Bow Hunt: Opening Day Doe at 10 Yards (#461)

August 14, 2019

GRANT: Missouri’s archery season opened
recently and I was thrilled that my oldest daughter, Raleigh, returned home from college
to hunt. GRANT: If you don’t know, eight weeks ago,
Raleigh donated one of her kidneys to me. Raleigh’s gift of sacrificial love was a
huge example to me and many others. GRANT: She has fully recovered from the transplant
surgery and was ready to climb a stand and go hunting. ANNOUNCER: GrowingDeer is brought to you by
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Archery, Code Blue, D/Code, G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows, and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: During the early season, we rarely
hunt during the mornings. This is because deer are still active in the
morning while we’re trying to go to the stand. And there’s a high likelihood of alerting
deer. GRANT: We can almost always approach our stands
or blinds during the afternoon while deer are in their bedding area and then let them
become active and come to us. Raleigh and Daniel opted to hunt near a food
plot we call Big Cave. RALEIGH: So, it’s opening weekend of bow
season here in Missouri – September 15th. It’s a little warm. That’s why we didn’t hunt in the morning. But we’re out hunting this afternoon. We’ve got a nice wind coming in from the
east on top of this ridge, so it looks promising. RALEIGH: The new crops for the fall have grown
really good. So, we’ll see how the hunt goes. RALEIGH: We’ve been patterning some does
walking out 10 yards away which is just perfect for my range. And we really need to take a lot of does off
the property ‘cause the population is super high. So, hopefully, I can fling an arrow at one
of those tonight. GRANT: During the spring planting season,
we placed a Hot Zone fence on a small portion of the Big Cave food plot. Even though it was a wicked dry summer here
at The Proving Grounds, the soybeans in the Hot Zone, because there was no browse pressure,
grew great and are producing a lot of pods. GRANT: We’ll leave the Hot Zone up and keep
those beans protected until the late season when deer really seek those energy-rich Eagle
Seed soybean pods. GRANT: Recently, we planted the Fall Buffalo
Blend and with the recent rains, it’s coming on strong in the Big Cave plot. GRANT: As season approached, our camera told
us there was a pretty good pattern of does near one of our Summit stands. GRANT: The south facing slope is an important
part of this strategy. Because during the early season, deer are
likely bedded on a north facing slope where it’s much cooler. GRANT: With a northeast wind and knowing there’s
a pretty good pattern based on our Reconyx images, it was an easy choice to send Raleigh
and Daniel to the Big Cave plot. GRANT: Not long into the hunt, Daniel spotted
a doe working the edge of the plot toward their stand. There wasn’t much time. Daniel was hustling to turn all the cameras
on; Raleigh put her book down and grabbed her bow. RALEIGH: (Whispering) Ready? You good? DANIEL: (Whispering) Yup. GRANT: At ten yards, Raleigh made a great
shot and the first doe is down at The Proving Grounds. RALEIGH: It’s cooled down a little bit;
the sun’s going down. Um, I finished my book, so that was nice. And we’re sitting here and we hear something
a little while ago. Nothing ends up walking out. And then Daniel’s like, “Hey, there’s
a doe in the road.” RALEIGH: So, I stand up. Two seconds later, it steps out in the shooting
zone; draw back; nail down on it and release. Arrow went through; I already see the blood
come out from the other side. I think it was a kill shot. GRANT: Raleigh and Daniel enjoyed the rest
of the afternoon and saw several deer. GRANT: Finally, the sun set and it was time
to climb out of the Summits and pick up the trail. RALEIGH: After it got dark, we got down from
the stand to get my arrow. There wasn’t a lot of blood, but just a
little. So, that made trailing it a little bit of
a guessing game. However, 70 yards down the hill, we finally
found her and we’re ready to drag her back up. GRANT: Great job, Raleigh. And thanks for coming home from college. You know you made your dad very proud. GRANT: Besides the excitement of Raleigh coming
home and tagging the first doe of the season here at The Proving Grounds, there was an
important lesson we could learn from her hunt. GRANT: Watching Raleigh’s hunt in real time,
it looks like the doe is walking by, she zips it and it’s a happy ending. Which is true. But, when we slow it down to frame by frame,
we could tell that even at 10 yards, that doe had started to react. GRANT: For years, I’ve noticed deer can react
very quickly. It’s one of their survival skills. And when the shot of a bow goes off, which
is an unnatural sound, they start trying to get out of Dallas. GRANT: If you’d like to stay tuned to this
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what the Creator is saying to me. I hope you have the same goal. GRANT: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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