Bow Hunting December: New Strategy, Buck Down! 3 Deer Kills (#319)
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Bow Hunting December: New Strategy, Buck Down! 3 Deer Kills (#319)

August 20, 2019

GRANT: It’s late season and most of our
hunting strategies revolve around food sources because they’re at food sources. It’s tough
to hunt during the mornings because we can’t get in without alerting deer. However, this
year, there are plenty of red oak acorns left in the timber and this allows us to get to
stands without alerting deer during the morning. GRANT: Another factor that’s extremely important
for determining our hunting strategies this time of year is the weather and recently a
cold front was forecast to pass The Proving Grounds. ADAM: Seeing the incoming cold front, Matt
and I played a hunch and selected a stand that we had some success in earlier in the
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Prime Bows, Redneck Hunting Blinds. ADAM: It was a chilly morning. The wind was
out of the northwest which was perfect for this set, so the conditions were in our favor. ADAM: The morning started off great as we
spotted antlers working through the timber coming in our direction. ADAM: (Whispering) (Inaudible) MATT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) I don’t think
it’s wide enough. I think, I think it might be that three year old, nine pointer. Looks
like it’s (Inaudible). ADAM: (Whispering) I think he’s three too. ADAM: As the buck worked in our direction,
we were able to get a better look at his body and noticed he was three and a half years
old. If only he was one year older – nonetheless, it was still a great encounter. Hopefully,
we’ll see him again next year. ADAM: (Whispering) Just a really nice nine
pointer that we’ve got a lot of pictures of here on Fifty Acre Ranch. Great start to
the morning. ADAM: Just like our hunt in late October,
it didn’t take long for another group of deer to move into the area. This time, they’re
headed right in front of the stand. ADAM: (Whispering) (Inaudible) ADAM: (Whispering) Ready? MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. ADAM: (Whispering) Front one. Right. MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. ADAM: (Whispering) Nope. That one. ADAM: (Whispering) I tried to shoot the front
lead doe. She was definitely the biggest one of the bunch. But, we were having trouble
with our GoPro, so I had to manually turn it on. By that time, she was already almost
through my gap. And by that point, I gave a little, little noise to try and get her
stop, but she didn’t want any of it. Maybe I’ll get her next time. ADAM: (Quietly) Oh my. Another wicked, wicked
looking arrow. Another one for the Havoc. Late season in the timber – actually late
season in general. A lot of times you’re gonna fight skyline – getting silhouetted. Deer
are gonna see your outline when they look up in the tree. Not on this one. We have a
great backdrop. ADAM: It was a great morning. We saw a lot
of deer. Actually, had a great three year-old come by first, but we were able to put an
arrow in this doe. Got a lot of does we’re wanting to kill on this end of the property.
The food plots have been hammered throughout the summer and fall, so we’re trying to
remove every doe we get the chance at. So, one more down – hopefully more to follow. ADAM: Yeah. Just a little closer to the shoulder.
But when they run 40 yards, you really can’t argue with it. ADAM: With the amount of deer activity seen,
Matt and I were convinced the following morning could be just as productive. MATT: With similar cold temperatures predicted
for the following morning, Adam didn’t have to twist my arm to get me back in the stand. MATT: We’ve had some great Reconyx videos
and pictures of a hit list buck we call Gappy all season long. Most of the activity we’ve
seen from Gappy has been concentrated in the center of the farm throughout the fall. MATT: Most of his movement was during the
night, but the video we had of him at Boom Dry Pond was on his feet mid-morning. MATT: (Whispering) Good? ADAM: (Whispering) Yeah. MATT: (Whispering) While it’s December 18th,
yesterday morning… MATT: As I’m doing the pre-hunt interview,
we’re interrupted by a predator. ADAM: (Whispering) Hey, hey. I’ve got a
bobcat right here. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Yeah. MATT: (Whispering) There it is right there. MATT: (Whispering) Missed it. Right under
it. MATT: Not quite exactly how I planned it. ADAM: (Whispering) Also, there was another
one behind it, too. MATT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) ADAM: (Whispering) Yeah. 36. It got like a
high jump recipient award like a (Inaudible). I was like, “Wow, where’d he go?” MATT: (Whispering) We’re set up in a location
we call Dry Pond. It’s a great location throughout the years. From our Reconyx images
we’ve seen lots of fawns, lots of does, and a buck we call Gappy show up here at this
plot recently. So, we’ll sit tight and see what the morning brings. MATT: We knew there were several doe/fawn
groups moving through this area and it’s mid-December, so, with the quality forage
that we provide for the local deer herd, it’s a great possibility that one of these doe-fawns
may become receptive here in late season. MATT: (Whispering) Good. ADAM: (Whispering) Easy. Easy. He’s looking
up to our east. MATT: Just before eight o’clock, I spotted
Gappy’s unique white antlers coming through the timber. MATT: (Whispering) Yeah, it is him. We ought
to have a shot here. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Yeah. (Inaudible) UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Yeah. (Inaudible) Yep.
(Inaudible) MATT: (Whispering) He’s gonna be a 45, Adam. MATT: Gappy takes a path that hopefully will
bring him through one of our shooting lanes. MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. I’m going (Inaudible),
I’m gonna try and shoot him just past this red oak. ADAM: (Whispering) He’s going (Inaudible). MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. That wind’s (Inaudible)
more north. MATT: (Whispering) I got a limb. I’m good,
you good? ADAM: (Whispering) Yeah. MATT: (Whispering) Watch him good. He’s
hit a touch back and low. I saw right where it hit. ADAM: (Whispering) He’s bleeding like crazy. MATT: (Whispering) Okay. Okay. He’s kind
of hunched up, isn’t he? Come on, go down, buddy. MATT: The shot felt great, but I had mixed
feelings after seeing Gappy’s reaction. MATT: (Whispering) Well, that is Gappy. That’s
the deer we kind of came in here after. He showed up last (Inaudible) here at Dry Pond
8:30 in the morning making his rounds. But, honestly, was surprised seeing his antlers
coming up the hill. And there’s just a big white antler, so we knew right away it was
Gappy. Pretty distinct buck. Shot was a little low, a touch back. I feel confident about
it, but I think it’s a liver shot. He walked off 60 yards or so and stayed still for a
little bit. We’ve got him bedded down, at the base of actually one of our other sets,
and we’ve got a good line of sight of him. We’re just gonna give him time. Let him
expire and hopefully, we can put our hands on him. MATT: A great rule of thumb when shooting
deer quartering to is to give that deer plenty of time to expire. We had the luxury of watching
Gappy bed down. We still gave him nearly four hours before we took up the trail. MATT: (Whispering) Well, we saw where the
buck was at. We’re gonna take the road instead of the blood trail to the deer. It’s a precautionary
measure. It’s quieter. We can approach without being heard and with the west wind maybe our
scent will be blown over the top of him as we take the blood trail. So, we’ll take
the road. Just a precautionary measure. MATT: (Whispering) Should be over that way.
I think we’re good. MATT: Oh my gosh. Whew. What a deer. Holy
cow. Oh my. Look at this deer. The signature – Gappy right here is – why we call him
Gappy ‘cause it kind of looks like he’s missing a G3 there on his right side which
just forms so much further out there on his main beam. But, what a great looking deer.
Um, kind of went in here with a hunch. Knew we wanted to be in with some red oaks and
the timber and um, man, it paid off. Paid off big for us. MATT: It’s December 18th and you can still
kill mature bucks in the timber. We didn’t notice there on our cameras that this eye
got in so many darn fighting. There’s a scar right here underneath of it. Um, gotten
damaged and is blind and is just kind of pussed up and almost protruding a little bit. Just
– tough deer, tough deer. And actually, a little bit of infection right here at the
base of his antler. Um, I’m sure, again, caused from fighting. But, man, just a awesome,
awesome deer. Tickled to death with him. MATT: It’s always good to learn from each
harvest. So, we’re interested to see what the path of the arrow would tell us. MATT: Well, we’ve got Gappy back at the
house hung up. We’re gonna take a closer look at the shot placement. MATT: Well, this is the entry hole right over
here. Shot placement looks good, but we’re gonna spin him around and see what we can
learn from the exit. MATT: Well, this is the exit hole. It is a
little far back. We’re gonna get inside and see what damage the Havoc did. MATT: Well, we got inside and just as we suspected,
it was a liver shot. It’s quartering to just a little bit as you can see from the
arrow. But the two inch Havoc and giving that buck time, allowed us to make a good recovery
and enjoy our December morning. The chapter on another hit list buck closes with great
team work involved. We’re excited to get back in the field in search of another hit
lister. GRANT: It’s really important to be on top
of your hunting tactics during the late season because deer have been pressured for quite
some time. GRANT: With that in mind, we recently moved
our Redneck blind which is mounted on a trailer. The warm conditions and the ample rainfall
have made it ideal growing conditions for clover and our Reconyx cameras have picked
up a lot of deer activity on small clover food plots. GRANT: We moved a blind to one of these small
plots and put it in perfect position for bow hunting. ADAM: It’s the middle of December and we’ve
had some unusual weather conditions for this time of year. So, that’s called for some
change up in our hunting strategy. ADAM: Typically, this time of year we have
some frigid temperatures, some ice and even snow. So, we’re usually hunting around standing
grain. But this year, we’ve got warm temperatures – high’s in the 60’s and 70’s – so we’re
gonna have to adjust and hunt over a different food source. MATT: This is like perfect. Like you don’t
have to hardly do anything. ADAM: When experiencing these warm conditions
like we’ve had this December, clover can be a dynamite hunting spot and also a great
food source for the deer. ADAM: We’re here on the far end of the food
plot. You can see the back end behind me. I’m really only about 50 yards from the
blind. Looking around, there are stems everywhere. The deer have been working this clover hidey
hole plot over. Another great thing about it – we’ve got a big bedding area just
to the north, so we’re tucked up close to the bedding area. With warm conditions during
the late season – of course, the deer have a big winter coat; they don’t want to move
if it’s warm. So, we’re close to the bedding area. We’ve got a desired food source. So
if the conditions stay the same, this will be a great spot. GRANT: Adam and Matt weren’t the only ones
taking advantage of the recent cold front. Pro Staffer Seth Harker had a great hunt and
we’ll share that with you next week. GRANT: Whether deer season is still open or
you’re out scouting for turkeys where you hunt, I hope you take time each day to enjoy
Creation. But most importantly, slow down and listen to what the Creator is saying to
you. GRANT: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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  1. Nice video and that was a nice buck. And this hunting channel is the best in my eyes it helps me hunt and ever video you make I will stop what I am doing and watch

  2. Love this channel. What do you do for a living ? And how did you get to doing it. Your one lucky guy to have a job like you do and the sponsors you have. You're a great guy and thank you for sharing what you know with young new bow hunters like me.

  3. What school did grant go to to become a wildlife biologist? I'm fourteen and would like to become a wildlife biologist also and was just curious. Thanks😀

  4. I really enjoy your videos! it is also good to see that you make your belief in God clear to see in your videos. keep up the great work!

  5. Why did y'all up loud your video on a Tuesday and not A Thursday show? Will there be a Thursday show as well ?

  6. how is the pops doing, getting better ? I hope so, please hug him and tell him how much you love him for me. nice video as always, Thanks

  7. This is bad weather for our deer here in Ontario because we have 8 inches of snow than about a 1 1/2-2 inches of ice on top of it and the deer are breaking through the top layer of ice when they walk and the coyotes can walk on top of it so it is easy for a coyote to catch a deer. Also the deer are having a bad time getting food from the ground so I have been putting corn out and I can't keep enough corn out for them without spending a fortune on corn

  8. Another great hunt from the Growing Deer team. Congrats Matt on a beautiful mature buck! Also Congrats Adam on the doe, sometimes killing those does is more important than killing bucks! I love watching your videos and learning so much from them.

  9. I'm very glad I have your videos to come to for reference and learning. You guys have taught me alot about bowhunting, and hunting in general and because of that I have been blessed enough to fill my family's freezer. Thank you guys for all you do. Keep up the great work. God bless!

  10. Great hunt good deer keep it up u guys are the best. By the way what brand and name jacket were you wearing with the hood on it. Thanks

  11. Thanks for showing the entry/exit. That's a great educational tool. I wish more shows would go over this so we can compare notes about how the tracking job goes up against the hit.

  12. Hi Mr. Grant Woods, I enjoy the video of that Big Buck. How is your Dad doing now. Is your Dad get to hunt in the last days of the season. You and your Family have a good week coming up. It been cold here in Northeastern, Louisiana. God Bless you and your Family..Keep the videos coming too..

  13. Great video, love seeing the hunts and the kids you take out get deer. I do have a question though. What is that pattern tracker and where can I get it?

  14. you guys should have a guided hunt where a subscriber comes and hunts once with u guys. Also if you don't mind checking out The Camocrew outdoors channel that would be awesome. Thank you for your time.

  15. Have you ever had any malfunction with the G5 board heads. I know they are your sponsors and not going to speak down on them but I wanna get a good board head I am shooting at around 53 lbs.

  16. I got my brother a diamond infinte edge pro for Christmas for target practice, do you think that he could hunt deer with it also?

  17. Congrats on taking such a fine buck! Gappy has been appropriately named! Our season sure is winding down, quick, fast & in a hurry, here in the Show Me State! With my work schedule, I'm afraid I'll have to start looking forward to September 15th, before I can climb aboard another bow stand! Until then, I know I'll have your entertaining, informative & family oriented videos to pacify my deer hunting cravings!

    Matt – west central Missouri
    (I'll be sharing the link to your video, as well as my comment, on my "personal" Facebook page.)

  18. I admire how you guys will let a good buck pass because you don't feel it is old enough to take. So many hunters are so eager to take a buck they will shoot almost any age deer. That kind of practice gives hunters a bad name. Keep up the good work.

  19. Hello your guys from GrowingDeer!
    Is this your full time job or is it only a very serious hobby?
    Thanks for great videos, and fantastic info.

  20. I don't understand how this channel hasn't blown up yet. You have such great videos. Keep up the good work.

  21. is by far the best hunting show on television.Thank Grant and pro staff for teaching us so much and god bless. I hunt blacktail deer in Oregon and the are very cagey creatures but a joy to hunt.

  22. We hunt NY 23 yrs now and recently film and caught some thinhs on video that are said not to exist. Any other bigfooters had an encounter with a bipedal species?

  23. Working on killing a nice buck here in Alabama. Even though it's rifle season I just can't put down the bow….it's too much fun! Love y'alls videos, I swear I watch 2 or 3 a day. The areas that y'all hunt are so plentiful of deer it's amazing on all the videos I've seen. Thanks for sharing such awesome footage!!!

  24. I just want to say thank you for putting amazing footage on your channel. I get home from school and watch your videos it inspires me to go hunt and I shot my first buck he was an eleven point with 2 branches antlers on his left side thank you Growing deer tv

  25. I have about a 1/2 acre opening on a creek bed that is used by deer what should  I plant also I live in South Carolina

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