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Podcast: Grant Woods, Guest of Outdoors with MSA

By GrowingDeer,

Grant was a recent guest on the podcast “Outdoors with MSA.”  Listen in as they talk about deer hunting, habitat management, and turkey hunting.

 

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Rabbit Hunt in the Snow

By GrowingDeer,

Team member Danny Naugle took the beagles out during the weekend and enjoyed a great rabbit hunt!

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Shed Hunting Tips: Focus!

By GrowingDeer,

Here are some tips on the best places to shed hunt so that you maximize your time in the field!

 

 

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Trapping Tip: Use Trail Cameras to Scout

By GrowingDeer,

We use trail cameras to help monitor nest predator activity. If there is a lot of activity, we’re setting a Duke trap! This technique has been effective and helps save time locating trap locations.

use trail cameras to scout for trapping sites

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Time to Clean Your Bow: Bow Maintenance

By GrowingDeer,

It’s a good time to clean your bow string! After a lot of hours in the hunt stand bow hunters should be doing a little bow maintenance.  See the tips Daniel shares in this video to keep your bow in top shape.

Trapping Benefit: Great Furs!

By GrowingDeer,

Balancing nest predator numbers can be a great wildlife management tool to encourage healthy prey populations like turkeys, quail, song birds and many others. The end result of trapping, of course, is not just removing predators, but you get these great furs.

Predators also provide high quality fur that can be used for beautiful, warm blankets like the one we had made a few years ago.

 

So there’s a real advantage to trapping and just having the hides skinned out.  If you don’t have time, take them to a local taxidermist.  That’s what we do.  They’ll flesh them out.  The leather is unbelievable.  And then you can preserve the hides.  They’re great for use as decorative items.

So, trap for multiple reasons. It’s a great way to get your kids and neighboring kids involved in the outdoors.

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Scouting from the Skinning Shed: Stomach Content

By GrowingDeer,

Every successful hunt is a learning experience. On top of all the excitement from the hunt, we can also gain information for our next hunt.

This image is a great example of how preferred food sources can quickly change. This shows the stomach content of  two bucks that were harvested 12 days apart (Swoops 12/22 and Center 8 1/03) out of the same plot. Notice how Swoops’ rumen content is brown and primarily acorns with some milo seeds while Center 8 had been eating much more green forage. We call this “scouting from the skinning shed”.

The best way to determine what deer are eating in any habitat is to simply inspect the rumen (stomach) content of a hunter harvested, road killed, etc. deer. This information is current and 100% accurate for that location because deer are selective feeders. They tend to eat the best food available within their range.

 

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