Father Son Deer Hunting: Filling Buck Tags! (#372)

August 17, 2019

GRANT: Cold weather has spread throughout
most of the whitetails’ range, but we’ve got some great hunting action that’ll warm
you up. ANNOUNCER: GrowingDeer is brought to you by
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Fourth Arrow, ScentCrusher, G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows, and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: Let’s check in with our Kentucky
boys where Graham and Norman have a story to tell. GRANT: Back on November 14th, Graham had an
encounter with a buck they call Swoops. GRANT: The buck ducked about ten inches and
Graham’s arrow hit high. GRAHAM: (Whispering) Come on, baby. Go down. Oooo. GRANT: After a couple of days, Swoops didn’t
show up on any of their Reconyx cameras and the Kentucky boys weren’t sure if Swoops
was alive or dead. GRAHAM: We don’t have any signs; we don’t
have any buzzards flying over; I’ve checked, uh, ponds; I’ve checked creeks. Uh, no signs of him. We haven’t picked him up on Reconyx cameras
yet. If we do see him in one of the pictures, we
hope that he’s healthy and hope that he’s, uh, getting around well and give us a chance
of, uh, eventually putting a tag on him. So, um, no luck yet, but we’re gonna keep
our eyes on the Reconyx pics and see what happens. So, stay tuned. GRANT: Wounding deer is agonizing. It seems like a contradiction. After all, we hunt deer. But every hunter I know; every hunter I have
known, has a tough time with wounding a deer. GRANT: On the plus side, deer are tremendous
survivors. I’ve harvested deer in the field that look
perfectly healthy. Bring ‘em back to the skinning shed and
find scars of injuries to their lungs and other organs that I would have thought would
have killed the animal. GRANT: Based on my experience and reviewing
the footage, I think there’s a chance Swoops is still alive. GRANT: It’s now two and a half weeks later. And guess which buck the Kentucky boys get
a Reconyx picture of? Swoops is still alive. After Swoops showed back up, Norman and Graham
moved Swoops to number one on their hit list. GRANT: December 15th rolls around and it’s
now been a month since Graham’s encounter with Swoops. GRANT: Norman and his son, Pruitt, decide
to hunt the Capital Hill Redneck. Norman calls the Capital Hill Redneck area
Beans and Bed. And it’s the perfect place to be with a
northwest wind bearing down. NORMAN: (Whispering) Today is, uh, December
the 15th. I actually signed my son out of school a little
bit early so I’d have a camera guy beside me. Uh, he didn’t complain too much about it,
but his mama didn’t like it too much. NORMAN: (Whispering) We’ve already had two
really good sightings of some good up and comers. Couldn’t get the camera on ‘em; we were
getting set up. It’s a deer we call Potential. We think he’s maybe two – three at the
most. He’s probably a 140s, uh, low 150s deer
right now. Just – he’s got great potential. That’s why we named him that. Sitting on Beans and Beds. NORMAN: (Whispering) Tonight it’s, it’s
gonna get down in the single digits, so these deer are gonna feed. They’re gonna get up on their feet and they
gotta eat. So, that – we’re gonna get settled in. PRUITT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) NORMAN: (Whispering) Where at? PRUITT: (Whispering) That’s, that’s… NORMAN: (Whispering) Is that Potential? PRUITT: (Whispering) That’s Potential. No, it’s – yeah, this is Potential. NORMAN: (Whispering) That’s Potential? Yeah, right there he is. That’s tough to pass. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Yeah. NORMAN: (Whispering) Golly, look at that. GRANT: Potential looks to be a great young
buck and chasing either a receptive doe or fawn. NORMAN: (Whispering) He’s gonna come right
down this hill. I betcha. GRANT: When female fawns reach approximately
70 pounds, they often reach puberty and become receptive. This can appear like a strong second rut. Healthy fawns is just one advantage of high
quality habitat. Having that extended or secondary rut not
only increases the quality of the hunt, but yields more deer next year for a strong population. PRUITT: (Whispering) Yeah. NORMAN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) He’s gonna
go right across… GRANT: A short time after they watched the
buck, Potential, Norman and Pruitt saw a large set of antlers in the distant trees. GRANT: Norman recognizes this buck as Swoops. He was standing in thick cover at 180 yards
with three does. NORMAN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) UNKNOWN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: Pruitt focused the camera on an opening
where they assumed Swoops would cross. NORMAN: (Whispering) Get your hands off of
it. PRUITT: (Whispering) He’s coming; he’s
coming. He’s coming. I’m on him. NORMAN: (Whispering) Whew. (Inaudible) We’re gonna reload this muzzleloader
real quick. I feel good about the shot. We’re gonna go back and look at it. Whew. I don’t know if it’s pure emotion or the
freezing cold. That’s a good buck. PRUITT: (Whispering) Yeah. NORMAN: (Whispering) That’s a good four-year-old
eight point. Graham actually shot this deer early in the
– or actually last month in, in rifle season with a bow. So, hopefully we just, hopefully, we just
finished that chapter. Oh, man. That’s the best day out of school you’ve
had in a long time. PRUITT: (Whispering) Yeah. NORMAN: (Whispering) There’s a – oh, oh,
I’ll carry the GoPro now. I’m gonna drive down to where we shot – just
check it out real quick and also go back to the cabin and look at the footage real quick. So, let’s go do that. NORMAN: Well, we, we drove down here and I
could fake the blood trail – going to try to find him. But, as we drove in, we saw the white belly
just over my shoulder. Let’s go put our hands on him and see what
we’ve got. NORMAN: He’s heavy. Oh, man, he’s so heavy. NORMAN: We’re sitting in an area where we’ve
cleared so many cedars. We – you saw, saw the section that we burnt
earlier. Uh, just to share it with my son. I’m gonna get like Doc and be emotional. Just so much work goes into this. And to share it with you, buddy. Thank you. PRUITT: You’re welcome. NORMAN: Thank you. PRUITT: Nice shot. NORMAN: What an awesome end to a great day. PRUITT: Yes, sir. Yeah. NORMAN: Huh? I thank you, man. I love you, buddy. PRUITT: Love you, too. GRANT: Great hunt, Norman. I appreciate the emotion you shared while
taking Pruitt hunting. And I really appreciate you being part of
the GrowingDeer Team and leading by example. GRANT: The GrowingDeer Team enjoys taking
kids hunting. Mentoring a kid through the hunting experience
is a great way to show them the wonders of Creation. GRANT: Next up, we have Chase White hunting
with his seven-year-old son, Rylan in Texas County, Missouri. CHASE: Well, it’s the day before youth season
here in southern Missouri. I’m having him shoot off the FieldPod. You ask why I don’t use a sled? Well, the reason being is this is what he’s
gonna be using out in the field and I want him to get used to it. So, we’re gonna take a couple shots here
and get ready to go for tomorrow. GRANT: It wasn’t too far from where Rylan
tagged his first deer last year. RYLAN: (Whispering) Pretty cool. CHASE: (Whispering) You drilled it right where
you aimed. (Inaudible) You drilled her. GRANT: After tagging a doe last year, he had
his sights set on getting a buck this year. RYLAN: (Quietly) It’s October 29th and we’re hunting the evening.We didn’t get anything this morning. And so we’re gonna try to, um, get one this
night. RYLAN: (Quietly) It’s October 30th, and
yesterday we didn’t get one. (Whispering) So, we’re gonna try to get
one this morning. RYLAN: (Whispering) It’s October 20 – it’s
October 30th, second day of youth season. Yesterday, we didn’t get one and we didn’t
get one this morning. We’re gonna try to get one tonight. GRANT: Youth season in southern Missouri was
tough this year. Warm days and cool nights kept most of the
deer nocturnal. About the only thing they saw was turkeys. GRANT: Soon, regular gun season arrived and
Chase took Rylan to an area he knew bucks like to cruise. They found a good spot to set up on the ground
and set up the Caldwell FieldPod. CHASE: Well, it’s the evening of November
15th. I’m out with my son, Rylan. I think he’s got the “brown, it’s down”
theory. He says that he’s gonna try to shoot – hold
out for a good buck. We’ll see what happens. I’m just hoping that we see some deer. It’s really warm; 75 degrees on November
15th here in southern Missouri. CHASE; It’s tough. The deer have been moving slow. It’s getting close to dark now. We’re late getting in here, but the deer
ain’t gonna move ‘til late. We’re just hoping we see something. GRANT: It wasn’t very long until the first
small buck arrived. This was going to be a close encounter. GRANT: Rylan was hoping for a six pointer
or better and it was all he could do to let this left-sided buck stare him down while
controlling his trigger finger. GRANT: Even as a seasoned hunter, encounters
that close get my blood pumping. GRANT: Finally, the buck with the left side
of his rack walks off and wouldn’t you know it – one with only the right side comes in. RYLAN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: At this point, seeing these bucks up
close is a little much for Rylan to handle. He lets the Winchester Deer Season XP fly. RYLAN: (Whispering) I hit him. CHASE: (Whispering) (Inaudible) You got your
first buck. Are you proud? RYLAN: (Whispering) Yeah. CHASE: (Quietly) He’s only seven years old. I’m proud of him. We’re gonna – I heard a fall down here. We’re gonna go down here and take a look
at it. He can’t take it anymore. Let’s go see what he got. RYLAN: I see him. CHASE: What? RYLAN: I see him; down there in the valley. CHASE: Awesome. RYLAN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) CHASE: Oh. (Inaudible) He’s dead. Oh. I seen an ear move. Nope. He’s dead. How many bucks is that for you? RYLAN: One. CHASE: One? Awesome. He didn’t run very far at all, did he? RYLAN: No. But it’ll be hard dragging him out with
(Inaudible) antlers. CHASE: Yeah. RYLAN: Another spike walked by with one horn. It was kinda like this one. And then this one came out, um, up the hill. And then, um, I shot him and we waited there
for a minute. And then we had to come down here and trail
him. CHASE: Awesome, dude. GRANT: What a great shot, Rylan. And a good tracking job, too. Congratulations to Rylan and Chase for showing
us a great hunt. GRANT: Next up – we go back to Kentucky
with Graham Gandee and his nine-year-old son, Maddox. This season, Maddox’s goal was to tag his
second buck and show his younger brother, Griffin, how it’s done. GRANT: Graham let Maddox choose where he was
going to hunt and it’s no surprise he wanted to go back to the same blind where he tagged
his first buck. So, Maddox, Griffin, Graham and Doc all climbed
in a Redneck Blind for an afternoon hunt. GRANT: It took awhile for the first deer to
show in the plot and six-year-old Griffin done exactly what I do every now and then. Climbed in the bottom of the Redneck and took
a nap. GRANT: A buck and a doe had entered the Eagle
Seed beans. GRANT: Maddox was excited to take the shot,
but he was concerned about the angle the buck was standing and opted to wait. Waiting for a better shot may seem obvious,
but I think it shows great maturity for a hunter Maddox’s age. GRANT: Suddenly, another buck comes in view. Maddox chooses the buck he likes and settles
in for the shot. GRAHAM: (Whispering) Put it on his shoulder
and squeeze the trigger. Take your time. MADDOX: (Whispering) Right now? GRAHAM: (Whispering) Yes. GRAHAM: (Quietly) Oh yeah. Good shot. DOC: (Quietly) Good shot, Maddox. You smoked it, baby. GRAHAM: (Quietly) Nice, dude. GRAHAM: (Whispering) Hey. Tell, tell your brother what, what you just
did. MADDOX: (Whispering) Shot a deer. GRAHAM: (Whispering) Did you see it, Grif? Yeah. He hit him, didn’t he? GRIFFIN: (Quietly) What is it? GRAHAM: (Quietly) Big buck. GRIFFIN: (Quietly) Where is it? MADDOX: (Quietly) He’s that way. GRAHAM: (Quietly) You saw how it – you saw
which way it went, didn’t you? GRIFFIN: (Quietly) Yeah. GRAHAM: (Quietly) Look here. That other buck’s coming this way. Did you see him, Grif? GRIFFIN: (Quietly) Ah huh. That’s a daddy one. GRAHAM: (Quietly) That’s a daddy one? Yeah? GRIFFIN: (Quietly) And he’s scared. GRAHAM: (Quietly) He doesn’t know what happened. GRAHAM: He’s what? GRANT: Graham wisely takes his time with the
boys while they’re tracking. This is a great opportunity to teach ‘em
real world observation skills and rewards of being patient. GRAHAM: What? MADDOX: There’s a big thing over there. GRAHAM: What is it? MADDOX: (Inaudible) UNKNOWN; (Inaudible) GRAHAM: Well, it was a big one, Maddox. MADDOX: (Inaudible) …like one, two, three,
four, five, six, seven, eight. GRAHAM: Yeah. DOC: Eight pointer. GRAHAM: Last year you had a seven pointer. This year it’s an eight. MADDOX: Nine. GRAHAM: Almost. Little bit of a bump there. GRANT: Congratulations to Graham and Maddox. And I’m sure we’ll see Griffin on a hunting
adventure soon. GRAHAM: Cool. GRANT: Like the rest of the GrowingDeer Team,
I really enjoy hunting with my kids. This year, I hunted with Rae through youth
season, rifle season and into Missouri’s muzzleloader season. And her season ended in a very special way. I’ll share that hunt with you next week. GRANT: Deer season is closed in some states
and the rut’s just starting in others. But no matter where you live, take time each
day to enjoy Creation and more importantly, slow down and listen to what the Creator is
saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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