Your Adventure Starts Here
The first fishing rod I spent my own money on I purchased from Bass Pro when they were located in the back corner of a local store. I still have that rod and I still purchase my hunting and fishing gear from Bass Pro! Bass Pro was started by an outdoorsman who had firsthand knowledge of what sportsmen wanted in quality and service. That knowledge has served Bass Pro well. They started in the back corner of a local store and now have their own stores in most states! Knowing hunting and hunters, being one of them, that‘s what makes Bass Pro the place I go to grab my hunting gear. For 30+ years my outdoor adventures have started at Bass Pro. Start your next outdoor adventure there too!
Avian-X decoys have incredible detail and durability. Our favorite setup is the HDR Hen and the Quarter-Strut Jake to bring gobblers in for the shot. The HDR Series provides interchangeable heads for both submissive and aggressive postures so you can customize your decoying strategies. We use realistic Avian-X decoys for our turkey hunts.
The Bleeding Edge of Accuracy
I’ve shot Bloodsport arrows for years. They are hand-selected and highly accurate with unmatched penetration. I’ve shot through boars and deer and reused the arrow to tag other critters! At my next shot opportunity I’ll be counting on a Bloodsport for accuracy, penetration and ruggedness.
Find What Matters
Hunting is more than a hobby, it’s a way of life! Burris Optics has been living that motto since 1971 and they have been the leader in optics innovation ever since. They design, engineer and manufacture everything from red dots and riflescopes to binos and bow sights in Greeley, CO at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. All of their products come backed by a Forever Warranty, but don’t worry you won’t be needing it!
One Multi-tasker deserves another.
At The Proving Grounds we are always working on projects to improve habitat and hunting opportunities. Efficiency is key. Case IH tractors have the same goal. Their tractors are tough, reliable and versatile no matter the project. Whether it’s planting food plots, maintaining roads, erecting blinds, etc., let Case IH help you improve your proving grounds.
From one deer to one bottle.
It seems most hunters fear a deer’s sense of smell. I use it to my advantage by using Code Blue scents to attract deer to mock and real scrapes and rubs! Code Blue scrapes have been a huge help in getting trail camera pictures and patterning bucks! They are simple to use and have proven effective for the GrowingDeer Team!
Tested. Proven. Effective.
D/Code was recently proven by a major university to destroy seven major types of human odor-causing bacteria. In addition, it works in all types of weather. Safe and effective, it helps the GrowingDeer Team get close to mature bucks.
I really enjoy chasing deer and listening to and hunting turkeys. This is ample motivation to actively trap coyotes, raccoons and other predators! I use Duke Traps to remove excess predators and allow my family and I to have more opportunities to watch and harvest deer and turkeys. If the predator/prey relationship is out of balance where you hunt, join me and use Duke Traps to balance the predator/prey populations where you hunt!
Fourth Arrow all started with a pair of Michigan entrepreneurs, a manufacturing guru, and a couple of dedicated engineers. After 5 years of videoing hunts, a team sat down to start Fourth Arrow. Their goal was simple – begin the brand by creating three simple points of perfection that trumped every current arm system out there. #1 – Portability. As a hunter you don’t want to struggle hauling around bases for camera mounts. #2 – Affordability. A repeatable base system for every treestand is a must. #3 – Adjustment. Any branch, sideways limb, or double tree should be able to handle a camera arm set up without limits. We use Fourth Arrow Camera Arms – the ultimate camera arm system!
Designed To Hunt
I’ve used G5 broadheads for years now with great results! The Montec broadhead is a solid piece of stainless steel that can be used, re-sharpened, and then reused again. It was the first broadhead that was individually checked for straightness to guarantee field point accuracy. G5 doesn’t just make products identical to those already available, they make them better. Stronger materials, sharper blades, and increased performance. This attention to detail has continued with the devastatingly sharp and durable Deadmeat 3 blade expandable broadhead. The Deadmeat has proven results for both Daniel and I. The GrowingDeer Team will be shooting with M3, Striker and MegaMeat broadheads this year.
DEVELOPING HEALTHY SOILS
The Green Cover Food Plots mission is to help farmers and ranchers regenerate God’s creation for future generations. Green Cover Food Plots shares the benefits of cover crops and no-till farming through outreach and education. They are committed to continued research, education and product development. Green Cover Food Plots offers high-quality seed and seed mixes that we use to allow our Ozark deer to grow bigger antlers and provide better hunting opportunities.
HuntStand is America’s #1 hunting and land management tool. Their app combines advanced mapping and property management features with powerful satellite layers and affordable nation-wide private and public lands data. There’s many more HuntStand features that help you manage a healthy deer habitat and increase your chance for a successful harvest. We highly recommend using HuntStand both to prepare for this year’s season and while out in the field on the hunt!
Every serious deer manager and hunter knows that having a boot for your specific project is a must! That’s why we use LaCrosse Footwear! Whether we’re climbing into a deer stand in sub zero temperatures, preparing food plots during late summer’s heat, or chasing those weary, old gobblers in snake-infested country, LaCrosse Footwear has the perfect boot for our needs! Comfortable, waterproof, and lightweight! The days of uncomfortable walks into the woods are over!
For 25+ years Morrell has been supplying archers with quality archery targets at an affordable price. Morrell takes pride in their products and they are made right here in the USA! For 20 years Morrell Manufacturing has been voted #1 in both consumer and dealer contests. These are just a few reasons why we say, “When you buy Morrell Targets you’re not just buying an archery product, you’re buying so much more.” They guarantee it.
The engineers at G5 have a mission to provide the most accurate bows on the planet! Prime bows were developed to correct cam lean. We don’t always have perfectly consistent shooting form or favorable surroundings. Shooting a Prime bow leads to more quality shots because they are more forgiving. As an archer, I trust Prime bows to make my shots count. Made with the best and strongest materials and backed with a lifetime warranty. Prime bows, designed with performance in mind. Accuracy. Strength. Balance. Control.
See What You’ve Been Missing
What have you been missing? I can say with a high degree of confidence that we haven’t been missing much at The Proving Grounds because we use Reconyx cameras to do our scouting. We’ve been able to pattern our bucks and know when they are moving because Reconyx trail cameras always work, have the fastest trigger speed in the industry, and don’t spook deer. I have literally gads of images of bucks bedded in front of a Reconyx. Reconyx is truly the best value in the trail camera market. Get a Reconyx trail camera and finally see what you’ve been missing!
The characteristics I look for in an elevated blind are safety, quietness, and comfort. Without those features, elevated blinds can be hazardous and/or inefficient for hunters. Safety means great materials and construction so I never worry about my family falling. Comfort not only means a warm and dry structure, but that the windows operate quietly, are the right height for all sizes of hunters, and that the hunter or hunters can easily see all around them without needing to move more than their head. That’s exactly the definition of Redneck Blinds! The same quality of design and craftsmanship is obvious in the Redneck feeders! They are built to last and designed to feed deer while protecting the feed from the weather and non-target critters like squirrels and crows. Like so many good products, I was first introduced to Redneck Blinds by a client. Then multiple clients and hunters kept telling me about Redneck Blinds. Do what I did, check out a Redneck elevated blind and see the quality for yourself.
At RTP Outdoors quality is apparent in everything they do. Their success comes from supplying great quality equipment and by listening to their customers. They forge strong relationships with customers, built on trust and respect. Innovative design, craftsmanship, and heavy-duty construction make their products the standard of quality in the marketplace. They build what hunters need – machinery that performs well, saves time, and offers value. The Genesis no-till drill is food plot management at its finest.
Like all equipment, your bow requires regular maintenance. Scorpion Venom is a uniquely crafted line of innovative cleaners, lubricants and coatings. Their products are easy to use and apply, odor free and waterproof. We use Scorpion Venom to enhance bow performance. Don’t take chances – use Scorpion Venom bow lubricant.
The folks at Summit Treestands truly live up to their motto, “Hunting Elevated.” The engineers at Summit have worked to create treestands that are the most silent, secure, comfortable, and concealed hunting treestands on the market. They have elevated the safety and quality of all hunting stands by developing safety innovations that are now used on all treestands. Additionally, they have elevated their own treestands to rise above the competition with uniquely designed features like: SummitLokt, Dead Metal Sound Deadening, QuickDraw Cable Retention, and RapidClimb Stirrups. So the next time you have plans to elevate your hunting experience, check out Summit Treestands!
Tactical Trapping Services specializes in reducing predator populations. Their equipment, baits and lures are designed to make every trapping program, weekend or month long, successful and enjoyable. Their products have been proven time and time again. We’ve been very pleased with Clint and the entire team at Tactical Trapping Services!
BORN IN THE WOODS
Their mission is to build performance driven clothes and gear that hunters trust and rely upon. THLETE consistently finds a place in my pack and on my hunts. They make gear that not only meets but exceeds my expectations. If you like innovative fabrics and designs, high performance and functional gear, try THLETE.
I began hunting turkeys when I was 14 years old. The first box of “turkey loads” I purchased was a box of 25 Winchester 3” Super X in #6 shot. I missed one gobbler out of that box of shells. That was because it was about five yards away and my pattern was probably the size of a golf ball. I watched in disbelief as the gobbler stood there. I had never missed a turkey with Winchester shells before. That miss was clearly my fault. Decades later, I’m still shooting Winchester ammo in my shotgun, rifle, and rimfire firearms. In fact, both my daughters use Winchester ammo for all their hunting trips! My ride with Winchester continues!
Since 1866 the Winchester name has been a leader of firearms innovation. With that legacy, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company continues the work of designing and building some of the most proven firearms on the market. The first “high powered” or “center-fired” rifle I owned was a used Winchester 670 in 30-06 caliber. I still own that rifle and it’s still incredibly accurate! I’ve tagged dozens of deer with that rifle. The GrowingDeer Team has harvested many whitetails, wild hogs, turkeys, squirrels, etc., with our Winchester rifles and shotguns. Join us and use a legend – shoot Winchesters!
Every hunter needs quiet, reliable transportation to and from their hunting spot. Yamaha delivers with comfort, room for gear and the versatility to go anywhere. I’ve owned and used a Yamaha for 13 years. Sun up to sun down, hunting stand to skinning shed – I’ve used my Yamaha and it’s proven tough.
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Quality, Dependable Analytical Services
If nutrients are not in the dirt, plants can’t transfer them to deer! The availability of nutrients in the dirt directly impacts antler and fawn production. To ensure the food plot crops at The Proving Grounds and my clients’ properties can transfer enough nutrients to deer for them to express their full potential, I collect soil samples annually and trust Waters Ag to analyze the samples and give me accurate recommendations and counsel to produce nutritious crops. Using the recommendations from the soil scientists at Waters Ag is a very important tool I rely on annually to produce bucks that express their full antler growth potential.