now, we’ve got our Muddy stands positioned in this large Post Oak tree, so hopefully, with the hidey hole food plot, we can have some great success here this fall. We’ve got our tools here that most anybody can get their hands on – chainsaw, leaf blower and a weed eater. We’ll get this all cleared out and get it down to the soil and get it ready for a nice food plot this fall.
ADAM: When we’re talking hidey hole food plots, we’re not talking about an acre or even a half acre food plot. We’re talking an eighth of an acre or smaller – maybe that would be a small opening in the woods like where we were at this morning or even a small opening on the edge of a field.
ADAM: When making hidey hole food plots, it’s important to remove as much leaf litter and debris from the top of the soil as you can. The reason for doing this is so you can maximize your seed to soil contact.
ADAM: One of the best things about hidey hole food plots, you don’t need a no-till drill; you don’t need a big tractor. All you really need is a rake or a chainsaw or a weed eater and you too can have a hidey hole food plot to help you harvest that hit list buck.
ADAM: As bow season approaches, I hope you can get out and enjoy those little blessings that God has put in your life. Like planting hidey hole food plots or shooting your bow. As always, thanks for watching GrowingDeer.tv.
ADAM: All you need is a few more pieces of tape.
BRIAN: Now, you can't just use regular duct tape.
ADAM: It’s gotta be camo.
BRIAN: Gotta be camo.
ADAM: Super impressed. End it. You're not rolling right now, are you? (Laughter)
ADAM: Buddy, you're just lucky to get words out of my mouth right now.
ADAM: Here we go. What was I even gonna say? Deer managers and food plotters, middle of August. Aaargh. (Laughter)
BRIAN: Food plotters? (Fades out)