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GRANT: We’ll just show you a little difference here. We’ll light it up because hot air rises. See how that’s going?
GRANT: No touching. Look all you want. I’m gonna give away a target to whoever comes the closest to the eighth of an inch score. You’ve got about 30 seconds to look before Adam goes and scores it. Going once. Going twice. It’s all yours, Zac.
GRANT: Josh, go get some paper, pencils, let people write (Fades out)…
GRANT: Adam, what was the score?
GRANT: How about a 178-3/8.
UNKNOWN: Oh my God. That was close.
UNKOWN: That’s close.
GRANT: You two gentlemen – come with me.
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GRANT: Each year we open up The Proving Grounds for about 100 or 150 people to come join us and look at all our habitat and hunting techniques. 142 people showed up from several states to join us in touring and discussing everything we do to grow and harvest mature bucks here at The Proving Grounds.
GRANT: We start early Saturday and typically load up 10 or 12 trucks full of people and take off on a tour of The Proving Grounds.
GRANT: The next stop, we took some folks out to our brand new hidey hole food plot and let the folks from Flatwood Natives show exactly how they plant trees to get maximum survival rates.
GRANT: Barely dry enough. You can tell it kind of skips. And we just burnt this two days ago, I guess. I can’t remember now, a day or two ago, and prepared a tree plot. Tree plot is my term for you know, fruit tree, nut tree, food plot. The folks from Flatwood Natives here volunteered to give this demonstration ‘cause I had a lot of lack of success planting trees early on in my career and they’ve figured out some ways to get great survival planting in very harsh conditions.
LANCE: We’re gonna go ahead and start. Now, Dr. Woods has some very special soil. Uh, very rocky. So, we’re not used to that. So, we’re gonna go ahead and – we use a – a product – uh, essentially, it’s just a moisture retainer. Again, one of our sole purposes is to – if you buy our product, we want it to live. You want to make sure when you're digging your hole, depending on the size of tree you have, that uh, your hole is two times as big as your root ball – at least. So what Keyland’s doing now is he’s adding water. If you do nothing else, you have to water, especially when you're putting your tree in the ground. It is imperative that you get that mat established into the ground where there (inaudible) good.
LANCE: So, what this allows by using a product like this, it’s gonna allow flex. So when it’s windy, it’s building strength in that tree. The next thing is – just like the weed mat, with a tree tube, you want to be very gentle with your – with your tree. So you're gonna just hold it in your hand, slightly, carefully slide, sliding the tube over.
LANCE: When you get moisture in the air each evening, each night, the heat inside this tube is going to turn into condensation and that’s gonna also assist in the moisture running down to your tree.
GRANT: In addition to preparing this area to plant food plot seed, we’ve planted some fruit species of trees making this a tree plot. The combination of green forage and pears or other fruit will make this a dynamite area to pattern mature bucks.
GRANT: Each stop is designed so everyone can get right in there and get some hands-on experience and ask questions that apply to their Proving Grounds.
UNKNOWN: Can he keep growing beans in the same field year after year after year?
GRANT: Everyone had a chance to visit with Brad Doyle from Eagle Seed beans and Andrew Clifton from Antler Dirt and Clint Cary, a very famous coyote trapper, as he demonstrated his favorite coyote sets right here at The Proving Grounds.
CLINT: When I cover up this trap, I almost have about a half inch of dirt over my trap. You start getting freezing conditions, or some wet conditions, and that extra power helps you fly through that dirt a lot faster. So, that’s why I really like a four coil trap.
CLINT: 70% of their time is on road systems. So, if you get off the road, you're dealing with about 30% of the time than the coyotes travel. So, we always stay pretty close to roads. They can be logging roads, full winter trails, any type of road system. Coyotes like easy travel. They like to travel….(Fades out)
GRANT: It can get pretty tiring out here looking at all the stuff we do at The Proving Grounds, so about lunch time, we rode back up the mountain and enjoyed a great lunch.
GRANT: I’m known to crack the whip, so about the time everyone finished with their cookies, we headed back down the mountain for more information at The Proving Grounds.
GENE: So, Trophy Rock, like Grant said, it’s truly all natural. It’s only one of four deposits in the world that’s ever been discovered. It’s the only one in this continent.
GRANT: Gene Price did a great job of explaining the 65 trace minerals in a Trophy Rock and the fact that it’s mined in Utah; 100% natural – right here in the good ole USA.
GRANT: And so, it’s got a little sponge thing here in this – you know, just do that. And it’s so humid that, you know, so you can see this is just barely burning here versus going back here. Because that will put itself out or back, so let’s just show you a little difference here. We’ll light it up ‘cause hot air rises. See how that’s going? Hot air rises. That is gonna get there way quicker. Now let me show you something here. And circle it.
GRANT: Now we’ve got a lot of hot air and watch the difference. This is called a ring fire. And if you want to really nuke something, do a ring fire. And as it gets closer, it’ll get even hotter ‘cause it’s preheating the fuel from every angle, removing moisture and in the center it’ll be hot.
GRANT: We got that Redneck blind down here and wanted some pods to hunt in the late winter. We have a late muzzleloader season. So we put the fence up. These will make pods. We’ll open up a gate down there; take the fence down, whatever, later on.
GRANT: That’s something new and they stick that moist nose right on the fence. And blue fire comes out the other end (Laughter) and they don’t do that again. When they showed it to me and I’m – and I’m old and uncoordinated – and I can jump the fence. Now I don't know why deer won't jump it. A big part of it is, you know, we live up here. Deer live down here. And if you get down here and look – and I think there’s a little bit of an optical illusion ‘cause a single fence won’t keep deer out.
GRANT: 40+ years, his wife, Joyce, has the research going on and they find a bean that’s extra tall or more drought resistant or whatever – plant, not variety. Take pollen, put it with others, they’ve been selectively breeding and they have the only genetics like this literally in the world. And any other bean I’ve ever seen that’s browsed that hard is, like behind y'all, would die.
GRANT: Four stops that day and I knew everyone was building up a big appetite, so we rode up to Bass Pro and went to their White River Conference Center for a great supper and a question and answer series.
GRANT: Okay. So we're-first off, we’re going to draw for a, uh, uh, a pair of AeroHead LaCrosse boots. This is actually what Adam and I wear most of the time when we’re hunting.
ADAM: Ronnie. Ronnie Norman, Sr. (Clapping)
GRANT: One of those really nice Redneck chairs. And you're gonna see Danny, little later for that. Is that correct, Danny?
DANNY: What’s that?
GRANT: The Redneck chair?
DANNY: It’s up there.
GRANT: It is up here, too. Okay.
ADAM: Robert Stuck.
GRANT: Mr. Stuck. Alright. Right there. (Clapping)
GRANT: The thing I personally like most about our Field Days is all the wonderful people that come and share with our staff and Tracy and I. We not only hope to help those people understand Creation a bit more, but learn from them. They often share techniques at each stop or something they’ve seen or observed on their property that may change how we manage our property. It’s a great way to learn, share, and make new friends.
GRANT: Hope you have a chance to participate in an educational program this year and refine your techniques for managing or hunting whitetails. But more importantly, get outside this week and find a quiet spot and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.tv.