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Whitetail Management: Hogs and Hidey Hole Food Plots (Episode 80 Transcript)

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BRAD: One gallon of milk, some yeast, Jell-o, and water.

GRANT: When the fawn might come in and get nervous, something for a buck come in, so we want to make sure we can get to that tree without being busted. We think most the deer …

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GRANT: It’s May 31st and come June 1, we get really serious about hunting season, here at The Proving Grounds.

GRANT: We’re now getting really serious about stand placement and looking at last year and previous years’ hunting observations, seeing where we should move stands, don’t move stands, where we can make new little hidey hole food plots. Usually, like an eighth of an acre food plots that we plant by hand and do by hand. They’re areas where we can slide into with the wind in our face, let the deer approach, or slide out, totally undetected. So we want to make sure we can get to that tree without being busted. We think most the deer are gonna be coming out this way, and the wind come out….

GRANT: Today, Brad, the interns, and I are up here on a point. We’re about 400 feet above the valley. Now, this point goes back into other properties that I don’t own, but this is just an area that we burned this spring. See this lush vegetation coming on. We’ve got maybe an eighth of an acre of relatively flat ground for The Proving Grounds right behind me. And this tree, and this way, is east, so we can circle around, come in from the east, so a north, south, or west wind – we can come in here without disturbing any deer. Pretty good acorn flat right below us, not much other food right here. So this is something you can do if you own 10 acres, or 40 acres, or 80 acres. Get your hand tools out, clear the area, backpack sprayer, and get some herbicide out, kill this vegetation, and get it prepared for planting, so we can get the deer accustomed to coming in here, before hunting season, where we can be up this tree, getting ready to put some tenderloin in the freezer. I don’t care if you’ve got 10 acres or 1,000 acres – hidey hole food plots need to be a tool in your bag.

GRANT: Continuing making our plans for hunting season, we not only want to plant the food plot, but on these real small ones like this one, I want to keep the deer out of the Eagle Seed beans until hunting season, so we’ve planted, we’ve got germination, I’m getting ready to shut the gate. We really won’t come back in this plot, except to spray it, and make sure the weeds are out. And then we’ll open that gate once hunting season is open, I feel the time’s appropriate, depending on the amount of acorns and what-not. Have a ground blind right over here. These small food plots can get over browsed and not maintain enough forage through the hunting season, so simply using a Gallagher fence, making sure that gate’s shut, right after you plant. The deer do not get accustomed to coming in there for a food source. There’s minimal pressure, and that fence is more than adequate to keep deer out, and it’s an awesome tool for hunting season.

UNKNOWN: Okay.

GRANT: Okay. I’m thinking pull that out a little bit there. Just kind of, there you go.

GRANT: We’ve got it down solid all the way. It’s heavily tied. Every four inches, all the way down, with nine gauge wire. What makes this trap work is there’s a very thin piece of wire, the trip wire. They’ll nudge that around and make the doors fall, but at this particular time, I’ve got the doors wired up where they can’t fall. And that way, when little pigs come in and start getting corn, bigger pigs will see that and be brave enough to come on in. Once the trail camera and sign tells me I’ve got a lot of usage in here, we’ll take the wire off, move the corn on back in the trap, right under the trip wire, and it’ll be pork for supper. We’ll let you know how it turns out.

GRANT: We still have a hog problem on one of the properties we manage, about an hour and a half from here, Big Horn Ranch. And I got lazy, into my hurry, and just put regular shelled corn out, and the hogs never had a chance to find it ‘cause deer and turkey were just flooding in there, in our trap. We don’t want to catch a deer in a trap. Boy, it’s a real pain to get ‘em out of a hog trap. Either the deer gets hurt, or we get hurt, so we just shut that part down, and Nathan and Hunter are over there making soured corn. They’re using milk and yeast. There’s all kind of recipes.

NATHAN: Now, we want to create soured corn, because we don’t want the deer to eat it. We want just hogs in the trap, so to create our soured corn; we’re gonna use a-one bag of corn, one gallon of milk, some yeast, Jell-o, and water. Now, we want to put the corn, and we want to use the water and milk to saturate the corn. We want all the corn to be covered by liquid, so that it really gets nasty, and ferments in there, and smells really bad, and tastes awful to the deer, but the hogs will love it.

GRANT: Get that corn smelling really sour. Now, hogs will come readily to soured corn. It’s actually better ‘cause it has more of an aroma, if you will. So that’s a attractive for a bigger area, but deer won’t touch soured corn usually. So, boys are cooking up Granny’s special recipe. We’ll give it a few days to brew out in the sun, put that baby in a trap; we’ll have pork in Ms. Tracy’s freezer soon.

GRANT: Hey. It’s Memorial Day, doing one of the funner tasks here at The Proving Grounds, making sure old Betsy is still zeroed in. We hope to be calling some coyotes. Calling coyotes during the fawning season is critical, because boy, those coyotes are also out there trying to eat a lot. Right now, they’re paired up, and they can really wear out a bunch of fawns. We’ve also got something else doing some damage here at The Proving Grounds, and that’s groundhogs. Man, they pop out of that hole, and they can clear out a huge circumference of soybeans around their hole. Now, do I want deer eating those soybeans, or do I want a groundhog eating those soybeans? That’s pretty obvious. So, Betsy and I gonna get sighted in. We gonna be putting some groundhog in Ms. Tracy’s skillet. Let’s see how we do.

GRANT: You cannot believe, after the tough deer season I’ve had – traveling, truck, getting it out of the case, up and down tree stands, getting bumped. That baby is exactly two inches high, at 100 yards, twelve o’clock. Exactly where I’ve had it sighted in. This scope is absolutely incredible, because I mean I bumped, and runned, and gunned for months. Pulled that baby out of the safe, plump a new shell in there, point her down range and we’re talking dead on the ground. Nothing like a good scope to keep you running.

GRANT: Give us a fire in the hole, before you shoot.

HUNTER: I pulled it.

NATHAN: Fire in the hole.

GRANT: You know, and no matter how much time you spend out there in the field, like I’m blessed to do, I work with Brad, or Hunter and Nathan. We kind of all get in our own little path. We keep doing stuff the same way we’ve been doing it, and that’s not being a smart land manager. I like to go to places where really talented land managers, or scientists, researchers come together and share information, so my techniques can become more efficient, or just simply better, or more economical. And a great opportunity to do that is the Land and the Wildlife Expo in Nashville, Tennessee, August 11th through the 14th. It’s not only this year’s Quality Deer Management Association’s National Convention, that’s awesome in itself, but NRCS, and the other groups – National Wild Turkey Federation – are all gonna be there sharing information and techniques about what we all love – managing land and hunting for wildlife. I’m gonna be there the whole time. Man, catch me in the hallway, see me at some of my seminars, at the food plot demonstration; trail camera demonstrations. I want to bring back information, so I can make The Proving Grounds better. And if you’d like to join me, visit me face to face, or Dr. Carl Miller, Dr. Greg Harper – many other great guys in our business, check out this information right here beside the video player, and see all the great stuff at the Land and Wildlife Expo, August 11th through the 14th, in Nashville, Tennessee.

GRANT: As sad as it is, we’ve got one more week in the contest that they’re giving away my four, personal four, Derby City calls that I used this year. You can see how well tuned those calls were by watching our episodes about turkey hunting. One contestant is gonna win those four calls. I hope it’s you.

GRANT: It’s time to get back in the field, gets these boys away from the camera and out there where we can get some real sweat going on. I hope you’ve got some fun projects going on at your Proving Grounds. Thanks for watching us here at GrowingDeer.tv.

GRANT: So we’ll get this laid out. We’ll kill it all. We’ll fertilize heavy. We’ll start planting. We’ll get deer conditioned to coming here, and by the time you all are back in school this fall, I’ll be able to hunt, but I’ll be thinking about the work you did.