Category: Deer Hunting

Red Hot Action – Episode #309

By GrowingDeer,

Doe management in action, watch GrowingDeer episode #309.


Watch this episode to see Seth Harker and Chase White work on doe management. While they are working on arrowing the does, antlers come into range! Then in Iowa, watch Pro Staff Ryan Arnevik and Rory Heims as they have an amazing bow hunt, taking 4 does in about an hour!

Everyone loves jerky! Tracy has another great tip showing how you can share more of your venison with tasty homemade jerky.

A buck during daylightTip of the Week:

Mature bucks, if not already, will soon be actively chasing does.

Spend your time hunting favorable travel corridors.

Great chance, Mr. Big will be coming through.


Doe Patrol – Episode #307

By GrowingDeer,

Grant gets on board with doe patrol for the 2015-2016 season in episode #307.

This week it’s doe patrol for the GrowingDeer Team. Watch as Grant gets on the board! Then Chase White and Seth Harker get some of their own Ozark backstraps.

We have thousands of hardwood stump sprouts growing here on The Proving Grounds. Their massive
root systems are stealing resources. This week we’re trying a new technique to kill those old stump
sprouts and recycle their nutrients back into the soil to improve the habitat.

Click through to watch this episode today!

Seth & Chase deer hunting from a Summit tree stand.Tip of the Week: 

Drop in temperature? It’s time to hunt.

If a 10% drop in temp is on the way, there’s gonna be deer


That’s a good time to be in the stand.

Kansas Buck Down – Episode #306

By GrowingDeer,

Kansas Buck Down! Build your own mock scrape!

Kansas buck down! This week we head to Kansas with pro staffers Jerry Boden and Aaron Morgan. It’s a fairly quiet hunt until, suddenly, chaos breaks loose with deer running all over. Click through to watch the hunt play when this Kansas buck enters the fray.

Nothing “mock” about this scrape. Watch as Adam shows you how to create a “real deal” mock scrape. It’s a complete package for bringing that buck broadside in your shooting lane.Learn how to set up a mock scrape

Tip of the Week: 

It’s hard to predict deer movement in many fields. Create a big attraction by building your own scrape station. Adam shows you how he does it, step by step, in this episode.


2015 Pre Season Scouting

By GrowingDeer,

Adam, Daniel, and I have been scouting while doing field work. I’m a bit shocked that we are finding acorns on the ground already. Typically we don’t find acorns on the ground until late September. There are always a few acorns that were aborted, damaged by insects, etc., that fall early. We are finding good acorns along with hulls, scat, etc. Deer are clearly already eating acorns!

Acorns, hulls and scat on the forest floor

This year we are finding early acorns on the ground while scouting.

The Proving Grounds is primary forested. There are oaks everywhere! During years when there is a good acorn crop it can be very difficult to pattern deer because there’s food everywhere. In addition, if deer are alerted or spooked it is very easy for them to feed elsewhere given these conditions.

When these conditions occur hunters need to continue to scout for fresh sign and be very careful not to alert deer when entering, hunting, and exiting a stand.

We’ll keep you posted week by week about what we observe in the field and what strategies are working best.

GrowingDeer together,


4 Questions For A Realistic Hit List

By GrowingDeer,

As antler development is beginning to wind down, hit lists begin to develop. Hunters have had the opportunity to inventory the individual bucks based on antler characteristics. With individual bucks clearly recognizable, the next step is to develop a strategic plan to tag these bucks. Antler characteristics are just one of multiple aspects that make each buck an “individual”.

Our #1 hit list buck, Chainsaw

Our #1 hit list buck, Chainsaw, has been very active at this Trophy Rock site.

Each hit list buck exhibits certain characteristics that influence the chances of that deer being harvestable. Some of these characteristics can easily be examined in a series of trail camera photos you have received through the summer months. When examining these photos, ask yourself the following questions:

  • When are the bucks being photographed, daylight or nighttime?
  • Is the area the buck using accessible to me?
  • Can I hunt the deer in transition or over a hidey hole food plot?
  • Will the predominate wind allow me to reach my stand undetected?

Ask yourself these questions as opening day nears. Answers to these questions can help you narrow your hit list down further to strictly huntable deer and maximize your opportunities afield. Don’t simply let antlers dictate which stand you hunt, use your resources to determine which hit list buck provides you with the best chance to fill a tag! Be sure to share your success with us here at

Enjoying Creation,

Matt Dye

Bow Hunting: First Buck for Lindsey – Episode #271

By GrowingDeer,

Lindsey Martin arrows her first buck in episode #271.

Lindsey Martin arrows her first buck! Watch this video to see the story unfold and her patience rewarded. The season was moving along and it wasn’t going well until the late season when Heath discovers a pattern of daylight bucks. They hang a pair of treestands by an old fence gap and wait for the late morning bucks to show.

Plus, It’s Grant and Adam’s last afternoon deer hunt. It’s an action filled final hunt. There’s deer all around them, when suddenly a target buck shows up! It’s a 4.5 year old buck called Rocker and he’s close to making a mistake.

Grant scouts his deer hunting property.Tip of the Week:

Deer Season Over?

Great time to see how deer are using your property.

There’s no fear of busting deer, so get in there and scout.

Look for well used trails and scrapes. Find new patterns now, for better hunting next season.

Deer Hunting: First Deer – Episode #270

By GrowingDeer,

Late bean magic and catching nest predators in episode #270.

Remember your first deer? Six year old Trace Harker gets excited this week when he gets his first deer! Then dad, Seth Harker, heads back to a plot of Eagle Seed beans to try his hand at late season success. ‘Tis the season to remove predators off your property. Pro trapper, Clint Cary, shows you step-by-step how to make a flat set to catch fawn-nabbing coyotes.

Tip of the Week:

A Duke DP trap.

Catching nest predators can be hard.

The Dog Proof trap changed all that. It’s easy and safe to use.

Want more turkey, pheasants and quail? Get some Duke DP’s and get catchin’.

Late Season Buck – Episode #269

By GrowingDeer,

Two Face, a hit list buck, shows himself in episode #269.

A buck steps into the food plot. Adam knows this buck. It’s Two Face. Did this 9 year old buck finally make a mistake? The deer are really hammering the Broadside food plot blend and that’s a great spot for some late season backstraps. It’s time to remove predators. Tips on cold weather trapping, plus, Grant tries a new stinky product.

Tip of the Week:A coyote near a deer carcass.

Got Coyotes? Yes, you do.

Coyotes wear n’ tear your winter deer herd.

Grab a couple of Duke #4 traps. Make flat sets or dirt hole sets for less coyotes, more deer.

The Perfect Food Plot – Episode #268

By GrowingDeer, episode #268 – the perfect food plot.

Perfection might be impossible to reach, but Grant might have found the perfect food plot! Watch now to see what this food plot is made of, how it’s made, and why it can save you money! We also follow up with a Kentucky property management plan, where we’ve got 3 deer kills!

Buck standing in soybeans.Tip of the Week:

Hunting Late Season?

Warm days: hunt greens, like brassicas or wheat.

Cold days: hunt grains, like soybeans and corn.

Hunting Scrapes – Episode #267

By GrowingDeer,

Find out if you should hunt scrapes in the last season on episode #267.

Are scrapes worth hunting in the late season? New footage from The Proving Grounds may change the way you think. Watch this episode as our Reconyx UltraFire records the world of scrape site behavior! We’ll show you how to create a perfect site for your hunting set up. Next, we open up the HotZone fence to give deer access to some late season soybeans. We’ve already captured a big surprise!

Look for ridges when trying to pattern deer in big woods.Tip of the Week:

It’s hard to find deer patterns in big woods. Look for lower ridges that run to higher ridges. You’ll probably find a travel corridor.