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Do you shed hunt before or after you use prescribed fire in an area?

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When you burn a area do you shed hunt it first and do you still find morel mushrooms in the part that you burn?

Ethan,

I prefer to shed hunt after an area is burned!  It’s much easier to find sheds after an area has been burned and rain (to wash the black of the antlers).

The response of mushrooms depends on the timing of the fire.

Enjoy creation,

grant

March 2, 2016

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When will you host the next shed hunt?

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When will you do the next big antler shed hunt?

Brian,

We will host a Field Event April 1st and 2nd.  For more information about this event check out:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-field-days-2016-april-1st-and-2nd-registration-21092207360

We will share our deer hunting, trail camera, etc., techniques during this event!

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 15, 2016

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What is the biggest buck you have ever killed with a bow and a gun?

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What is the biggest buck you have ever killed with a bow and a gun?

Landon,

I assume you are talking about antler score.  If so, the bucks with largest antler score with both a bow and gun have both scored 168+ inches.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 11, 2016

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When is the next GrowingDeer Field Day?

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Hey Grant, love watching your show. I really try to take it in and transfer the information to my own property. I was just wondering when the next field day would be and how to go about signing up for it?

Zack,

Thanks for watching GrowingDeer!  

Our next Field Day will be April 1st and 2nd.   Check out the following link for more information:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-field-days-2016-april-1st-and-2nd-registration-21092207360

I look forward to visiting with you then!

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 8, 2016

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Where will the next Field Event be held?

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I was wondering where field day will be held?

Bryce,

The April 1st and 2nd Field Event will be at The Proving Grounds which is near Branson, Missouri and 30 minutes south of Bass Pro’s world Headquarters and largest store in Springfield, Missouri!

For more information, check out:  http://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-field-days-2016-april-1st-and-2nd-registration-21092207360

I look forward visiting with you then!

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 8th, 2016

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Is this a whitetail or mulie?

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Grant is this buck a whitetail. It came from a guy that use to hunt the property we own about 8 years ago. I’ve had people doubt it and say it’s a mule deer. Your thoughts?

James, 

The habitat looks like mulie country, and the deer looks like a mulie to both Daniel (used to work in Colorado) and me (used to work in Nevada).  We believe it’s a mulie.

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 8, 2016

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What species of mushrooms do you think deer eat the most?

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what species of mushrooms do you think deer eat the most?

Perry,

Whew – you got me on that one!  Mushrooms are very digestible.  I know deer eat many varieties of mushrooms but never find the in deer rumens. They simply digest very quickly.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 8, 2016

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Where would you study Wildlife Biology outside the USA?

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If you were given the opportunity to go study Wildlife Biology anywhere abroad, where would you go?

I am attending Murray State next fall and they have an incredible study abroad program. I’d love to see the world and study the subject I am most passionate about. Thank you so much for your time!

Brendan,

I’d go to the South Island of New Zealand!  They are the world leaders in deer nutrition!  The country is beautiful and safe, and the hunting and fishing is fabulous! 

I’m a deer guy.  If you are interested in other species you might opt to go elsewhere.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Should I purchase this property?

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I have been looking at farms in lewis county ky for a while now and i have gotten it down to one farm. It has been managed for 5 years and the neighbor who owns 80 acres has been managing it for 8 years. There is a couple little food plots on it that r normally planted in clover and normal kill plot seeds like whitetail institutes ambush. There is a well maintained trail system and it is very thick. The other three neighbors don’t hunt just use it as a vacation place. it is surrounded by ag the is in the normal soybean corn rotation. here is a link to the listing and please let me know what you think of the place and if you think its the one http://www.landandfarm.com/property/105_535_Acres_Off_KY_57-2266141/

Will,

This property sounds like it is in a good neighborhood based on your description!  That’s a huge factor of the quality of the property.  If the price and location fits your needs then it may be a good fit!  I suggest you seek God’s will in this and all decisions.  He’s the one with perfect wisdom of the current and future needs for your life.

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 7, 2016

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What are your thoughts about the Missouri Department of Conservation proposing to ban hunting of feral hots on lands they own or manage?

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What are your thoughts on MDC proposing no hunting of feral hogs on MDC managed lands? It really aggravates me that they are trying to put a stop to it. I personally have seen the destruction that hogs can do to deer population and the surrounding habitat. What can a person do to help convince the MDC to not pass this proposal?

Trent,

I agree with you that hogs can do a HUGE amount of damage to habitat and other wildlife populations.  This is why I support the Missouri Department of Conservation’s proposal to ban hog hunting on lands they own and/or manage.  Folks aren’t likely to release hogs in areas where they can’t be hunted.  This is the same approach others states have used.  

I’ve pre-baited hogs, moved in traps, monitored the traps, etc., and then had the sounder move because someone disturbed the hogs.  Hogs are very intelligent.  

Even more than supporting the current proposal I wish the fines would be significantly increased for those caught transporting feral hogs, poaching deer, etc.  Most of these fines are so low in Missouri that they are not an effective deterrent.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 7, 2016

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Should I plant oak trees on my property in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula?

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Dr Grant,

(Duplicate: fixing Typo on my email address)

I have heard you say that acorns are actually detrimental to antler development. That is causing me to re-think my plan to plant oak trees on my property after a selective timber harvest this spring. Are their better mast crops/options for me to consider. My property is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Thank You,

Dan Carlson

Dan,

Acorns contain tannic acid which blinds to calcium. As the tannic acid is removed by the deer’s digestive track so is some calcium.  In addition, acorns are very low in protein.  

Deer LOVE acorns.  So having a few oaks can be great for patterning deer!  I don’t like it when acorns are the primary component of a deer’s diet throughout the fall and winter.  I really like fruit trees. There’s often just as many acorns available on neighboring properties.  However if there are apples, pears, etc., where I can hunt they may be the only fruit within the local herd’s home range.  I have a variety of fruit and nut trees in my treeplot!  The folks at http://www.FlatwoodNatives.com have been very helpful in selecting the right fruit varieties for the climate and soils where I live.

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 7, 2016

 

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How many mineral sites should I have on 330 acres?

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Dr Woods, I have a 330 acre piece of land that I hunt and I want to established a few mineral sites on my property. The deer have never seen a mineral site and was wondering which Trophy Rock product would be better to get these sites started?? The Regular Trophy Rock or the 465?? Also how many do i need on 330 acres?? Thanks for all your help. Tim

Tim,

I use Trophy Rock’s Four65.  Either will work fine!  I prefer Four65 as there are more pounds per dollar!

I’d recommend starting with four sites – one is each quadrant of your property.  If lots of deer start using a site add another in that quadrant.  If you are getting bucks on camera that aren’t using a site, add another site near where those bucks were photographed.

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 5, 2015

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How do you suggest disposing of carcasses without attracting predators?

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Hi Grant,
I have been following your leadership for some time now. I first saw you at an event you put on at Bass Pro in Grapevine Tx several years ago.
I was also at the proving grounds this past summer.
Could you tell me what you recommend for disposing of both deer and predator carcasses?
I am concerned about attracting other predators and as a result scaring off deer during hunting season.

On a separate note, could you recommend a food plot seed variety for central Tx? Hot & Dry! The land owner runs cows on my lease also. I have the electric fence you use. Just haven’t put it up yet. I want to plant asap.

Thank you,
David

David,

Good to hear from you!  I’ve know some landowners that bury (and cover) each carcass.  This requires lots time and resources.  Others dig a deep pit. I really dislike this technique as raptors and possible humans could become trapped in these pits.  These pits often fill with water and become stinky, nasty messes that pollute ground water.

I find a location on the predominately downwind side of the property (away from neighboring houses, etc.), and dispose of carcasses there on top of the ground.  Vultures and other scavengers will find this site and keep it literally picked to the bone!  

The “downwind” side of the property is key.  This keeps the scent of the carcasses from attracting predators across your property.

During the spring/summer growing season soybeans are about as drought resistant as any forage crop.  That’s why they are grown in western Kansas, Nebraska, etc.  Forage wheat, or a blend of forage wheat and brassicas is a great blend for the cool season.

During extremely dry summers, no quality forage is productive without irrigation.

Enjoy creation!

grant

February 5, 2016 

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Is there good deer hunting in Bath County, Kentucky?

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Good Morning Dr.Grant I was just wondering if know anything about Bath county Kentucky? in regards of deer hunting. We are possibly going to lease property there, and it’s a pretty good drive from N.C. Thank you for your time.

 

Marty,

I’m confident there’s some “good” deer hunting in Bath County, Kentucky.  An easy way to learn about the quality of future hunting sites is checking out the county soil survey.  This may seem boring but there’s a wealth of information!

Check out this useful information:

In 2005, about 29,000 acres in Bath County was used for crops (24). Of this acreage, about 2,800 acres was used for alfalfa, 21,000 acres for other hay crops, 920 acres for tobacco, 2,600 acres for soybeans, and 1,500 acres for corn. Wheat is the most common close-grown crop.

Quickly we learn there are not many soybeans there. If bucks with big antlers are your objective you may need to create lots of quality food plots.  I believe you’ll find the top rated counties for large-antlered bucks in Kentucky are on the western side where soybean production is highest.

For more information check out:  http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MANUSCRIPTS/kentucky/KY011/0/Bath_KY.pdf

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 5, 2016

 

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Are GrowingDeer internships paid?

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Hello my name is Ray Coffey I am a sophomore at Paul Smiths College in the Adirondacks, I am currently majoring in fisheries and wild life science. I would love to do an internship with you and the rest of the growing deer tv staff, I am just curious as to if the internships you so graciously offer are paid?

Ray,

I managed the deer herd at the Weller Mountain Club that was near the Paul Smiths College for years!  

The GrowingDeer internships are not paid. There is a mileage stipend.  For more information check out:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/view/growingdeer-internship-opportunities/

Enjoy creation,

grant

February 5, 2016

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Am I concerned about climate change?

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Hello Dr. Grant. First I’d like to say how much I love your show. I’ve learned more about habitat management from you and your staff than any other resource. I hope to use these strategies at a 30 acre plot I hunt here in NE Alabama.
I’ve searched for this question and I don’t believe anyone has asked it yet. As a scientist what is your opinion on global climate change? And are you concerned about the consequences to deer populations? Thanks for taking time to answer my question.

-Jonathan (science nerd and deer hunter)

Jonathan,

Thank you for sharing the kind words!

Climate change is not my area of expertise.  From the research and data I’ve read I am not concerned about climate change.  It seems to be much more of a political agenda than a legitimate concern.  In fact, there’s data that shows the earth is in a cooling phase.  Many climatologist don’t agree with the climate change theories.

I’m 54. When I was freshman in college the prevailing theory was that the earth was entering the next ice age.  Glaciers were predicted to grow so large that the ocean levels would decrease and most US ports would be dry.  I spent a semester studying about the next ice age.  That theory was totally opposite from the current theory.  Yet the current climate change proponents claim they are following data/trends for hundreds of years.  So did the “next ice age” proponents.  

Until there’s better evidence I won’t be a proponent of climate change.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 31, 2016

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What herbicide should I use to control cedars?

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Ive seen in your videos a blue liquid that you brush on tree stumps to kill trees, what kind of herbicide is that? I recently cut down a big cedar tree in one of my future food plots and want to get rid of the stump. Thanks and God bless!

Mason,

Cedars that are cut below the lowest limb won’t sprout or continue to grow. I simply cut cedar trees/stumps off as close to the ground as possible and plant over them.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 31, 2016

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Was the buck you called Chainsaw ever seen during the 2015 hunting season?

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Was chainsaw ever seen this hunting season in person or on camera? Seems as if he disappeared because no one ever talked about him. If he’s still alive…. he will be one heck of a buck next year!

Luke,

We never saw Chainsaw or heard of a neighbor tagging him. Hopefully he’ll show back up!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 31, 2016

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Do you still host a shed hunt?

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Grant, is the annual shed hunt still taking place and if so where and when?

Jason,

We don’t host the shed hunt.  We will host a Field Event April 1st and 2nd and demonstrate our food plot and hunting techniques!  Several of my friends will be here including James Harrison who is the seven time world champion owl hooter!  

We’ll release more information about the Field Event Monday at http://www.GrowingDeer.com!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 26, 2016

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Do deer float?

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I shot a buck with my bow tnk it was a gut shot waited 4 hours found where it bedded down lots of blood trailed it until it crossed a slew that was flooded. would a deer drown with holes in his body on both sided. I found my arrow it passed all the way thru the deer. He had to swim probably 75 yards or so

Phillip Vance,

You did the right thing waiting to pursue the deer knowing the shot was back. Hits back like this can take many hours for a deer to expire.

A deer wouldn’t have drown due to the two holes in the body cavity. The deer would still be visibly floating in the slough if it had swam the open water and not made it across. 

I hope that you are able to recover the buck soon! 

GrowingDeer Together,

Matt Dye

2015-01-25

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How do you listen to what the Creator is saying you?

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how do you listen to what the creater has to say?

Johnny,

God speaks to us through His word – the Bible, through other people (BIble study classes, etc.) and through His creation (being outdoors, etc.) if we are seeking Him.  Having a Bible on the shelf, but not reading it isn’t an invite for God to communicate with us. Ignoring the beauty and power of God when looking at HIs creation isn’t inviting Him to communicate with us.  

Basically if we truly seek God he will always be there for us. I hope you will intentionally spend some time each day being quiet and seeking God. I get up early almost every morning and Read God’s word (the Bible) and spend some quiet time reflecting on what I read.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 25 2016

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What are five things to look for when purchasing a new property?

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What are 5 things to look for when buying a new piece of property

charlie,

The characteristics to look for vary based on the landowner’s objectives.  The habitat quality and deer management practices on neighboring properties is probably the most commonly overlooked characteristic.  Current deer population levels and historical harvest trends and quality are also commonly overlooked.

I strongly recommend having an uninvolved third party inspect the property before an offer is made.  It’s easy for consumers to only see the good qualities and overlook potential hurdles.  Purchasing a property is a large investment.  Take time to do thorough research!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 21, 2016

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Why would the inside of a buck’s nasal cavity be black?

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Grant,

I was doing a European skull mount the other day and noticed something I’ve never seen before. Inside the nasal cavity of this deer was pure black, almost like it was rotten. The deer was harvested only 3 or 4 days ago, is this an indication of sinus infection, disease, or something else?

Shannon,

I’ve never seen a deer with a black nasal cavity and am not aware of any condition that would cause this.  I suspect it could be from an injury, etc.  Was there a funny odor associated with the discoloration?

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 21, 2016

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Why are my arrow groups inconsistent?

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I recently purchased a Bear Cruzer compound bow. I have deer hunted for the last five years but have only used a rifle. After shooting for a few days I find that I am consistently not shooting tight groups. Do you have any suggestions that can help me to be more consistent? I really enjoy your videos because you guys are one of the only you tubers that openly proclaim the gospel. It’s very heart warming to see that especially in these times. Thank you.

 

Thomas,

Most accuracy issues with archers is caused by their shooting form.  The best tool I’ve found to correct form is the Blind Bale technique.  Check out the GrowingDeer episode at the following link for an example of how I use the Blind Bale practice technique to improve my accuracy. This technique has REALLY helped me.  Remember that practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect!

https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/how-to-get-ready-for-deer-hunting-now

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 21, 2016

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Uploading Videos to Social Media?

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I follow your page on Facebook and I am always amazed how clear your videos are once they are uploaded. It seems like everytime that I try to upload a trail cam video or a video from a go-pro Facebook makes it very blurry. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,
Brody Allen

Hey Brody,

Thanks for reaching out to us on this. We do not use any special technique or editing software as we upload videos onto Facebook. We simply select individual videos straight off of our SD cards and upload to Facebook. The quality of the videos and pictures is attributed to the Reconyx cameras (http://www.reconyx.com/). They produce great video quality as you can see from the posts. 

It maybe the trail camera or perhaps a different/older version of a go-pro that makes these videos blurry for you as you upload. 

I hope the issue can be resolved, please feel free to share any great videos you have captured with us on our page. 

GrowingDeer Together,

Matt

2016-1-14

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Will you ever do a goose hunt?

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Hey Grant and Adam,

Just curious if there is ever a chance of seeing any future videos of the growing deer team doing any goose or duck hunting? I thought it might be kind of neat to see! Might help break up the off season. I understand it doesn’t necessarily relate to “growing deer”, but it is a part of enjoying the great outdoors!

Thank you for sharing your experiences with everyone, My family has learned so much from you the past few years and we have implemented your teachings into our own “proving grounds” up here in Mid Michigan. Keep up the great work you all are doing.

best wishes,
Spencer Miller

I wanted to share with you a couple photos, all these deer have been harvested off of our small 35 acre lot. 2 of them this past year and the others in recent past years. People say you can’t get it done without 100s of acres of land. I would tell them to watch your videos and use some of your techniques and you sure can! – i through a goose hunt photo in there from this year too just for kicks!

Spencer,

Those are some very nice bucks! Congratulations!  

Adam duck hunts fairly regularly and I go occasionally.  However, we don’t live close to a major flyway.  This time of year we are busy trapping and preparing to do prescribed fire!  

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 14, 2016

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What’s the major reason quail have declined in the southeastern states?

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What in your opinion is the main contributor to the decline of the quail population in the southeast? And is there anything private landowners can do to help them?

Tim,

Habitat loss is clearly the primary cause of declining qual populations in the southeast and throughout the USA.  There are properties that have worked to improve quail habitat throughout the southeast and they have great quail populations!  

It’s not a single issue such as fire ants, turkeys, deer, etc.  It’s habitat.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 12, 2016

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World record whitetail with a muzzleloader!

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Dr. Grant
I wrote you last night asking about internship opportunities. I greatly appreciate you helping found out how to become an intern under you. It is a dream of mine that O am going to work hard to achieve. I also included that my grandfather killed the world record in 1998. You ask what his name was and it is Robert Bromm Sr. The buck was the world record black powder whitetail. Again I appreciate your show and everything you do. I hope to work for you soon.
God Bless
Isaiah Bromm

Isaiah,

Wow!!  Congratulations to your grandfather!

Thank you for sharing the information!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 10, 2016

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Would you pray for Curtis?

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Times are very rough today. I’m afraid I lost my hunting buddy Curtis. Today my gf and the dogs were in an accident and Curtis my best hunting companion for 4 years was where the impact happend and is currently not able to walk. Can you please share this and keep us in your prayers.

 

Ryan,

I’m very sorry to hear about Curtis.  May God bless Curtis with healing and you with peace and wisdom during this difficult season.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 10, 2016

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How many deer have you tagged?

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Hey I been watching your videos when you started I love hunting I just want to ask how many deer have you killed I would love to meet all u guys and hunt with u I shot a doe and a buck in my life time please get back to me

Blake,

Thank you for watching GrowingDeer!  I haven’t kept count of how many deer I’ve tagged.  I’ve had a very blessed hunting career!  

I always enjoy visiting with fellow hunters.  You might consider joining us during one of our Field Events. We’ll host two this year. They will be April 1st and 2nd and August 12th and 13th. We’ll share more information about these events at http://www.GrowingDeer.com soon!

Enjoy creation and I hope our paths cross!

grant

January 10, 2016

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Do you provide tours / teaching days at The Proving Grounds for 2-3 folks?

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Thank you for taking questions and sharing your knowledge.

I have 92 acres in Central Kentucky. I’ve implemented many habit management techniques in the last 10 years. I’m looking to take it to another level to improve the deer herd. I’ve watched GrowingDeer.TV and the Field Days intrigue me. I’d love to see what’s happening at the Proving Grounds first hand.

When will Field Days for 2016 be posted? How do you register? Cost per person?

Do you provide small group tours (2-3 people) of the Proving Grounds during the year? If so, how would you register and what would be the cost?

If you provide small group tours, would you recommend the tour or the Field Days?

I appreciate the feedback.

Mark,

We plan to host two Field Events during 2016. The first will be April 1st and 2nd and then August 12th and 13th.  We limit registration to 100 folks and the cost will be $200 per person.  This includes most meals, great prizes, VIP shopping discount at Bass Pro, and LOTS of hands on information.  I hope you attend one of these events.  We’ll announce how/when to register soon and these events always fill quickly.  Registration cost is $200.

We do offer a few private tours.  These are designed to give very specific information on the subjects requested by the guest.  There’s much more information about our tours at: https://www.growingdeer.tv/view/our-place/.

I look forward to visiting with you.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 9, 2016

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What’s the dates of the 2016 GrowingDeer Field Events?

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When will the 2016 field day at the proving grounds be held and what month. I was planning on attending and hoping I would be able to sign up before it was too late could you please send me the information to my email address above. Thank you and God Bless

 

Brian,

We’ll host a Field Event April 1st and 2nd and August 12th and 13th!  We’ll provide more information and open registration soon at http://www.GrowingDeer.com!  These events do fill early so be watching and sign up quick!

I look forward to visiting with you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 6, 2016

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How many acres is The Proving Grounds?

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How many acres is the Proving Ground?

Andy,

The Proving Grounds is 2,000+ with just over 60 flat enough to make a food plot without turning a tractor over (literally).  It’s very steep and rocky!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 5th, 2016

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When can I register for the 2016 GrowingDeer Field Events?

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When will the registration be for the 2016 field days and what date will it be held on. I am planning on attending but have to work weekends during the summer. Thank you

Briain,

We’ll host Field Events April 1st and 2nd and August 12th and 13th.  We’ll announce more information and when to register during the next few weeks on http://www.GrowingDeer.com.

I look forward to visiting with you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 1, 2016

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Would you write a forward to my book?

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Grant I am in the process of writing a devotional about the hunts my son and I have been on.
I would like to see if you would be interested in promoting my book and I also wanted to know if you would be interested in writing and a forward to it. I realize you would need to read it. I am almost done with it so within the next few months I could get you a copy if it. This is a new endeavor for me so I don’t know how the business end works to promote it on your website.

Give it some thought and hopefully we can make a partnership with this project.
Phil Gardner
585 356 8466

Phil,

I’m thrilled you are writing a book of devotions!  I don’t know much about the book publishing business.  I suggest you work with someone that understands the publishing business and go from there.  Keep me posted!

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 1, 2016

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Could a deer cut their foot on these bottles?

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We have several achors of private hunting land and in some spots the ground is covered in glass. We found several patches of blood and looks like someone has killed a deer. What do you think it looks like? Is it possible an animal could have cut his ankle or something and caused this much blood?

Connor,

It’s possible a deer injured itself on the glass.   However, I suspect that would be a rare event and the source of the wound was from something else.

Enjoy creation,

grant

January 1, 2016

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Will you share this idea with Dead Down Wind?

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A product idea for Dead Down Wind. A scent killer spray with a insect repellent for us guys out here in Texas where we often have mosquitos still around in December. Just a thought if you can get the word to them.

Bert,

I have already shared your comments with Dead Down Wind!

Dead Down Wind is safe to use on skin. I’m not sure how an insect repellent would fit with that criteria.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 31, 2015

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Do you have any tips for editing hunting videos?

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Grant,

I have some video that I would like to put together of my 6 year old son’s hunts this year. I was curious if you could share some of your thoughts on the process that your team goes through in preparing your videos. I believe your videos are the best out there, and I know in order to produce the amazing videos you do with such a short turnaround, then you have got to have some type of system that you follow. For example, is there some sort of basic outline you follow in order to get the message and best parts of the hunt across to the viewer? How do you come up with the “narration” part for the video? Do you review all the footage and write a script and then record the narration and then put the video together? How do you choose which footage to include? Etc, Etc.

Any advice or input would be very much appreciated.

Thanks & God Bless!

 

Click here for suggested “best practices” to make your video the best it can be. If you’re limited to a cell phone, click here for a few basic tips for better cell phone video. Additionally, it’s not necessary to give “shout outs” to products used. Simply showing the sponsor products successfully used in a “natural” setting is sufficient.

Most important when videoing your hunts – have fun and enjoy creation!

Tracy

 

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What cameras do you use to produce GrowingDeer?

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Grant,
As a disclaimer…I also watch several other deer hunting shows, each week, year round on the web.
I’ve been watching Growing Deer TV.com for about 3 yrs. now and really enjoy your show. This last year, I really sat up and noticed the super Hi-Def quality of the video in your productions. It’s as if, I’m sitting right there beside you during the filming of the segments…it’s simply amazing. NOBODY else’s video quality comes close to what you’re doing on your show.
My question is…what make and model of professional cameras do you currently use.

Thanks,
Mike Gregoire
Shelby, New York

p.s. Adam has been a great addition to your show and it’s nice to see him get more comfortable in front of the camera over time.

Mike,

Thank you for sharing the kind words!  

We have and continue to use a variety of cameras from inexpensive to Sony EX3’s, etc.  

I suspect the quality difference you see is more due to the skills of our post production guy, Blake.  He’s extremely skilled!! I don’t have a clue what all processes he uses to produce GrowingDeer. I find it amazing he produces a new episode weekly, year round and has done so for 300+ weeks without missing a week!!  

Adam’s a huge part of our Team and a trusted friend.  I also enjoy watching him mature in front of and behind the camera.  I’m blessed with a wonderful team!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 29, 2015

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Do you allow hunters to appear on GrowingDeer without hearing protection?

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Do you allow hunters to appear on your show who do not use ear protection? I watched Trace and Seth Hacker deer hunting. It appeared neither were wearing hearing protection and I was appalled that a father would endanger the future hearing of his son just to be on your show. I am 73 and have lost hearing due to not wearing hearing protection. I have two grandsons and will never let them fire a firearm without hearing protection.

I really do enjoy your program. Thank you for the information you share.

Please let me know about you police on hearing protection. You have a wonderful platform to inform, to educate, and to save the hearing of our future hunters.

Ben,

I do encourage all hunters (on my show and otherwise) to wear proper hearing protection.  However, I don’t “police” them.  I have constant ringing in my ears due to shooting competitively for years without wearing hearing protection.  I agree with your concerns but believe there are enough regulations.  I believe education is much more powerful than legislation.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 29, 2015

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Have you seen or got pictures of Chainsaw lately?

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Has anyone at the proving grounds encountered or acquired any pictures of that buck you were calling chainsaw?

Mark,

Unfortunately, Adam, Daniel, Matt or I have seen or had any trailcam pictures of Chainsaw in months.  I hope he survived and shows up soon!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 28, 2015

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Do you have a speaking engagement planned near Nashville, Tennessee?

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Grant,
I am interested in attending one of your speaking engagements. Do you have any planned near the Nashville, TN area. Keep up the good work on your shows.
God Bless
Thanks
Keith

Keith,

Currently I don’t have any engagements planned near Nashville.  We’ll host another Field Event at my place (near Branson, Missouri) April 1st and 2nd.  We’ll share more information about that event soon at http://www.GrowingDeer.com.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 28, 2015

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Are these acorns?

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Are these acorns? They r huge. What species? Thx and Merry Christmas!

Joe,

Yes – the acorn caps and leaves are from a swamp chestnut oak.  They do produce very large acorns and deer love them!  For more information checkout:  http://plants.usda.gov/factsheet/pdf/fs_qumi.pdf

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Have you’ll considered moving GrowingDeer to TV?

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I really enjoy watching your videos every Monday. It gives me something to look forward to every week. I was wondering, have y’all considered to make a TV show?

Walker,

Thanks for sharing the kind words!  

We like the web so all our episodes are available 24/7/365.  In addition we like not having to run commercials.

Thanks for watching and enjoy creation,

grant

December 23, 2015
 

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What do you think about the regulations in the Missouri CWD zones?

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what about MDC cwd zone laws no salt licks no feeding for camera survey?

David,

Jeff asked a very similar question.  You can see my response to Jeff at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/view/ask/what-do-you-think-about-the-new-regulations-impacting-deer-seasons-on-missouri/

I’m glad my property isn’t in a CWD zone and that I can still use Trophy Rocks!  

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 22, 2015

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Did you’ll ever harvest Two Face?

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Did y’all ever harvest Two Face?

Tim,

Two Face was tagged on a neighboring property.  He was very old based on his jaw.  

I’m happy for my neighbor.  He’s part of our neighborhood deer coop.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 22, 2015

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Will Redneck Farms have a contest to deer hunt?

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Do you remember I think 10 months ago you had a contest to turkey hunt with you and Adam at redneck farms. Do you think redneck farms will ever have a contest to win a deer hunt.

Matthew,

Redneck did have a contest to deer hunt with Troy Landry this year!  

I’m not sure what their plans are for next year.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 21, 2015

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How do you confirm a deer is dead before approaching?

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I have always heard that when we approach our recovered deer that we should poke the deer before getting too close to make sure it is dead.

Yet in the videos I watch, including your staff, I do not see that being done. Is it just not necessary or are they just not including that in their video footage?

Your thoughts?

Love your show. Keep honoring the Lord. Thank you.

Gary,

It’s certainly important to confirm any deer (or other critter) is dead before getting to close.  I simply look at the critter and watch it’s chest as I’m approaching.  It will be obvious if the critter is breathing as even shallow breaths will cause their chest to raise and fall.  

Thanks for watching GrowingDeer and for sharing the encouraging words!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 16, 2015

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When is your next Field Day?

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When is your field day. And how much does it cost to do it. Enjoy creation

Zach,

We plan on hosting a Field Event April 1st and 2nd and another August 12th and 13th.  Registration is $200 and includes meals, lots of goodies from our partners, etc.

These events fill up quickly as we limit attendance to 100 folks.  We’ll announce the exact dates and how to register soon at http://www.GrowingDeer.com.

I look forward to visiting with you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 15, 2015

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When will the GrowingDeer Field Events be during 2016?

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I saw a video of a property tour that was done back in August i think . When will that tour be this year and how much will it cost ?
We live in the ozarks as well and have some pof the same issues you did on your farm and feel me and my hunting buddy could use your help .

John,

We are tentatively planning on hosting two Field Events during 2016.  The first will be April 1st and 2nd.  The second will be August 12th and 13th.  Registration will be $200 and includes meals, etc.  We limit attendance to 100 folks so we can visit with everyone/answer their questions. There events always fill fast so if you wish to attend sign up as soon as we announce them on http://www.GrowingDeer.com.

I look forward to visiting with you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 15, 2015
 

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What is an easy way to tell the difference between white and red oaks?

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Grant,
I really enjoy watching your videos on youtube and I am definitely happy that you mention our Creator in every video. It’s so nice to have a Christian perspective out there when this world is going the way it is. My question is, what is the best way to tell a white oak tree from any other oak tree other than by the obvious, by looking at the acorns on the ground? I live in South Carolina and I hunt 99% public land. We have several different species of oak. I would love to be able to scout a new area and be able to set up near these delectable little treats. I have a buddy that can spot them from a mile away but I just can’t tell the difference. Thanks in advance for any help you may offer.
God Bless
Doug Barker

Doug,

For a good technical guide to identifying white and red oaks check out:   http://www.fs.fed.us/foresthealth/technology/pdfs/fieldguide.pdf

If you are more of a visual learner, I share how to identify white oaks at the GrowingDeer episode:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/deer-hunting-see-more-deer

Tracy and I lived and hunted in South Carolina for years.  Finding white oaks were the key to many of our venison meals!

Enjoy creation,

Grant

December 15, 2015

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Is a permit required to trap in Missouri?

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Do you have to have a premit for traping in Missouri

Zach, 

Trappers do need a permit to trap in Missouri unless they are trapping on land they own. For more information, check out:  http://huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/regulations/trapping-regulations

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 10, 2015

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I’ll be in Branson this weekend. May I visit?

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Hey Grant and Adam,
I am in the military and will be traveling to Branson this weekend to celebrate a fellow Air Force friends wedding. We will be staying at the Big Cedar Lodge. I was wondering if you guys have any events you guys were attending or hosting this weekend. I realize the chance is slim to none and that you guys are smack-dab in the middle of the busy hunting season, but figured I’d take a “shot” since I’ll be in your neck of the woods.
I appreciate your show so much and your strong stand for Christ. Keep it up brothers!

Respectfully in Christ,
Matt Downing

Matthew,

I appreciate your service to our nation!  You’ll enjoy Big Cedar – it’s beautiful!  

I’m currently with my father while he’s having his fourth chemo infusion.  I believe Adam will be hunting this weekend.  We will be hosting a Field Event during April 1st and 2nd and August 12th and 13th.  I hope your schedule allows you to visit with us then!

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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What’s the best way to remove feral hogs?

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This year I unfortunately have 5 wild hogs taking up residency on my property. What is the most effective way to get rid of them before they start multiplying?

Adam,

Trapping is the the best method to remove hogs.  My clients have had the best results with the Boar Buster traps.

I suggest you act quickly!  With only five hogs you may be able to use a traditional trap and most state agencies will gladly loan traps for catching hogs!  I recommend setting the trap correctly the first time as hogs learn quickly and are very difficult to get back in a trap if it misfires, etc.

Please never release a hog from a trap – don’t spread the problem!

Enjoy creation,

Grant

December 10, 2015

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Do you use drones as part of your management plans?

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Have you started implementing Drones in your management plans? If so, how?

Phil,

None of the GrowingDeer Team is registered to operate a drone.  I enjoy the footage but haven’t found them necessary or extremely beneficial except for showing footage to those that can’t be present. Maybe someday!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 10, 2015

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Is GrowingDeer broadcast on TV?

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Hi, I love your show and look forward to it every week. Is your show on Tv or just on the internet.

Rob,

GrowingDeer can be viewed at http://www.GrowingDeer.com and the GrowingDeer YouTube channel. There’s more information here at http://www.GrowingDeer.com and a new episode is published each Monday year round. It’s not available on YouTube till Wednesday.  

All 300+ episodes are available 24/7/365 on the web!  

We can’t offer the additional content or be available 24/7/365 on TV so we have no plans to broadcast on cable.

Thanks for watching and enjoy creation,

grant

December 10, 2015

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Is The Proving Grounds outlined in red in the maps you show?

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Is your property the outlined red in some of your videos? For example on your reconyx tracking software. Just was curious if that was the property line and noticed that you had harvested blind 8 south of that red line. Really really like the layout of your land. Great success this season you all have had. Loving your videos every week!!!

Luke,

Tracy and I purchased a bit of land to the south of our original tract.  I haven’t updated the map yet. Thanks for the reminder! I’ll work on updating the map during a rainy/snowy day this winter!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 10, 2015

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Will you speak at our church?

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This might be a different question for you. We are going to have a wild game dinner at our church, (First Baptist Church, Umatilla, Fl.), and would like to have you speak at our dinner. We are trying to draw churched and unchurched outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen to a casual Christian gathering where they can fellowship with Christians that have some of the same interests. Hoping of course to bring at least some into a knowledge of Jesus Christ. We would anticipate anywhere from 200 to 400 participants. We will make it an all day event ending with a speaker and then some giveaways. Please consider this serious request. We are located about half way between Ocala and Orlando. We have just briefly met at the last QDMA convention in Kentucky. If you would like to check out our website I’ll include a link. http://www.fbcumatilla.org/
Thanks for you consideration,
Tom Coates

Tom,

I enjoy opportunities to speak at churches and share the gospel!  I speak at several annually. I’ll be happy to share a list of tips to hosting a successful wild game banquet even if you have someone else speak.  

You may wish to watch a recent seminar I gave at:   https://www.growingdeer.tv/clips/#/echos-of-excellence-listen-to-success

You may hear my testimony at:  https://vimeo.com/26253319

I’ll be in Florida during March 2016 if that fits the schedule.

I’ll reach out to you via email with more information.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 8, 2015

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Can you help this family replace their hunting gear?

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Dear Dr. Grant,

I am a huge fan of your show. I enjoy the education as much as the hunt. I am writing today to see if there may be a way you can help. My in-law’s lost everything in a house fire this last Monday. They did have insurance but they having lost everything their Bows is the least of their concern. I know it may be a long shot but is there anyway that you can talk to some of your sponsors and see if we can help them? They are the people who introduced me to hunting and I am forever grateful for that. If there is anything you can do that would be awesome. If not that is fine.

God Bless
Joshua Epperson

P.S. I hope your father is doing well and I will keep praying.

Joshua,

I’m very sorry to hear about the fire at your inlaw’s.  I’m thrilled they weren’t harmed!  

We don’t manufacturer or have inventories of goodies to share.  Most of our partners are very involved with charities of their choosing. Locally I’m speaking at an event to raise money for a school. I suggest you consider some similar local events!  Folks that live locally and know about this horrible event will likely wish to help – local sporting goods stores, etc.

I sincerely thank you for praying for my father!  He’s having a rough time with this round of chemo.

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 4, 2015

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How can I increase my accuracy?

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How can I increase my accuracy?

 

Trent,

Whether shooting with a gun or bow, there are some principles that apply to both!

1.  Focus on a very small spot. In fact aim at the smallest portion of the target you can see. There’s truth to the saying “aim small, miss small.”

2. Follow through!  See the target after you shoot!  If shooting a bow, see the target until the arrow strikes the target.

3.  Remember that perfect practice makes perfect. When practicing, make sure you use good techniques during each shot!  Practicing with bad techniques simply reinforces bad habits.

4.  Remember that shooting is mostly mental!  So practice the techniques without firing a shot!

There are several GrowingDeer episodes with shooting tips.  The following is a link to a recent show with tips for shooting a bow:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/deer-hunting-focusing-on-the-kill-zone

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 3, 2015

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Is there any way to get copies of GrowingDeer episodes?

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Grant,
Is there any way to get a copy of your deer processing video from this past August. I have not been able to figure out a way to download it.
I really enjoy your website.
Jim

Jim,

Thanks for watching GrowingDeer!  

We don’t sell DVD’s etc.  However, all 300+ past episodes are available at GrowingDeer.com for free 24/7/365.  

I hope this helps!

Enjoy creation,

grant

December 3, 2015

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How many bucks can hunters take per year in Missouri?

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Just a quick question about all the bucks that you folks are able to harvest. Where I am from virtually every buck that is harvested on your show would be considered a trophy buck. I was wondering how many of the bucks that are harvested on the proving grounds are mounted? I was also wondering how many tags that you folks are allowed to harvest in your neck of the woods. We are only allowed to harvest one deer per year unless a bonus tag is awarded in the antlerless drawing.

John,

In Missouri (where I live) hunters may take two bucks with a bow (only one before gun season) and one buck with a gun.  

Every buck tagged at my place is either mounted or a European is created.  We consume all the venison – the biggest trophy!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 30, 2015

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How can we convince the lessor to allow us to take does?

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Grant

Myself and 7 other guys lease a 1400 acre farm in Mason County WV. We take 3-4 130 up class deer each year and 3-4 small 1-2 year olds.Our farmer is a old school guy who will NOT allow any does to be taken We know the small bucks need to walk but we also all love deer meat. An average day in the field yields 10-20 sightings. We have a large population although low in good bucks. . I estimate or ratio to be 1-5 with respect to mature bucks and does. This place has excellent habitat and water along with 300 acres of additional corn and bean field. It could be a trophy farm if we could get him to see the importance of responsible doe management. We don’t want to look elsewhere as its 30 minutes from most of our homes and we can leave our gear out without worry of it being stolen. Any help? Do you do consultations? He needs to see an expert face to face. Attached are a couple of pics from this year of the big one and the average buck here.

Rod,

Sounds like you do have a great lease!  It can be tough to convince some landowners of the need to harvest does.  You are wise to consider an outside source. The Biblical statement that “A profit has no honor at home” if often true when it comes to deer management.  

We’ve been incorporated 26 years and our primary work is helpijng landowners/leasees develop site-specific deer management plans.  Feel free to send a brief description of your lease and a contact phone number to info@GrowingDeer.tv and I’ll get back to you soon.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 25, 2015

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Have you had pictures of Chainsaw lately?

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Congrats to everyone that has tagged a buck this year at the proving grounds. All nice deer!
Have you guys been getting pictures of chainsaw, two face, or handy lately?
Been anxious to see if anyone has seen them.

Luke,

Thanks!  

Two Face was tagged on a neighboring property.  We are still occasionally getting pictures of Handy.  Chainsaw is missing in action…  I hope he shows up soon!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 24, 2015

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How did this plastic band get on this doe’s foot?

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Hey Grant. I recently harvested a mature doe on my property during rifle season. She was taken in Greene county just east of Springfield. After I got the deer home I noticed she had a hard plastic band wrapped around her foot. At first I thought she had been tagged by Mdc. But the band has no identifiable marks, numbers etc on it. All the hair underneath the band is completely gone and it’s pretty tight like it’s been on there for awhile. Any ideas on what this is or how it got on there.

Clint,

Congratulations on tagging some venison!  

I suspect that doe either stepped on some trash (the band) or someone captured that deer as a fawn, put the band one, and then released the doe.  

Biologists wouldn’t put such a band on deer. We use collars that are expandable or will break away with pressure encase the deer gets caught in brush, fence, etc.  

That’s a unique find!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 23, 2015

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How are you planning to preserve the GrowingDeer episodes?

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Grant, just had a thought and wanted to ask how are you planning to preserve the videos on growing deer.tv? I do believe that hunters and land managers will be using the info you guys share for a couple generations if Jesus doesn’t return before that.

God Bless,

Todd Trahan

Todd,

Currently all 300+ past episodes are available for free on line!  Do you have a suggestion?

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 23, 2015

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Will I recover this buck or should I continue hunting?

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Hello Grant,

Last Friday I shot a buck with my .270 at about 40 yards. The shot hit a limb but still hit the deer a bit farther back either in the liver or guts. I was using ballistic tips and i believe the bullet flew right through him making a small exit and entry hole. The blood was difficult to track but right after I shot the buck it began to rain lightly. By the time I found first blood it was starting to wash out. First thing I found was a bed with a good amount of blood in it. Then I tracked blood for about 100 yards until it began to difficult to track. It snowed overnight and I looked again Saturday but with no luck. Do you think this deer in findable or should I continue hunting other bucks? For reference I put a picture of where I believe the hit was. Thank you!

Brandon,

Ballistic tipped bullets are designed to expand rapidly. If the bullet hit a limb I strongly suspect it would have expanded before it hit the deer. It would have made a large entrance and even larger exit hole.  It a ballistic tip bullet hit the liver there would usually be a lot of blood.  

I suspect that either the bullet didn’t enter where you believe or only a fragment of the bullet struck the deer.  In either case, all hunters have an obligation to make an intense effort to retrieve game they’ve shot.  If snow covered the sign I’d ask a few buddies to help you search the area.  Watch for coyote tracks, listen for crows, etc.  Such scavengers will often find deer carcasses rapidly!

I hope you recover the buck!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 23, 2015

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Why was there so much damage to the meat of the buck I shot with a .308?

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I harvested my buck last week with shooting Federal Fusion .308 ammo. On Saturday night my nephew and butchered the deer. While skinning the buck we saw major trauma to the both front shoulders. They were both turned to basically jelly and we were not able to use much of either shoulder. I hit the buck behind the left shoulder with the exit wound being through the heart (which was destroyed by the shot) to the front of the right shoulder with the shot being about 100 yards out. I was really disappointed at the damage done to the meat when my shot was almost perfect. Do you have any ammo recommendations that don’t damage as much of the meat? I was extremely disappointed with the lost meat.

John,

Congratulations on tagging a buck!

If preserving as much meat as possible is your goal, you may wish to aim behind the shoulders.  A shot through both lungs will result in the deer expiring quickly.  

When bullets impact the shoulder or large bones they expand rapidly.  This results in more damage along the wound channel.  If the bullet only passes through ribs and lungs it rarely damages much meat.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 20, 2015

 

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Will you be speaking in Illinois soon?

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Grant Are you doing any seminars in Illinois coming up? I went to one in Watseka Illinois last year and really liked it. Thank you Frank Palmateer

Frank,

I don’t have any speaking engagements scheduled in Illinois.  We will be hosting another Field Event at The Proving Grounds during April and August.  We’ll share dates and more information soon on GrowingDeer.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 17, 2015

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Does GrowingDeer Pro Staff receive discounts?

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Grant,
My name is Nathan Osborne and I live in southern Ohio. Me and a close friend of mine love to hunt and have been doing it since we were kids. We have recently got into filming our hunts and have been apart of a TV show, filming everything we can. We’re very interested in filling out your application to be considered for a pro-staff opportunity. The biggest question we currently have is on the equipment that you are sponsored by. If we were to be considered, would we have to purchase all the sponsored equipment that you currently use ourselves or would we be offered the stuff at least a discounted rate through you guys?

Thanks in advance!! Happy Hunting!

 

Nathan,

Thanks for inquiring about joining our Pro Staff!  Most of our partners offer our Pro Staff great discounts, deals, etc.  We have an extensive Pro Staff application process.  The first step is showing us some of the footage/hunts you’ve produced.  Are any of the hunts you produced posted on line?

Thanks again for inquiring and enjoy creation,

grant

November 13, 2015

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Are Weeping Willows good deer habitat?

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I’m wondering if a pretty small wooded lot of mostly fairly mature weeping willow tress would hold deer. The property is only about 20 acres and has a river as the south property line. There is one area that is easily accessible and open enough to add a food plot that already has a number of crab apple trees and some white Oaks(not many and if I purchase I would try to squeeze in more where I could) but probably 17 of the acres is covered pretty thick with weeping willows. I don’t have the time or money to convert to pines or such. I know deer will sometimes nibble on the foliage but will they stay close enough to hunt in day light or will they look to bed in a different area?
Thanks for your time

Jeremy,

Usually Weeping Willows shade out vegetation from growing beneath them.  Deer like cover that’s from the ground to three feet tall.  

On smaller properties it’s just as important to consider the habitat quality and hunting pressure on neighboring properties!  Remember deer are very selective feeders.  They tend to eat the best food within their home range.  Hence, they may eat the leaves of Weeping Willows during certain times of the year at one location and never tough them at another. In general Weeping Willows are not a preferred deer browse.  

I’d also look for signs to see if the property floods and if so how frequently.  Is the property part of a travel corridor – do deer regularly pass through it going to better sources of food or cover?  Often times deer travel edges of streams.  I suggest scouting along the stream for rubs made during past years. This would indicate deer have used this area as a travel route for years.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 12, 2015

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At what temperature would a freshly killed deer begin to spoil?

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What are rough guideline temperatures to leave a downed deer overnight or to just continue hunting, without spoiling meat? Thanks.JD

John,

I don’t know the answer to your question.  There are many variables such as the condition of the deer before it was harvested (calm, running, etc.), where the wound occurred, etc.

In general, I like to recover deer and start eviscerating them within a few hours.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 12, 2015

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Would you recommend a short men’s Bible study for our hunting camp?

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We have a family hunting camp in KY and are looking forward to opening rifle weekend this next weekend. My dad, brother, son and I enjoy our time in the woods. We would like to do something different this year and were wondering if you knew of a short mens bible study for hunting camp ?
really enjoy your videos, we have been following you for a couple of years

thanks

Jeff,

I’m thrilled to know you and your family will take time to honor God and study His word while in deer camp!  

I read (and share) almost daily a devotional from Richard Blackaby (http://www.blackaby.net/) or Rick Warren (http://rickwarren.org/devotional).  There are many such studies available on line.  These can also be printed out if there’s no internet service available at your camp.  

I share these with a group of my friends almost daily along with a few of my thoughts.  I’ll be happy to add you and members of your family/friends to my email list. I use the blind copy option so everyone’s email addresses are protected.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 11, 2015

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Would your father be willing to do an interview?

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Hi Grant,
When I started working with one of your prostaff members, I was introduced to your show and have enjoyed it for over three years. I am sorry to hear of your family’s pain and appreciate your heart’s realism on camera. That’s honest life and a witness in and of itself. I greatly regret if I overstep bounds here, but your family’s testimony is rich and influential. With that said, would you or your father be willing to do an interview segment where you ask your dad to give his testimony or share his favorite passage of Scripture and how he has applied that to his life? There are tons of directions you can go with this and it is his faith and commitment to follow Christ on display.

Again, I am sorry for your pain and sorry if I overstepped bounds. I saw the love you two share and think his witness would be powerful to your viewers.

Andy

Andy,

Thank you for watching GrowingDeer!  

My father is bashful and has extreme hearing loss.  Unless the interview is in person, I doubt he would participate.  In addition, he’s having OK days and tough days due to the chemo infusions.  This therapy is scheduled to go on for months.

I’ll be happy to visit with you. You may get my contact information from the Pro Staff member you referenced.

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 9, 2015

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How do I apply for a GrowingDeer internship position?

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im in Georgia so how could i get into an internship or volunteering doing what your doing or who would i go to (not that you would no an exact person just where do i start) and what would i do to start an internship or volunteering

Conor,

Thanks for inquiring!  I normally accept applications for our internships from college sophomores and juniors in wildlife management and film/creative departments.  Applicants send in a copy of their college transcript, three references (including past employers, etc.), and a resume.  

I typically accept one intern during the spring and fall semesters and three during the summer. Interns travel with us.  My current intern, Kyle, is packing for us to go film in Kansas as I writing now!

I look forward to reviewing your application materials!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 5, 2015

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Can CWD impact horses?

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I am currently trying to find away to speak to my neighbor who does not like hunting as she has been baiting deer and putting up things to keep them from crossing onto my land because I hunt. This very same neighbor owns and breeds thoroughbred horses. This year my county came out with a no baiting law due to a few cases of CWD.

My question to you is , does CWD affect horses? I have seen reports of it affecting cattle. This would be a issue for her as the deer feed in the same fields that the horse do at times.

Thanks for your time sir.

Okye,

There’s no evidence of CWD impacting horses or cattle. It only impacts deer species.  Mad Cow disease is closely related, but isn’t the same.

You might try sharing the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance’s web site with her so she can learn the dangers of baiting in areas where CWD has been confirmed. If she loves deer, she should stop baiting  in an area where CWD has been confirmed.

Education is usually the best tool.

Enjoy creation,

Grant

November 5, 2015

 

 

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When is the next Field Event at The Proving Grounds?

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I just have one simple question. What and when is yalls next public event at the proving grounds. Thanks for your time, by the way I absolutely love watching the weekly videos,they’re great!!! Unfortunately where I hunt it is just extremely thick cover and no suitable land for food plots. Thanks again!!!!!

Kaleb,

We’ve may host a turkey hunting and habitat event during early April. We’ll certainly host an event during August.  We’ll announce dates, etc., during an upcoming episode at http://www.GrowingDeer.com!

I look forward to visiting with you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

November 3, 2015

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Do you have any suggestions about doing media interviews about hunting?

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A South Florida news station has requested an interview with me at 3:00 this afternoon to get the hunters’ perspective on our recent Florida bear hunt. I do not know whether the interviewer will be asking slanted questions and being interviewed is uncharted waters for me. I have tried to gather as much factual information as possible. I want to make sure that I make the right impression and represent hunters well. I would appreciate any advice you can give me.

If you are unable to get back to me on such short notice, I understand completely.

Thank you,
Jesse

Jesse,

You are wise to prepare ahead of time for such interviews! I suggest always being polite and stay on target/subject. Wildlife biologist have studied the bear population in Florida for years and have lots of biological data.  Such management helps keep populations balanced with habitat and other species while reducing human/bear conflicts.

Stay positive and don’t be drawn in to a fight.  Know you will loose in the editing room so simply never say anything that you will regret. Remember the interviewer/editor always has the last word!

Thank you for telling the truth and protecting our resources and hunters!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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May I volunteer for a week?

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Grant,

Since I can remember I have wanted to work with wildlife and be a part of the DNR. I stumbled on your site months ago and the questions I have had, have been answered very thoroughly by you and your staff. They have helped me become a better hunter and naturalist.

I read you do not have any funds allocated for new interns this coming summer. But I was wondering if you would accept me as a volunteer this summer? I plan a week long vacation every year and I would love to spend a week this summer volunteering my time and labor helping you and your team at the proving grounds. The only payment I will accept is in the form of education and an amazing learning opportunity.

Please let me know if this would be something you would consider!

Thanks.
Jeremy

Jeremy,

Thanks for being part of the GrowingDeer family!  

Typically our interns are here for a minimum of ten weeks.  We need time to teach, train, and get to know.  I’ve never considered a volunteer for a week.  That’s seems a bit risky for both of us.  You might travel here and it rain all week or all or some of us may be scheduled to be working out of state that week, etc.  

I suggest you consider starting by attending one of our Field Events.  These events are usually over a Friday and Saturday and we tour The Proving Grounds and share many of our hunting and habitat management techniques.  This is focused learning experience. We’ll announce the next event on http://www.GrowingDeer.com.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 27, 2015

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What does QDM mean to me?

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Hi Mr. Grant,

My name is William Lee, I am an undergraduate senior at the University of Minnesota, Crookston location, and part of the Natural Resources Management Program here. In my composition course we had to pick a theme that we would write about for the entire semester, I chose the topic of quality deer management. I have already written a definition paper, just defining what QDM is and different aspects of it. Now I am writing an ethnography paper, which is the study and observation of a culture or people. As part of my paper my professor recommended using email interviews, because they are easy to quote from and use in a paper. So if you or part of the growing deer.tv crew could tell me what QDM means to you personally and what aspects you think are important to deer manager or any observations, and personal feelings, you have about deer management. I would ask that I could pull quotes to use in my paper, I would appreciate if you could take the time to email me back and if not thank you for your time.

-William Lee

William,

Quality Deer Management (QDM) means hunters assume an active role in managing deer and deer habitat.  This often means hunters are active year round and not just during deer season. It also means hunters make an active choice to improve natural resources, not just consume natural resources.  

QDM often matures into a lifestyle versus an infrequent activity. I believe this involvement and advanced education is extremely beneficial to a wide range of natural resources and society at large.  QDM develops a vested interest and when citizens have a vested interest in improving natural resources all of society benefits.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 27, 2015

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What tips do you have for asking permission to hunt private land?

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Hey Grant, I have been fortunate to be able to hunt some great properties over the past few years. Although, I’m looking for some more opportunities. What are some tips you have when asking for permission to hunt on private property?

Clayton,

I simply treat folks as I wish to be treated. I don’t show up during meal time or late and offer to trade work or payment for trespass rights.  There’s a huge amount of wisdom in Jesus’ words of treat others as you wish to be treated.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 27, 2015

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Wishing your father well!

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Hi Dr. Woods,

Just a short email wishing your father well, and more hunts to come!

With Sincere Regards,

Patrick Wolf, MD

Dr. Wolf,

Thank you for the encouraging words!  I’ll share you note with Dad. He’s eager to turkey hunt this spring!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 21, 2015

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I’m enjoying bow hunting!

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I don’t really have a question, just wanted to say that after three weeks into our archery season and seeing deer on a daily basis while hunting that I was finally able to take a shot at a beautiful doe … and miss. Like the video that you posted this week, she circled back around and my second arrow that I let fly hit a twig and veered off course hitting nothing.

This is only my second year hunting and my first bow hunting, I tagged a nice buck last fall with a rifle and was thinking that it would be easy to bow hunt, after all, I got a buck my first season out. I was wrong. I have to say that bow hunting is much harder than rifle hunting and wanted to say how impressive it is that you and your team make it look so easy.

On a positive note, I am in the right places at the right times and absolutely love seeing all the deer that I am given the opportunity to see daily.

Best Regards,

John

John,

Congratulations on tagging a buck and taking up bow hunting!  It sounds like you are doing a great job scouting and placing blinds/stands!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 21, 2015

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Praying for your father

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Not a question but I wanted to share what a great show you have going. I appreciate all the habitat improvement tips, the family focused content, and keeping God first in all you do. I would also like to offer my prayers and positive thoughts for Mr. Woods for a full & speedy recovery. Thanks for the great show it starts my Monday mornings off right.

Ronnie Lowe

Ronnie,

I sincerely appreciate your intentional prayers for my father!  He’s doing well given he is 85 years old and going through chemo.  I’ll share your thoughts with him. He’s eager to get better and hunt again!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 19, 2015

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Will you post pictures of the 2015 hit list bucks?

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Can we get some pics of the 2015 hit list?

Love the show, we will be in Theodosia hunting in a couple of weeks.

Thanks again,
Tommy

Thomas,

Thank you for sharing the kind words!  I hope you are blessed with an enjoyable hunt near Theodosia!  

We publish most of our wishlist bucks on our Facebook page (Grant Woods).  You may scroll through and check them out there and on past episodes at http://www.GrowingDeer.tv!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 19, 2015

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What’s a better supplemental feed than corn?

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Grant, what is the best food resource to put out other than corn? I don’t have enough room for food plots but would like to give my deer the best resource possible. Thanks!

Seth,

Deer’s nutritional needs change throughout the year.  They require more protein during the growing season and energy during the fall and winter.  There are many supplemental feed products that are created to supply a deer’s needs throughout the year.  I haven’t researched these products and don’t know enough about them to make a good recommendation.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 19, 2015

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What’s Grant’s thoughts about this research?

Zach,

That’s interesting research.  I wish it had been designed a bit more scientifically with better controls, etc.  There’s no doubt a trained dog is an incredible tool!  

I agree that simply using a field spray has limited ability to control all odors.  I prefer to use a complete system of personal hygiene, cleaning my gear, and then field spray.  This includes only using towels that the scent has been removed, etc.

If you watch our hunts at http://www.GrowingDeer.tv I’m confident you’ll agree our system is worth the effort.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 19th, 2015

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Do you prefer to use the gutless quartering technique?

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Gutless quarter..
This is my first time deer hunting and have watched yours and others videos on field dressing and processing the deer. I am curious what advantages if any there are with normal vs gutless quartering? Also temperatures.. I don’t want any meat spoilage so is there a time temp range that the risks starts to exponentially increase? how quickly do I need to find/field dress the deer?

Thanks a ton!!
Kind regards,
Zak

Zak,

The tenderloins can only be removed by exposing the underside of the spine.  Hence I rarely use the “gutless” technique. In addition, I like to inspect the rumen (stomach) content to learn what the deer has been consuming. 

Unless the stomach content is making contact with meat, spoilage takes many hours.  The amount of time depends on the air temperatures, etc.  Remember that deer season opens in the coastal South Carolina counties August 15th!  I’ve been there many years when the daytime temperatures were 100+ degrees and I never had a deer spoil.

I often bring the whole deer back to camp/my home to dress. I prefer to clean the deer where I can use a water hose and keep the meat clean!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 19th, 2015 

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Do you have any suggestions about where to go caribou hunting?

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I want to hunt caribou and moose in Alaska next fall but I don’t know where to go or if I should hire a guide or drop camp or float the river. Any information you can give me will be helpful and greatly appreciated.

Kevin,

I’ve never hunted caribou.  Such hunts are big commitment!  I encourage you to check several references before committing to any guided hunt!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 19, 2015

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How’s the hunting in Reynolds County, Missouri?

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Dr. Grant, I have an opportunity to lease some land in reynolds county missouri. I know that you and your crew do a lot of hunting in the state. I live in south Louisiana and wanted to know if you were familiar with the area. This is a part of the country that i have always wanted to have a chance to hunt but I need to make it worth my while coming from that far away. Was just curious of the quality and quantity of deer in the area and if it known for big whitetails and good turkey hunting. Thanks for any info.

Frank,

I’ve never hunted in Reynolds county.  Reynolds county is primarily timbered.  There is very limited crop production in that county.  The topography is mountainous. If you enjoy hunting mountains it might be a good opportunity.  

Reynolds county is a notorious for illegal dog hunting. I always suggest folks take the time visit with each neighboring landowner before purchasing or leasing property!   

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 19, 2015

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Why can’t I view GrowingDeer on my computer?

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Grant, I have not been able to view the last 2 episodes on my pc. Have you changed anything on how they’re put on line? If not then it’s my computer. Thanks.

Mike,

I’m sorry for the inconvenience!  We haven’t changed anything and haven’t heard any complaints from other viewers.  

You might try restarting your computer and clearing the cookies or trying a different browser.  Please let me know if one of these suggestions work!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 13, 2015

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How do I estimate the age of Axis deer bucks?

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Hello Grant,

I am a big fan and a long time viewer of your show.

I have 3 questions

1. In the first picture I am showing you it is easy to see I have a lot of Axis doe on my property. I only have 3 Axis bucks. How many doe’s should we take out for us to get our population back to normal? Or do we not need to worry about it?

2. We have 3 Axis bucks and I was wondering if you could age 1 of them for us? And who you shoot any of them or wait until they are bigger?

3. Is aging a Axis the same process of aging a white-tail?

Timothy,

I don’t know much about axis deer. I do know they taste good!!  

Axis deer are closer related to elk than whitetails.  They typically remain in herds and each male has a unique breeding cycle.  You may see hard-antlered axis bucks throughout the year.  That’s to say their breeding cycle isn’t synchronized like deer, but is asynchronous like cattle.  

Most mammals’ bodies change shape as they age in similar patterns.  These changes include the shoulders and hips becoming more developed, the back and belly sagging as they age, etc.  These changes can revert if the critter lives long enough.

I suspect Axis bucks show changes in their body shape similar to whitetails.

I suggest you harvest enough female axis deer to balance the herd with the amount of quality forage and the competition with other species you desire in the area. I suggest you only harvest males if there is a surplus (more than three) and the male is an age or level of maturity you desire.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 13, 2015 

 

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How can I make stumps rot faster?

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Growing Deer TV Team,
First of all thank you for your testimony and help that you have offered to so many people! I’m from west central Missouri but have been living in Ireland for the past 3 years working with an outdoor program. (info@wilderness.ie) The forest we are located in is a 25-30 year old spruce plantation and we will be doing some thinning in the next few years. I was just curious if there is any suggestion that you may have to help stumps to rot faster or if it would be better to completely remove them where possible? Thanks for any help you can give.

Blessings,
Duane

Duane,

Thank you for sharing the kind words!  If the thinning is standard timber stand improvement work and crops, etc., aren’t to be replanted then I wouldn’t worry about the stumps. If you wish to plant a crop for wildlife and the crop isn’t to be mechanically harvested, then I typically plant around the stumps. I either use a no-till drill that is small enough to fit in between the rows or broadcast the lime, fertilizer, and seed.  I’ve been testing a no-till drill made by http://www.Redexim.com in Holland.  I’ve been very pleased with the drill.

If a crop is to be planted and mechanically harvested the best practice will be to have the stumps removed with a trackhoe, etc.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 13, 2015

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When is the 2016 Spring Field Event?

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Grant,
Thank you for responding. I would love to attend a spring Field Days for Turkey. I only have 25 acres in Pettigrew AR, adjacent to the national forest, but I work so hard to provide food and habitat for all game. I met you at a Bass Pro seminar a few years back, bought your book. I must say I am 53 and have learned more from you and your weekly videos than anything previously available. Please let me know when and if you plan a spring event and I will be there.

Thank you,

Bobby Shepperd
479-799-3241

Bobby,

Thanks for sharing the kind words!  We haven’t set a date for the 2016 Spring Field Event yet. We’ll share it on http://www.GrowingDeer.tv as soon as the date is set.

I look forward to visiting with you!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 13, 2015

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Do Roundup Ready products impact deer birth rates and herd health?

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I heard someone talking about roundup ready products affecting birthrates and herd health. Have you heard anything about this and what’s your thoughts?

Hayden,

I’m not aware of a single scientific study that has shown a negative impact to deer (or humans) from Roundup Ready crops.  The vast majority of crops throughout the Midwest (and the world) are Roundup Ready. This has been true for many years and still the Midwest products the largest deer (and turkeys).  

The deer populations in the Midwest have decreased since the 2012 outbreak of Hemorrhagic Disease.  This disease has been studied for 50 plus years – long before Roundup technology was available.

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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When is the next GrowingDeer Field Event?

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I miss Field Days every year. How can I find out when the 2016 event is scheduled. Am I missing something on the site. I always see the video after the fact.

Bobby Shepperd
Fayetteville, AR

Bobby,

We do announce each Field Event and accept registration a few months before they are scheduled.  We’ve received may requests and may schedule a Field Event this spring and feature turkey hunting strategies and food plots. Is this something you would like to attend?

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 12, 2015

 

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What music is used for the GrowingDeer videos?

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Hi,
I was wondering what music you use for your videos? I’m making my own hunting videos and don’t have any music that fits.
(don’t feel rushed to answer)
Thanks and God bless!
Jeremy

Jeremy,

Our editor, Blake, has purchased a HUGE library of music during his 25+ year career. He makes all those choices and purchases.  Make sure and have permission to use whatever source of music you select.

Enjoy creation,

grant

 

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What do you suggest to reduce or stop trespassers?

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My family owns a farm and its posted. we have done everything that we can by placing posted signs and even put barb wire fences up to keep people from trespassing, even call the local authorities. What do you do when they keep trespassing and the local law won’t do anything about it? Also what do you do with poachers because we have that problem every once in a while.

Josh,

I really dislike trespassers!  If the local law enforcement officers won’t help (sheriff, conservations officers, etc.) then try working with neighbors or anyone that will cooperate.

I’ve found that if trespassers are pursued they will find an easier place to work their mischief.  

Finally – be careful!  No deer is worth doing something that will alter your life!!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 8, 2015

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How do I create a website?

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I was wondering how did y’all create this website. I want to create a website for my hunting club. Can you please tell me how to create a website for my hunting club?

Kristian,

We worked with a group out of South Carolina to develop and maintain our website.  There are many groups that help create websites and some sites on line that offer this service very reasonable and or free.

I hope your projects work out well!

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 8, 2015 

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What happened to the buck called Butterbean?

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I hope you have not answered this somewhere and I missed it but what happened to the deer called “butterbean”?
I was hoping to see that deer on the scales!!

Bryan,

As far as I know Butterbean is still roaming The Proving Grounds (and probably neighboring properties also)!  We haven’t got any pics of him lately.  However, there are lots of acorns at my place and deer don’t need to move are far to feed or bed.

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 8, 2015

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How can I enter a sweepstakes?

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You were saying something about entering a free scent master box. If so, how will I be able to enter?

Amulek,

I don’t know about a current sweepstakes to win a ScentMaster.  You should check out their website at:   https://redneckblinds.com/

Thanks for watching http://www.GrowingDeer.tv!  

Enjoy creation,

grant

October 8, 2015

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Will wild horses cause deer to abandon an area?

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Hi Dr. Woods,
We hunt in SE Oklahoma, just north of Hugo. Our area is in the foothills so the landscape is rolling and heavily wooded with post oak, red oak, elm, white oak, and pin oak. This year we have a solid acorn crop for the deer, and we have planted some very small food plots in various natural openings in the canopy. One thing we are contending with in regards to our food sources is wild horses and I am wondering how we deal with this as we start looking at trying to measure our deer population after this season. The horses are grazing in our plots and eating at our feeders that we set out. To the extent that we didn’t see any deer on our cameras….only horses and pigs. We do see some deer sign but not as much fresh sign as in the past. I didn’t see any new rubs this year nor any new or active scrapes. It makes me think the deer have moved off to other areas due to the horses. Thanks in advance and I enjoy the wealth of information you provide. God bless and have a great hunting season.

Regards,
Scott Tullos

Scott,

I used to work around wild horses in Nevada.  They were fun to watch but did a lot of damage!  They destroyed  browse in that desert environment and literally sealed springs shut by trampling.  

I suspect the wild horses are attracted to the feeders and food plots and will dominate them.  Wild horses have very few predators and have no reason to abandon quality food sources that are easy to obtain.  You might try using electric fences to protect the food plots. However, horses tend to walk through most types of smaller fences.  A better technique may be to stop feeding and see if the horses will leave and seek an easier food source.  

Deer rarely leave their home range.  They will readily shift to a different part of their range to avoid danger.  Horses typically have a much larger home range and I suspect they will move on once the easy food sources are removed.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Will you be speaking near Birmingham soon?

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Dear Dr. Woods,

Will you be doing any speaking engagements near Birmingham, AL in the near future? I’ve just discovered your videos and would love the chance to hear you speak in person.

Keep up the good work!

John

John,

I will be speaking at a church near LIttle Rock October 15th and at the Bass Pro in Memphis October 17th and 18th.  I look forward to visiting with you!

I recently gave a seminar to a local school. You may watch that presentation at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/clips/#/echos-of-excellence-listen-to-success

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What happened to Pumpkin Face?

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What happened to I believe his name was pumpkin face? If I remember right he was exposed to be 4 this year an on the hit list. I have not heard you talk about him in awhile and was just curious as to know what happened. Did he die or just vanish?
Thanks,
Dylan

Dylan,

Unfortunately, the last time we saw Pumpkin Face was during October 2012.  He walked by Adam and me and he was clearly limping.

There was a widespread outbreak of H.D. in this area that year.  Tracy found Pumpkin Face’s skull later that year.  He apparently died from H.D.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Did the Deer Trac attract deer?

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Big fan of not only the show but of the kind of person and Christian you are. I was watching an old episode of “Inside and Out” with Jeff Foxworthy and saw they used Deer Trac. I also watched an old episode of Growing Deer TV and saw where you were going to try it out at the Proving Grounds. I was wondering how that worked compared to using any other products. Thank you and God bless you all. Hope you have a great and safe hunting season.
Barrett Kleinknecht
Prov 3:5-6

Barrett,

Thank you for sharing the encouraging words.  

We didn’t notice a substantial increase in deer activity in the areas we treated with Deer Trac.  Have you given it a try?  If so, what were your observations?

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What’s an accurate source of the barometric pressure?

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Hi,
I was wondering if it would be accurate to look at the barometric pressure on the the weather report (like weather underground) or if its better to just use a barometer?
Thanks and God bless!
Jeremy Berkompas

Jeremy,

I frequently use and compare several sources of weather data.  These include:

1.  The National Weather Service.

2.  Weather Underground.

3.  Intellicast.

4, Etc.

I haven’t found any source that accurately forecast barometric pressure more than a few hours out.  I believe whether the barometer is rising or falling is more important than the exact barometric pressure.  So – any source is probably fine as long as it’s easy to use.  I don’t see any need to have a barometer unless you need exact readings for research.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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How long before a deer will begin to spoil at 60 degrees?

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When hunting in warm fall weather (50-60f) how long does one have before the meat from your kill can spoil? I would like to give the animal at least 30 minutes to die and then between retrieval, cleaning, and driving home it could take a few hours. I’ve struggled to find even broad ranges of time or rules of thumb online. I’m aware the number of factors influencing this process are great but I’m more fearful of wasting good meat than making a bad shot. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time.

Brian,

As you referenced there are many variables. However, I suspect you have plenty of time!  Deer season starts in south Florida during late July and in South Carolina August 15th. Many days it’s 100+ degrees in these areas on opening day!  

There are literally millions of deer tagged annually when the temperatures are above 60 and many folks spend hours getting the deer out of the field before processing.  As long as your hunts do take significantly longer than normal the meat should be fine!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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May I film some of your hunts?

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hey guys well i got a question to ask i know you guys probably get it alot. But we have been filming for a year now and i noticed that you guys hunt in Switzerland County, well i live 10-15 minutes away from there. i was going to see when we get a good buck kill if there was any chance you guys could get it on your show. I also have 257 acres in Kentucky me and who ever can hunt it is great property. you guys would be more than welcome to hunt. and i would be more than happy to travel with you guys and film you guys on your hunt if you guys could get back with me that would be great.

 

Todd,

You may be referring to seeing one of our Pro Staff members hunting in Switzerland County, Indiana (the only state with a Switzerland county that I’m aware).

I do frequently hunt in Kentucky with a very good friend.  Thanks for the offer to film us! Adam, Daniel, Matt and I usually are traveling and hunting/filming together.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What’s the biggest buck you’ve tagged?

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Hey, Grant I was curious, what is the biggest/highest scoring whitetail you have harvested? I’ve only killed a few deer as here in my area of North Carolina the deer aren’t too abundant nor do they have the nutrients to grow massive antlers, hopefully i have some luck this year, muzzle loader opener is tomorrow, Thanks for all the great content, and hunting tips!

 

Brandon,

Like you, I live in an area with very poor soils and no production corn or soybean crops.  There’s never been a Boone and Crockett and only one Pope and Young buck recorded from the counties where I hunt.  The largest buck I’ve tagged scored 168″.  I most proud of the number of four year old and older bucks we’ve produced and tagged!

Both my daughters took nice bucks last year.  You can watch their hunts at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/deer-hunting-the-hard-to-pattern-buck-quotdrifterquot-at-206-yards

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Are these Roe deer antlers?

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Hi I’m looking at selling these antlers that were my grandfathers but not sure what type they are or there value , thought they were roe deer but look too big to be, would be grateful for your help Paul

Paul,

I doubt those are Roe deer antlers if the main beams are 40″ long.  You might Google “Roe deer antler images” for a better idea of the average sizes.  

I checked on the UK Ebay page for average prices of Roe deer antlers:   http://www.ebay.co.uk/bhp/roe-deer-antlers

I suspect you can search a bit and find the value of such antlers in the states.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Where can I get aerial photos?

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Do you know of a place to purchase aerial photos of property?

Randy,

I frequently use Google  Earth  or Google Earth Pro.  Maps can be ordered from Hunterra.

Some folks simply go to the local NRCS office.

Enjoy creation,

Grant

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How much do Morrell targets cost?

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how much do morrell targets cost?

 

Brendan,

Morrell makes many different types of archery targets.  Check out this link to see the different styles and prices: https://www.morrelltargets.com/

Enjoy creation,

grant

 

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Are GMO crops harmful to humans or deer?

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There is a growing amount of evidence that suggests using GMO seed has negative side effects on both plant & animal…Have you researched any of these claims? What are your thoughts relative to the whole GMO Seed Debate?

Jeff,

I’ve never found (and I’ve searched) one refereed (peer reviewed) study that shows any negative impact on humans or deer (or other critters) from GMO crops.  Literally tens of millions of deer, turkey, etc., have feed on GMO crops with no reported impacts.  In fact, the largest deer in the world are consistently harvested in the midwest were 90%+ of the crops are GMO.  

GMO crops have been the most studied crops in history and still no credible reports of harm to humans and wildlife.  Even Reader’s Digest recently reported that’s there’s never been a study that’s found any evidence of GMO crops causing humans harm.  

Lots of folks make wild claims based on emotions.  The fact is that GMO crops save a huge amount of fossil fuels, soil erosion, soil compaction, etc., by significantly reducing tillage.  

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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What climbing safety system do you use?

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Dear Grant,

Can you tell us what type of Safety System (Tree strap) you use when you get into your stand, in order to anchor yourself to the tree?

When I watch the videos it looks like some type of rope system that is wrapped around the tree, which you clip into via your safety harness karabiner.

Thanks in advance for all your help and advice.

Drew from Ontario.

Drew,

I use a full harness from Summit (http://www.summitstands.com/harnesses) and always use a climbing system like the http://www.summitstands.com/seat-o-the-pants-climbing-system.

These systems allow me to remain tethered to the tree from when I leave the ground till I return.  Adam does a good job of explaining this system in the GrowingDeer episode at this link:   https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/deer-hunting-focusing-on-the-kill-zone.

I don’t allow any of the GrowingDeer Team to climb a tree without using this safety system.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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How do you train a dog for shed hunting?

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I was watching some of your wife’s videos when she was shed hunting. I noticed the dog was helping to find the deer sheds as well. I am curious as to how you guys trained your dog to be able to help find sheds/whole skulls.
Thanks, Nick

Tracy and Crystal spend countless hours each year in the late winter and early spring hunting for shed antlers! Crystal (our shed dog) was selected because she displayed signs of having a high search instinct.  This is similar  to training a duck dog except you substitute antlers. She was started as a puppy chasing a ball with an antler tine stuck in it. As she grew she was put on larger and larger antlers.  They were thrown out in the yard so that they had a bit of a roll to them. Once her “desire” for antlers was firmed with lots of praise and reward, we moved to playing hide and seek games. You can easily find out more by searching online. Check out AntlerDogs.com or various other videos on youtube.  If you enjoy training dogs, this is a fun and rewarding project!

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What’s a good technique to judge yardage?

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hello Grant. Love everything about Growing Deer TV! The thing I love the most is that yall are spreading the gospel of Christ through it!

My question is this; I don’t have a range finder, and have never harvested a deer with my bow from a tree. What are some good techniques to judge the distance, and what sight pin I should shoot if I’m 20 ft in a tree?

Cooper,

Thank you for watching GrowingDeer and for sharing the kind words!

Each individual has different skills at estimating yardage. I suspect that experience is the best “technique.”  Before I had a range finder I was constantly estimating yardage while I worked, etc., I’d estimate the yardage to an object and then step it off.  Even with lots of practice it’s easy to be off a few yards and that can be enough to be the difference between bringing venison home or eating tag soup.

I suggest you step off distance from the stand to known points.  For example, if you are comfortable shooting 30 yards, then use tree, rock, etc., to mark 20 and 30 yards from the stand.  Having the known distances will reduce the error when estimating a deer that’s at 25 + – yards.  

I use the same sight pin for each distance as I do when practicing from the ground.  The biggest difference between shooting from and elevated position and from the ground is the need to bend at the waste when shooting from an elevated position.  If you simply drop you bow arm, it changes the relationship between your grip, sight, and eye.  Bend at the waist and keep everything in the same relationship as you did while shooting from the ground and your shot will be true!  

The only time it would be necessary to change sight location for the same yardage is if you are shooting at an extreme incline. This is rarely the case with most shot opportunities from a tree stand.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What scope do you suggest to use with a .45-70?

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I know that the majority of your videos are about bow hunting and in most of the gun videos you or others in your videos are using muzzle loaders. However I live in Ohio and recently purchased a .45-70, what scope would you recommend for shooting out to 250-300yds. I was thinking about something with a bullet drop compensation due to the rainbow trajectory. I have been doing a lot of research into this and would like to know what scope you suggest for those long shots. A specific scope or brand would really help me out.

Shane

Shane,

I looked and didn’t find a scope made specifically for a .45-70.  Several of the Nikon scopes work well with the dangerous game calibers.  Those heavy rounds may have a similar trajectory.  I suggest researching those options!

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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What recording formats for a GoPro or Canon 70D?

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I am looking for a little help. Being fairly new to video hunts I’m looking for some video editing software. Do you have any suggestions for GoPro products and their file formats as well as for a Canon dslr 70d. Any suggestions would be helpful.

 

Our Editor, Blake, suggests the folllowing:

For a Gopro: Hero4 Silver’s a good Go-Pro. It cost less than the Black version.  Use the record mode of   1920 x 1080 at 30 fps.

For the 70D:  Adjust your settings to use a record mode of 1920×1080 at 30 fps.

Editing software:  We use Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro.  I’m sorry, but I do not have experience with other editing software.  I can only suggest that you find something that works well with a variety of formats.

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Do sulfur blocks help reduce ticks on deer?

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Grant, I’ve been putting out sulfur blocks the past several years and believe that it helps deer with ticks & NO SEE UMS.What,s your opinion ?

Mike,

There’s been rumors for decades about sulfur blocks helping reduce ticks on cattle and other critters.  I’ve tried them and never seen obvious results.  I’ve Googled the subject and haven’t found any research that supports the claims.  However, that doesn’t mean sulfur doesn’t help remove ticks.  However, if it does it’s not well documented.  

I look forward to hearing updates about your experiences!

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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What do deer eat in wetlands?

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Hello Dr. Grant I grew up hunting in marsh wetlands near north central Wisconsin. What are the food sources for whitetail that live around these wetlands?

Kurt,

There are several wetland plants that deer eat during the growing season. These can provide a source of protein, but rarely are high in energy. There’s usually some hammocks (high dry places) where oaks, white cedar, etc. grow.  Often deer that seek cover in wetlands venture to neighboring ag fields to consume grain crops.

I’d have to know what’s available to know which specific species deer in your area are eating.

Enjoy creation!

grant 

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What safety harness do you use?

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Hello Grant,

I have bow hunted for several years now and have had trouble with safety harnesses. I have yet to find one that allows me to shoot 360 degrees from my stand. I am on a fixed budged and would like to get one for under $80. Is there a particular brand or style that you prefer to use while bow hunting?

Billy,

The most important characteristic of a safety harness is that you use it literally every time you climb!!  There are way too many treestand accidents.  

I use the STS Deluxe harness from Summit. Like most harness it attached to the tree via a strap.  I can easily turn side to side and shoot with while wearing the harness. I never climb without a harness.  The STS works great for my staff and me!

Please don’t climb without a harness so you can continue to enjoy creation!

grant 

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Should I prune the limbs and leaves of fruit trees growing inside a tree tube?

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I have been using tree tubes for the last 2 years with GREAT success. They really accelerate the growth of the seedlings. I planted 3 trees (chestnuts) at the same time and 1 was “stunted” (As seen thru the tube). I pulled the tube off and a very tall weed was choking the new tree out. After pulling the weed out I returned the tree to it’s tube and it should be fine. Now for the question. I have 4 deer pears and 2 apples growing in separate tubes that have ALOT of leaves and growth. They are starting to grow out the top of the tubes. Should I pull the tubes off and trim the branches off “down the tree”? Should I let nature take it’s course?

Joe P. (Virginia)

PS – The persimmons I planted went from 9″ to 6′ in just the Spring !!
Thanks, as always, for your guidance. I look so forward to seeing your program every week. Congrats on the 300th episode.

 

Joe,

There’s no need to prune the limbs and leaves growing inside a tree tube.  During the late dormant season you should prune the malformed and excess limbs about the tube.  Different species benefit from different levels of pruning.

Check out this link for more instruction about pruning fruit trees: https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/deer-hunting-secret-how-to-create-a-hot-spot-now

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What is the technique to easily debone a deer?

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Where can I obtain the video Dr. Grant did on how to process your own venison?

 

Rick,

All of our past episodes are available at http://www.GrowingDeer.tv.  The episode you requested can be viewed at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/deer-meat-how-to-process-your-own

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What would cause deer meat to have a bad odor and a brownish, gooey film?

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Last year, a buddy of mine shot a nice 14 pointer. We were in Des Arc MO, in between Ironton and Piedmont. While we were processing his deer, we noticed a strong odor and a brownish, gooey ( like mayonnaise ) film covering the meat. At that point, decided to discard of the deer. I asked around what could that be. I did not know if it could have possibly been another symptom of CWD or Blue tongue or what. Any ideas?

Thank you,
Scott

Scott,

These are not symptoms of CWD or H.D. (commonly called Blue Tongue).  These conditions could occur if the deer didn’t expired quickly and wasn’t processed within in a reasonable time. They could also occur if the deer had been previously wounded or had an infection.  

Sounds like it was wise to not consume the venison.

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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What causes deer to have a club foot?

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Dr. Grant Woods I’ve been following your youtube channel for quite some time now doing, and learning alot of stuff from you, and your team! Excellent work by the way! I also incorporate them into what I do. On today’s video I notice you showed a pic of a buck that looks like mine I call “Club Foot”. I’m wondering if you could please tell me what this is? I will post more pics of my Iowa giant in the comments. This picture I believe was late July early August. Thank you so much for your time, effort, and tips from you, and your team I truly hope to meet you one day, and shake your hand.

Joe,

Thank you for the kind words!  We offer a lot more information at GrowingDeer.com than we can on YouTube. We release a new episode every Monday about 6:30am Central time.

Deer, it seems bucks more than does, tend to break their foot just above their hooves.  I don’t know if this is from fighting, chasing etc.  I’ve cut into a few of these on tagged bucks and they always appear to be a calcified joint or bone.  I’m always amazed at how well deer can survive with such injuries.

I hope our paths cross soon!

Enjoy creation,

Grant

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Do you offer guided hunts?

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Morning Grant,

My wife and I love your show. We would like to know if you do a guided hunt at the proving grounds?

Thanks Brian and Alaura Dumont Dayton Tx

Brian and Alaura,

Thank you for the kind words!  

I spend so much time hunting with my father and daughters that we don’t offer guided hunts.  We do host a Field Event each August!  It’s a lot of fun and we share our hunting and habitat management techniques!  

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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Can you help me with a new product?

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I have a new unheard of idea that could be an app or a new device that should change deer hunting in a big way! This could be BIG! I need to seek legal counsel before revealing it unless you can guarantee equal rights.

Thank You!
Walter Lee
(214) 499-8604

Walter,

You are wise to seek counsel about your “unheard of idea.”  I wish you much success!!

I’ve consulted on several projects and find it enjoyable to help folks turn an idea into reality!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What trail camera settings should I use when doing a camera survey?

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If I am conducting a trail cam survey for 14 days and there is 1 camera per 50 acres what would my correction factor be?

Is 1cam/50acres to much?

Also what settings do you have on the camera? Delay interval? Number of pictures/trigger?

Thanks,
Phil Scott

Phil,

The accuracy of a trail camera survey can potentially be increased by increasing the number of cameras and the number of pictures each camera takes per deer visit.  

More pictures should allow for better identification of individual bucks. More camera stations should pick up a few more deer as some deer won’t use stations where other, more dominant deer frequent.  

The trade-off is steps that accumulate more pictures will add more time to analysis process.  

The number of acres per camera is influenced by the habitat.  If the survey is conducted in an area with lots of pasture and/or ag fields then deer will be bottle-necked into smaller areas and fewer cameras will be needed. If the area is primarily cover than more cameras will be required to conduct an effective survey.

Deer tend to hang around bait a long time.  There’s no problem taking more pictures but I usually set my Reconyx cameras to take two pictures with a 10 second interval between pictures.  I use a five minute delay to keep from getting bunches of pictures of the same deer.  

I never use a correction factor.  Correction factors are best guesses.  I use the actual numbers and compare them year to year.  The trend of the deer herd’s demographics is more valuable and probably more accurate than the estimates!  

There are detailed instructions of how I conduct a trail camera survey at:  https://www.growingdeer.tv/view/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/Conducting-a-Herd-Survey.pdf

Enjoy creation,

grant

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How do you enter the BloodSport sweepstakes?

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Hey grant and team,
I was recently watching one of your YouTube videos and saw that you had a blood sport giveaway. Not having bow hunted before (mainly rifle and muzzleloader here in Vermont). I was excited to have an opportunity to possibly start my bow hunting “career” with some blood sport gear. However I am unable to find where to enter the sweepstakes. If you could shoot me and email or post where to enter on the ask grant page I would be greatly appreciative.

As always keep up the great work and can’t wait to watch episode 301.

 

Aaron,

This sweepstakes is now closed.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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How do you debone a deer?

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I watched Dr. Grant do a short video on processing (cutting up) a deer. Is a video available on his method?

 

Rick,

 

I believe you are looking for the GrowingDeer episode at the following link:

https://www.growingdeer.tv/#/deer-meat-how-to-process-your-own

May you be blessed with plenty of fresh venison this fall!

grant

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Do ticks on deer impact the quality of venison?

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Dr. Woods,

My name is Joshua Farley, and I was wandering if ticks on deer in early season have any negative effects on the meat of the dear. I hunt in central Ok and many people around here that I know do not hunt early season do to the fact that most dear will have a good amount of ticks on them. Many of the does that I get on camera will have large amounts of ticks on the neck and around the ears(like in the picture’s posted). I appreciate any information and god bless!

Joshua,

Deer at my place are loaded with ticks also!  I’ve taken deer during the first week of season for years and never noticed any problem with the meat.  The problem may be keeping ticks off you during the early season but I’m not aware of problem with venison due to deer having ticks.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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How can I get a job like yours?

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This is the same 15 year old and its an odd question but i want yo be a professional bow hunter when i get older i would love to become part of a hunting teem even yours! Yours is my fav if u could help me out it would be great i want to go to college and get my masters in wildlife biology and do what you do if could please help me out it would be awesome!!! Thanks and God bless

Jordan,

I was blessed to know what God wanted me to do from an early age. I found a fawn that had been poached in a field on the farm where I grew up. From that day I wanted to work with deer. I encourage you to intentionally seek God’s will for your life and follow His will.

As you mature and determine what God has planned for your life, maybe it will lead to where our paths cross!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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How old is this buck from Minnesota?

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Dr. Woods,

I have a buck showing up on my cameras and I am struggling to tell if he extremely young or if he has some sort of genetic problem. He seems short in body size compared to other bucks here in Minnesota. I will post a picture of him last year and this year. I would love your advice on how old he is.

Thanks,
Frank

Frank,

The buck’s legs appear too long for his body.  His neck merges with is chest well above his brisket.  If you cover his antlers he appears like a large-bodied doe.  These are all signs of a 2 year old buck.

There are very rarely genetic “problems” with deer.  I believe this deer is healthy and has great potential!

Enjoy creation,

grant 

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How do I stop raccoons from eating most of the feed I put out for deer?

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Hello,
still up to date on the shows, just watched no. 300.
I have around 12 to 15 coons eating all the corn and not letting the deer in, how do I get rid of them. I am hunting on Audubon land so I cant trap or shoot.
Help please.
Thanks

Terry,

Thank you for watching GrowingDeer!!

Raccoons can remove most of the feed from feeders and discourage deer and other critters from using the area.  The bird feed companies have spent gads trying to build a feeder that raccoons and squirrels couldn’t use.  They haven’t succeeded yet.  Without being able to trap the raccoons I’m not aware of any system that keeps raccoons away for an extended period of time.

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Do bucks lose antler mass as they mature?

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Dr. Woods,

Is there any research on the subject of old bucks losing antler mass as they age? Do you have any suggested reading on this subject?

Thanks in advance! Also thank you for all of the time and effort you put into sharing your passion/profession. It is a great example of true Christian values of giving back!

God Bless,,

-Caiden

Caiden,

Thank you for the kind words and for asking God to bless our work! I truly appreciate your prayers!!

I’m not aware of any published research that indicates bucks will lose antler mass as they mature or reach extreme maturity.  Most bucks increase antler size (including mass) till they are seven years old or older.  Very few bucks live this long in the wild.  

Based on my observations, even senile (extremely mature bucks in captivity) bucks may decrease in overall antler size, but not in antler mass. This is especially true of basal circumference.  Antler pedicles (the specialized tissue where antlers grow from the skull) increase with age. I’ve never known or heard of then decreasing.  

Enjoy creation,

grant

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2016 Field Event

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I was wondering how and when I can register for next years field day? I would really like to attend.

Kyle,

I look forward to visiting with you during our 2016 Field Event!  We haven’t set a date yet.  We’ll likely announce a date on GrowingDeer this spring.  These events sell out quickly – be sure to register soon when we open announce the Event!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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What is the appropriate title for Grant’s profession?

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Hello dr. Grant
First I just wanted to say that I love your show, and it is very educational. I want to know what you would exactly call your profession besides wildlife biologist. By that I mean like helping people better their land for deer hunting. My name is Chase and hunting is my passion, I play football at MTSU and its my senior year. That being said I have some professional attention from a few teams. What I want to know is how I could start a career in the kind of things that you are doing. My degree is not in biology, quite honestly I have a useless degree of liberal arts. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated thank you and God bless you, your family, and your business.
Chase Pennycuff

Chase,

Congratulations on almost completing your degree and having a successful football career!  That’s very exciting!

Some folks call me a consulting wildlife biologist.  It’s really no different than a wildlife biologist.  I research and share my results.  Some wildlife biologists work for government agencies. I work primarily for private landowners, but have worked for corporations and government agencies.  

Thank you for asking God to bless my family!  That’s a huge blessing to me!  

Enjoy creation and listen to where God wishes to use you!  

grant

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What college should I attend to become a wildlife biologist?

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Dr. Grant Woods,

I wanted to thank you for your advice on degrees in Wildlife Biology. I have contacted UGa and Mississippi State for information from Dr. Karl Miller and Dr. Steve Demaris. My dad had came across Dr. Moore at abac.edu.

I had a question because Dr. Moore let me know that a two two or two years at ABAC and two years at UGa would be a good option for me since my family is in Thomasville. The degrees are different one is BAS applied science and the other one is a BS, but only UGa has the Wildlife Biologist degree.

My dad says I can save money going to the local school first get the core classes out of the way and then go to UGa and be better prepared from the core applied classes at abac, Dr. Moore indicated it is highly competitive to get into UGa. Can you give any advice?

Second question I am still in high school but I would like to know how to go about coming to field days next year as an intern? I am prepared to work time before and after the event.

Thank you for your time.

Parker Maroney

Parker,

I’ve known several wildlife biologists that went to school for two years at ABAC and finished their wildlife degree at the University of Georgia!  I agree with your father – that’s a fine program!  

Wherever you go take each class seriously and be intentional about your career objectives.  For example, take the written and speaking communication skills classes very seriously. These skills are essential to all professions!  School choice is important, but not as important as each student’s desire to learn and participate in activities that will benefit their career.  

We rarely accept candidates for our intern program unless they are a junior or more advanced in college.  Our internship program is designed to last a college semester.  Most schools give credit for such field experience.  

I hope you will consider doing an internship with us at you progress through a wildlife degree program!

Enjoy creation,

grant

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Where can I hunt near Charleston, South Carolina?

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Hey Mr. Grant,
i emailed recently wanting to know if you knew any places to hunt in SC,you said you used to hunt the national forest around Clemson,since i live in Charleston that’s along way for a hunt,any other ideas.Also what kind of broad heads do you have? i’m shooting a diamond infinite edge at 45 lbs as of know i have muzzy,deer season just started here in SC can”t wait to get out!
Sincerely Clayton

Clayton,

There’s 10’s  of 1,000’s of acres of public and just outside Charleston called the Francis Marion National Forest.  Some of my friends used to hunt both deer and turkey there!  That’s one place to start while you are meeting landowners, etc., and looking for other places to hunt!  

Remember to be willing to trade some work for hunting rights!  Many landowners need help planting food plots, etc.!

Enjoy creation!

grant

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When can I register for the 2016 GrowingDeer Field Event?

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Hey Grant. I am a minister in Haughton, La (fbchaughton.org). My Dad and I are trying manage about 300 acres for deer and turkey. Could we get a spot in the Field Days 2016? Thanks for considering! Blessings.
Scott

Scott,

Thanks for inquiring about our next Field Event!  We’ll announce the dates of our next Event during the spring on GrowingDeer.tv!  I look forward to visiting with you and your father!  May God bless your faithfulness to follow His call!

grant

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May I hunt with you?

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Hey Grant, My name is Caleb. Im 14 and have killed three deer in 3 years,ive only been hunting in Georgia and have only been to GA Miss and Florida. This is a personal To you. I would like to know if yall would give my the oppertunity to come down to the Kentucky Proving Grounds and hunt with yall, WAIT HOLD ON DONT EXIT THIS EMAIL YET. Ive got more to say. I know yall Are probally going to say NO but please think about it. It would be a great experince. And I hope that you find time in your week to listen to what the creator is sayen to you. Thank you for your time.

I’m honored you would like to hunt with me!  I spend most of my time hunting with Raleigh and Rae, my daughters, and my father.  My father and I have always hunted together and Raleigh and Rae have joined that tradition. I also spend much of my time hunting with Adam and the other employees.  

My close friend, Mr. Terry Hamby, owns The Kentucky Proving Grounds.  He also enjoys hunting with his family. He spends most of his time hunting with his wife and grandkids.  

We’ve considered having a hunt once a year where some members of the GrowingDeer family meet in Colorado or somewhere and hunt together for a week.  Those are just thoughts now because we stay extremely busy producing a new show weekly, year round.  

Thank you for watching http://www.GrowingDeer.tv!  If we do plan a group hunt, we’ll announce it on an upcoming episode!

Enjoy creation!

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How do I start a hunting show?

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Grant,
I am currently starting up my own online hunting show (masterharvesters.weebly.com). I have watched your show for over a year now and have greatly enjoyed the content and quality. If you would please share some of the things that have helped you develop to where you are as a show now, and give me some direction on how to improve my capabilities in any way I would be very grateful.

Evan Grimm

Thanks for watching GrowingDeer!

I simply used the web to share my passion. I’ve been a wildlife biologist for 25 years.  I enjoy sharing information that will help others enjoy hunting and managing deer and turkey.

You should know that I’ve never edited one minute of our footage.  I rarely run the camera, etc.  I do what God built me to do (communicate technical information in an easy to understand format) and let our team members do what they do best.  We all trust and count on each other.  Be part of a team that works hard, trust each other, and helps each other is a winning combination!  I’m very thankful for each member of our team!

I hope you seek God’s will in your life and then pursue His will with all your passion!

 

 

 

 

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What editing software does the GrowingDeer Team use?

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Grant , I enjoy watching your show. Very informative ! I was wondering, what film editing software do you use to edit your raw video footage ?

Our team uses Final Cut Pro and several additional packages to produce GrowingDeer.tv.  Like all aspects of the computer industry editing software is constantly changing.  We often several add-on packages for special projects.

Enjoy creation!

 

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Will you be a guest on our radio show?

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Grant I have been watching Growing Deer TV now for about 2.5 years almost every Monday on my lunch break. I work at Our Daily Bread Ministries in Grand Rapids MI. I showed your True Identity video to some folks here. We have a radio program called “Word’s to Live By” which takes people and how they take the Word and use it and live it in everyday life. I was asked to contact you about possibly doing a program. If your interested they would love to hear your story of faith. They things would go from there.

If you have any other question you can email me at:

bobthebowhunter@gmail.com

Bob Baars

On another note I work at Cabela’s here in GR also and have been able to use your web show as a door to talk about my faith with customers and co-works.

I would be honored to share my testimony on Words to Live By!!  My mother read Our Daily Bread for years and I’ve read several of their devotional books!

Thanks for considering me!

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