Fast Deer Hunting Action: Bonus Buck and Decoy Strategy (Self-filming, 2019 Deer Season)
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Fast Deer Hunting Action: Bonus Buck and Decoy Strategy (Self-filming, 2019 Deer Season)

January 15, 2020


GRANT: Recently, I shared we were invited
to hunt in Kentucky during that state’s opening weekend of firearms season. GRANT: While hunting with my good friend,
Mr. Terry Hamby, I tagged a good buck. TERRY: That’s a really nice deer. GRANT: I am – look at that – I mean, you know,
through my hand, again. Look at that forehead. GRANT: It’s as big as my hand. TERRY: Yeah. He looks old. GRANT: Yeah, I’m happy. I mean, I’m happy. It’s the experience. TYLER: He’s got a lot of character. TERRY: He does. He’s a cool deer. GRANT: Man, yeah. TERRY: Looks where he’s been rubbing. TYLER: Oh, yeah. GRANT: We got three does and a buck this morning. TERRY: Awesome. GRANT: Eight does and a buck total so I… TERRY: That’s good. GRANT: …I’m helping. I did my part helping on the farm, so. TERRY: You did your part. You did your part. TYLER: (Whispering) Yep. TERRY: It’s kind of fitting that you kill
one here because I can remember when you and I came down through here in a four-wheeler… GRANT: Oh, yeah, you couldn’t hardly get in
here. TERRY: …weaving our way through all these
pines. GRANT: Yeah, yeah, yeah. TERRY: And you marked it out with… GRANT: With flags, with blue flags. TERRY: …with flags, with blue flags and
then we clear cut it and then we pulled the stumps out… GRANT: Yeah. TERRY: …with a track hoe. GRANT: So, it was an awesome morning. GRANT: Daniel was also hunting at Mr. Hamby’s
property that weekend and he was trying out the Winchester 350 Legend. DANIEL: (Whispering) It’s the morning of
November 9th, and it’s cold. It’s about 25 degrees. Opening day here in Kentucky of firearms season. And I’ve got the 350 Legend with me in this
Redneck, so the Fall Buffalo Blend is frosted over out in front of me. It’s just a beautiful morning trying to remove
a bunch of mouths out of this food plot. This is actually the same food plot Grant
and Clay hunted during the early season. DANIEL: (Whispering) There were a lot of deer
coming to this food plot and so it’s been browsed heavily. In fact, when they filmed here there were
really good beans and they’ve just stripped the beans and now it’s just Fall Buffalo Blend. DANIEL: (Whispering) This property owner,
Mr. Hamby, has done a lot of habitat work here. There’s a bedding area just out in front of
me – butts right up next to the food plot. DANIEL: (Whispering) If a mature buck comes
in, I’ll be throwing the 350 at him, but I’m really targeting does because we need to remove
a lot of mouths from this area. DANIEL: (Whispering) Well, this morning I’ve
got the Montanas out. We’ve got Estrus Betty with the Freshman Buck. I’ve got them about 50 yards in front of me. Estrus Betty pointing back towards the bedding
area and the buck back behind her. GRANT: During the pre-rut, rut, or even late
season, you’ve probably seen a doe come out in front of your hunting area and squat to
urinate, and almost every buck in the field will come check that out. If it seems deer aren’t closing a distance
to your setup, put some Montana Decoys out and see if you can’t bring ‘em in and put
some venison in your freezer. GRANT: Deer almost always approach decoys
from the downwind side, so wisely before the hunt Daniel placed the decoys in a Scent Crusher
bag and took care of any odors. GRANT: It was early during Daniel’s hunt when
a doe approached the plot from behind the blind where Daniel was hunting and locked
on the decoys. GRANT: The doe moved downwind of the decoys
and began walking parallel to them, offering Daniel a broadside shot. DANIEL: (Whispering) Well, it worked perfectly. Doe number one is down. Decoys worked perfectly. She came in kind of behind me, slipped into
the trees, and then tried to circle downwind of ‘em, and came parallel to ‘em, and
offered me a great broadside shot. And I don’t know maybe 70 yards, 80 yards. DANIEL: Well, it’s just been a beautiful morning
here in Kentucky. We had frost this morning, and it was cool
temperatures, and deer were moving like crazy. DANIEL: This doe presented me a great shot. Had the Estrus Betty and the Freshman Montana
decoys out, and she locked on the decoys, and came circling around right around ‘em. And she didn’t go, but 60 yards. The 350 Legend put it right behind the shoulder
and it came out right in front of the offside shoulder, just the way she was quartering. And I suspect this won’t be the only doe that
goes down this weekend here in Kentucky. GRANT: Daniel’s strategy worked perfectly,
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and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: That afternoon Daniel headed to a different
location, a small food plot with bedding all around. DANIEL: (Whispering) Grant, Tyler, and I have
all come down to try to help our good friend, Mr. Terry Hamby, remove several does from
his property. We’re on our toes. It’s that time of year where anything could
happen, and it’s going to happen fast. Saw a lot of cruising and chasing this morning. Grant saw several nice bucks and I’m self-filming
out of the Redneck this afternoon. DANIEL: (Whispering) I’m gonna load up the
350 Legend and we’re gonna get to work and, hopefully, a couple of does come out to feed
this afternoon. GRANT: He wasn’t in the blind long before
the first head popped up over the hill. DANIEL: (Whispering) Well, that happened fast. She’s down in the plot. That’s a great attraction for a mature buck
to come in, scent checking this food plot, and to have a doe down in the plot. Man, you know, it happened fast. I’m following through, but I think when I
looked through the scope as I was following through, it looked like that 350 hit her in
the shoulder and she just – I don’t – just reared up and fell backward. It did a number on her; it looked like. Whew! GRANT: Having the doe down in the plot could
be a great attractant to other deer. GRANT: Suddenly, another doe ran into the
plot. GRANT: The second doe saw the first doe lying
there, hit the brakes, and offered Daniel a clean shot. GRANT: Now, there were two does in the plot,
and this buck didn’t want to leave. GRANT: He tried to roll one of the does over
with his antlers. Talk about an attractant. We’ve seen this time and time again. GRANT: As Daniel was watching this buck, another
doe stepped out. GRANT: Even after the shot and the doe running
out of view, the buck stayed locked on the two does Daniel dropped in the plot. GRANT: Daniel did a great job helping Mr.
Hamby towards his doe harvest goals and provided lots of quality venison to some folks in the
area that needed a bit of help. GRANT: A few days after we returned from Kentucky,
Missouri’s firearms season opened. GRANT: Daniel and Tyler hunted together during
the first few days of Missouri’s season, but deer sightings were few and far between. GRANT: During the morning of November 18th,
Daniel and Tyler decided to go to a Redneck blind that’s in the center of a long plot
we call Big Boom. There was a south wind, and Daniel thought
he might see a buck cruising the ridgetop, scent checking a small bedding area to the
south. GRANT: There was a beautiful sunrise, and
when the sun got high enough, the frost on the blind began to melt. GRANT: Mid-morning Daniel spotted movement
at the far west end of the plot. GRANT: Daniel didn’t have the necessary small
game permit to harvest a coyote, but Tyler did so he quickly grabbed the Winchester. TYLER: (Whispering) Yep, there he comes. Right side. DANIEL: (Whispering) Yep. Hold on, hold on. TYLER: (Whispering) Right side of the food
plot. DANIEL: (Whispering) Yeah. TYLER: (Whispering) Right side. DANIEL: (Whispering) (Inaudible) Hold on. Okay. (Inaudible) DANIEL: (Whispering) Hold on, hold on. DANIEL: (Whispering) Okay, stop him. TYLER: Ready? DANIEL: Yep. DANIEL: Nice. GRANT: That’s the first coyote down this season
at The Proving Grounds, and we’re one step closer to balancing predator and prey populations
here at The Proving Grounds as we enter the trapping season. GRANT: It’s important to note what this coyote
was doing, and it’s a great lesson for hunters. This coyote was likely doing what Daniel hoped
a buck would do. He was running the ridgetop, cutting that
south wind, scent checking for a meal where a buck would be scent checking for a receptive
doe. GRANT: For a critter, this is the best technique
to cover a lot of ground. They get on the downwind side of an area they
believe their target will be – bedding area, cover for small game – cruise through there
using their nose to find that target and then move in and get closer. GRANT: Whether you’re hunting deer, elk, coyotes,
or hogs, understanding the wind and how it acts in different topographies and habitats
is critical to being successful. GRANT: That afternoon, Daniel and Tyler decided
to use the same strategy at a different location. They were going to move to the Big Cave food
plot. GRANT: This plot is on top of a long ridge,
and it was planted earlier this fall with Eagle Seeds Fall Buffalo Blend. On the south side of this ridge is a large
bedding area. GRANT: Last summer we used prescribed fire
once again in this bedding area. Repeated use of fire reduces ticks, controls
hardwood saplings, and encourages native grasses and forbs to thrive. GRANT: A few weeks before Daniel’s hunt, I
hunted another food plot on the same ridge we call Little Cave, and I was able to take
a doe and see several other deer. GRANT: With a southwest wind forecasted, Daniel
and Tyler decided to hunt from a pair of Summit stands hung in the southeast corner of the
Big Cave plot. Daniel’s strategy was based on knowing there
were a lot of does in the area; they’d likely be feeding in the plot; and therefore a buck
would likely scent check that area trying to find a receptive doe. GRANT: With much excitement, Daniel and Tyler
got settled in the Summits and waited to see what would happen. GRANT: (Whispering) It’s – just trying to
settle in – oh, there’s a deer right – coming – a good buck in front of us. A buck behind a doe. CLAY: (Whispering) Just behind the trees. GRANT: (Whispering) He’s going to come out
over here. CLAY: (Whispering) Here he comes through the
ditch. GRANT: (Whispering) Do you see him? CLAY: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) He’s in the ditch. CLAY: (Whispering) Yeah, he’s just standing
there. Just wait he’s going to… GRANT: (Whispering) I, I see him. Let’s just let him stop. CLAY: (Whispering) Tell me before you shoot. GRANT: (Whispering) Okay. CLAY: (Whispering) Okay, whenever you’re ready. CLAY: Good shot. Buck down. GRANT: (Whispering) Oh, hold on. Let’s get this doe. Let’s get this doe up here. CLAY: (Whispering) Where’s she at? GRANT: (Whispering) You ready? CLAY: (Whispering) Yeah. CLAY: How about that? GRANT: Holy mackerel. Those deer both just fell like a bag of concrete
being dropped off the back of a truck. You know, calibers are a very personal choice,
but if you don’t like recoil, you don’t have to shoot that big magnum, especially for whitetails. Something like a .308 or 6.5 will do just
fine. DANIEL: (Whispering) I wonder who it is. Clay didn’t say. He just said buck and doe down. TYLER: (Whispering) There’s a lot of possibilities
as to who it can be. DANIEL: (Whispering) That’s great. The shots were just pooh. And we go, “We think that’s Grant.” About three minutes later, pooh. GRANT: Even with great plans, not all hunts
start off with a boom, and they sat there awhile enjoying a beautiful sunset, but didn’t
see any deer. GRANT: Just as shooting light was starting
to fade, Daniel saw antlers coming over the ridge. TYLER: (Whispering) Big, tall, tight eight. Big, tall, tight eight. DANIEL: (Whispering) Yeah. TYLER: (Whispering) He’s looking right at
you. Stop. DANIEL: (Whispering) You got good footage
and good light? TYLER: (Whispering) Yeah. He’s looking right at you, like locked on. DANIEL: (Whispering) Okay. Do you have enough light? TYLER: (Whispering) Yeah. TYLER: (Whispering) He’s not looking. DANIEL: (Whispering) You on him? TYLER: (Whispering) I’m on him, yeah. I’m on eight shutter speed. DANIEL: (Whispering) But good footage? TYLER: (Whispering) Yeah, it’s okay. TYLER: (Whispering) Tell me before you shoot. DANIEL: (Whispering) That shadow did – you
on him? DANIEL: (Whispering) Holy cow. TYLER: (Whispering) Yeah, baby. Yes. Yes. Real tall, tight, with big shoulders. I don’t know who he is. DANIEL: (Whispering) Holy cow. Oh, my word. That happened quick and last light. Good buck. DANIEL: (Quietly) I looked over, and I could
see – I saw his head come up over the hill. I couldn’t tell who he was, but he had big
shoulders and good antlers. He was a good deer. TYLER: (Whispering) We don’t know him. DANIEL: (Quietly) I don’t know – I don’t know
that deer or I couldn’t tell, but I wasn’t really focused on the antlers. I saw he had good shoulders on him. He was a big-bodied deer. It’s a good night. Grant shot a buck, I don’t know, 30 minutes
ago, and got the text that he had a buck down. Oh my word, I am shaking. TYLER: I know. GRANT: It’s not like Daniel to be so mysterious
here. I’m still waiting to see what we’re gonna
find. DANIEL: Yeah. There’s blood. GRANT: Oh yeah, oh yeah. DANIEL: I mean. TYLER: You lead the way. GRANT: Yeah, make a trail. DANIEL: All right. Here we go. GRANT: Make a trail, Daniel. DANIEL: Yep, right there. See his eyes, white belly? GRANT: Oh yeah, oh yeah. DANIEL: And even – when he was all the way
across the field, I could just see it was just gray on his neck, and I was like, oh
my, that’s cool. GRANT: Oh yeah. Nice deer, Daniel. Congratulations, man. DANIEL: Thank you. Thank you so much. GRANT: Man, what a nice deer. Look at the chest on that thing. DANIEL: Oh, man, yeah. Check out this. Check out what he’s got on his… GRANT: Is that cool or what? What a fabulous buck. Holy cow. DANIEL: I have never seen this deer. GRANT: Yeah, you’d know that deer. We’d all know that deer. Check that neck out. Look at that bruiser. DANIEL: Just gray all the way down. GRANT: Yeah. DANIEL: I could see that. GRANT: Look at that bruiser. Man, Daniel. I am so proud of you. DANIEL: Thank you, Grant. Thank you very much. GRANT: Man. Man. DANIEL: Big bases. GRANT: Oh, yeah, yeah, character. DANIEL: And I just love that. When I… GRANT: Yeah. DANIEL: …lifted him up, and I saw that I
was like, “Oh my word.” TYLER: Yeah, I said we were about to come
to you guys. DANIEL: Oh my word. GRANT: I about spoiled your hunt is what you’re
saying. DANIEL: Well… GRANT: At least you wouldn’t have known it
and been mad at me. DANIEL: I went, did I text you, Clay? CLAY: Yeah. DANIEL: I said, “Do we need to come down and
help you guys?” And I think we had like 20-30 minutes of light. You said, “No, we’re getting down. I think we’re good.” I’m glad you didn’t need our help. (Laughter) GRANT: All right. Hey, let’s get that rascal out of here. DANIEL: All right. GRANT: And I’ll tell you, I’ve already drugged
the doe, so it’s not my turn right now. GRANT: Daniel tagged a good buck we had no
history with, and such bucks are usually called bonus bucks. GRANT: During the rut, bucks often use portions
of their home range they rarely use during the rest of the year. How far bucks travel during the rut is often
influenced by habitat, hunting pressure and many other factors. And an additional factor is each buck is a
unique individual and some bucks travel much more than others. GRANT: Daniel’s strategy obviously worked
and it provided the GrowingDeer Team with lots of fresh venison and another mount for
Daniel’s wall. GRANT: It’s the time of year we celebrate
New Year’s, and many folks make decisions to do something more or better than they did
during the previous year. I hope you decide to get outside and enjoy
Creation, but, most importantly, make a commitment to slow down every day, be quiet, and listen
to what the Creator is saying to you. GRANT: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer. GRANT: If you enjoy the strategies and techniques we
share at GrowingDeer, I hope you will give us a thumbs up and encourage your friends to subscribe to the GrowingDeer channel.

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  1. Quick question; what is the thing hanging around Daniel’s neck that he “clicks” before shooting the does on Mr. Hamby’s farm? Is that some sort of marker for the video equipment or maybe something associated with his hearing protection?

  2. Two awesome hunts and nice bucks down.. I let a older guy that I work with that's never hunted or shot a deer his whole life come hunt on my property. With everything that I've learned I'm still seeing deer during daylight hours when many are not.. he tagged a nice big mature doe that came into the plot.. the excitement he had when he made the shot and when we seen her laying right on the edge of the plot was just priceless.. being able to get down and say a prayer of thanks after harvesting a beautiful creature made me feel so good inside and I wasn't even the one that shot the deer..being able to share what I have been blessed with even though I did not fill a tag this season that hunt was more fulfilling..thanks for everything you do Grant

  3. Beautiful hunting growing deer team! Look at Mr Grant put that big nanny on the Yamaha! I saw ya! Show them how its done Mr Grant! Great shooting by the way!

  4. Love your channel! So far it has been a good deer season here in Texas jungle we shot a melanistic Whitetail deer and a couple large bucks!

  5. a great show there is more than just a harvest ; friends hunting together ; don't know how you do it always a great story behind the show thanks

  6. Why such a big round? The ballistics arent' real attractive to me, the round drops like a rock after 200 yards while being sited in for 100 yards

  7. Dr. Woods – At 5:10, there are two bucks in the frame. The left buck has a smooth coat, but the one on the right looks a bit gnarly. Is this indicative of anything? Reason I ask is I had a similar looking buck on one of my trail cams, causing some concern.

  8. I can’t believe Missouri requires a license to shoot coyotes. In most states coyotes can be killed 365 days a year no license required. They are such destructive creatures killing not only fawns but adult deer, many types of birds and the eggs & young of those birds (turkeys, pheasants, grouse, quail) as well as people’s pets. Coyotes breed like rabbits so there will always be some so shoot away people

  9. I hope indiana legalizes hunting food plots someday I think it would be so much fun to make one I have some designs drawn out already. I think someday they will since they legalized high powered rifles.

  10. Happy New Year Grant and Growing Deer Team. Love the character of the tall tight 8.
    You have influenced my decision to shoot or not. Had a young 8 point,small walk sniff eat to within 15 feet. Never spooked. Got too dark to shoot the bigger older deer that showed up behind him. Could've shot the young'un multiple times. But decided he was too young. That and it was cool to see him up close and personal. My stand isn't very tall. 12ft. Thank you

  11. I thought I was the only one who wears ear protection when shooting! As always, great video. Been watching you guys for years on roku- just subscribed.

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