Deer Hunting Action: Spot and Stalk Bow Hunt Plus More! 3 Bucks Down! (#365)
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Deer Hunting Action: Spot and Stalk Bow Hunt Plus More! 3 Bucks Down! (#365)

August 17, 2019

GRANT: It seems like a lot of stores want
to skip Thanksgiving this year. Everybody’s focused on Christmas. But I’ve got a lot to be thankful for and
I’ll bet you do to. Gosh, my Dad made it through cancer. We’ve had a great season, even though the
conditions are pretty dry. And we’re having some great hunts this fall. More importantly, I’m spending time with
family and friends enjoying Creation. GRANT: The biggest reason to be thankful is
that we were created by a loving God. And he gave us all this to enjoy and He’ll
speak to us daily if we’ll slow down and listen to Him. This Thanksgiving, take a special moment to
be quiet and get your family together and enjoy Creation. ANNOUNCER: GrowingDeer is brought to you by
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Fourth Arrow, ScentCrusher, G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows, and Redneck Hunting Blinds. MATT: Well, it doesn’t take much convincing
for Adam and I to pack the truck and head west. We’re headed to Kansas with our good friend
Richard Lee. MATT: After looking at the forecast, we knew
we’d be facing warm temperatures in Kansas but still felt confident we could fill a tag. We were gonna be focusing our hunting efforts
close to water but never imagined just how close we’d have to get. MATT: Well, the hunt started off great the
first morning. We were covered up in critters. MATT: There were deer within range at first
light. And although this wasn’t a shooter buck,
it was still good to see a buck on its feet and moving through our area. MATT: As the morning continued, we had a few
more deer move through the area as well as turkeys and even a few coyotes. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Wow! MATT: With all that activity we’re excited
to get back in the stand that afternoon. Little did we know we would never make it;
during a mid-day scouting trip on another portion of the property, we spotted a bedded
buck. MATT: We were out moving blinds – saw a buck
bedded in a creek bottom. We think we can put a stalk on him. He’s a good ten pointer. Come over a little bluff, hopefully put an
arrow in him. We’re headed that way; we’re gonna take
our time getting in – hopefully put an arrow in him. MATT: This buck was bedded next to water in
a deep ravine. Adam and I felt confident we could close the
distance. ADAM: (Inaudible) MATT: (Whispering) Got it, in my back pocket. MATT: (Whispering) Go in light; come out heavy. MATT: Before making the stalk, we had made
up our minds to be patient. We needed all the help we could get and we
were only gonna move when there was a breeze. The woods were dry and anything but quiet
but we were excited to make the stalk. MATT: (Whispering) Got southwest wind right
now blowing that way. Creek coming down from the south and a creek
coming in from the west. And in that ravine, right where those creeks
collide is where the buck is bedded right now. So, if we can be quiet enough, I think we
can creep over this bluff and he’s bedded right down there and we’ll give it a shot. MATT: (Whispering) This buck is right over
top of this bluff. We’ve got like 25 yards to go. (Inaudible) Time it right, when the wind picks
up, we make our moves and just inch our way in. MATT: Taking our time, we crept closer and
closer. MATT: Finally, I had made it and Adam stayed
back just enough on higher ground so he could capture the moment. MATT: To make a lethal shot, that Bloodsport
was gonna need to fly over the hams and drop into the vitals. After envisioning the flight of the arrow
over and over in my head, I was confident I could make the shot. Now it’s just a waiting game on the next
gust of wind. MATT: To limit movement, I drew my bow behind
the root wad and then stood up for the shot. MATT: (Whispering) Yes. Woo. He’s down right there. 50 yards. (Laughter) MATT: (Quietly) Did you think that was gonna
work? ADAM: (Whispering) No. ADAM: (Quietly) I didn’t think it – I
didn’t know if it’d work cuz it’s so dang loud in here. MATT: (Quietly) All I knew, it was enough
to give it a try. ADAM: (Whispering) Yeah. MATT: (Quietly) It was a situation you had
to at least give it a try ‘cause if you didn’t you went and sat in a stand and you
got skunked, you’d have been kicking yourself for not. MATT: (Quietly) Course I got right here behind
this dozer deck and used this log to be as quiet as I could to resituate my feet – get
‘em up underneath me so I could stand and make the shot. ADAM: (Inaudible) (Quietly) I don’t even
want to step down there. MATT: (Quietly) Well. That’s – that’s where he’s bedded
right there. MATT: (Quietly) Oh man, this is steep. Ooo. MATT: (Quietly) Feel how cool it is? ADAM: (Quietly) Yeah. MATT: (Quietly) It’s a lot cooler down here. MATT: (Quietly) This is where he was bedded
right here. You can see this impression. It’s a big body. MATT: (Quietly) Just to the touch, this sand
is so much cooler. MATT: (Whispering) Waaa. Right down here buddy. (Chuckling) MATT: When it was right for us to put on a
stalk, we just took it easy. When the wind would blow, we moved. When it wouldn’t, we stayed still. We stayed patient; crept within 34 yards up
on a bluff above this buck. He was bedded down in the cool where the wind
was swirly so. He thought he had the advantage, but we actually
did this afternoon. First time hunting Kansas and first day hunting
Kansas and put a tag on him. Man, what a hunt. MATT: From the angle of the shot, the Havoc
entered the last few ribs, flew through the chest cavity and lodged itself in the opposite
front shoulder. MATT: Nope. It ain’t comin’ out. Heavy bases and a brut of a body. It’s gonna take everything we got plus the
Tilt-N-Go to get him out of here. Obviously we’re in a little bit of a drain
so it’s gonna be quite the haul but, um, Adam, thank you for being along. Awesome, awesome hunt. MATT: Ready for the Tilt-N-Go? MATT: This buck was bedded down right next
to water on a shady sand bar. Our plans from the start were right – as
we wanted to hunt close to water. We just didn’t imagine our hunt would turn
out like that. MATT: Kansas treated me well but I wasn’t
the only one to strike pay dirt in Kansas. GRANT: Let’s check on our Pro Staff team
Heath and Lindsey Martin. During August, Heath and Lindsey started preparing
for this hunt. They’ve positioned some of their Redneck
Blinds and created some food plots using Eagle Seeds Monster Wheat. GRANT: Soon after germination, deer started
using the plots that Heath and Lindsey planted and our Reconyx trail cameras started picking
up pictures of hit list bucks. GRANT: As soon as the weather conditions improved,
Heath and Lindsey rolled the camera to start the hunt. LINDSEY: (Whispering) Well, it’s about 5:45
and we’re set up here over a hidey hole food plot that Heath and I put in back in
August. And, um, when we originally set the plot up,
we had our Redneck Hay Bale Blind on the other side from where we’re sitting now, overlooking
the wheat and the Trophy Rock in hopes that we would be able to catch a big buck cruising
and using both of this as he travels back and forth. LINDSEY: (Whispering) And the good news is
it’s just a couple days ago, we actually did get a big mature buck, um, on the Reconyx. We’re pretty confident he’s coming in
here pretty consistently though. So, we actually moved our ghillie blind from
one of our other spots and just set it up this afternoon – about 2 o’clock – so
at this point, this thing has been sitting here less than four hours. But, we’re hoping that the does and the
big mature buck that’s been using this will go ahead and come in for the evening and give
me a shot. So, we’ll see. GRANT: During their first hunt, it wasn’t
long before they heard movement. GRANT: Heath and Lindsey know this mature
buck, they call him High and Tight. High and Tight gave ‘em a quick show but
he was on a mission to be somewhere else. GRANT: A few days later, Heath is up to bat
and the deer really put on a show. HEATH: (Whispering) You’d hear him chomping
on acorns and breathing and chomping on the grass. I don’t think I’ve ever had a deer quite
that close and it’s pretty cool. GRANT: Thanks to Reconyx, they know even a
big hit lister showed up. GRANT: With the forecast of high pressure
and a good wind direction, Heath checks the camera one more time with anticipation of
a fun afternoon hunt. GRANT: No sooner did team Martin get settled
in and they hear something walking their direction. GRANT: They’ve never seen this buck before,
but Lindsey would take him if an opportunity occurs. GRANT: This buck is close but not in a good
position for Lindsey to shoot. GRANT: Finally, the buck works his way into
an active scrape and this gives Lindsey the opportunity she was looking for. HEATH: (Whispering) (Inaudible) LINDSEY: (Whispering) You on him? HEATH: (Whispering) Yep. LINDSEY: (Whispering) I mean, we kept hearing
something and you know how it is. You’re like, “Is that a squirrel? Is that a deer?” You stop and look, nothing comes up. And so Heath and I had actually, basically,
kinda stopped looking. And about the time – about that time he pops
his head up and just like we had planned, he came in and he worked this scrape here
and gave me a really great shot. Um, probably about a 25 yard shot. HEATH: (Whispering) Awesome. LINDSEY: (Whispering) I feel like it could
have been a little bit back but not like way back. HEATH: (Whispering) (Inaudible) LINDSEY: (Whispering) I kinda did too. I feel like…I feel like it was a good shot. It sounded like a good shot. HEATH: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: The shot seemed a little back so they
wisely give this buck a couple hours before taking up the trail. HEATH: (Quietly) Looks like it’s got bubbles
in it – you may have got the back of them lungs. LINDSEY: (Inaudible) HEATH: (Inaudible) LINDSEY: Not really. (Inaudible) There he is. There he is. HEATH: (Inaudible) LINDSEY: (Inaudible) LINDSEY: Alright, well we just found him,
um, really good blood trail. I think I made a pretty decent, um, quartering
away shot on him and so we had a really good blood trail to follow. Didn’t take us long to get down here and
we actually thought that we heard him fall. It was a fatal shot. He went down pretty quickly after I shot him. So, I’m proud of him. LINDSEY: Um, it was a really fun hunt. We’ve really had a good time sitting overlooking
that food plot and watching all the action that it’s brought in over the past couple
of weeks. So, first time I’ve ever got to check a
buck in here in Kansas and fill my tag. So, I’m excited. I actually don’t have any tags left here
in Kansas. So, I’m excited to move on. Maybe next time you see me, I’ll be in Arkansas. GRANT: Now that Lindsey’s punched her buck
tag, it’s Heath’s turn to chase a mature buck. GRANT: Even though deer movement is light,
Heath gets the opportunity to remove a coyote from his hunting area. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Yip. (Inaudible) HEATH: Man, no big bucks for this morning
but we got a good predator on the ground. So, probably saved a few fawns and I’m sure
some turkey poults this next spring. So, I feel like we did our duty this morning. GRANT: The next day they’re back at it but
this time they’ve got a new addition to the crew. GRANT: It doesn’t take long for Dreamy Doe
to make some friends. GRANT: Decoys can be a great tool for bow
hunters. They often encourage deer to close the distance
and offer a bow hunter a better shot. But, it’s even more fun when a big buck
comes in and challenges that decoy. GRANT: Awesome hunt, Heath and Lindsey. I can’t wait to see how the rest of your
season goes. GRANT: Like Heath and Lindsey, we’ve spent
the last month or two getting ready for Missouri’s firearms season. We spent some time moving blinds and making
sure our Winchesters were sighted in perfect. GRANT: We’re shooting Winchester’s Deer
Season XP again this year. Goes without saying, it’s served the GrowingDeer
Team extremely well. GRANT: This is great Rae. We like to be two inches high at 100 yards,
that way we’re dead on at 200 yards. So, great shootin’ girl. RAE: Thanks. GRANT: Let’s let Raleigh shoot one of the
.308s. RAE: Okie dokey. GRANT: In addition to making sure scopes haven’t
been bumped or any other problems – sighting in is just a great way to get everyone comfortable
with the trigger and ready to go long before the pressure of seeing a deer in the crosshairs
occurs. GRANT: No, I want you aiming dead center. GRANT: The bullet’s gonna go two inches
higher. RALEIGH: To the right. GRANT: Wow. Awesome. Now, shoot another and see how it groups,
okay? Do exactly the same thing. GRANT: Excellent shooting Raleigh; you cut
the bullet hole. GRANT: Guns are sighted in, just as importantly
everyone got plenty of practice rounds in and are very confident – can’t wait for
gun season opener. GRANT: During the opening morning of Missouri’s
rifle season, Matt and Raleigh chose a blind on the south end of a food plot we call Crab
Apple. GRANT: You may recall we did a lot of work
in that plot this summer and recently I had a great encounter with some hit list bucks
out of one of the Redneck Blinds there. Adam had seen a dandy three year old he calls
Early Bird and I had seen Handy at the far end of the plot. MATT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Shoot at anything
right now. GRANT: It was the coldest morning of the fall
so far – with the temperatures reported to be in the 30s and I’m sure they were
even colder in the bottom near Crab Apple field. GRANT: The morning started off great as deer
entered the field at first light. They expected to see even more deer as the
sun got up and melted the frost off the forage. Oftentimes, deer will wait ‘til the frost
leaves forage before they start feeding. RALEIGH: (Whispering) It’s finally opening
day of gun season here in Missouri and the weather could not be better. It’s been really warm and it’s finally
cooled down – we’ve got some frost in the field. The sun hasn’t even fully came up – we’ve
already seen two deer and heard two shots so, it looks like it’s gonna – solid day
here at The Proving Grounds. GRANT: Once the frost left the Broadside,
more deer entered the plot. Raleigh and Matt were focused on a fawn feeding
about 30 yards from the blind when Matt noticed a large body further in the plot. RALEIGH: (Whispering) Oh yeah, I’ll take
that one. MATT: (Whispering) That’s Gumby. Raleigh, that’s Gumby. We’re taking that one. GRANT: It was Gumby, his large drop tines
a dead giveaway. Not many deer here in the Ozarks with drop
tines that large. MATT: (Whispering) Ready when you are. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Shoulder shot. MATT: (Whispering) Take some deep breaths. We’ll let him – we’ll let him turn and
get really good broadside, okay? RALEIGH: (Whispering) Sure. GRANT: Raleigh waited patiently for the right
shot opportunity. MATT: (Whispering) We got plenty of time so. Plenty of time. RALEIGH: (Whispering) Oh, I know. It’s just so fun. MATT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: Gumby was feeding heavily on the Broadside
blend, especially the bulbs. It’s like you could almost hear him crunching,
even from 200 yards away. MATT: (Whispering) That one right there is
a good one. That shot – if he turns his head to the right
like that. Yeah. GRANT: It seemed Gumby was gonna feed all
the way to the blind facing them and never offering a broadside shot. MATT: (Whispering) There’s a good one right
there – going back. RALEIGH: (Whispering) Should I? MATT: (Whispering) He’s looking – definitely
up there. I’d go ahead and take a shot. RALEIGH: (Whispering) Like shoot, like right
above his leg? MATT: (Whispering) Above his leg, yep – right
in the center mass of his shoulder. RALEIGH: (Whispering) Alright. Game on. MATT: (Whispering) I’m on him. MATT: (Whispering) You got ‘em, Raleigh. You got him. You got him. MATT: (Whispering) He’ll go down right here. GRANT: Nice shooting Raleigh. Gumby’s down in the plot… MATT: (Whispering) Way to go, girl. GRANT: … and once again the Deer Season
XP serves us well. MATT: (Whispering) Nice shot! Nice shot! RALEIGH: Oh, that doe’s right there – two
for one. GRANT: Does stayed in the plot even through
all the crashing of Gumby going down so Raleigh jacks another shell in – puts the crosshairs
on some more venison. RALEIGH: (Whispering) (Inaudible) She was
limping. MATT: (Whispering) Yeah, oh yeah, you got
her, you got here. Alright, talk to me. RALEIGH: Oh my gosh, that was awesome. It was so pretty to watch just the sun behind
the deer right there and just comin’ over the hill. It took forever because he was standing straight
towards us eating um, that’s Broadside, right? Broadside. MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. RALEIGH: Yeah, the whole time and so he like
gave us like a shot maybe once but moved too quick. And so, finally he kept turning a little bit
more towards us so I took the shot. Took a few steps down the hill and – he’s
down. So – excited to go see that. MATT: (Whispering) You go girl. That’s an awesome deer. That’s a five and a half year old buck we
call Gumby. RALEIGH: Oh my goodness. MATT: (Whispering) Yeah. RALEIGH: That’s awesome. MATT: (Whispering) We’ve got his sheds from
the past two years. RALEIGH: That’s so cool. MATT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Drop tine – not
at all. RALEIGH: Hmm. Hmm. This is the field where I killed my first
like, big deer kind of. I thought it was huge at the time but it is
not that big. (Chuckling) So. MATT: (Whispering) And, then you just got
a doe too, right? RALEIGH: Yeah – two for one tag day. MATT: (Whispering) That is so exciting. RALEIGH: Quick morning, quick. RALEIGH: There’s some frost down here. MATT: What have you done, girl? RALEIGH: Oh my goodness. MATT: My goodness. RALEIGH: He’s a big one. He’s got – big body, you can see where like
he scraped a little here. Um, just an awesome morning out in the woods
– just super pleasant – really quick hunt. Has a really unique set of antlers with this
drop tine back here. Um. I haven’t killed anything with a drop tine
like that before so that’ll be fun to have mounted. Um. So it’s gonna be an awesome day finishing
up here at The Proving Grounds. MATT: Your dad passed that deer at three and
a half years old. Really close to where he’s hunting this
morning. And we didn’t have any good encounters with
him last year as a four and a half year old. But, we got his shed from last year and him
as a three and a half year old – lots of video of him scraping. GRANT: What a great buck! Gumby’d been on our hit list for the last
couple years. Before that, Adam and I’d had an encounter
with him and thought he was three years old at that time. GRANT: This hunt was a perfect way to close
another chapter of a hit list buck here at The Proving Grounds. GRANT: Gumby down in the field. GRANT: Adam and I had received a text from
Matt and were sitting in a Redneck Blind celebrating their success. GRANT: I was wanting to get to Raleigh and
join the celebration, but it was opening morning of rifle season and we’re sitting in the
middle of “Handy land”. About that time I heard Adam say he saw movement
on the far ridge. ADAM: (Whispering) That’s our guy, that’s
our guy – that’s Handy. GRANT: (Whispering) I can take him. GRANT: You don’t have to tag a hit list
buck to enjoy Creation. Whether you’re outside working or simply
taking a relaxing walk, slow down and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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  1. great hunting yall! I hope to see more video's! Have you thought about making a waterfowl series because I think your channel could grow even more with waterfowl videos on it?

  2. Wow that last part gave me chills….good videos as always keep it…and on my farm about 2 hours north of you guys, has bigger deer but I think it could way better… you think you guys could give me some help

  3. Thank you for all the instructional videos, it is such a pleasure to see these and not just a bearded guy in a tree stand yelling, "smoked him".

  4. I love the videos guys but I really don't like that the people that aren't physically challenged use those gun stabilizers cuz it kinda ruins part of hunting

  5. Ive been following you guys a very long time. This has to be one of the best/worst cliffhangers ever. Sure hope you got Handy. Congrats on Gumby, Can tell a lot of growth from 31/2 to 5 1/2. Excellent management! Congrats

  6. Haha nooo!! I've been waiting to see Grant harvest Handy! Can't wait to see it next week! Congrats to Raleigh for getting Gumby! Love all the videos, you've really encouraged me to spend more of my time outdoors!

  7. That Handy teaser at the end is killing me and Raleigh put a great shot on Gumby. Seeing what you've built with you property makes me anxious to get my own so I can start as well. Great job guys, keep it up!

  8. Noooooooo the suspense is gonna kill me, been following handy for as long as you all have been posting him. Gonna be waiting all week for this next episode. Might have to have a viewing party on the big screen for this one. Man I hope y'all got to close the chapter!

  9. What an awesome episode! You all are having great success. And rightfully so, passing Gumby as a 3.5 year old. I've been following you long enough to have seen that episode when it was filmed in '14. Good stuff. "game on" "2 for 1" haha! I love watching Growing Deer.

  10. Hi GrowingDeerTV, that was a very nice video. That was some nice big bucks too. I am glad Raleigh Got a Big Buck and Doe. Congrats to all the team too. God bless you and your family. Take care and stay safe.

  11. I live in stokes co North Carolina and the rut is in fully now and all the deer. Are gone the trail camera is not got any deer on it at all and I've seen 1 deer so far out of Rifle season

  12. Took your advice and spent some time with the creator in my stand this morning. Love those 35 to 45 minutes before shooting light. Congrats to Raleigh on taking Gumby. Nice to see good trigger control from a young hunter. Stay safe, and God bless (even more).

  13. Was really happy to hear that your dad made it though cancer. My grandpa recently died from it and the best memories we had came from the outdoors .

  14. I love your channel just the way it is! congrats Raleigh Gumby is a buck of a lifetime and so much history to go with him . That is what makes your channel so great!

  15. You guys put out a great video every week, but this one stands out as being especially excellent. Great hunts and great production value. I'm excited for next week's video

  16. Congrats on the awesome bucks. I'm so glad to hear about your father surviving. I've been anxiously awaiting the results of the chemo, and it really makes me happy to hear he's better, and even shot a buck.

  17. Great stalk matt, congrats on the deer! How would you suggest i bring up deer managment to my camp? I've been asking for years for my camp to at least have an age limit, but i always get the same old "if we dont kill it xyz camp will!" bs.

  18. What a fantastic example of deer management and selective hunting. Could anything be nicer than passing on a buck that your daughter later collects with an even better head on it than you could have had? Well done guys. Love your work.

  19. that stalk was great. but I have to ask, what are all those green balls growing on the ground. They look like Nerf balls but I think it's some kind of plant? nothing I've ever seen before.

  20. I know this is completely random, but I was wondering if you guys ever killed the deer you called chainsaw. I know there was a video made last season about that specific deer. Just wanted to see if you guys may have had any pictures of him this year. Love the videos!!

  21. Nice job growing deer team I'm glad that you say something about god every video. I prayed for your dad every night and I hope he is happy and is doing good. Good luck on your next hit list buck

  22. Great videos ! I live in the ozarks of Arkansas a couple hours south of y'all and you guys have taken some awesome bucks ! Subscribed and God Bless

  23. Can you make a fishing video sometime in the summer? I love watching your videos and hope you could make a family fishing video! I'm sure you guys are really busy but just wondering.

  24. Do you guys know anybody who shoots a 30-06 haha in pa it's so popular here but nobody I know uses it in other states.

  25. We never skip thanksgiving we always get together because we are happy to be alive and even happier that we can spend time with family. πŸ™

  26. awsome videos growing deer these videos made me wont to pass little bucks and shot bigger ones


  28. I prayed to God your dad would get over cancer so God Bless you bothπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ™πŸΌ

  29. Even though Im not super religious, I do believe in God, doing the right thing and being the best person you can be. I definitely respect you for sharing your faith and beliefs with us Grant. It’s something a lot of hunting shows don’t offer, so that’s pretty cool.

  30. Skipping this channel after the priority Christian insinuation. Can't we just interact with these animals?

  31. I used to be super against hunting until you guys helped teach me the importance of it. Without hunting animals would be everywhere and disease would be plagued. I have mad respect for you guys, you baby those animals like they're your children till the time comes.

    Why deer hunting is cruel: have you ever seen Bambi? That little deer fawn was sad when her mother got killed many people say "oh by hunting deer I'm stopping it from overpopulation" well hunting is unnecessary bc natural predators hunt the weak deer but hunters hunt THE HEALTHLY ONES just so they can hang them on a wall! I read PETA everyday I try my best to stop animal cruelety BUT LOOK MY CRUEL PARENTS KEEP ME AT HOME SO I HAVE NOTHING I CAN DO Note:deer are living beings that feel pain, just like us if they are born as deer they can't change to human. LIKE IF YOU AGREE!

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