Category: Turkey Hunting

4 Ways You Can Improve Your Turkey Hunting Footage

By GrowingDeer,

Turkey season is upon us! One thing more turkey hunters are doing is filming their own turkey hunts. It seems there are two types of filmed turkey hunts. Amazing films that capture everything turkey hunting is about and films that show a gobble or two, some blurry footage of a turkey, and a loud boom. Dr. Grant Woods of GrowingDeer films countless turkey hunts every year. Woods loves turkey hunting and he enjoys capturing the hunt on film. Below are a few of his tips to ensure you end up with a film all your friends will want to watch.

Two hunters with turkeys


Most turkey hunters run and gun at some point during their season. Unlike deer hunting where most hunters are stationary and can take their time setting up their camera, turkey hunting requires hunters to be on the move which often makes filming more difficult. “Often turkey hunters are forced to set up in a hurry so little details like making sure the camera is completely concealed gets missed. A turkey will spook the moment they see a big black camera or a bright shiny camera lens. We try to hide the cameraman near a big tree or bush. Then we cover the camera with a cloth so the birds can’t see the camera or the lens. Carrying all this around when we are hunting can be difficult, but it is worth the effort because we spook fewer birds and get better footage,” Woods explained.

Toms come in to check out a Montana decoy


Turkey hunters often debate whether they should use decoys when turkey hunting because decoys can sometimes spook birds. According to Woods, decoys are often required when filming a hunt. “A decoy takes the birds’ attention off where the calling is coming from and then they focus on the decoy. We put the decoy about twenty yards from our set up and even closer if we are bow hunting. With a decoy close, we can get good footage of a tom when he comes into the decoy,” Woods added.


When Woods and his team notice a tom and his ladies are regularly hanging out in a food plot or field, they often set up a Redneck Blind near the field edge. “The wonderful thing about hunting out of a blind is it conceals your movement and the turkeys don’t seem to get spooked by a blind. They don’t pay attention to them. In addition, all the filming from a blind is much easier than running and gunning. Every turkey hunter should have a blind, especially if a person is going to bow hunt. A blind conceals the cameraman and the hunter when they draw their bow,” Woods noted.

Using the Rex Arm while turkey hunting


One item that has changed the way Woods and his team films turkey hunts is the Rex Arm from Fourth Arrow Camera Arms. This camera arm can be used with almost any tripod and it allows the hunter to move the arm with the camera attached without moving the tripod when filming. “Turkeys often come strutting in and moving around. In order to keep them in the viewfinder, we have to move the tripod. The Rex arm is an efficient system, allowing the hunter to utilize 360 degree movement within a 10-inch radius of the tripod. Now we can easily move the camera and keep up with the gobbler without having to jerk the tripod around. It minimizes movement and increases the quality of our footage,” Woods added.

Filming a turkey hunt is fun and exciting. Hopefully the tips above will help you produce a better film this spring that you will be able to enjoy for years to come.

Strut Zone Prep – Episode #382

By GrowingDeer,

Watch GrowingDeer episode 382 to learn how we prepare food sources for deer and turkey hunting.

New Video

Watch the GrowingDeer Team frost seed clover and prepare a great food source for not only deer but turkey too! These clover plots will soon be great strutting areas for toms and purr-fect hunting locations. Find out how we plan to hunt these plots and others with our Montana Decoys!

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Montana Decoy turkey decoyShort Clip:

Watch Grant and CJ Davis from Montana Decoy share their turkey hunting tips, tricks, and techniques!





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Big 8 trail camera picture comparing 2014 and 2015

New Weekly Blog:

Tyler Gentry shares how multiple years of trail camera pictures helped him tag a buck last fall. Find out how you can use trail cameras to punch a tag!


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Using BoneView to check a trail camera in the field.

Tip of the Week:

When trying to pattern ol’ toms with trail cameras, checking pictures in the field can save a lot of time!

Chasin’ Turkeys in South Florida – Episode #381

By GrowingDeer,

An Osceola turkey in a south Florida citrus grove.

New Video

Watch Grant and Clay chase turkeys through the south Florida citrus groves! It’s a learn as you go hunt, where patience and strategy pay off!

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Wild turkeysShort Clip:

Turkey hunting is exciting with the versatile turkey decoys from Montana Decoy. Grant shares the un-boxing of his new decoys along with his strategies for using them for the upcoming spring turkey season.

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Three does at a Trophy Rock mineral station

New Weekly Blog:

Find out why it’s important to have forage and minerals available on your property year round.


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Winchester Long Beard XR pattern board.

Tip of the Week:

Patterning your turkey gun before season could be the difference between tagging a tom or tag soup.



Talking Turkey: Tips for Better Clucks, Purrs, Gobbles and More – Episode #377

By GrowingDeer,

Learn how to locate and call in gobblers in GrowingDeer episode #377.

New Video

Are you getting ready for turkey season? Time to knock the rust off! Grab your calls and follow along with champion callers, James Harrison and Steve Morgenstern, as they take us through the locating and calling techniques you need to know.

Wow! Big surprise in one of our Duke traps! We’re hustling to take out fawn nabbers before season closes.

UPDATE: Remember the big buck Peaches? Grant suspected he died from a brain abscess. The investigation is over and the evidence shows what killed him.

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South PawShort Clip:

Watch South Paw meet his match at the new Antler-X-Treme site!


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Buck with late season antlers

New Weekly Blog:

Learn how stressful winter can be for deer. Find out how and why we try to help deer through this time of the year.


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A buck at a Trophy Rock Four65 station

Tip of the Week:

Deer are seeking nutrients during the current stress period. Trophy Rock Four65 is a great source of the many minerals deer need.

Trapping Predators Boosts Nest Success

By GrowingDeer,

Tuesday marked the end of a successful trapping season at The Proving Grounds. We’re excited to have removed 41 predators from the property by trapping daily and using a variety of baits to bring them into our Duke traps. That means most likely more turkey poults, quail chicks, and fawns will survive!

Eaten Turkey Eggs

Nest predators can cause serious damage to a turkey population.

The GrowingDeer Team has been trapping predators consistently for seven years in an effort to balance the predator and prey population. We’re serious about trapping because studies show that racoons, opossums, and skunks are intense nest predators. Turkeys are especially susceptible to predation because they nest on the ground for approximately 28 days and then roost on the ground for approximately two weeks until the poults can fly.

It almost always rains at least once during the nesting season and wet hens have an odor even humans can easily smell. This makes it very easy for predators to find turkey nests and consume all the eggs and even kill the hen at times. Researchers used to call this the wet hen theory but it’s not just theory.

Last year The Proving Grounds had a high turkey poult survival rate compared to the statewide average. This was in part because of the serious effort the team has put into trapping. As land managers and hunters, we want a healthy turkey population! By trapping predators, we are one step closer to a successful turkey season.

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Is Your Turkey Season Over? We’ve Got Late Season Long Beard Action! – Episode #338

By GrowingDeer,

Watch late season gobbler action in GrowingDeer episode #338.

There’s more turkey hunting action in our newest video! Watch it today to see how the final hunts come together.


A doe and two fawns at a trophy rock mineral site.Tip of the Week: Trophy Rock is great for does too! It’s a stressful time. Give them the mineral they need!







This Week’s Blog: Matt shares a few tips on how to keep tabs on bucks during the summer.


Kentucky Turkey Hunt: Turkey Down!

Clips Page: Check out this clip! Throwing it back to 2013 with an awesome Kentucky gobbler hunt!

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Bam! Busting Beards – Episode #337

By GrowingDeer,

Watch as we tag some great longbeards in GrowingDeer episode 337.

Adam and Pro Staff member Seth Harker tag some great long beards right off the roost! Watch how they convince these gobblers to close the distance at daybreak.

A Kansas opening day tom gets a dose of the Long Beard XR. Watch Jerry and Aaron work together to make the hunt a success after this bird throws them a curve ball!

We use Trophy Rock at our mineral sites.

Tip of the week: It’s the perfect time to start a Trophy Rock mineral site! This will be a great spot to track antler growth during the coming months.






This week’s blog: Click to read more on food plot strategies and the long term benefits of the Broadside blend.

Longbeard right before the shot

Clips page: Need some more turkey hunting tips? Click here to see Heath and Lindsey Martin share some sure fire turkey tactics!

Turkey Hunting Tricks – Episode #336

By GrowingDeer,

Watch turkey hunting tricks in GrowingDeer episode #336.

Grant and Adam set out to bag an Ozark ridge runner during opening week. Watch them reach deep into the bag of tricks to pull this one off!

Team Martin doubles again! The Arkansas opener was full of gobbles, fights, and flying lead. Watch the hunt unfold with some twists along the way.

Seed hopper of no-till drillTip of the week: Don’t forget to inoculate your soybeans. Add before planting! Better soybeans, more protein – bigger, healthier deer!







This week’s blog: Looking for some late season turkey tips? Click here for tips to hunt turkeys in full foliage.

Grant standing in a clover food plot

Clips page: Grant shares management tips with a group of Alabama deer hunters in this 6 minute video clip. Watch by clicking here.

Full Foliage Turkey Tactics

By GrowingDeer,

Many states will see the arrival of spring during a portion of their turkey season. Throughout the season the conditions can change drastically. You may hunt early on when no leaves are present. Then, within two weeks the trees are in full foliage. This is certain to change the hunt, but how should your tactics change?

Turkeys in a timbered area

Visibility in timber will soon be limited! Don’t let that keep you from turkey hunting.

First things first, full foliage will drastically affect the way sounds carries. There are many more obstacles in the woods to deflect and absorb sound waves. When you call to a tom, the sound will not carry as far as it would have in the early season. In the same regards, his gobbles may make him sound further away than he actually is. This principle is important to keep in mind when working a bird. Be mindful of the actual distance the bird is from your location. Be natural and do not call too loudly or “sound blast” a gobbler. Calling too loudly when a bird is in close proximity can shut him down. Calling like this is a warning siren to him.

When trees are leafed out, gobblers are forced to search a little more while working through the timber. When underbrush has not leafed out and terrain allows, a longbeard can see further. This may result in birds hanging up out of range. When full foliage occurs, the gobbler is forced to investigate the scene more. His long distance views are now restricted. He is more willing to spend time searching for the hen. This means closing the distance to your setup.

Do not be discouraged by the progression of spring. Gobblers may seem more distant, but calling at the appropriate volumes will increase your success. Even with a limited view, this can work to your advantage. A lonely tom will search for that hen. Take advantage of the hens sitting on nests during the late season. Find a lonely tom, hunt hard and smart.

Chasing longbeards together,


2 Turkeys – Episode #335

By GrowingDeer,

Watch two successful turkey hunts in GrowingDeer episode #335.

In our newest video Grant and Adam team up to tag a late afternoon long beard in Kentucky. Then check out Lindsey Martin’s Kansas hunt. She doesn’t waste any time letting the Winchester do the talking on a strutting tom in the timber.

See how unproductive pine stands can be converted into valuable timber full of native browse. This tough task requires a one-two punch.

This Week’s Blog: Tips to help you fill turkey tags even with limited vacation days.

Hook’s turkey callTip of the Week:

Windy in the turkey woods? Use a loud call to carry the sound. A good box call is the solution.