Bow Hunting: No Hesitation, Take The Shot (#269)
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Bow Hunting: No Hesitation, Take The Shot (#269)

August 10, 2019

Intro Scene Plays GRANT: The late season is a great time to
learn about your deer herd and have some great hunting opportunities. ADAM: While going through some of the Reconyx
cards recently, we noticed a great pattern of deer at Prickly Pear food plot. This is
a small hidey hole food plot that we created this spring using nothing but hand tools and
ATV equipment. ADAM: This is a small food plot in the center
of a hardwood ridge that we broadcasted some Eagle Seed Broadside in in early September
and it took off. This plot grew rapidly and looked incredible throughout the fall, but
as we got into December, the deer had consumed most of the greens and there was nothing left
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Caldwell, Prime Bows, G5 broadheads, and Redneck Hunting Blinds. ADAM: And with the start of a new year, we
had some super cold temperatures move in and with those carbohydrates in the bulbs, the
deer were starting to hammer ‘em. ADAM: With anticipation that this might happen,
we took a Redneck bale blind and moved it on this plot about a month ago. ADAM: (Whispering) January 5th. Cold spell
here at The Proving Grounds. Temperature is in the 20’s and they’re gonna be getting
down into single digits over the next couple of days. So, deer are gonna have to feed.
We’re set up on a Eagle Seed Broadside hidey hole food plot. They’ve eaten most of the
grains and they’ve moved on to eating the bulbs. We’ve got a Reconyx camera set up
on the other side of the plot. We’ve had a lot of action here. A couple of nice bucks
in the area. Hopefully, one of ‘em shows up tonight. ADAM: We hadn’t been in the blind very long
at all when we heard leaves crunching down the hill. It happened to be a button buck
and he was headed straight to the Broadside. ADAM: Soon after, another young doe joined
him. We sit comfortably in the bale blind watching it all unfold. While they were feeding
they just kept looking back in the woods, so we knew more deer were coming. ADAM: I caught movement in the road and saw
two big does coming into the opening. ADAM: (Whispering) Easy. (Inaudible) ADAM: Although, there’s been a couple of
hit list bucks in the area, we still have a management goal to reach so we weren’t
hesitating to take the shot. ADAM: I watched this doe feed out in front
of the blind and I got the okay from Daniel. ADAM: (Whispering) You got it? You got her?
Oh. I just heard (inaudible). You can see our setup. Just tucked in the bale blind right
up against these cedars. Probably, I don’t know, a month and a half ago. It didn’t
take the deer long at all to adapt to it. Start using the food plot. We had deer right
here at six yards. First deer on the field came right by us. Didn’t even hardly even
look at us. So, it’s awesome. ADAM: (Whispering) You can see this was great
looking. Brassicas were about – the greens were about to knee height, and, they just
hammered it. You can see where there’s turnips frozen in the ground and they’ve still eaten
them. There’s chunks of turnips laying out here. It’s incredible. ADAM: (Whispering) That is a bloody arrow.
I even lost the nock. She’s just done a number on this arrow. Look at the difference.
You see her? See her? Whew. ADAM: (Quietly) Just a beautiful doe. Beautiful
night! It has been foggy, rainy, nasty – for it seems like a month. And I’m not exaggerating
at all, we’ve only had a few days of sun and today was one of them. And it was beautiful.
We certainly didn’t take that for granted. That’s for sure. ADAM: (Quietly) My hands are freezing. I know
yours are. You’re not wearing any gloves. Let’s get her drug up the hill and get out
of here. What do you say? GRANT: Adam and Daniel had a great hunt. And
even better, kept focused on the overall deer management plans for The Proving Grounds. ADAM: We’ve had a lot of great hunts this
year at Tracy’s Field Redneck Blind. So with the cold temperatures and the standing
soybeans, we couldn’t wait to climb back in the blind. ADAM: (Whispering) January the 7th. This afternoon,
it’s super cold. We’ve been checking our Reconyx cameras. We’ve got a buck that’s
nine or ten years old by the name of Two Face. He’s been active in the area, but mostly
at night. With these cold temperatures – this is the coldest day of the year – coldest
day of the – of the season so far – for us. So, hopefully, with those cold temperatures,
it will bring him out and he’ll have to feed during daylight hours and he’ll feed
within range. ADAM: (Whispering) (Inaudible) ADAM: (Whispering) Tonight could be show time
for the old man, Two Face. Boy, I would just – even if we see him. I’ve seen him every
year during – during a hunt. At some point, I’ve seen him. Haven’t this year, he’s
been crazy, though. He’s getting senile. He doesn’t know where home is. He just runs
everywhere. Hopefully, tonight, though, I’ll get to lay eyes on him. He’s nine or 10
– he’s – at least. I would just like to – I mean I would like to harvest him,
but I would like to – whenever he expires and parts ways – I would like to see his
teeth just to see what they look like. DANIEL: (Whispering) If he has any. ADAM: (Whispering) If he has any. Yeah. He
just gums everything. ADAM: Just before dark, I glanced out the
window and caught antlers stepping into the field. ADAM: (Whispering) No, it’s that young buck
he’s running with, though. It was the young buck he was with last night. ADAM: (Whispering) There’s another buck.
That’s Two Face. That is Two Face! DANIEL: (Whispering) Oh yeah. Yeah, yeah. ADAM: (Whispering) There you are, you old
legend you. They’re going the wrong way. Man, that’s a beautiful buck. I love him.
Oh, man. Man, just, just come down this way, please. Just looking like an old man, don’t
he? Like – compare him to that other buck. ADAM: As he starts walking in the other direction,
we sat in the blind happy just to lay our eyes on such an awesome buck. GRANT: On the trap line again here at The
Proving Grounds and critter number 19 so far this year. Another great location. We’ve
got where a road crosses a creek, so just think like why McDonald’s puts their location
at those intersections – it’s where a lot of traffic is. And the same is true for
placing traps. It’s 19 nest predators we’ve removed this year with a couple weeks of trapping
season left to go. Nineteen critters roaming the hills and hollers of The Proving Grounds,
looking for turkey nests. There’s no way of knowing if any, or how many, turkey nests
we’ve saved, but our turkey population has steadily been increasing due to good habitat
work and working to balance the predator/prey populations. GRANT: I often use pelletized fish feed because
it’s inexpensive and it has a strong odor that smells like a food source raccoons would
like to eat. Doesn’t take a lot. Remember, they’re hunting by the nose and once they’re
in the trap, you don’t have to feed ‘em all night long. GRANT: Table scraps are good to use also.
Remember, raccoons will eat anything. They’re opportunists. I had just a little bit of some
fish left over from supper the other night. Perfect attractant for the raccoon. GRANT: Met some guys recently and they’ve
concocted a real smelly substance designed to track bears for bear baiting. Gonna put
it in the can also. “Cause that strong odor is necessary on these really cold days. Remember,
cold days/cold temperatures don’t carry scent as well as warm days. But this stuff
here is putting out a lot of scent and I imagine it will go downstream as the cold air settles
at night and attract coons from pretty far downstream back to the trap. GRANT: Just up the creek, a quarter mile or
so, and we have another nest predator in a Duke cage trap. Opossums are also very skilled
nest predators. We’re glad to remove a few more off the property. GRANT: It’s easy to understand how a couple
of these Duke cage traps can make a difference in balancing the predator and prey population
on your property. GRANT: Trapping season stays open ‘til the
end of January here in Missouri. So, keep watching as we share additional tips and techniques
on how to balance the predator population on your Proving Grounds. GRANT: Whether you’re hunting, trapping
or just taking a walk outside, be sure to take time and enjoy Creation, but make it
a priority daily to be quiet and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks
for watching ADAM: With temperatures getting that low,
we couldn’t wait to go out – ugh. Although, we can’t be sure, we think – no. I messed
up on the – Two Faces are surv – Two Faces are surv – oh my gosh. ADAM: (Whispering) January 5th. We’re set
up on a hidey hole food plot. Eagle Seed Broadside out there. A lot of deer in the area. Here
we go. How was that? DANIEL: (Whispering) Perfect. ADAM: (Whispering) Nailed it. (Laughter)

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  1. I hunt primarily public land with a few other guys. Do you have any tips as to how I can improve my few hundred acres of public land I'm hunting in southern nh? Any management or supplementation practices that can be put into place?

  2. I saw your post on Instagram and I couldn't wait for Monday to come!! Great buck and nice advice for trapping I'll really need it in the future!! ? thank you!

  3. Grant I don't know how you do it your a busy man with hunting, YouTube, and everything on the proven ground with food plots blinds and all that and be able to make youtube videos I give a hand out to you sir for your great work 🙂

  4. I get to attend my safety course this weekend and will finally be able to hunt the 2015 seasons. I got my bow tuned in and am accurate to 5 inches at 50 yards and can stack arrows at 30. All I need is all the other equipment lol.

  5. Grant, I love what you are doing with your proving grounds. thank you for sharing your methods and wealth of experience with us. I only wish you would find an alternative product to chemical fertilizer/pesticides. After all, the deer eat the food that grows in those fields, which then you and your family eat the deer. There must be an alternative that is better for the land, its inhabitants and the land owner.

  6. 9-10 year old buck, and his antlers are still kinda normal! 

    My brother shot one in KS that they knew was 10 years old; 2 other guys he has gone down there with had seen and missed (archery) the same buck in 2 successive years and they figured he had to be 4.5 and then 5.5 yrs-old then.  4 years later my brother shot him.  Not a tooth to be found, 31 scorable points and he looks more like he has 2 cacti on his head than 2 antlers!  But still, what a story and what a trophy after so many years!

  7. Love watching the videos. I was wondering what length Bee Stinger Adam has on the G5 PRIME at about the 1:55 minute mark. Thanks, keep the great informative videos coming!

  8. I am wondering what town you hunt in at Missouri only if your comfortable telling me? Thank you.

  9. It seems so strange to me seeing you guys avidly shooting does to keep populations in check. Here in northern indiana we are having seriously deer shortages right now. Poor limits by DNR and when it comes down to it lack of responsibility by hunters. 2 years ago the was an 8 doe limit per hunter in my county. The deer population is very low. very disappointing.

  10. There another video of 2 face? I've never seen an deer that old. I was extremely excited watching him. Incredible footage. The tips on trapping are great I've been encouraging my family to do the same with what little land we have. The traps your using are they expensive?

  11. hi I'm you biggest fan I watch all your videos I am 13 I love bow hunting and muzzlouder hunting there my favorite and watching your videos really helps me practice and prepare for the next deer session CAN'T WAIT 🙂

  12. is there any weed killer out that will not kill typical food plot blends such as rye grass, brassica, chickory, clover, etc. I know there are weed killers that will kill weeds but not grass but what about one that's safe for food plot blends?

  13. we have a big alfalfa field a big chunk of woods and an old cow pasture that is usually knee high or better all year off in the woods is a clearung what wld u recommend to plant in the clearing? please reply im trying to manage a huge property as well thanks

  14. Pretending that trapping and killing every small predator you can is "balancing the population" is a bit much. You're trying to reduce their population as much as you can so that you get more turkeys – there's no balance involved. I've been hunting and trapping since I can remember; I have nothing against either practice done ethically. To be clear, I don't think you're being unethical in any way either; but you're not balancing anything through this practice.

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