Late Season Bow Hunting: Caution, Doe or Shed Buck? (#321)
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Late Season Bow Hunting: Caution, Doe or Shed Buck? (#321)

August 12, 2019

GRANT: Winter weather has finally arrived
here at The Proving Grounds, but that doesn’t mean we’re not still hunting and that there’s
not activities you can do to help your deer and turkey populations. ANNOUNCER: is brought to you
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Prime Bows, Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: Yesterday afternoon, Adam and Matt
were hunting about 90 miles from The Proving Grounds and had a neat observation. GRANT: It had snowed a few inches and Adam
correctly forecast that deer would be moving from cover to food. GRANT: Adam had promised a landowner he would
help reduce some of the crop damage by taking does during the late season. GRANT: As he saw some deer approaching, he
noticed that the second deer was a yearling buck which made him very curious about the
first deer. GRANT: Once the first deer got in range, he
could tell that it was also a yearling buck that had already shed both of his antlers. ADAM: (Whispering) I thought the lead one
was a doe, but this time of year you’ve got to be careful. It was actually a shed
buck. The other one was – what all was there? MATT: (Whispering) (Inaudible) ADAM: (Whispering) There was a shed buck… MATT: (Whispering) A half rack. ADAM: (Whispering) …a half rack and then
two yearling bucks. I think they were – I think, excuse me, I think that half rack one
was a two and a half, but the other three were yearlings. GRANT: During the season, any individual buck’s
testosterone level goes up and down above a certain threshold, depending on if he smells
a hot doe or gets in a fight and wins or loses. But about this time of year, once that level
drops below a threshold, a certain layer of cells right between the antler and the pedicle
will change. And that’s what allows sheds to drop off rapidly. GRANT: This time of year, deer have very long
hair and that long hair can actually cover the pedicle or the antler scars. If you’re
not looking closely, it’s easy to shoot a shed buck thinking it’s a doe. GRANT: In addition to hunting, we’re trapping
during this time of year. In many areas, it’s important to work on balancing the predator
and prey populations. Especially this year, given fur prices are so low that many fur
trappers can’t afford to trap. MATT: (Inaudible) buddy. The new year has
just begun and it’s brought us colder temperatures. We’re seeing a lot more raccoons and predators
moving on our Reconyx cameras, so we’re keying into those locations and setting up
our Duke cage traps. MATT: With these colder temperatures, the
predators are now seeking out a higher energy food source. So, we’ve had to change some
of the attractants to get ‘em in our traps. Some of the best baits we’ve found are the
cheapest and easily accessible ones – like table scraps, peanut butter, cat food and
bacon grease. These baits have a meatier smell and that’s exactly what the predators are
looking for this time of year. MATT: Well, this might be one of the largest
coons we’ve trapped this year, so we’re gonna dispatch him, get a weight on him and
see how his pelt looks. MATT: All right, guys. What are you thinking
on weight here? I’m gonna go, I’m gonna go lowball and go 18. Oh, man. 18 on the dot. UNKNOWN: Wow. MATT: 18. GRANT: An 18 pound raccoon is larger than
many bobcats and some coyotes here at The Proving Grounds. There’s no doubt in my
mind that that large coon is going through a bedding area and comes across a newborn
fawn – well, that fawn’s gonna become supper for the raccoon. MATT: Make sure I bait the road and the food
plot a little bit here. Slow ‘em down as they’re moving through. A can in – as well
as put a little bit of peanut butter, that high fatty oil, in with the mix. GRANT: There’s no supplemental feed out
here at The Proving Grounds and the only grain is in our food plots. There’s no adjoining
row crops for many, many miles. So, an 18 pound raccoon is a large specimen here at
The Proving Grounds. GRANT: There’s much research on the devastation
raccoons can do to turkey and quail nests. Turkey populations have been increasing significantly
here in The Proving Grounds. Part of that is due to the habitat improvement, but there’s
no doubt our work to balance the predator and prey populations have been a factor in
providing much better turkey populations for my family and myself to enjoy. GRANT: Tracy has been trying several different
recipes in preparing venison this fall. Recently, she wanted to try making venison brats, so
Tracy and Daniel brought out the LEM grinder and went to work. TRACY: Today, we’re going to be making bratwurst.
It’s a summer favorite, but really, it can be used all year around. It’s a very simple
and very similar to what we’ve shown you in previous videos. TRACY: It’s got 16 pounds of venison and
four pounds of pork per the recommendations on the LEM package. GRANT: This process is very similar to making
summer sausage, except a smaller, edible casing is used. TRACY: We have our casing on the stuffing
tube. This is an edible casing, so you’re good to go with that. When you put it on the
stuffing tube, it is a little bit more fragile, so you need to be very careful when you put
it on, not to tear it. DANIEL: Once we fill the casing, it’s time
to tie ‘em in links. Now, an important step is to make sure that the ends are open. That
allows pressure to come out, so you don’t pop the casing. Well, first thing we’re
gonna do is bring the two ends together to be able to find the center and that’s our
starting point. We’ll kind of work the meat down – kind of relieving some of the pressure
so we’re not popping the casing. Get about six inches, take both casings together, pinch,
a couple twists, and then we’ll take this one end and we’ll loop it around, bring
it through the middle, and pull it through. Just like that. And then we’ll start repeating
all the way down until all the links are made. DANIEL: Now, it’s important as you’re working
down to keep relieving pressure out of the casing. That way you have enough room to be
able to twist and you’re not popping that casing. DANIEL: Once you get to the end you just tie
a knot and you’re done. All right, Adam, what do you think? Are we butchers now? ADAM: Looks good. GRANT: I don’t mind being the guinea pig
to try out Tracy’s new recipes and I can’t wait to try some brats. GRANT: You’ve probably noticed that deer
are very selective feeders and they tend to eat on the most nutritious plants in their
area. For example, if part of your food plot is too wet to add fertilizer, by the time
fall comes around, almost all the deer will be feeding on the portion of plot where fertilizer
was added – simply because those plants are healthier. GRANT: The same line of reasoning is true
for deer. The better the quality the diet, the more nutrients and minerals they take
out of their habitat, the healthier they would be. They’ll produce larger antlers, more
fawns, larger bodies and able to avoid predators better. GRANT: The easiest way I’ve found to make
sure deer are getting all the trace minerals they need is use Trophy Rock’s Four65. It’s
mined in Utah; has over 60 trace minerals; deer love it and I keep it out year round. GRANT: Deer have a fairly unique ability to
store trace minerals in their skeletal system and then mobilize them when needed to produce
antlers or grow fawns. It’s important to provide your deer herd with trace minerals
this time of year, so come springtime they can develop antlers and fawns. GRANT: Even during these cold days, I hope
you take time to get outside and enjoy Creation, but most importantly, take time each day to
slow down and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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  1. Hi I'm Brandon and I just love your Channel I shot my doe this youth season have a grate day and be safe

  2. Btw I love your guys videos and your one of the hunting channels that can upload content constantly witch is awesome keep up the good work

  3. Lol I thought last weeks was this weeks watched the other one and was wondering did they just post last weeks this week

  4. Hey I killed my first ever bow kill this past Saturday, she was a big doe. I'm 14 and first year with a bow. 20 yd shot and ran no more than 55 yards. It really got my heart pumping. I'm happy with the new challenge of bow hunting after getting my first two deer with a gun.

  5. Is it abnormal for deer in the northern ozark to be losing their antlers around mid december? I noticed that I had a few bucks that had already lost their antlers by mid december, yet i've seen many smaller bucks that still have them.

  6. Does hay increase antler growth or is it considered good nutrients for the deer because I'm not seeing increased antler growth.

  7. Hey grant I'm confused you said a yearling buck that had dropped his horns wouldn't that make him a button buck so he would have horns?

  8. I'm so glad Adam noticed the yearling had already shed his antlers. I made the mistake of shooting a 3 1/2 year old at last light two days ago bow hunting and found out I had shot a shed buck! luckily from game camera images, I noticed he was one of my cull bucks. Also, what ever happened to Pumpkin Face?

  9. Hi Mr. Grant, that was a very nice video. God Bless you and your family. How is your dad doing now. keep the videos coming.

  10. Is there any way that someone could explain to me or give me some kind of advice for shooting more efficient once that deer steps in front of you? Because I find myself forgetting the simplest steps with its time to make it count, no matter how much I practice and shoot my bow

  11. just shot my first doe this year used alot of your tips. im 15 and have never went whitetail hunting before. and did this all on public land. thanks for all the tips guys

  12. I ended up getting a QAD ultra rest hunter drop away arrow rest it's very nice,very quiet and very accurate

  13. Right now we do not have a standing food source close. We do hunt by a farmed corn and bean field but do not have a food plot set. Where would be the best place to hunt to get a chance at a nice deer? Timber, over bean field or corn field?

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