Bow Hunting: Bulls and Bucks (#357)
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Bow Hunting: Bulls and Bucks (#357)

August 16, 2019

GRANT: I think I speak for a lot of hunters
when I say chasing elk in the Rocky Mountains is a dream we all share. And last week, Adam, some friends, and I chased
that dream as we went to the Rockies seeking bull elk. GRANT: If you’ve driven to Denver from the
east, you know the excitement of catching the first glimpses of the Rockies as you roll
up the slope. To me, the Rockies offer some of the most
stunning views in all of Creation. GRANT: Even with the great views, we were
ready to get out of the truck and we met Marv, who is the owner and host of the elk camp
where we hunted. GRANT: After a brief introduction and learning
more about the area, I was eager to grab my Prime Bow and Morrell Target and head out
and make sure the bow was sighted in after 16 hours of riding in the truck. GRANT: Man. Left, left, left. It was dead on yesterday. GRANT: Whether it’s a couple-hour or a 16-hour
trip, it’s always wise to check your bow just to make sure nothing’s changed when
you’re traveling. DANIEL: Did you hold right? GRANT: I’m not giving my secrets away. About four inches. Don’t be cheating on me now. Don’t be taking my hints away from me. GRANT: After we made sure our bows were sighted
in, Brandon, Adam and Marv headed up the mountain to look for elk and do a little scouting. It didn’t take long for them to see the
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it was time to get those Rocky Mountain legs under us and take a hike. GRANT: We climbed up the mountain listening
for bugles and to enjoy the view. Shortly after daylight, we heard the first
bugle. MARV: That’s what we like. (Inaudible) GRANT: We talked it over with Marv, our guide,
and made a plan to go after that bull. GRANT: As we were slipping through a mature
stand of aspens, Marv caught some movement in the tall weeds. GRANT: (Whispering) I see a calf. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Can’t see it now. GRANT: (Whispering) I can see its head. GRANT: These weeds were so tall, we were having
difficulty knowing how many elk were in front of us. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) I think there’s two
of them. GRANT: After several minutes of looking for
ears and noses, I finally thought I might get a shot. GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: Unfortunately, there were simply too
many weeds in the way to make a clear shot and the elk finally detected our presence. GRANT: (Whispering) We were side hill in the
mountain – wisely – thermals coming down. We got in right below what appeared to be
a cow, a yearling and a calf – about 40 yards. But I never had a clean shot. I got a cow tag. And if I’d had a clean shot, we’d have
been in business the first morning. GRANT: Shortly after this encounter, we heard
a couple more bugles. We headed that way, but it appeared that bull
went to bed before we could close the distance. GRANT: That afternoon, we found ourselves
set up over a water hole with a stunning view. GRANT: (Whispering) First afternoon of our
elk hunt; it is sunny and bright and hot. Perfect water hole hunting conditions. We’ve got a great set up. Elk tend to bed on the far side of this super
steep ridge; drop over where we can see real easy; come to a water hole about 20 yards
right below us. It’s like tree stand hunting. Marv, our lead guide, has built a great stand
into the side of the hill – all brushed in. I mean, we’re just carved out of the brush. So. GRANT: We’re accustomed to thermals being
a problem here at The Proving Grounds, but we got a real taste of Rocky Mountain size
thermals as we sat watching this water hole. GRANT: The first elk appeared to our left
and seemed to be on a course that would bring him within bow range. GRANT: Even though this elk was across the
valley, the thermals switched so much that the elk caught our scent and scurried up the
mountain. GRANT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: As the week progressed, we heard some
bugles, saw several elk, and really enjoyed the views. This ranch had an incredible amount of elk
food. The owner doesn’t graze any cattle on the
entire ranch. Therefore, all the food is saved for wildlife. With this amount of food, the elk reproductive
rates were extremely high and I probably saw more elk during this hunt than I ever have. GRANT: The daytime temperatures were unseasonably
warm. That’s probably a huge factor in why we
were having a difficult time closing the distance on the elk we heard or saw either before they
got to the bedding area in the morning or catch them coming out of the bedding area
with enough light to make an approach. GRANT: The conditions we experienced is a
huge factor between hunting at home – like here at The Proving Grounds – and a suitcase,
or travel, hunt. We can pick the days we want to hunt here
at The Proving Grounds, but when you book a hunt, you’re gonna hunt every day no matter
what the weather conditions are – and try to develop a strategy that best fits those
conditions. GRANT: I haven’t hunted with outfitters
much and have limited experience with elk operations. I had a list of criteria that included location,
time of year, budget, a quality and honest outfitter, and the number of critters in the
area. GRANT: I enlisted the help of Hosted Hunts,
so they could use their experience to find an outfitter that met all these criteria. They held our hand through the whole process
from the beginning research until we returned home from the hunt. I was so pleased with how easy they made the
process that we’re already planning a 2017 elk hunt. If you’d like to hunt with the GrowingDeer
Team, simply go to Hosted and click on the promo button and enter GrowingDeer. We look forward to hunting elk with you next
year. GRANT: We’re constantly experimenting with
better ways to improve whitetail and turkey habitat. And oftentimes, this means trying new techniques
or crops – even those that are outside the norm for whitetail habitat management. GRANT: You may recall that a few seasons ago,
we developed a new food plot on the very top of a mountain. We call it Raleigh’s Field. And that area is extremely gravely. Soil – if you call it soil – was almost
100% gravel. There was no organic matter to hold moisture
or nutrients in that area. GRANT: Due to the extreme drought conditions
and the gravely nature of that mountain top, our crop we planted this spring was gone by
July. There was nothing but gravel showing. So, we took a chance and tried an experimental
crop of Sunn Hemp. Sunn Hemp is reported to put a lot of nitrogen
in the soil – it’s a legume – and build a lot of organic matter. So, we were excited to monitor the results. GRANT: So, we planted this knowing we were
gonna terminate it. You notice the deer haven’t eaten on it;
it’s not really a forage crop. To give us a layer of organic matter to trap
in moisture and keep it from evaporating or leaching too deep. GRANT: I’m six feet tall, so you can see
some of these plants are seven, eight feet tall. No way our sprayer boom is going through here. So, we’re using our roller crimper to terminate
the crop. I actually like using a roller crimper because
we don’t have to use any herbicide. Now, I’m not opposed to herbicide, but I
want to use the least amount necessary. And the best time to terminate any crop is
when it’s flowering because the plant is weakest when it’s putting all its energy
into making flowers. GRANT: We don’t want to wait ‘til it makes
seed and have volunteers coming up at the wrong time or too thick. So, the roller crimper simply comes through,
rolls this over – that’s the roller part. But the crimpers break the stem, like cutting
off the circulatory system in our body, and kills the plant rapidly. GRANT: So, we put this biomass – or the
crop – on the ground, crimp it and then we take our no till drill – the Genesis
– and drill right through here following the same pattern that we used to crimp the
field. Put the seeds in, it makes a little slit so
the plants can come right up through the terminated crop. GRANT: The reason we have blades on our roller
– or make it a crimper – is so it will terminate the circulatory system. You can see here where it’s really broke
the plant almost completely in two in a couple of places up and down through here. Here’s one where it’s here and you can
see when I try to pick it up, it’s been crimped and totally breaking that circulatory
system is what terminates the crop. GRANT: A no till drill or any planter can
easily cut right through here – almost like combing your hair – and put the seed in
the right position. While the rest of the duff keeps weeds from
growing up in between the planted rows. Versus if we’d have used a mower or bush
hog to mow this down, it would have been scattered in all directions – making it much more
difficult for the planter to cut cross-wise of the stems. GRANT: Another factor with mowing versus using
a roller crimper is some plants when you mow them – like grass species – will come
back. Think of your yard. We want to terminate this crop and that’s
where the crimper really comes into play. GRANT: This cover crop yielded lots and lots
of organic matter and now it’s in perfect shape to take the Genesis drill and drill
in the Eagle Seed Broadside blend, giving us some mulch layer on top to conserve whatever
moisture there is. And as that cover crop breaks down, add critical
nutrients to the new Broadside that will be growing. GRANT: We’ll keep you posted how this plot
progresses and share these techniques, as hopefully something you can use to improve
your Proving Grounds. GRANT: The thermometer on my truck said 86
degrees when Matt just dropped us off, so it’s hot getting to a stand no matter what
you do. One of the most refreshing and best things
I’ve found is to use these scent wipes when you get in the stand. Clean your hands, face real good before you
put your cami paint on. And it also feels great to take that moist
wipe and cool down. I may put one in my hat if it doesn’t cool
off pretty soon. GRANT: The white oak acorns are not falling yet here
at The Proving Grounds and deer are really feeding heavily in our food plots. Where the beans have been browsed pretty heavily,
they’re really working on the Broadside we planted a few weeks ago. GRANT: (Whispering) There we go. Come on out. Who’s behind ya? First buck of the 2016 season is in the plot. Boy, thing’s got sharp tines, doesn’t
it? UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) Gosh, almighty. They go right by the Redneck. Look at that. Right upwind of the Redneck. Perfect. GRANT: In the plots where the beans did well,
the deer seem to be pouring in there every night taking advantage of that food source. GRANT: Matt and I had a doe in bow range the
second night. But her fawn still had pretty obvious spots
and I opted to give her a pass. GRANT: In just three sets, we’ve seen more
than a dozen young bucks. That’s extremely encouraging – not only
for this season, but seasons to come. GRANT: Passing these young bucks probably
means more opportunities at mature bucks in the future. Not many does will get a pass this year at
The Proving Grounds because the population has finally crept higher than the amount of
quality food, especially this year given the drought conditions. GRANT: We look forward to sharing our whitetail
strategies and hunts throughout the season. As always, we film one week and air the next,
so it’s current and should apply to your Proving Grounds. GRANT: With Adam, Daniel, Matt and myself
hunting and all the Pro Staffers, there’s a lot of footage coming through the GrowingDeer
editing room this time of year. Be sure and check out the Clips tab at
to catch those clips we put up in between episodes. GRANT: Whether you get a chance to hunt out
of state or you’re hunting close to home this year, it’s important every day to slow down
and enjoy Creation. But more important to take time daily and
listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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  1. You guys should come hunt the Oregon coast for Roosevelt Elk these monarch over here are huge and hard to hunt. Great video live watching your channel

  2. One more week at work then I'm off to deer camp. I've made a new honey hole where a pine stand butts up to a funnel route along a hardwood corridor. I cleared an area approximately 20 by 30 feet, put out a corn feeder made from three feet of PVC pipe tied to a T post, a mineral block, game camera and tree stand.
    My primary condo stand location has a food plots with turnips, wheat, oats and clover, four PVC corn feeders, Trophy Rock and a game camera. The greens show some signs of browsing and the feeders were empty after my last visit, two week prior.
    I hope to fill feeders, check game cameras and be in the best stand, with my new, Barnett, Raptor, Reverse Curve Crossbow by next Friday.
    Ready to be back out with nature. Take care and God Bless. Be safe in the woods.

  3. Awesome show. I've learned so much from your videos. looking forward to implementing much of what I've learned on my small 22 acrs. Best of luck with your season this year. (Woohoo Saturday bow here I come)

  4. The farm I hunt has just been mowed down and already this season we've counted 14 bucks in just 1 of our 300 yard fields

  5. So glad to see you used the crimper instead of poison herbicides on the food plot.Studies show that these toxins build up in the soil and effect the animals that eat them.Please keep being more conscience of your land and deer.

  6. Awesome episode! If yall don't mind go give our page a Subscribe as we are just getting started and would love some feedback.

  7. First day of bow season was pouring rain 🙁 supposed to be realy nice tomorrow tho looking forward to the rest of the season

  8. Boy I'm counting her down 12 days y'all I would like to post videos but I don't have a camera so can y'all tell me a good camera to use or should I use a go pro?

  9. I've been hunting about a week here in southern Illinois, seen very few deer. I was just asking like where would you project deer to be. Timber, hitting bean fields, or hitting oaks?

  10. I always look forward to your guy's show every week. I learn many new things from you and your crew. Keep up the great work and good luck this fall!

  11. I got to go on my first hunt of the season today. I didn't see a deer but I did kill 1000 mosquitos. I had 20 mosquitos buzzing sound me when I set up and they followed me right up the tree! even if a deer stepped out I would get busted for the slapping. what do you guys do to keep mosquitos away while hunting?

  12. Old dog learning new tricks here, finally in a place in my life where I can hunt with an experienced hunter.

    This season will be my first ever (I'm 32), and a coworker has graciously allowed me to hunt on his land, and I've been watching all of the videos on this channel learning a lot in the process.

    Just wanted to say thanks, and here's to hopefully a good season.

    Nothing like providing for your family with literally "putting meat on the table"!

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