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GRANT: As cold weather sets in across the Midwest, Adam heads north and Heath and Lindsey head west. Both of ‘em bring home some venison.
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GRANT: Heath and Lindsey Martin from Arkansas are one of our Prostaff teams.
HEATH: (Whispering) Kill him.
GRANT: They’ve shared some great hunts with us in the past.
LINDSEY: We caught him in the act. That right there is why we’re getting rid of him.
GRANT: During November, Heath showed us all how to get it done as he had a great self-filmed hunt in Northern Missouri.
GRANT: I was very impressed with his efforts to get that footage and tag that Northern Missouri buck.
GRANT: More recently, Heath and Lindsey took a road trip to Kansas. A couple of days earlier, Heath had scouted a property from the edge, working his way in and actually filmed some deer by a creek bottom.
GRANT: It looked like a good place to hang, so now they’re back with a couple of Muddy’s getting ready to hunt.
HEATH: We’re on a new piece of ground, trying to figure it out. It’s the first morning we’ve ever hunted it. It’s always fun to pick up a new piece of property and try to figure out how to hunt it, so hopefully, we’re gonna see some deer.
GRANT: Not long after their setup, Heath and Lindsey are in for a pleasant surprise as Kansas puts on a wildlife show.
GRANT: Lindsey laid down some cool footage of three young bucks that had apparently got back in to a bachelor group. I really like the footage of them drinking from the icy edge creek and later crossing that very cold creek.
GRANT: Then they spotted some bobcats.
GRANT: As the younger cat moves off, listen closely as you can hear that older cat’s drawn out growls.
GRANT: It’s not long until they see a target of opportunity about 100 yards across the creek.
HEATH: (Whispering) I’m trying to decide if that’s a big doe or a little doe. She looks big to me.
GRANT: The doe works her way across the creek and is finally in range of Health’s bow.
HEATH: (Whispering) Stay on her.
GRANT: Slow motion reveals a well-placed shot was avoided by this doe. Normally when this happens, that deer runs to the next zip code. But this time, Heath was gonna get another shot.
HEATH: (Whispering) Did I not hit her good?
GRANT: In less than three minutes, she’s worked all the way back. Actually, coming closer than where she was standing during the first shot.
GRANT: I’ve known and shot bows with Heath for years. I knew when that doe was coming back in, it wasn’t gonna go well for her.
HEATH: (Whispering) (Inaudible)
GRANT: Heath was using a G5 Striker head and BloodSport arrow. And clearly that combination zipped right through that shoulder.
GRANT: About the same time Heath and Lindsey were in Kansas, Adam had rolled north to hunt Northern Missouri.
ADAM: Let me tell you – it is quite the change to hunt in the Ozark Mountains and to head north and hunt in all that crop land. So, the first afternoon, I climbed in the tree and couldn’t wait to see what would show.
ADAM: About an hour later, I caught movement in the trees and it was the first deer of the afternoon.
ADAM: As they worked their way down the edge of the field, closer to my position, and I’m filming ‘em, they nudge a doe and she runs right out in front of me.
ADAM: (Whispering) I have no idea…where that doe came from. Well, it’s just painted with blood, so it was slightly quartering to, but that big T3 expandable head – I’m not worried about her at all. It’s always a good sign when you see one glowing nock in the quiver.
ADAM: Somehow it all worked out. I was able to get my bow and get the shot off. Had a great hit. And it was a short blood trail to follow.
GRANT: These cold days are not only good for hunting; they’re also great for continuing to work on that predator/prey relationship.
GRANT: Trapping’s not only a great way to balance the predator/prey relationship and work on the conservation model for your property, it’s a wonderful way to introduce others to the great outdoors. New Year’s Eve here at The Proving Grounds and out running a trap line this morning with my buddy, Austin. Austin had some time off school and wanted to join me. We’re just a few traps into it and we’ve got a raccoon right here in one of our Duke traps. Austin, what do you think about that?
AUSTIN: Well, it’s nice to have a raccoon in one of these traps.
GRANT: Yeah. Yeah. Austin’s been sharing with me. He got a .223 for Christmas and he’s gonna partake of Missouri’s youth season here this weekend but we’re gonna get a little fur before youth season, so I’m gonna take care of this raccoon and show Austin how I set this Duke trap.
GRANT: Here, Austin. Here’s a little souvenir from the day – if you want it. Of course, we’ve got a big spring coming out here and we’re right by the road, so that’s kind of two travel corridors coming together.
GRANT: Unlike deer hunting which often involves sitting still and being quiet for hours at a time, trapping is full of energy, moving, looking and seeing new sites. It’s an ideal way to share Creation and create that love for the outdoors into other generations.
GRANT: Alright, buddy. Let’s go down the road and see if we caught anything else.
CLINT: We’re out here checking our traps – the 5th of January. As you can see, we got quite a bit of snow on the ground last night. Uh, snow is one thing. The problem we had was it rained a lot first and it iced over our sets. So, what we’re doing today is we’re coming in, scraping off that top layer of ice and it’s still snowing. I’m gonna put this calcium chloride down. Uh, to put this down, you do need your traps to be properly waxed or treated in some way ‘cause it will rust your traps, but this will keep that top layer from crusting back over if it does thaw today. Uh, traps will still fire fine through the snow, but the ice is where you run into problems. So, we’re fixing to scrape all this ice and everything off and try to get these traps working again tonight.
CLINT: No big deal. We can deal with that.
GRANT: Whether you’re out looking for sheds or working on balancing that predator/prey relationship, take a moment to enjoy Creation and more importantly, take some time and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.tv.
AJ: This is what happens when you try to run your trap line after a snow storm in the Ozarks. Came about two inches from death, but Clint over there – a heck of a driver – and maneuvered it into this life saving cedar. Here you go, take a look. You got the truck there and about a 40 foot drop off into a ravine. But he saved it.
AJ: Well, that was not a fun ride.
CLINT: Oh, heck, no.
AJ: Me and, uh, Clint – we’re gonna let things thaw out before we attempt to get anything out of here. ‘Cause I think we’re running out of miracles.
AJ: So. Got the tractor chained up. Rocks under the tires. Hopefully, she doesn’t go nowhere. Uh, it’s gonna have to wait for some warm weather. Let’s get out of here.