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How many joules are necessary to keep deer out of soybeans?

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What size electric fence charger and how many joules do i need to keep the deer from my beans

Tommy,

Whew! I don’t understand all the aspects of electricity! I do know I’ve had great success with the Non Typical Fence.

for more information.

Enjoy creation,

Grant

March 2, 2016

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Where can I purchase a drip torch?

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Grant,
I have been trying to locate a drip torch similar to the model that you use for prescribed fire at the Proving Grounds. Would you mind telling me where I could find one?

Thank you

Nate

See you at the Field Days in April!!

Nate,

There are many online sources where drip torches can be purchased.  Google drip torch and you’ll find several sources and prices.

I look forward to visiting with you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

March 2, 2016

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What type of arrows do you use?

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Dr. Grant Woods

I enjoy watching and learning from your videos. I was wondering what type of arrow do you use. I’ve been using Carbon express whitetail arrows for awhile but I wanted to change because the ones I use are breaking easily. Thanks for spreading the word of God with your videos and God bless!

 

Peter,

I’ve been shooting the Evidence by BloodSport or a similar model for years!  I shot four does with the same arrow (different broadhead) last season and still have that arrow in my quiver!  I really like the small diameter shafts and how tough they’ve proven to be after years of use.

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 24, 2016

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Where can I rent a no-till drill?

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hi mr. woods i live in Albany ny i planted eagle seeds last season with great success and im starting to plan out this growing season, ive been reading up and no till drills and using them i have about acre and a half plot. My problem is living in capital region not many farms around and access to equipment is hard to come by i read somewhere about local dec renting out drills but i cant seem to find anything i was wondering if u have ever heard of local dec doing that or where to find that info if they are able to be rented?

heres to a good up coming growing season!

mike

Mike,

Many NRCS offices rent no-till drills.  Each county typically has a NRCS office. That’s a great place to start asking about the availability of no-till drills for rent.

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 23, 2016

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Do you like Redneck haybale or tower blinds better?

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what kind of blinds do you like best rednecks or hay bale?

Will,

My family and I really enjoy hunting out of both the http://www.RedneckBlinds.com haybale and hard side blinds!  Deer accept the Haybale much faster. I’ve moved a Haybale blind to a plot and had deer walk close to it hours later!

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 22, 2016

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Can you help me find a Prime bow dealer in the St. Louis area?

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I am looking to purchase a new bow & I can’t find a Prime dealer in the St. Louis market. Where is the closest dealer for the Prime bows?
Thanks,
Tom

Tom,

Check out this link to find a Prime bow dealer near you!

Prime will be at the GrowingDeer Field Event April 1 and 2nd and offering discounts on bows!  I hope you join us them and visit directly with guys from the Prime factory!

Enjoy creation!

grant

February 21, 2016

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What caliber and brand rifle do you use for deer hunting?

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What caliber and brand do you usually use for deer hunting with a gun.

Derek,

I have a Winchester model 70 in .308 caliber that’s my favorite deer rifle!  My daughter’s, father, and I have taken many deer with that rifle!

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 21, 2016

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Are there Prime bow dealers near St. Louis?

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I am looking to purchase a new bow & I can’t find a Prime dealer in the St. Louis market. Where is the closest dealer for the Prime bows?
Thanks,
Tom

Tom,

I asked the folks at Prime and they shared four dealers in the St. Louis area including:

  • Mikes’s Bait, Tackle, and Archery
  • Little Outdoors
  • Southwestern Archery
  • Headhunter Archery

Prime will have the newest models to shoot at our Field Event April 1st and 2nd (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-field-days-2016-april-1st-and-2nd-registration-21092207360)  be offering some discounts there!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Would a GoPro be a good choice to use when filming hunts?

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Is a GoPro4 or any GoPro clear when you are reviewing the footage on a hunt? And. Can you zoom in and out on the footage on a video? Do you recommend that I buy one if I am interested in recording my hunts?

Alec,

GoPro’s are great at filming wide angle close range events.  They are perfect for filming hunters, etc.  They might be OK to film a bow hunt that’s 20 yards or less.  There wouldn’t be much detail if the critter was more than 20 yards away. They simply aren’t built for that mission.

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 8, 2016

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Do you know the shelf life of Dead Down Wind field spray?

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Hi Grant, I have been a believer in Dead Down Wind field spray for the past deer season but towards the end of the season I ran out and could not find any in stores so i ordered some from Amazon. The first time i used the new bottle i noticed it had a smell that other bottles i used did not and when i looked inside it was brown in color. I was wandering if you have ever had experience with this product going bad. My guess is i just received an old bottle that had expired and gone bad. Any info you have on the shelf life of the field spray would be helpful. Thanks again.

Cade,

That’s a good question and I’ll try to find out.  

grant

February 5, 2016

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When will the Genesis drill be available?

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I recall reading your post about the Redexim prototype seed drill. Any news on when it will be ready for production and whether it performs as hoped? Thanks, and hope you are well.

Brian,

I was extremely pleased with the last prototype Redexim (now called the Genesis) drill I tested.  They were very patient and during a several month period shipped prototypes back and forth to Holland to incorporate improved designs based on testing in very rough conditions.

I saw Paul Hollis with Redexim at the Quality Deer Management Association convention and he assured me production drills would be available for the spring planting season.  You may reach Paul at:  314-378-1889.

Paul will be demonstrating a Genesis at our April 1st and 2nd Field Event (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-field-days-2016-april-1st-and-2nd-registration-21092207360).

I believe he is also offering attendees a discount.  That will be great since there is already a waiting list for the Genesis at full price!

Enjoy creation!

grant

February 5, 2016

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Have you tried an Ozonics?

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Grant,
Have you ever used ozonics and if so did you see any results.

James, 

I have played a bit with an Ozonics.  I haven’t used it enough to say whether I like it or not.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 31, 2016

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What safety harness was Seth Harker using as a tree stand?

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Grant,

I watched Seth Harker and Aaron Kicklighter kills two bucks in “Amazing Whitetail Bow Hunts: Doubling Up on Bucks and Does”. What green harness/treestand device are they using? It seems to be a harness system that serves as a treestand and harness. Do they use it during the late fall when temperatures are colder?

Thanks for all the great information.

Matt

Matt,

Seth was using an older product called a Tree Saddle.  It was a neat product that allows hunters to climb and hunt any tree without setting up a stand.  Yes, the Tree Saddle can be used when the temperatures are colder.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 25, 2016

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I was impressed with how quiet the Prime bow was!

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Thank you Dr Grant for introducing me to Prime bows…The biggest thing I noticed about then in your show was how quiet they were compared to watching a couple other shows that use Mathews and Hoyts…

I currently have a Hoyt Rampage XT and liked it but just didnt seem to get the performance I was expecting…

Yesterday I went to Albany NY to a dealer that sold both Prime and Mathews (I wanted to try a Mathews as well) and even though the dealer told me that in our area they just dont sell that many Primes I was hooked right from the beginning…The Mathews was nice but was noticeably heavier…The thing that clinched me was when I shot them and saw how much quieter the Prime was…After getting it all decked out we did some tuning shots and I was laying arrows right on top of each other at 20 yards…My confidence was soaring!

Thank you again and I cant wait to send you a picture of my first kill (hopefully a coyote!)…

Ed,

I agree with you – I really like how quiet my Prime bow is and how easy it is to shoot it accurately!  I look forward to seeing pictures from your hunts!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 21, 2016

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When will Redexim have the no-till drill available?

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I was curious if you knew if Redexim was going to have the no-till drill seen at field day, in production by this spring? I havent seen it on their website yet.

Kyle,

I checked with Redexim and was told the drills should be available by March.  They should have the newest model at our April 1st and 2nd Field Event!  

Paul’s, at Redexim, cell number is:  314-378-1889

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 21, 2016

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What’s in the orange bottle I see you using to check the wind?

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Thank you very much for your email. Curtis is improving and is now stretching his legs we are hoping for a quick recovery after his surgery. I am thinking about getting in a stand tomorrow and am watching some of your videos to get in the mindset lol. What are you spraying out of the orange small squeeze container in to the wind ? Also how important is a deer call ? Would that increase the amount of encounters I have ? Thank you very much and God bless

Ryan,

I’m thrilled to learn Curtis is improving!  

The small orange bottle is a Dead Down Wind product that allows me to check the wind direction, thermals, etc.  It’s an unscented very light powder that shows me the wind/thermal directions several feet from my stand!  Check out:  http://www.basspro.com/Dead-Down-Wind-e3-Checkmate-Wind-Checker/product/13032606064210/

I consider a quality grunt call almost as important as my weapon.  Used properly they are a great tool!  I don’t just use it a random – but rather when I see a buck out of range or in an area where I can’t shoot.  There are lots of examples of how and when to use a grunt call in the http://www.GrowingDeer.com episdoes.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What do you use to cover the camera and tripod during turkey hunts?

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Hey Dr. Woods,

What is used to cover the camera and tripod in episode 285? Seth is filming Adam in a successful turkey hunt.

Grant,

We use a camo netting we purchased at Bass Pro. Check out:  http://www.basspro.com/CamoSystems-Basic-Series-UltraLite-Camouflage-Field-Net/product/49622/

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 21, 2016

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What turkey choke do you use?

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Hey Dr. Grant,

I was just watching some of your turkey hunts and noticed a young fellow using what looked to be a winchester sxp 12 gauge. I have one of these guns and recently bought some long beard xr 3″ shells and am now in the market for the right choke. I was wondering what choke / shell setup that fellow prefers to use with his winchester sxp.
Thank you sir, and thanks for all your great videos. But most of all, thanks for your reminder to take time to listen to our creator, God Almighty and the Lord Jesus Christ! Blessings.

Derek

Derek,

Thank you for sharing the encouraging words!  

I use the factory choke with my Winchester SXP Long Beard shotgun!  It patterns great!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 14, 2016

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What type of cameras do you use?

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what type of cameras do y’all use?

Kristian,

If you are asking about what type of cameras we use to produce GrowingDeer, check out https://www.growingdeer.tv/view/filming-equipment/

If you are asking about what type of trail cameras we use Reconyx cameras and have used them for years.  We’ve been extremely pleased with them.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 12, 2016

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When should a muzzleloader be unloaded?

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When should a muzzle loaded rifle be unloaded after end of Blackpowder season?

Ervin,

Most of the powders are corrosive. I like to unload (not just remove the primer) muzzleloaders within a few days of being loaded. I often carefully remove the breach and simply remove the powder without firing the weapon.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 12, 2016

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How much attention do you pay to the wind when hunting from a Redneck blind?

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How much attention do you pay to the wind when you are hunting a redneck blind?

Hugh,

I like a favorable wind even when hunting from a Redneck blind. I often use the screen window frames and cover them with a thin clear film (like a clear plastic cooking wrap). I open the window I will shoot a bow out of and put wrapped frame in opening. 

I’ve tested shooting a broadhead through the wrap and my arrow flies great!  I’ve had deer downwind in this scenario without getting busted.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 12, 2016

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What bow do you suggest for a first time bow hunter?

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I don’t mean to keep bothering you it just that I am so interested in what you do for a living. But anyways my questions is that I want to start to bow hunt i already use my bothers crossbow, but i want something more challenging . What would you recommend for a first time bow hunter. I want to get the new Matthew bow (Halon) but i am confused with the brace height. So if you have any advice.

5 6 7
Brace Height 6″Draw Weight 40, 50, 60 & 70 lbsLet-off 75%, 85%Draw Lengths 25-31″Half Sizes 25.5-30.5″String Length 61 5/8″Cable Length 27 7/8″ & 13″Riser Length 26 7/8″Bow Weight 4.55 lbs
(without Harmonic Dampers)IBO Rating up to 345 fpsAxle-to-Axle 30″Cam Crosscentric™ CamMSRP $1,099ALL SPECIFICATIONS ARE APPROXIMATE

Connor,

I’ve never shot/touched the Halon so I can’t speak about that bow.  Raleigh (my daughter) started with a bow from Quest (http://www.questbowhunting.com/).  She’s tagged two bucks with it and I enjoy shooting it!  I believe you can purchase a great Quest bow for about 1/2 the price of the Halon and save plenty of money for other gear.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 8, 2016

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What type of arrow does Adam use?

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What kind of red, white, and blue arrows was Adam using in the latest video of him tagging that doe?

 

Weston,

I’m shooting a Bloodsport arrow in their Hunter model.

The American flag wrap is custom but could likely be bought at any custom arrow wrap store. It doesn’t effect the flight at all, and adds a little patriotic touch to the arrows!

Adam

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What type of binoculars do you use?

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What type of binoculars do you use

 

Dustin,

I use Nikon ProStaff 10×40’s.  Check out: http://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/nikon-products/binoculars/16003/prostaff-7s-10×42.html

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 26, 2015

 

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Where can I find more information about the no-till drill you helped develop?

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Grant- very interested in your new no-till drill equipment that is in the works. Where can I find more info. on it and when will it be available ? Thanks and Merry Christmas -Jim

Jim,

The drill now has a name!  They named it Genesis.

I signed off on version X (I lost count but was amazed how how patient they were with my field testing and suggested improvements) a while back and am told units will be available about mid February.  

Paul Hollis is the person in charge of that project for Redexim (www.Redexim.com).  Paul’s cell number is:  314-378-1889.  Paul travels frequently so don’t hesitate to leave or message and try again.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 21, 2015

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What bow sight do you use?

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What kind of bow sight do you use.

Joey,

I use a sight with five pins from Sword. It’s very tough, easy to adjust, and has very bright fibers!  

I use my bow primarily for hunting so the biggest characteristics I desire in a sight are being tough and small, but bright fibers so they don’t cover too much of the kill zone.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 21, 2015

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What do you use to cover the camera and tripod legs during turkey hunts?

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I am starting to film my hunts now and was wondering what you use during your turkey hunts to cover to the camera and tripod. With the great eyesight turkeys have I want to cover up the black camera and silver tripod.

 

Grant,

We use camo tape on tripod and camera.  We cover as much of both as we can without limiting their function.  This has worked great for us!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 16, 2015

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What’s a good flashlight that won’t break the bank?

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Been having some trouble finding a good flashlight that won’t break the bank. Any idea on what has been successful for tracking and that is bright?

Davis,

That’s a good question. I haven’t found one I prefer yet.  I use a currently use a hodgepodge of lights and none of them are exceptional.

If I find a good model you’ll see me using it on GrowingDeer.com.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 16, 2015

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What grunt call do you suggest?

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Grant I wanted to let you know I purchased a Caldwell Treepod and had good luck the 1st day as I bagged a doe. Can’t wait for that trophy buck. I also ordered a FieldPod. My question, any suggestions for a grunt caller for bucks? I noticed Hooks custom calls was a sponsor.

Steve,

Congratulations on tagging some venison!  

This summer, Adam and I started testing several brands of calls and comparing them to grunts of wild, free ranging bucks we’d video.  None of the calls had the same rhythm and/or tone.  I asked Scott Hook of Hook’s Custom Calls to try to make me a custom grunt call based on the tone and rhythm we’d documented.  Scott made us a call and then we suggested changes.  Short story… After several models I believe Scott nailed it!   This is the call all my pro staff and I used this fall and we’ve tagged several mature bucks that responded to Scott’s calls.  

Scott says he’ll have these calls available during February 2016.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 16, 2015

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Which Reconyx camera do you use?

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Grant..1st, luv the show…I have learned so much about deer, habitat, etc..

Which Reconyx model do you use and why? Ive seen and tried diff low glows, no glows and white flash and Id luv to hear what you say about them…Ive never tried Reconyx before and am looking to try one this next year…

Thanks!

Ed,

I have several older Reconyx units that are still working fine – including units that are eight years old!

I really like the Reconyx Ultrafire and 900. The Ultrafire takes incredible video.  We usually show some at the start of each http://www.GrowingDeer.com episode and on our Facebook page.

I also like the Reconyx 900. It sends pictures to my email as soon as they are taken and works flawlessly!

Reconyx units have great battery life!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 14, 2015

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What range finder do you use?

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I’ve been bow hunting a few years. Normally I range my distance when I hand my stand, but would like to carry a range finder with me. Which range finder do you use and would recommend?

Sam,

I use a Nikon Pro Staff 7 range finder and it has worked great for me!  I’ve used it a few years now.  

Check out:  http://www.basspro.com/Nikon-Prostaff-7i-Laser-Rangefinder/product/1503111132/?cmCat=CROSSSELL_PRODUCT

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 14, 2015

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Is a bow with a 40 pound draw weight enough to harvest deer?

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Hey Grant,

First of all, I’ve enjoyed every video you’ve uploaded. I’ve watched them multiple times and I’m always looking forward to new ones every week. So I’m new to bow hunting and am a smaller man with a little shoulder problem. I have a bow (PSE Stinger X) on the way and I just wanted your opinion on a few things. So, my brother has been bow hunting for a few years now. His bow is currently set to 50lbs. Now I’ve tried multiple times drawing the bow back. The first try I’m able to draw it but was struggling a little bit. I was planning to set my bow at 40lbs but didn’t know whether that would be enough power to kill a deer. I wanted to get your advice as to if 40lbs will be enough to harvest a deer, what broad heads to use, and what yardage (max) I should limit myself to. I would really appreciate your insight on this. Right now I’m at a crossroads between selling/returning the bow and invest in something else or continue pursuing bow hunting. Any feedback from you will be greatly appreciated. Thanks for taking your time reading this. Stay safe. Stay warm. And keep them videos coming.

God bless!
King

PS. Your dad is in my prayers.

King,

I sincerely appreciate you praying for my Dad! 

My daughter, Raleigh, shoots a bow that has a draw weight of 45 pounds and has no problem achieving total penetration through mature bucks. My friend Mark Drury also has shoulder issues and shoots world class deer annually with a bow that has a draw weight in the 40’s to low 50’s.  

You will be fine hunting whitetails with a bow that has a draw weight in the 40’s!  Shot placement is much more important that the bow’s draw weight.  I encourage you to hunt with a bow set to a weight that you can shoot accurately!

Raleigh has had great success with the Striker broadhead by G5. This broadhead has been shown to be one of the sharpest in the industry and flies great!  I’ve tagged many deer and wild hogs using this head.  Check out:  http://www.g5outdoors.com/

I hope you continue hunting with your weapon of choice and take time daily to enjoy creation!

grant

December 14, 2015

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How can I get a GrowingDeer sweatshirt?

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Grant,

I really enjoy your show and more so I enjoy your philosophy on deer hunting. Releasing the arrow might be the most exhilarating moment of the year, but habitat improvement, patterning, and studying the deer is just as much fun. I would like to promote your show and asked my fiance` for a Growingdeer.tv sweatshirt this year for Christmas but I am not finding any on your website. Do you offer any apparel?

I’m also interested in attempting to film some hunts and hunting projects. what is an inexpensive yet quality camera setup? I would be primarily solo filming.

Thanks,

Neil Torbett

Neil,

Thanks for sharing the kind words!  We hope to have some GrowingDeer apparel available soon. Unfortunately it won’t be available by Christmas.  We’ll share when it’s available on an upcoming show.

Many of my friends use a Canon Vixia for self filming hunts.  This has proven to be a quality camera.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 14, 2015

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What’s the name of the grunt call you tested and use?

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Grant, I am an avid bow hunter from southern Maine. I love your show, though I only recently discovered it. I’ve been going through them in reverse order for a while now.

First of all, thank you for being a powerful witness for Jesus Christ. It seems to me that the majority of us outdoorsman also share a love for our Lord, and I am so thankful that you have a platform to show everyone about all that Christ has done for us. Your faith will give you a peace that passes understanding as you deal with the trials you are going through with your father, and your audience will bear witness to that. Stay strong. I’m praying for you brother.

So, anyway. On a show a while back you, Adam, and the interns tested grunt calls. It was clear you couldn’t or wouldn’t share which one you settled on as the best, but I was hoping you could share that info privately. The buck to doe ratios are terrible in southern Maine, and deer are never likely to respond, but I do bowhunt every October in Ohio. The deer are much more responsive there. I currently use a True Talker, and quite honestly, it doesn’t seem to sound anything like the grunts I hear the deer doing on your trail cams.

I know you are busy, and may not even see this, but thanks again for all you do, and keep it up.

By the way, I’m sending this from my treestand. It’s the last day I can hunt this season. God has blessed my family of 7 with four deer this year, and I’m trying for one last doe.

Luke,

Thank you for sharing the kind words!  

We tested many of the currently available calls.  We listened to them in comparison with lots of recordings we had of wild, free-ranging bucks.   I wasn’t totally pleased with any of them.  Either the tone, rhythm, or both were wrong. Like turkeys or humans, each deer is a unique individual and has a unique voice. However, the tone and rhythm is somewhat similar in humans and even more so in deer!  

I had been very impressed with turkey calls made by Scott Hook of Hook’s Customs Calls and asked him to make me a grunt call.  One of Scott’s guys, James, has won the world championship owl calling contest many times using a call he made.  James is a great outdoorsmen and craftsmen.  James built us a call that we included in our pre season testing. I liked James’ call but offered some suggestions. James tweaked the call based on his knowledge of woods, reeds, etc., and sent me another. Short story, after MANY versions and testing I believe James nailed the tone, rhythm, and volume that I wanted!  

James built the GrowingDeer Team calls and we’ve tagged a pile of bucks using the calls this year!  You may have heard the calls and seen bucks responding to them on GrowingDeer.com.

I hope Hook’s Custom Calls, http://www.hookscalls.com/, will offer the grunt call duing 2016.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 13, 2015

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What rest were you using in the tree stand?

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Hi Dr. Grant,

I’ve been watching your videos a lot recently and have seen y’all using a swing arm to hold your rifles while in a tree stand. I attempted to look on the rest of your sight for what it is that you are using, but was not successful. Can you let me know what gear you are using?

Ryan,

I’ve tagged several bucks using the Caldwell DeadShot TreePod!  It works great!  To learn more check out:   http://www.btibrands.com/product/deadshot-treepod/

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 10, 2015

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What are your thoughts about using a crossbow?

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Dr. Woods,

What is your take on using a crossbow?

I am 32 years old and fully capable of using a compound. I just started hunting 4 years ago here in Michigan after moving from the concrete jungle of California and got into out of a need to feed my family (wife and 4 kids) better/healthier meat at an affordable price. I have been successful in getting two deer with my compound over the years and have injured and missed more than that. I do not have the time to put into practicing with my compound due to my work schedule and family life and I do not want to injure anymore deer. All the while I still need to feed my family. I know this can be a touchy subject among hunting “purist” being that I am not a minor, elderly, nor have any disabilities and was wondering what your thoughts are on it.

On the plus side, the Lord has provided for us abundantly during gun season over the years and I have not yet injured or missed a deer with my muzzle loader. However, I share my hunting spot with two others and am anticipating getting even less time during the gun season in the future due to where I fall in the pecking order, but I do have full access during archery as the other two guys don’t bow hunt.

Thanks for your time,
Brandon Young

Brandon,

I’m proud of you for providing your family with wild venison!  

I’m all about folks enjoying hunting and venison!  As a biologist I work with deer population levels relative to quality forage, adult sex ratios, etc.  Which weapon is used to achieve these goals isn’t a factor.  Many states have studied and the harvest doesn’t increase when crossbows are legal.  Based on large data sets I’m very pro folks having the option to use a crossbow! 

I applaud you for knowing you don’t have time to practice and selecting a weapon that fits your needs.  I would make the same choice!  

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 10, 2015

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What is the tree stand rifle rest you used in episode 315?

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Grant, I love watching your shows each week as I’m getting a late start on hunting. I’m 63 and have been hunting 3 years and love it. Watching episode #315 I noticed you were in a tree stand and had your rifle rested on a device I would love to have on my Tree stand. Could you tell ne what the name is and where I could find one? I’m suppose Bass Pro has them.

Thanks, Steve Wilson

P.S. Thanks for keeping us update on your father’s condition and praying he is fully healed.

Steve,

I’m thrilled you enjoy hunting!  

I use and really like the Cadwell TreePod.  I’ve tagged several bucks using this rest.  To learn more check out:  http://www.btibrands.com/product/deadshot-treepod/

I also use their FieldPod when hunting in blinds or off the ground.  Check out:  http://www.basspro.com/Caldwell-DeadShot-FieldPod/product/10213272/

I’m with Dad now!  He’s receiving his fourth chemo infusion.  He had a great checkup this morning and the Doc’s tell us the cancer is 99% gone! That’s a huge praise!

I sincerely appreciate you praying for Dad!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 10, 2015

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What’s a good starter video camera?

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Hey Grant, I was starting to consider filming my hunts. I was wondering what type of camera y’all use, or one that is a good starter camera

Walker,

Cameras change models rapidly like most electronics.  The Cannon Vixia has been a very good starter camera for years.  The Vixia units seem to improve each year!  

I look forward to watching your hunts!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 5, 2015

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What brand of grunt calls are you using this season?

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What kind of grunt calls are you using this season? Nov. 27th success. following doe in eagle seed beans👍

Greg,

Congratulations for tagging a nice buck with a handgun!  

We started testing and comparing many of the available grunt calls during the summer of 2015.  We compared their tone and rhythm to recordings of bucks we’d videoed.  None of the calls seemed to replicate the tone and rhythm.  

We then started working with Hooks’ Custom Calls (http://www.hookscalls.com/) in hopes they could custom build calls for our Team that produced the tone and rhythm we were seeking.  This turned out to be much more difficult than I expected.  After literally dozens of attempts I was happy with the tone and rhythm of a call they hand made.  That’s the call you’ve seen my Team and me using this fall. We’ve literally tagged more bucks due to grunting this fall than during any other year!  

Hopefully Hook’s will make that call available to the public during 2016.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 3, 2015

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What’s a good bow for a new bow hunter?

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Matthew,

Hi Grant my name is Matthew and I’m from Kentucky and I’m 15 yrs old and I really want to get into hunting because I know they are some nice big bucks in Kentucky and I’m wanting to get a bow and I’m asking you for some help on a beginner bow that would be a nice setup for me my draw length is 27 inches and I can pull 60-65 pounds on a bow so if you could help me find the right bow that would be the best fit for me I’d really appreciate it.

 

Matthew,

I’m glad you wish to start bow hunting!

My daughter, Raleigh, shoots an older version of the Quest Storm (http://www.basspro.com/Quest-by-G5-Storm-D-T-H-Compound-Bow-Package/product/1501160807147/) or (http://www.questbowhunting.com/quest-hunting-bows-info-and-specs/).  This bow shoots great!  You can watch Raleigh tag a nice buck with this bow here.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 30, 2015

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What video camera do you use?

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Dr.Grant, I was looking all over the web site didn’t find any thing on video cameras? I see you like to use GoPros and some other type of camera ? I am looking to buy a video camera but am not sure what one is worth my money and what brand. I am looking to get good at filming and by the time I am old enough to join the Growing deer field staff I would love to do just that but I am only 15 so I might be a few yrs. Have a great day and keep looking up !

Sam,

There are several great cameras.  As with most technical equipment the better cameras cost more.  Lots of folks start with a Cannon Vixia.  This model changes slightly each year, but has a track record of being a very good camera for the price.

I look forward to you joining the GrowingDeer Team!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 30, 2015

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Which safety harness do you prefer?

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Grant,

I’m looking to purchase a Muddy Tree Safety Harness. The 2 I am looking at are The Diamondback and The Safeguard. Of the 2, which would you recommend?

Thanks,
Ben

Ben,

I haven’t tried either of those harnesses.  I use and am very pleased with the Summit Seat of the Pants harness!  Please always wear a safety harness when climbing – always!  There are way to many hunters permanently injured from falling!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 30, 2015

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What type of fence do you use to protect food plots until the late season?

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What kind of fences do you use to help deer out to reserve some of a food plot for later season.
 Colton,

I’ve used the Non-Typical Hot Zone system for years. In fact I’ve used the same two for many years in a row!  They work great!  For more information check out their fence system!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 29, 2015

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What size binos do you prefer?

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What’s your thought on size of binoculars? I’m trying to decide 8×42 or 10×42. Probably a Nikon Monarch.

Luke,

I prefer 10×42 binoculars.  I like the added magnification as I enjoy seeing more detail of critters.  They are a tag larger and heavier but I think the trade-off of seeing more detail is worth the larger size.  I use Nikon Monarchs – they are great binoculars!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 28, 2015

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What’s a good bow sight?

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I’m looking for a new sight and was wondering what do you think are some good ones that I should look into ?

Jacob,

I assume you are asking about bow sights?

I like a sight that has:

1.  Very bright and tough fiber optics.

2.  Is simple to adjust and stays adjusted.

3.  Is very tough – won’t break while be used in the field.

4.  Has five pins (20,30, 40, 50, 60). I prefer to not have to change/adjust anything before I shoot!

I’ve used a Sword brand sight for years and it has help up very well!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 27, 2015 

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How can I keep my glasses from fogging?

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Hunting here in Ohio one of my major challenges has been my glasses fogging up. Do you have this issue, and if so what do you do to combat it. I’ve tried some of the anti-fog treatments on the market but have yet to find one that holds up to buck fever especially when wearing a face mask.

James,

There’s lots of moisture in the air we exhale.  This often gets channeled out the eye holes of many facemasks.  I prefer facemask with a large opening around my mouth and nose.  This design prevents the moist air from existing through the eye holes and causing fog to form on my glasses.

One of the most effective anti-fog products that I’m aware of is:  http://redneckblinds.com/store/red-magik-glass-cleaner  

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 27, 2015
 

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What brand of bow do you suggest for a first time bow hunter?

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I’ve never bow hunted before, but think I would enjoy it. However, I’ve talked with many in my area who have tried it and gave it up.

What bow would you recommend starting with? I don’t want to spend a fortune on equipment only to find out it’s not for me.

Thanks – enjoy the great videos!

Stan

 

Stan,

Bow hunting is certainly a challenge!  It’s a great opportunity to fine tune hunting skills.

My daughter, Raleigh, shoots a Quest bow.  I like the bow and would gladly hunt with it!  Check out:  http://questbowhunting.com/

You can watch Raleigh take a mature buck at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/#308

Quest bows tend to be about half the price of most pro shop quality bows.

I believe making sure the bow fits well (correct draw length and weight) is more important that the brand.  I’ve shared several tips for improving accuracy and practicing with a bow during recent episode at GrowingDeer.com!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 19, 2015

 

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What broadhead to you suggest for a bow with a draw weight of 51 pounds?

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Hey guys I’m almost thirteen years old and my bows draw weight is at 51 pounds I’ve been working hard at trying to get the draw weight up but is 51 pounds enough to use the G5 havic expandable broadheads?

Sincerely Caleb

Caleb,

My daughter Raleigh shoots a bow with a 45 pound draw weight and has tagged some mature bucks with that setup!  You can watch her recent hunt at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/archive/#/launching-arrows-buck-down-doe-down

Raleigh uses the G5 Striker broadhead (http://www.g5outdoors.com/g5-outdoors-striker-broadhead-death-row/).  It’s super sharp and flies great!  

I’m not aware of any research that states a draw weight or amount of energy necessary for a mechanical head.  However, 51 pounds may be a bit on the light side, especially if the shot is at a mature buck. I’d suggest you use the Striker broadhead for bows with a draw weight under 60 pounds.

Finally – make sure you can shoot accurate in a hunting situation (excited, heavy clothes, etc.) with the draw weight.  Accuracy is much more important that energy! 

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 17, 2015

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Do you know a source for the ScentMaster box?

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I have very little success locating a source for the ScentMaster box. They show on their website that they are out of stock and I submitted my email address to let me know when they may be available. That has been some time ago. Do you know if they are going to produce any more? The only reason that I ask you is that they are a sponsor of yours.

I also submitted to you a question about Kentucky and hunting public lands (WMA’s) Thanks for the response and it was very helpful.
Thanks again, Don

Don,

I called Redneck Blinds and they assured me they have ScentMaster boxes in stock.  Their phone number is: 417-682-1927.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 12, 2015


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Which grunt call do you prefer?

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Hello Grant! I am very interested in your deer grunt tests. I’ve done alot of this myself but not with as many people. I was wondering which call your team is liking the best so far?

Bryan,

We’ve been testing calls and comparing them to our recordings of wild bucks for months now.  We had Hook’s Custom Calls build us several calls. I used these calls and then ask for some tweaks to the tone or rhythm.  I’m still playing and asking for changes but we’ve tagged several bucks this fall that overtly responded to these calls. In fact, the GrowingDeer Pro Staff has tagged more bucks responding to the Hook’s Custom calls this fall than during any other fall with all the different brands of calls combined!

I’ll share in GrowingDeer.com if I learn more.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015

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What’s an inexpensive camera that I can use to start filming hunts?

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Grant,

Congratulations on the latest mature buck during the pre-rut! I am always looking for a new challenge when hunting. I recently killed an 11 point with split brow tines in southwest Kansas, however, I found myself wishing I would have had the hunt on camera. I always enjoy watching your show and it gets me excited to hunt. I was hoping you might be able to give some advice for a beginner filming a hunt.

What is an inexpensive starter camera, mounting equipment, etc. that you like? I’ve taken a lot of cell phone pictures and videos, but as you can guess, that really isn’t great quality. I don’t want to spend a lot just looking for something new to add to the hunting experience.

Thank you,

Jess

Jess,

Congratulations on harvesting a nice Kansas buck!  

There are literally hundreds of new models of cameras, mics, mounts, etc., each year.  I don’t pretend to know the best – especially of entry level cameras as we use a bit more professional level gear.  

Some of my friends have used Cannon Vixia cameras for years.  There are many models within this line.  The Vixia units have proven tough and do a great job for that price range.,

I hope to see some of your footage soon!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015

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What would be a good age to switch from using a 20 to 12 gauge?

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I know this is a bit off topic but what do you think would be a good age to switch from 20 to 12 gauge?

Ben,

People develop physically at very different ages.  My oldest daughter used my 12 gauge for turkey hunting a few years before my youngest daughter was ready.  

I’d focus on if gun fits the shooter?  Can they hold, shoulder, and reach the trigger safely and comfortably?  

The recoil can easily be adjusted by the type of shell used. Both my girls used dove loads to kill turkeys from a 12 gauge. This combo has way less recoil than a 3″ magnum load in a 20 gauge.  

I would strive to minimize recoil. No shooter, especially a new hunter, enjoys heavy recoil. Such experiences often cause folks to stop shooting or develop bad techniques due to dreading the recoil.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015 

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What grunt call do you prefer during the pre rut

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Hey Dr. Grant Woods what grunt call is great for pre-rut

Hayden,

I use a grunt call throughout the season!  I tend to use it more during the pre rut, rut, and late season.  Deer tend to respond positively or ignore grunt calls. The exceptions to this is if the call is too loud for the distance, wind noise, etc., between the hunter and deer or if the deer has already been alerted.  

I always take a grunt call hunting!   May not use it, but it’s a tool I want available.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015

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Does Grant prefer face paint or a face mask?

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Watching your videos (they are tremendous!!!) I see you/your staff tend to use face paint vs. a mask. What are your thoughts on these two choices? Thank you for being so transparent on your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Really appreciate your mature and level-headed spirit in how you explain your hunting philosophies.

Gary,

Thank you for sharing the encouraging words!  

I prefer face paint when it’s warm enough. I wear glasses and I dislike fussing with a face mask and making sure it’s not covering part of my view.  However, when it’s cold I prefer a face mask to help keep me warm.  I usually use one that pulls up below my eyes. I don’t often use the models that have holes and cover my entire face.

I also will use a face mask if I know I won’t have time after the hunt to remove the face paint before an appointment. 

Summary – my personal preference is to use face paint most of the time.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015

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What type of bow sight do you use?

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Hey Grant, I was wondering what kind of bow sight you use?

Scotty,

I have a 5 -pin sight from Sword Sights.  I’ve had this sight for years!  It’s very durable and has extremely bright fibers. I use my bow primarily for hunting and desire a sight that’s simple, durable, and fail proof in a hunting situation. I don’t wish to need to adjust/twist, etc., anything when buck is within range.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015

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Where do you get Prime bows?

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Do you order your prime bows straight from the manufacture or do you go to one of the dealers? Also what sights do you run on your prime bows? I usual shoot a 3 pin sight but Ive looked at sights for example that have the smart pin technology where you sight in like the 20 yard pin and the rest sights in automatically. Wanted to know your opinion on those if you have shot one.

You have got me wanting one. Looks like I’ve got my christmas present already picked out.

Luke,

I do order bows directly from Prime!  They have great service!!

I use a five pin sight.  I’ve never tried sights with the “smart pin technology.”  

I hope you do get a Prime bow for Christmas!  I really enjoy mine!!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015

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How may I reduce the household scents driers infuse into my hunting clothes?

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I have dead down wind laundry detergent but I ran out of dryer sheets. its raining outside. any tips how to dry my clothes without contaminating the scent

Leonard,

I don’t have a good answer.  I’ve failed to pack Dead Down Wind dryer sheets when traveling. I cleaned the lent screen well and sprayed it with Dead Down Wind. I don’t know of effective that was, but it’s the best option I thought of at the time.

Enjoy creation,

November 11, 2015

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How should I shoot a recurve?

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I,m 12 and I,m hunting with a 45 lb recurve bow I need tips on aming it

Levi,

I really enjoy shooting a recurve!  You must be very strong for your age as a 45 pound recurve bow is tough to pull!  

I use the instinctive method to “aim” a recurve. I don’t use the point of the arrow, etc.  I simply use the same form over and over and focus intently on what I wish to hit. I look at the smallest spot I can see on the target.

This is like throwing a baseball.  We don’t aim when we throw a ball, we simply practice and train our instinct and muscles. This is called building muscle memory.  

The above is a bit over-simplified.  I read and studied books by G.Fred Asbell that really helped me.  You might check them out:  http://www.gfredasbell.com/GFA_Books_Videos.php

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 9, 2015 

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Where can I purchase a ScentMaster?

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I have very little success locating a source for the ScentMaster box. They show on their website that they are out of stock and I submitted my email address to let me know when they may be available. That has been some time ago. Do you know if they are going to produce any more? The only reason that I ask you is that they are a sponsor of yours.

I also submitted to you a question about Kentucky and hunting public lands (WMA’s) Thanks for the response and it was very helpful.
Thanks again, Don

Don,

I reached out to the manufacturer and they responded they have units in stock. They suggest you call them directly – 417-682-1927.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 9, 2015

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What arrow rest does Grant use?

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I really have enjoyed your weekly video over the years. I would like to know what type of arrow rest you use?

Thank you for always sharing your christian walk at the holidays. He has bless you with a great talent and you always encourage everyone to remember our creator!

Your brother in Christ!

Chet

Chet,

I’ve used G5’s CMAX rest for a couple of years.  It’s quiet, accurate, and simple.  You can learn more at:  http://www.g5outdoors.com/g5-outdoors-archery-and-bow-accessories/#cmax

Thank you for sharing the encouraging words!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 5, 2015

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Should I use a Havoc broadhead if my bow weight is 50 pounds?

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I am 14 and pull back 50lbs of draw. I was wondering if I would have pass through shots at 20 yards or less if I shoot the g5 havoc or would you recommend me use a fixed broad head?

Thanks,
Luke

Luke,

I have friends that successfully use mechanical broadheads with bows under 50 pounds. I’d prefer to use the G5 Striker (fixed blade head) for bows that are 55 pounds or lighter.  My daughter Raleigh pulls 45 pounds and has taken two mature bucks with the Striker head!  Both times the shot resulted in a pass through.  I’ve taken several deer with the Striker (http://www.g5outdoors.com/g5-outdoors-striker-broadhead-death-row/) and have been very satisfied with it’s flight and sharpness. You won’t go wrong with the Striker!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 4, 2015

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What arrows do you shoot?

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Grant,
I am looking to do some more doe hunting on my proving grounds this coming thanksgiving and need to buy some more arrows and I really like the ones you shoot what brand are they and do you have pointers on what kind of arrows to pick out ?

 

Sam,

I shoot the BloodSport Impact arrows and really like them!  I’ve tagged multiple deer with the same arrow. I simply clean it up, put a new broadhead on it and use it again.

I really like the smaller diameter shafts and the consistency of weight and straightness.  Simply use the bow weight and draw length charts on the BloodSport website and select the correct arrows for your setup!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 4, 2015

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How do you shoot with prescription glasses?

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having a hard time shooting with prescription glasses my pins are not clear

George,

I wear prescription glasses with progressive lens and can’t focus on the target and pin without moving my head.  So I set up my bow (peep site, etc.) so my head is slanted to see through the portion of my progressive lens at a distance.  I focus on what I want to hit and simply line up the appropriate blurry pin.  This technique works well for me.  I’m basically looking through the pin to the target.  I hope this technique works for you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 2, 2015

 

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How can I create a relief or 3D map of my property?

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I NOTICE ON ALOT OF THE VIDEOS YOU USE A 3D MAP OF YOUR PROPERTY. VIDEO SHOWS ITS GOOGLE EARTH IVE TRIED TO DO THE SAME FOR MY PROPERTY BUT CANNOT GET A 3D VIEW OF IT CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO DO OR WHERE I NEED TO GO TO DO SO

THANKS

JAMIE

Jamie,

We use Google Earth Pro and some other applications/programs that allow us to create relief maps or maps that appear to be 3D.  Google Earth Pro cost about $400 per year and offers maps with a higher resolution and may additional tools.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 2, 2015

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What range finder do you use?

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Hey Grant, I’ve been watching your episodes an learning all I can. I’m actually going to college for Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences and Management, so I always try to watch to take mental notes for the field and classroom. My question however is that, what type of rangefinder do you and your staff prefer to use? I was also wondering what is the holder you use for it so it kinda hangs at your hip for easy access.
Thank you,
Devon W

Devon,

I’m glad you are in a Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences program!  

I use a Nikon 5000 range finder. It works great!  I use the Nikon strap that comes with the unit or hang it on my Summit safety harness – depending on the setup.  I’m right-handed so I like the range finder on my right side so I can hold a bow or firearm with my left hand and use the range finder with my right.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 29, 2015

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Why do you shoot a Prime bow?

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I really enjoy your shows and have started from the beginning this past week to refresh my mind on food plot advice. I noticed in the first shows of yours you shot a Mathews bow and now you shoot G5 Prime bows. What made you, if anything at all, make the switch? Do you suggest it to others who are going to get a new bow? What do you like and dislike about it?
Thanks for your time!

 

Rylan,

I prefer a bow that is extremely accurate and quiet.  When Prime went to the extremely high quality riser and parallel cams they were the most accurate and quietest bow I tried.  I’ve been thrilled with Prime bows and literally shoot better now than I ever have.  I have fewer deer jump string (due to being quieter).  Everyone of my buddies that’s tried a Prime has switched from the brand they were shooting to a Prime.  I suggest you try one!

 

October 28, 2015

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What speed should my bow setup produce?

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Hey, my name is Jared, I don’t want to disturb you too much; just wanted to say thanks for all of your videos as they’ve been beyond educational and entertaining. Also I want to include my thanks and admiration for including our Creator in each of your episodes. I do have a quick question, as this is my first year bow hunting.

I recently took my first bow shot at a doe, and my range was off. That mistake I understand and will correct, but one thing I noticed was the speed of my arrow seemed very slow compared to that I see in your videos. I’m at a 65 lb draw weight with a 29 inch draw length; using Carbon Express 250 shafts with 100 grain heads. What that fps comes out to be I don’t know. I was just wondering if I should up my draw weight to the maximum the bow has to offer (70 lbs), or finish out the season with the draw weight I’m use to?

Sorry for typing so much, I’m sure you all are always busy, but I’d like to learn from the experts. Thanks again for all you do for us viewers, and thank you for your time reading this. I hope and pray that Mr. Glen Woods has a speedy recovery and is back hunting with you all soon! Thanks again.

 

Jared,

I sincerely appreciate your prayers for my father!  We return to the Mayo tomorrow for his second chemo infusion.

I shoot a Prime bow and a heavy BloodSport Impact arrow (430 grain including a Havoc broadhead).  I pull 62 pounds and have a 29″ draw.  This setup shoots 268 feet per second. The speed of sound is approximately 1,100 feet per second depending on several conditions.

So – the difference between 250 and 300 feet per second is very negligible in terms of deer ducking arrows.  The speed of sound is much faster!  I find that a quieter bow is much more important than a fast bow!

Another consideration is that most modern bows tend to add about 10 feet per second for each additional inch of draw weight.  They only add two to three feet per second per pound of pull. So adding five pounds to your draw weight won’t add much speed. I strongly suggest only shooting as much pull weight as you are comfortable and shoot accurately!

 

October 27, 2015

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What brand are the orange bags you use to store/transport hunting clothes?

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What kind/brand of bags are the orange ones for your clothing?

Kevin,

It’s the All Purpose ScentPrevent Storage Bag made by Dead Down Wind.

grant

October 27, 2015

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Which type of grunt call do you prefer?

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Grant,

Over the years we have seen you test many different kinds of grunt calls for sound and authenticity. Which one or two do you recommend?

-Erik

Erik,

This year we spent lots of time comparing many different brands/models of grunt calls.  Adam, my interns and I would listen to them at 50, 100, 150, and 200 yards in different settings.  We weren’t pleased with any of them.  The tone, rhythm, and/or volume was off compared to the many recordings of actual buck grunts.  

We asked Hook’s Custom calls to build a grunt call based on various recordings of bucks.  We has very specific tone, rhythm, and/or volume requirements.  After several prototypes I’m very happy with the call the produced. In fact, a hit list buck responded to the Hook’s call yesterday and I shot him at 20 yards!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 27, 2015 

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Do you like Drake clothing?

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I wanted to know what experience you’ve had with Drake’s Non Typical Storm jacket and bibs. How do you like them for late season bow hunting regarding warmth and overall bulk of the jacket. Also how quiet is this set? I wanted to know your thoughts on this set of gear. Thanks!

Steven,

I’ve been very pleased with Drake clothing!  It’s well built and the Non-Typical series is quiet!  It’s been unseasonable warm at The Proving Grounds so far this year and I haven’t needed to use a bibs, etc. yet.

I’m ready for some cooler weather!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 22, 2015

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What grunt call did Adam used during Raleigh’s hunt?

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Grant, I was wondering which Grunt Call Adam used on the hunt with Raleigh at Cave Crossroads. It sounded real and I have had a hard time finding a grunt call that sounds real. Thanks !

Steven,

Adam was using a prototype call.  We tested several brands of calls throughout the summer and wasn’t pleased with the tone or rhythm of them.  We started from scratch having a friend make calls from different materials, shapes, etc.  We’ve been through several versions and I believe are getting close to a call that has great tone and rhythm.  We’re still tweaking on the call to make it even better. We’ll keep using it through the fall so you can see how it works.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 20, 2015 

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What brad of wind checker do you use?

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Hello,
Could you tell me the brand of the wind direction spray that you all use?
Thanks

Ezra,

I’ve used the Dead Down Wind brand of wind checker for years.  It’s worked great without alerting deer!

Check out:  http://www.basspro.com/Dead-Down-Wind-e3-Checkmate-Wind-Checker/product/13032606064210/

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What stabilizer do you use?

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REally quickly, I just bought a new prime alloy bow and i wanted to get a new stabilizer for this bow and was wondering what stabilizer your team has best success with?

Davis,

I haven’t felt the need to use a stabilizer on my Prime bow.  The bow shoots great without a stabilizer.  Not having a stabilizer means the bow is easier to carry through the woods.  

I learned a lot about stabilizers from the article at the following link:    http://www.bowhuntingmag.com/gear-accessories/why-you-should-start-using-a-bow-stabilizer/

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 9, 2015 

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What type of bow does Grant use?

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what type of bow do you use? I have out grown mine and in the market for a new one.

Walker, 

I shoot a Prime Rival bow.  I really enjoy shooting this bow!!  It’s very accurate and quiet.  You can watch this bow in action at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/bow-hunting-closing-the-distance

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What broadhead should I use?

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I am in the middle of trying to choose a new broadhead to shoot. Right now I shoot some fixed blades that a very durable and a great head but I have trouble with “flyers” every once in a while. I feel like they are well tuned and group well but randomly have some that will float or dive therefore my confidence in them have dwindled. I’m considering switching to G5 broadheads and would like your opinion on the t3’s and havoc or any other head you would suggest and trust. I’m really am just looking for a broadhead I know will deliver a quick kill, great blood trail, be very accurate, and that i can have confidence in. I have a 27″ draw length and am pulling 65-68 lbs. Thank you in advance.

 

Austen,

I’ve shot G5 broadheads for years.  I used to shoot the G5 Striker and it served me very well!  The Striker is a fixed blade model that’s been ranked by several publications to be one of the sharpest broadheads on the market. I’ve never had trouble with them flying straight and they always produce a good blood trail if I do my job.

You can watch my daughter Raleigh tag a buck with a G5 Striker last year at this link: https://www.growingdeer.tv/episode/259

A couple of years ago I started using the G5 Havoc. I’ve tagged several deer, hogs, and turkeys with this broadhead.  I’ve been very impressed with it!  Watch the GrowingDeer episode at this link to watch Pro Staffer Seth Harker tag a good buck with a Havoc. Seth shoots a Prime bow with a 27″ draw and set to about the same weight as you use.

https://www.growingdeer.tv/episode/253

I believe you’ll be well satisfied with either the G5 Striker or Havoc!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What muzzleloader bullet do I use?

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Hello Mr grant. I have a question for you about muzzleloader. what type of bullet do you shoot and what is the grain of the bullet? how many grains of black powder do you shoot?

 

Kyle,

I use a 250 grain bullet with a ballistic tip. There are several companies that make this bullet. I use 150 grains of powder (three pellets).

You can watch this load in action at: https://www.growingdeer.tv/video/hunting-big-bucks-taking-out-the-trashman

and another hunt at: https://www.growingdeer.tv/video/hunting-kansas-whitetails-new-bow-big-buck

I use and really like a Nikon scope created for muzzleloaders.  Learn more about it at:  https://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/nikon-products/hunting-optics/scopes/muzzleloader/index.page

Enjoy creation,

grant

 

 

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What is the required draw weight to shoot mechanical broadheads?

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What is the required draw weight to shoot mechanical broad heads ?

Jacob,

There are lots of variables including draw length, etc.  For example, each inch of additional draw length usually adds about 10 feet per second of arrow speed (more energy)!  

I have friends that shoot bows with a 50 pound draw weight and they are successful with mechanical heads!  If you are in doubt, use a quality fixed head like G5’s Striker!  I used it for years with much success!  For more information, check out:  http://www.basspro.com/G5-Outdoors-Striker-FixedBlade-Broadheads/product/79647/

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What type of stabilizer should I use?

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What type of stabilizer should I use? I currently shoot a Mathews Mission Craze with a 12 inch B Stinger on it? What weight should I use??

Colson,

The type of stabilizer you use depends on your objectives. Short stabilizers may aid in reducing noise.  Longer stabilizes help steady the bow.  Within reason, the heavier the stabilizer the steadier the bow will be when aiming.  

For more detailed information check out the article at this link:  http://www.bowhuntingmag.com/gear-accessories/why-you-should-start-using-a-bow-stabilizer/

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Where can I learn more about the prototype no-till drill you tested?

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Grant,

Thanks for the educational aspect you offer on your shows and not simply just another hunting show with a bunch of kills.

My question is, who was the no till drill company you recently had on an earlier episode that you were gonna try some prototypes for?

I’m extremely interested in specifically a 3 point no till drill for food plots and would like to see their product line and prices.

Thanks in advance,
Dave

Dave,

Redexim (http://redexim.com/) is the worldwide company that manufactured the prototype no-till drill I’ve been testing.  Their world headquarters are in Holland and their USA headquarters are near St. Louis.  They are known to make the best turf establishment and management equipment in the world.  Their seeders, etc., are used on most of the finest golf courses and athletic fields.

They approached me about designing and testing a drill to be used in a food plot setting.  I’ve been very impressed that with their engineers’ willingness to test, change, and retest.  

They currently plan to have production models available during early 2016.  I’m thrilled they have not pushed production ahead of testing.  To learn more, feel free to call Paul Hollis (636 326 1009) at Redexim.

I’ll share more on http://www.GrowingDeer.tv as I continue testing.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What knife do you use to process venison?

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I saw you in a video processing your own deer meat and I really liked the knife you were using but I never found out what brand of knife it was. All I saw on the blade was a G5 stamped on it. I really liked the knife and I was wanting to purchase one just like the one you were using. Could you please tell me the name of the company that makes them, the brand, and model name of the knife you were using and also the website I can go to in order to purchase one? Thank you

Nathan,

We made that GrowingDeer episode a few years ago.  I use a Outdoor Edge Razor-lite knife.  I really like the grip, but most importantly I like the ability to change blades instantly.  These scalpel sharp blades are protected by a steel holder that allows me to make tough cuts without fear of breaking the scalpel blade.

For more information, check out:   http://www.outdooredge.com/Razor-Lite-p/razor-lite.htm

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Do I have any concerns with the G5 Havoc broadheads?

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Hello Grant,

Do you have any concern that the G5 broadheads you shoot would struggle with penetration on marginal hits? Clearly the larger cutting diameter would have more “drag” but you often teach that sharpness is what matters. Many folks still shoot fixed blades or small expandable types just in case they hit a shoulder or other tough areas. I have had trouble finding any heads that are as sharp as desired. I have owned sharp replacement blades in years past but a broadhead, out of the package, rarely has a very sharp edge. Thank you for your thoughts and for being so accessible.

Mark Goodman

Mark,

I shot fixed blade heads for years.  I was leery of trying a mechanical head. G5 used the same German still and sharpening process to manufacture the Havocs as they did the Striker heads. Strikers have been tested and shown to be one of the sharpest heads on the market. This knowledge is what convinced me to try the Havoc.

I’ve since tagged many deer, hogs, and turkeys with the G5 Havoc. I’ve made bad shots and blown through shoulders of hogs with the Havoc!  I was with one of my Pro Staff in Colorado earlier this year when he shot a very large bull elk and had pass through penetration with a Havoc head. Last year another GrowingDeer Pro Staffer took a Boone and Crockett black bear with a Havoc – complete pass through on a 500 + pound bear.  

I’m totally convinced the Havoc is a good head!  I’ll be using them the remainder of this season!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What type of range finder do you use?

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I am a fairly new bow hunter. I was wondering what type of rangefinder do you use

Walker,

I’ve used a Nikon Pro Staff 3 model range finder for years!  It’s accurate, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive.  Check out:  https://www.nikonsportoptics.com/en/nikon-products/rangefinders/index.page for more information.  There’s also information about this unit at:  http://www.basspro.com/Nikon-ProStaff-3i-Rangefinder/product/1409111626/

Enjoy creation,

grant

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