Bow Hunting Deer: Early Season Success! (#200)
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Bow Hunting Deer: Early Season Success! (#200)

August 14, 2019

GRANT: This is our 200th episode of
and to celebrate Adam and I headed over to the Kentucky Proving Grounds as they have
an early bow season. And while we were there, we had an encounter with a great buck we call
King Crab at seven yards. ANNOUNCER: is brought to you
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literally millions of times and we consider it a blessing to be part of your deer hunting
family. For our newer viewers, you may not know that we make a new episode every week
— 52 weeks out of the year. During hunting season, we share our hunts and tactics and
techniques and whether they’re hitting the food plots or acorns. During the non-hunting
season, we’re always working with our trail cameras — showing you how we’re planting
food plots and what’s going on in the deer world. GRANT: You can sign up right on our website
to get a notice each week when we release a new episode. And we never sell or give away
our email addresses. We want to protect you just like you’re part of our family. GRANT: The owner of the Kentucky Proving Grounds
and my friend, Terry Hamby, purchased a piece of cut over timber company land about three
years ago. And his objective was to use modern science and wildlife management techniques
to develop that property into a white-tailed deer and wild turkey paradise. GRANT: Mr. Hamby’s goal is to have wild, free
ranging deer that are allowed to express their full potential — possibly even producing
a Boone and Crockett one of these days. GRANT: Part of meeting Mr. Hamby’s objectives
were harvesting enough does to balance the deer herd with the amount of food. But wasting
no time on the deer management, Mr. Hamby took a doe right off the bat. TERRY: Here’s doe number one. GRANT: I’m more than happy to do my part in
this aspect of the deer management program at the Kentucky Proving Grounds. I love fresh
venison and I love hunting. ADAM: (Whispering) You’re lucky you made that
shot. I don’t think I’d let you live that down. GRANT: (Whispering) I got doe fever so bad
I can’t stand it. Look at where our wind’s going. Right to right just shot a mature doe
and you could tell they knew a little something was up. But not enough to avoid the arrow. GRANT: Mr. Hamby’s farm is in an area in Kentucky
where hunters can purchase multiple deer tags, so we settled back down to see if we’d get
another opportunity. GRANT: Adam had set this pair of Muddy stands
earlier in the year and we knew it was really tight between the bedding area and the food
plot, so we were cautious how we moved, letting these velvet antlers work their way through
the bedding area toward the stand. GRANT: Set ups like this are great locations
to catch bucks during the early season. They often leave the bedding area right before
dark and move directly to the feeding area. GRANT: We knew from the Reconyx cameras there
was a good buck using the area. We were not surprised when a few moments later we noticed
a set of antlers that appeared even larger further out in the bedding area. GRANT: As the buck slowly closed the gap,
I was straining to get a look at their body because you need to estimate the age of a
buck by the body and not their antlers. GRANT: At about 30 yards, the buck finally
stepped into some shorter brush, giving us a clear view of his chest and back. GRANT: It was really interesting that both
yearlings and the three year-old buck took the path of most resistance through the cover
to the food plot rather than walk down the open trail right in front of our stand. GRANT: I’m sure some folks are really wondering
why I didn’t take the easy shot at that buck at about seven yards when he’s looking the
other way. GRANT: The goal of my friend and this landowner
is to allow bucks to express most of their antler potential and I know that a three year-old
buck has got a lot of room to grow. GRANT: I expect to receive a few emails or
Facebook comments: “Yeah, but what if a neighbor shoots that buck or he gets ran over on the
road?” Or, “You don’t hunt on public land.” Yeah, that’s possible, but I know if I’d have
shot it, he certainly won’t grow. Because there’s one rule in all deer management that
works no matter where deer are. Dead deer don’t grow. And yes, if I was hunting on public
land, I’d a probably took the shot. I really think hunting should be fun and not just about
the antlers. GRANT: As the sun set, I set there in the
stand, very thankful for the venison I had been provided and the opportunity to watch
those bucks as they fed out in the Eagle Seed forage food plot. GRANT: (Whispering) We got down just a little
early. ‘Cause the wind was getting really swirly. We know there’s a good four year-old
we call Inferno — flame like tines in here, so wanta get down before we buggered him up.
Retrieve our doe and take it back to camp. GRANT: Cool front passed over the Kentucky
Proving Grounds the next day. Along with that cool front, the wind changed direction, so
Adam and I switched to a stand at a smaller food plot. We had had a Hot Zone Non-Typical
Fence protecting a portion of this food plot all summer and it was obvious the beans inside
where the fence was, was over waist tall on me, while outside the fence, none of them
were more than ankle high. GRANT: The lead doe eventually circled our
stand without busting Adam or I and all our camera gear. And it gave us great confidence
with our scent control techniques. Soon after she and a smaller fawn faded out of sight,
another doe approached the area. GRANT: This opportunity unfolded quick and
after the shot, I knew I had more venison for the freezer. Judging by the amount of
browse pressure on those forage soybeans, Adam and I were very confident we’d have a
good chance of seeing some more deer before sundown. GRANT: Sure enough, another long nosed doe
made her way toward the field. This one came from the opposite direction of the one I just
shot — once again boosting our confidence in our scent control techniques. GRANT: (Whispering) It’s right in there, wasn’t
it? I’m out of tags. ADAM: (Whispering) What? GRANT: (Whispering) Doe tags. GRANT: As Adam and I got down and recovered
both those does after a very short blood trail, we knew we were off to a great start for the
2013 season. GRANT: You can keep up with the entire GrowingDeer
Team daily on Facebook and/or Twitter and see if we’re hunting acorns or food plots
or what stage of the rut we’re encountering wherever we’re hunting. GRANT: I hope you’re blessed with a safe and
enjoyable 2013 season. Wherever you are, I hope you take a little time to enjoy Creation
and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Join us for the next 200 episodes of

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  1. I really like not only your show but the way you run it and your respect for things. I myself am an amateur hunter working on his own show, and I can only hope it lives up to shows like this. Great job, you just earned a subscriber!

  2. I share you and your friends view on letting deer grow to full potential, unfortunately most hunters don't, and get greedy and shoot anything that moves.  I need neighbors like yal as hunters.!

  3. Looks like the same Buck "Gene Price" Just killed a few weeks ago on the Sept. 17, 2014 video, or atleast the same characteristics with that sticker on the G2. Only I don't see the killer brow tines. Could it be the same Buck Gene killed? Or was there a big age difference? Atleast is it some of the same genetics?- (Find a quiet place and listen to what the creator is saying to you, fanatic)

  4. First video I have watch of yours, and I love it. You treat them with respect you you still understand they really meaning for hunting! You have just earned a new subscriber

  5. Well said @ 7:30, wish more people could understand this. I cant believe I just found this channel. Look forward to many late nights at work. LoL.

  6. Great video. While most deer hunters may never pass on a nice 3 yr of buck, most of us love venison and shooting does. That is the real deal. Keep up the fits work and great footage.

  7. for all you first time deer hunters you don't have to make yourself look like Rambo for deer see black and white  a deer sees you as  solid black      sit in front a tree wider than you as long as deer down wind they will walk right up close..
    try this out wait till you see a deer and wave your hand infront you body they will not see it these dude look like they are turkey hunters     hey save some does for the rest of us

  8. How much land did Mr. Terry Hamby purchase or what is ideal for getting started in ones own management? Trying to start future goals 🙂  Thanks for any advise! 

  9. I hope to find a couple spots like this. I am just getting I'm to hunting and my friends are all about the bucks. In my family there are only 2 of us that like venison and I have no room for mounts ( or the money for that matter). Helping out a land manager by taking out does and putting meat in my freezer at the same time seams like a good fit. I am not a big guy and dragging a big old buck would be very taxing.

  10. Nice job passing that buck.  Hunting is so much more then just killing an animal.  You got your meat by shooting  does and passed a buck with great potential. Its no guarantee that you'll ever see that buck again but you set goals and followed the plan by letting a 3.5 year old go. Where I hunt I would have shot it but every area of the country is different.  Good video.

  11. Could someone help me with finding a good brand of compound bow? Im looking for something not too expensive that is reliable and good for someone who is getting into bow hunting. Thanks

  12. I'm a new viewer love your videos and big believer in deer managment you don't have to have hundreds of acres to achieve great success just patience and knowledge and of course be able to pass up that nice younger buck to let him grow to a mature size

  13. I don't understand why anyone would just hide in a tree and wait. It seems boring, and I thought the hunting was supposed to be "fun"? An ambush seems reasonable in a situation were a kill is going to be what keeps you alive for sometime but when you're spending $600 on a bow that's not the case. It seems boring and removes the sportsmanship from the process. Like going fishing and waiting for some guy to put a fish on the end of the line for you, or playing as oddjob in golden eye.

  14. Where did you shoot that last doe? From my POV it looked a bit far back. Nice vid though, really made my night more fun!

  15. i myself wont let an animal stay out there that long.just like a pro butcher you want that animal bled and gutted before to long.the longer it sets dead the more bacteria sets in and the blood sets in the meat and leads to very gamie venison.i have always used game tracker and it has always allowed me to retrieve my deer quickly.

  16. i dont know why some people have problems with hunting. Hunters usually have so much respect for animals and take care of them. if anything people should get upset about how corporation farms treat their animals. great video 🙂

  17. Bow hunting is at this moment illegal in Sweden, but they are alot of debates wheter its effective or animal cruelty. But im curious, that first shot. did it pierce or bounce on the deer? Ive heard hunting arrow easily pierce an animal. Im curious cause im a hunter myself

  18. I just got an adult bow and I cant what to hunting but I dont know if having my poundage at 40 will be able to kill a deer at 30 yards

  19. Great video! I'm going hunting next weekend, just got my X-Sight from Hope to catch some nice shots

  20. That must be nice having access to great hunting land like that. I'm just trying to get back into it. Got to buy another bow & treestand plus the goodies that go with it. next year hopefully I can get into a lease. It's hard hunting in Florida, I guess that's why half the people run dogs. Iv'e seen some deer on the camera at night but no daytime movement.

  21. So nobody is going to call you out for deception??? I will you forgot to mention that 95% of your viewers came here looking to see a big buck shot with a bow ( Like your opening page suggest???) Gaining viewers by deception Hurts you and waste the viewers time!!!! You try to kill deer ethically, But you don't care how you take us out!!! 12mins here 15mins their?? YOU ARE STEALING THE VIEWERS TIME SO YOU COULD HAVE ONE MORE BAGGED VIEWER!!!! SAD WORLD WE LIVE IN!!!

  22. Finally! A good video of proper deer management! Seeing big bucks hit the dirt is awesome for both hunter and viewer but this is the behind the scenes work that has to be put in to grow those big bucks! As usual fine job fellas. Also a great choice of sponsors! Muddy and Bloodsport both picked up our production team last year and they have the absolute best products and costumer service! Keep the videos coming guys!

  23. you guys would love it at my neighborhood where if you open my window blinds, you can see a random deer staring you down

  24. Wish I knew someone who hunted lol. No one in my family hunts but I know people all around me who do. Just turned 18 and I want to experience what it's like to do this.

  25. I remember watching this episode when it just aired. What a great buck! Did the landowner ever catch up with him the year after? Any pictures of him as a 4.5 or 5.5? Thanks

  26. Hey Adam, I've ask a few questions before but I need to know what the best food source for deer is, i shot a 180 pound buck in the woods right off a clover field so thought clover was there favorite

  27. I must say…. I always enjoy and learn from your videos. Thank you for the tips and tricks to better my chances at hunting.

  28. That was a nice deer, but one of the most important rules when hunting someone else's property is to follow their shooter guidelines. It doesn't matter that the deer could be shot somewhere else if you would like to hunt there in the future you do what the owner says. Thanks for your videos

  29. Could anyone tell me what would be a good brand of bow would be for deer hunting and something that is affordable?

  30. I appreciate what you all are doing. Good quality hunts and you show respect for the wildlife you harvest which most forget about now days. It also helps you all produce a quality video which incorporates well done editing, Thanks.

  31. I totally respect the bow hunting community. I hunt with a rifle. I understand and envy the effort bow hunters go through. I just don't see why you use bows but it makes the deer bleed out, making it suffer. I don't get that. Can someone please explain why?

  32. I made a tough decision like you yesterday. Saw a really nice and tall 8 point, but he was just too young! Lots more opportunities to see older bucks throughout the season!

  33. awesome. I wish I had a place like that to hunt! public land is scarce in TX, but hopefully Ill be able to add some footage of my own this year

  34. THOROUGHLY ENJOY YOUR SHOW! I've watched about every single episode ,some multiple times. May God watch over you and your girls and crew and keep them save this 2016 season!

  35. Great shooting Doc! The more I watch your videos, the more it's obvious how much time you spend practicing with that bow! Love the videos. Keep em coming!!

  36. Awesome video! I'm a big fan from Toronto, Canada – I hope you get the chance to come see what our land has to offer as well. God bless!

  37. you say that hunting is suppose to be fun and not about the antler size but before you said that you passed it up because it has more room to grow. can you please explain this logic??

  38. you gotta appreciate the camera crew that film this type of stuff, it seems like a real pain in the ass to do stuff like this imagine the guys that have to follow bear grills

  39. hi grant ive left several comments and questions and not yet got a reply from u guys dnt know why but i still love watchin ur show and i use some of the strategies u do in terms of hunting and managing the land

  40. Congrats on the million views on this vid guys Grant and the Growing Deer 🦌 tv crew Smile More keep up the hard work 👍

  41. Hey dr grant I have a question I am really interested in starting my own hunting channel and I watch all your Episodes how did you get sponsored and what does that actually mean I would love to get sponsored can you give me some tips

  42. Don't get me wrong, I like watching these videos but this type of hunting is so unrealistic to most hunters. I'll bet 95% of hunters out there can't afford the fancy food plots and do good to see one good buck a year…much less having them walk around like they are in a petting zoo.

  43. Would you have taken that 3 yr old on a 30 acre property? I have several bucks around that size this year, even if i took both my buck tags on them there would still be 3 that could grow another year or two but all my neighbors hunt also and probably are a lot more aggressive than myself. What are your thoughts?

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