Better Bow Hunting: Cold Front, Time to Hunt (#359)
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Better Bow Hunting: Cold Front, Time to Hunt (#359)

August 13, 2019

GRANT: Another great week here at The Proving
Grounds as we tag some deer and start a new habitat management project. I’m super excited to share this one. ANNOUNCER: GrowingDeer is brought to you by
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Fourth Arrow, G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows, and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: During a recent scouting trip, we noticed
some limited resources all available in a small area on Boomerang Ridge. We noticed some white oak and red oak acorns
had just fallen, a newly planted Broadside patch, and a pond that was holding water all
within bow range of the perfect tree for some Summit stands. ADAM: (Whispering) September the 26th – this
afternoon Matt and I are set up in a stand we hung a few weeks ago on BPP. Couple of limited resources here – we’ve
got a pond, a food plot, and a white oak tree that’s dropping acorns. Reconyx showed several deer active in here
in the evenings. So, hopefully they show up tonight and I can
get my first deer of the 2016 season. GRANT: After Adam and Matt got settled in
the stand, it wasn’t long before they noticed the first deer. GRANT: This nice two year-old buck was feeding
on acorns that had fallen around the pond. GRANT: Even on days when the wind is right,
where you think the deer are gonna be feeding, it’s important to have good scent control
‘cause you never know for sure where they’re gonna approach from. GRANT: That buck hung around downwind of the
stand and never detected Adam or Matt. GRANT: As the evening continued, more deer
entered the plot. GRANT: While watching these deer, a doe come
in – again downwind of Adam and Matt. GRANT: While this doe was in Adam’s range,
she never presented him with a clean shot. GRANT: After feeding on acorns for quite some
time, she finally worked around the tree and offered Adam the shot he was looking for. ADAM: (Whispering) She’s gonna go down right
there. GRANT: You know that’s a great feeling – when
you tag your first deer of the year. ADAM: (Whispering) Well, we’ve given her
about 45 minutes to an hour. We’re gonna go check the evidence and see
what it looks like. ADAM: (Whispering) See the old blood ring
is just bubbly red. Blood all the way across it. Havocs deployed. Yeah, real light, bubbly blood – lung blood. ADAM: We got her. Look where she slammed into that. ADAM: Well, it was a great night for us. We had a cold front move through last night. Temperatures finally got a little cooler. We’ve been experiencing mid to upper 80’s
over the last couple of weeks. A cold front moved through – today’s high
was in the low 70s. Deer were on their feet early. We had deer around us throughout the night. Finally that doe came into range – made
a great shot – short blood trail. ADAM: We actually hung a set a couple of weeks
ago. We set it up to hunt over the water hole ‘cause
we’ve been dry. We’ve been facing a drought throughout the
last half of the summer. Set up on the white oaks as well and of course
there’s a food plot there. So, we have three different limited resources. ADAM: One thing we didn’t account for is
there’s a lot of red oaks around us and that just so happened to be the patch of red
oaks that a lot of the deer were feeding on. And then right at dark, most of the deer moved
over to the white oak – offering a great shot. So, the strategy all came together. We had a great hunt. GRANT: As we’ve shared in the past, identifying
limited resources in a timely manner can result in you having similar success. MATT: She’s got some weight to her. ADAM: Yup. Awww. GRANT: Pro Staffers, Seth Harker and Chase
White, are kicking off their season by heading out to a food plot and hoping to send the
Bloodsport down range. Seth and Chase have been hunting together
for several years and are coming off a great season during 2015. GRANT: They anticipated the cooler temperatures
would cause deer to be active earlier during the day which added a lot of excitement ‘cause
they’d seen a good buck just a few days before. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Big ten
point. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Nine. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) I think it’s the big
ten. GRANT: Chase had patterned this buck earlier
– but when he had an opportunity to hunt, the buck didn’t offer a shot. CHASE: (Whispering) That’s a buck we call
Duke. CHASE: (Whispering) Good encounter for the
first evening out though. GRANT: Even though Seth and Chase believe
a hit list buck is using this plot, they need to do a little deer management and tag a doe
if they get an opportunity. SETH: (Whispering) It’s September 24th and
we hunted this spot last night. Primarily same conditions, primarily the same
wind. We’re just glad it’s blowing because it’s
just been variable for a week. We’re still in hot conditions. We’re one day prior to front. Last night we were do. We saw lots of deer. We’re just looking for the right deer tonight. GRANT: It’s early during the evening, and
the mature doe is working her way into range. GRANT: It’s almost time for the shot and
Seth and Chase work together to make sure they capture it on film. SETH: (Whispering) Like I said, if we had
one come out early, we were gonna go ahead and take advantage of it and that’s just
what we had, so. Uh, she ducked quite a bit, but I think, I
think the Havoc could do its job. Looked like it was in the boiler room but
Chase said on (Inaudible) footage, it looked like she dropped a good six inches, so. Anyway, we’re gonna finish our hunt and
then go see if we can’t track her. GRANT: It’s still early in the evening so
Seth and Chase decide to stay in the stands and see if a hit list buck shows before dark. GRANT: Being a good conservationist, Seth
had noticed a decrease in forage production in this area of the farm. So, the opportunity to harvest a doe not only
provides fresh venison for his family but helps the deer herd by balancing the number
of deer with the amount of forage in the area. GRANT: They continued watching these deer
as the light starts to fade and then noticed a set of antlers entering the field. GRANT: It happened to be a great up and comer
that shows a lot of potential for this area in the future. SETH: It’s eight o’clock. We let the deer feed out of this hidey hole
food plot. We’re gonna pick up the trail of our doe
– try to sneak in, sneak her out. Get back home and have some fresh back straps. Looks like she is bleeding really well so
– we’re going to the jungle. SETH: I don’t see her. Blood, blood, where is the blood? She’s really bleeding right here. Golly – she went into the jungle. Look at the blood. Yeah. Blood, blood. I thought she looked – I’m with you, she
looked smaller in the food plot. SETH: Got one lung and the liver is what we
got. What, what’s the deal with the hornets,
man? And where are they coming from? CHASE: It’s an hour after dark and we got
hornets. SETH: Big hornets too. You know the way back to the truck from here? I know it’s that way. We truly don’t know where we’re at – other
than we’re in the woods. I mean, we know general direction so, instead
of just fight dragging a deer out, I’m gonna go back, try to find the truck, turn the lights
on, at least shine ‘em this way. That way we’re not going through the maze
that we already came through. At lease we’ll know a general direction
so, have fun Chase. GRANT: Congratulations Seth and Chase on a
nice hunt and I can’t wait to see how your season progresses. GRANT: Here at The Proving Grounds we’re
always working to improve the quality of habitat. And bedding areas, or security areas, are
a big part of our overall plan. Deer use these natural areas for a multitude
of reasons. During the summer months there’s a lot of
natural forbs growing in here that provide high quality forage for deer and turkey. During the cooler months the native grasses
have matured providing great thermal cover for critters. GRANT: Through the years we’ve been fighting
past mismanagement of this property. Historically, the south facing slopes would
have been native grasses and forbs. Due to over grazing by cattle, a lot of hardwood
saplings were allowed to encroach the area and we’ve used prescribed fire to try to
reduce those saplings. We’ve done a good job of top killing those
saplings but have not been able to keep them from re-sprouting. GRANT: After years, it was obvious we needed
some help controlling these stump sprouts, so we called in the experts at Flatwood Natives. GRANT: Yes, that’s right, Flatwood Natives
does much more than just provide the trees we use in our tree plots. They also do a lot of work throughout the
whitetail’s range at improving native habitats. Once I learned their specialties included
this line of work, I invited them back to help us here at The Proving Grounds. GRANT: Beautiful morning here at The Proving
Grounds. We’ve got a special project we’re working
on. This is a bedding area or an area that used
to be covered with cedar trees. We removed the cedar trees many years ago
with chainsaw by hand – it’s way too steep to get wheeled equipment in here. And we’ve used prescribed fire for years. We’ve shown you that in past episodes. But no matter how hot we burn it, a lot of
these oak saplings and hardwood saplings want to come back in an area that I’ve designated
to have native grasses and forbs. GRANT: So, we are restoring this to a native
habitat. And to do that, we need to use a little herbicide. So, they’ve got a crew behind me with Flatwood
Natives. They’re professionals. They know exactly what they’re doing. Got the proper safety gear and everything
going on. They’re gonna treat these saplings. We’re gonna be able to come in with a prescribed
fire during the spring of 2017 and we’ll be done treating saplings for decades after
this. It’s a great way to restore native habitat
and improve the area for wildlife. GRANT: By using GPS units and predetermined
treatment areas, they can cover the areas I need treated without leaving gaps. As the Flatwood Natives crew is going through,
they’re also treating any exotic or invasive species like sericea lespedeza, bush honeysuckle
– which there’s not much of on this property but in other areas of the whitetail’s range,
it’s literally taken over the landscape which is very detrimental to native plants
and the native wildlife also. So, getting on top of this while the problem
is still relatively small, is much better than waiting ‘til it’s widespread and
almost in epidemic proportions. GRANT: There’s a really good reason to use
a hand crew versus a helicopter or something like that in this type of habitat. I don’t want to use any more herbicide than
I have to. And I look around where I have native vegetation
in front of me – there’s no blue dots. But when I get to this sapling, I see some
blue dots where a little bit of herbicide has been applied right here. That’s the accuracy of a hand crew. GRANT: Now this was an oak sapling – there’s
10 or 15 saplings coming off of one oak stump sprout. This never would make a good tree or piece
of lumber because all these 15 or 20 saplings are twisted and competing for sunshine and
resources. Seedlings – one sprout coming up from a
seed – make great trees. But root sprouts tend to never make good trees. GRANT: I’ll probably get a few emails asking
why I chose right during hunting season to have the Flatwood Natives crew come in and
treat these hardwood saplings. The answer is very simple. At this time of year, the hardwoods are removing
energy or sugar from the leaves down to the root system so they can survive the winter
when there’s no leaves and they can’t photosynthesize or make more food. And that’s the best time for them to pull
the herbicide down into the root system and get a good kill. So, by giving up a few days of disturbance
now, this area will be much more productive for wildlife for decades to come. GRANT: Here’s a perfect example of what
we’re trying to control. This is a winged elm. And there’s – I don’t know – again 10
or 20 saplings coming out of an old stump sprout. As a matter of fact, I can see where we cut
this stump over ten years ago. This area’s been burned three times with
a pretty aggressive prescribed fire and that’s not enough to kill this tree because we’re
top killing only – we’re not killing the root system. And that’s where herbicide comes in. Just a small amount of herbicide – literally
probably less than a teaspoon on this tree – will be absorbed by the leaves, transferred
this time of year to the root system and kill this tree so it’s not taking nutrients and
minerals from the native grasses and forbs that I want to promote in this area. GRANT: Our next step in this management project
will be to use prescribed fire to remove the duff off the ground and allow the seeds from
that native vegetation to germinate and repopulate the area. GRANT: A huge advantage of using the Flatwood
Natives system is that we will effectively make a native forb and grass area for decades
to come. GRANT: If you’re hungry for additional information,
check out the clips tab and the blog at The leaves are starting to turn up north and
there’s still mosquitos buzzing in the south. But no matter where you are, take time to
enjoy Creation and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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  1. I just got a pack of G5 broad heads and yet to use them but I hate the way they are packed because I cut my fingers twice trying to get them out

  2. Just a couple of days ago I bought my first hunting bow and will try to get my second deer ever with it

  3. Hurricane Matthew left about half of my hunting property underwater and the high winds seemed to have blown almost all of the acorns out of the trees causing them to rot in the water. The high winds even destroyed two of my stands. We do have planted soybeans but the deer mostly seem to be feeding on them at night. Any advice for how to hunt the rest of October given these tough conditions?

  4. I started hunting during gun season last year, very limited. this year I'm out for bow season. my learning of deer tendencies and movements has grown exponentially. thanks for all the great information, love your videos!

  5. Another great video guys. Question:I got busted last weak by a mature doe every time we hunt we take dead down wind showers and wash are clothes in dead down wind and do the best we can to stay scent free but that just doesn't seem to beat the incredible nose of the whitetail deer do you have any recommendations for any cover scent for early season whitetails (In North Carolina we are still a couple weeks out from the rut) any response will be highly appreciated . Thank You. 😉

  6. What arrows do you guys use my current arrows (carbon x5 envy) have been subpar in quality and durability I'm looking for arrows that will dominate in the stand and/or as well as some I could use for target practice

  7. Hey Dr. Woods I'm 16 and love bowhunting I start my college classes this summer what career should I take to still be able to hunt quite a bit?

  8. Sorry to hear about your pig problem. Where there's 1 there's 50. I'll be interested to see how you are able to adjust to this invasive species and also what affect it will have on your deer herd. Prepare for dispersement of your herd. Thanks again for the great whitetail and land management advice. I really look forward to your show each and every week. Be safe and Keep Shooting!

  9. As  usual love your episodes! I hope you and the girls ,Adam and Matt have a great season and a safe one. God bless!

  10. Ive been wondering if you guys could maybe come down to Tennessee and look at are new property and tell us how to manage it, you guys are the experts and man that would be awesome because we have potential on our property and we just want to get it to our full potential.

  11. cold front. got my gear ready. I got a day off work in the middle of the week like I like. my bow is tuned and my broad heads are sharp. And here I am laying on the couch with a pulled glut middle. I can't go hunting because I hurt my butt and can't walk. bullspit.

  12. I had two bachelor bucks on a hill about 75yds from me and did grunt at them which they grunted back to just couldn't get them in range.

  13. Do you guys have a video that discusses scent control in detail? Ive tried leaving my clothes outside, I've tried a tote with a ozone machine and I always use the dead down wind or similar spray but never been overly successful with scent control.

  14. Me and my dad hunt public land in Oklahoma, there used to be frequent deer activity and now we will go a whole year and maybe see one doe. Any suggestions on what to do?

  15. would y'all let me know if it would be a good idea to set next to a slue if there are wild hogs around because i found a good spot were deer bed down by the water

  16. Do you guys have this issue or know of it?On my hunting the land all around it is so much the same where it's hard to tell where the deer will be.I planted a food plot.Hopefully this will help.Have you heard of this issue before?

  17. Becuase the habitat on my hunting land and the surrounding properties is so much alike it hands to say where the day will be on any given day.Certain days I hunt I will see a ton of deer and certain days I might see one deer at the most.

  18. It's hard to say where the deer will be on any given day.Certain days I hunt I will see a ton of deer and Certain days I will not see any or just 1 deer.

  19. Thank you for all that all of you do for us. I do not have a NATURE deficit disorder just from watching your shows. Vermont bucks taken this year so far look better because we changed some rules two years ago. Lots of hardwoods here. Learning a lot from all of your lead. Thanks & Bless Creation.

  20. what type of herbicide are they using? i have a 7 acer clear cut in the center of my 40 and i think this could b effective

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