Bow Hunting BIG Bears and Whitetails: In Range and DOWN! (#256)
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Bow Hunting BIG Bears and Whitetails: In Range and DOWN! (#256)

August 12, 2019

GRANT: It’s been a great week of hunting,
here at The Proving Grounds, as Adam gets on board, and Heath Martin lays his eyes on
an absolute monster right under his tree stand. ADAM: Since the opening of Missouri bow season,
here at The Proving Grounds, the most common wind we’ve had is out of the southeast. ADAM: (Whispering) It’s about the middle
of October. The white oak acorns have really started raining down, here in the last couple
of days, and deer are really starting to hit ‘em. We’re on a food plot that’s surrounded
by white oaks. A lot of deer come into this food plot on their way to the white oaks to
this big bedding area to the south. It’s set up perfect. Hopefully, we can get one
in range tonight. ADAM: So, once we got situated in the stand,
it wasn’t long ‘til we heard the first deer coming. ADAM: We’d hung this set, earlier in the
summer, and I’m always curious to know where the deer are gonna be traveling. Little did
we know, when we got in the stand, they were gonna be coming in the field less than 20
yards away. ADAM: (Whispering) You on this one? ADAM: (Whispering) (Inaudible) ADAM: (Whispering) She’s gonna go down right
there. Stay on her. Stay on her. Stay on her. Whew! ADAM: (Whispering) That is just – aw- as
good as it gets. Right there, when you’re looking at an arrow. Of course, the Blood
Ring is just … ADAM: Yeah. She ain’t gonna be far. Where’s
the blood? Oh my gosh. Right here. Here. Golly. Whew! Well, she only went about 30, 45 yards
from the tree. Of course, we saw her fall. Havoc did its job. Great blood trail. Best
part – it was a short blood trail. We’re gonna take her back, process her, add more
venison to the freezer. GRANT: During 2012, EHD, Epizootic Hemorrhagic
Disease, hit our property hard, and we lost about a third of our deer herd that fall,
so we intentionally backed off the doe harvest and turned up the pressure on predators a
little bit, allowing our deer population to build back. GRANT: While it was important to reduce the
pressure on does, it’s equally important to turn that pressure up once the population
rebound so they won’t do permanent, or at least long lasting, damage to the native habitat. GRANT: Did you know Arkansas has a large black
bear population? They’ve had a bear season for many years. GRANT: Again this year, long before the bear
season opener, Heath and his wife, Lindsey, were hard at work preparing for bear season. GRANT: Attracting bears often requires greasy
and stinky work. It can be tougher than making a food plot for deer, but Heath and Lindsey
dove right in, and they’ve been doing the dirty work for quite some time. GRANT: Similar to deer, in a big hardwood
area full of acorns, it’s tough to pattern bears. They’ve got an extraordinary sense
of smell and tend to follow their nose to the best source of food in their area – and
that area, it can be 10 or 20 square miles – much larger than a deer. So without an
attractive bait, it can be very difficult to be a successful bear hunter in the big
hardwoods of Arkansas. GRANT: A few years ago, Heath successfully
used this technique to take a Boone & Crockett bear in Arkansas. GRANT: This season, it looks like their hard
work has paid off again, as Heath and Lindsey have trail camera pictures of two bears, which
may be Boone & Crocketts coming to a bait site. HEATH: Well, one of the bears coming in was
an absolute giant. It was so fat, its belly almost drug the ground, so we nicknamed this
bear Low Rider. HEATH: Uh, there was another big bear at the
bait that was not near as fat, but it was really tall and muscular; had a great big
head, and for lack of creativity, we just – I just called him the Big Tall Bear. I
knew he was definitely a shooter. The other bear, I think, probably, weighed more. But
you know, who knows which bear had the bigger head. Either one of these bears are gonna
be target bears. They were absolute giant bears. GRANT: Just like deer in food plots, if the
acorns start falling, deer tend to abandon bait sites rapidly. But this year, there’s
a perfect combination brewing in Arkansas. There’s a small acorn crop; they’re not
dropping early; and the big bears are continuing to show up at the bait site. HEATH: So, finally, October 1st arrives and
low and behold, we still had giant bears on the baits. Not all of ‘em, but we still
had two hitting one bait, and we were gonna hunt um. GRANT: Heath and Lindsey have worked hard
for this moment. Tonight’s the night, if one of the two big bears show up … HEATH: (Whispering) Well, it’s October the
1st. Opening day of bear season, here in Arkansas. We’re sitting over a bait that we’ve been
baiting for a month and it is hot. We’ve got a couple of gigantic bears that are hitting
this bait. The problem is they’re mostly nocturnal. If a bear comes in we’re gonna
shoot it, hopefully, and the footage is good, but it may be dark. That’s just typical
of big bears here in Arkansas. Last two or three minutes of shooting light is when they
typically start hitting the bait, so it’s 5:15, 5:30. We got a couple hours of daylight
left. So we’re gonna hang tight and see if we can get one of these big bears on the
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Edge Knives and Flatwood Natives. GRANT: Bear hunting can be very intense with
a large predator very close to your tree stand. But it can also be fun to watch these large
animals at 20 yards or less. GRANT: This younger bear came in and kept
them entertained, while the sun started to set low. GRANT: Suddenly, and silently, a big bear
was behind them. HEATH: (Whispering) I can’t tell which one
it is, but it’s a big one. HEATH: (Whispering) He’s coming under the
stand. GRANT: It wasn’t long ‘til Heath could
see it was one of the two big bears. HEATH: (Whispering) Don’t move. He’s right
there. GRANT: And right now, he’s directly under
their stand. HEATH: (Whispering) I felt like I hit him
good. He wasn’t 10 yards, and that is a giant. He has a huge head and a huge body. HEATH: (Whispering) Holy cow. What a monster.
Goll, I hope I got him good. I mean he was right there. I should’ve got him. HEATH: He ran down in this ravine and we don’t
think he came out, so, I’m about to go down in here and see if we can find him. GRANT: I don’t know about you, but I’m
not so sure I want to go trailing a big bear in the dark. But Heath shared with me, he
was totally confident knowing he had a complete pass-through with a two inch Havoc broadhead
on the end of his arrow. UNKNOWN: Right there. HEATH: Yes. That is a giant. It’s 10, 10
inches just between the bases of his ears. Literally. Man! UNKNOWN: Yeah. I’ve got a … HEATH: Huge. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) Load. It turns off …. GRANT: It’s gonna take a tractor to haul
this huge bear out of the woods. GRANT: The next day the hard work continues
on this trophy. GRANT: News of the big bear spread rapidly,
and soon family was showing up to help out. LINDSEY: We did something. They’re a pretty
good ways from that. HEATH: (Inaudible) CHILD: What’s that stuff? What’s that
stuff? LINDSEY: He thought you looked tasty. UNKNOWN: The red stuff? GRANT: The bear they called Big Tall Bear
weighed in at a whopping 504 pounds and had a great winter coat. Bear are known to be
hard on knives, but that didn’t stop the SwingBlade from preserving this trophy. GRANT: The bear skull had a green score at
21 and 6/16th. 21 inches is a minimum Booner, and after the drying period, well, it’s
gonna be close. Heath will have to wait the mandatory 60 day drying period to confirm
if this bear makes the books. Heath wouldn’t be quick to share this with you all, but there’s
only been six bears in Arkansas’ bear season history to make the Boone & Crockett book,
with Heath harvesting one of those. If the Big Tall Bear makes the book, Heath will have
two of seven that made the book in Arkansas – an impressive record by anybody’s standards. GRANT: Whether you’re working on a habitat
project, or trying to provide some venison for your freezer, or chasing a trophy critter,
I hope you slow down and enjoy Creation, and most importantly, listen to what the Creator
is saying to you. Thanks for watching

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  1. Awesome bear hunt guys!! love you show. Check out my self filmed bear hunt this spring God bless

  2. Was the meat any good in those temps it take no time for bear meat to spoil, would hate to think the meat was wasted.

  3. Yea not good I'd bet money the meat was ruined bear retain so much body heat its crazy with temps in the 80's only take a couple hours to spoil that meat.

  4. Bear hunting has to add a level of excitement that deer hunting cannot bring. The idea that your prey is also a predator is awesome! Nice work Heath!

  5. Do you think that about 30 acres of woodland is enough to hunt deer? I'm not talking about huge bucks..just some deer wandering through. About 10 acres will be open woods and 20 will account the management idea?? Is it possible deer will come and be on that property.

  6. to questions do u have any idea of what I could do that involves wildlife management for a eagle scout project or for a science project…anything would be appreciated thanks in advance for your time

  7. One of my friends from when we were in military is from AR and he loves the bear hunting. Being from Alabama, I hadn't a clue it was a growing problem there. What a record of a bear!

  8. Doesn't seem like he would have been able to save the meat from that animal. It was 85 degrees during the day so I doubt it would be cold enough to preserve the animal over night and into the next day. I understand that he was proud of the animal but to let it go to waste isn't very sportsman like. That doesn't give hunters a very good name. Not trying to take away from his trophy and I love your show and will always watch it. Just thought I would acknowledge this.

  9. Great bear but coming from a person that knows bears really well I must say I was disappointed to see the bear was only killed for the mount. Bears go bad very fast in cool temps in wisconsin so we never wait tell the next day to get are harvest out. Anyone that bear hunts should always be ready with the big equipment to get their bear out fast and in the cooler so meat doesn't go bad. I've helped many hunters get bears and get them out. Like I said congrats on a great bear but makes me sad to see the meat wasn't used. I hope I'm wrong.

  10. Wow…..Big Bear indeed.!!

    I have to go off topic slightly by saying how Awesome it must be for Heath to Share his love of Hunting with his Wife..!! I'm always happy ( if not a wee bit envious.. lol ) to see husband and wife go Hunting together and share in the excitement of the process. Certainly a Great way to stay close…..thanks for posting…. Cheers

  11. I can't seem to want to shoot a deer… i just have to much compassion for things I don't fear but when it comes to bears I just can't wait to go out hunting, I just like the fact that I can kill something that is so much more powerful then myself and plus bear meat taste amazing.

  12. hi can you take down a big bear with just a 50 Ibs pull from 150ft i here some times the bears play dead .but are not .so you need to take care

  13. I mean I love bears their cute and I got a little sad when you killed it but I got over it.And I wanted to know, was the bear fur soft??

  14. I'm two years late…sorry! I was wondering where in Arkansas this bear was killed? I'm from Arkansas I'm just curious. Love yalls videos btw!

  15. Hell yes they are huge! When you feed and fatten them up. That one bear you called Low Rider does not look natural. Looks fattened on Grease and Hamburger buns. LMAO!

  16. That’s amazing how big these bears can get, I have never hunted bears but we get a bear tag with hunting license here in vt every year would love to hunt a bear that looks like an adrenaline rush

  17. I took a friend who got a bear tag from the lottery drawing in Maryland and set him up on the new county record its live weight was 575lbs gutted it weighed 487

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