Pre-Rut Action Bow Hunt: An Old Buck Down (#311)
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Pre-Rut Action Bow Hunt: An Old Buck Down (#311)

August 18, 2019

GRANT: It was a great week here at The Proving
Grounds. A cold front passed and deer were certainly on their feet. I was able to get
out and launch a couple arrows. Even more importantly, I was reminded of the freedom
I have to go hunting – pretty much any time I want. And that freedom has been protected
by the many men and women that have served in our Armed Forces. This week, as we celebrate
Veterans Day, take a moment and thank everyone you see that’s served our great nation.
Veterans, I want to thank you. GRANT: As we roll into November, deer activity
should be increasing. Research clearly shows that bucks move many more miles during the
rut, compared to other times of the year. But that doesn’t mean they move way further
and go all through the county, but it means they actually travel more within their home
range. It’s a great time to be deer hunting. GRANT: Just last week, Pro Staffer Heath Martin
was in Kansas with a cold front sweeping across the Midwest. Heath tagged a mature buck that
responded to a grunt call and we felt that was a great sign of things to come here at
The Proving Grounds. HEATH: That’s what it’s all about right
here. Killing big, mature deer. He is old. Look at the mass. He’s probably got a six
inch mass measurements right there at the bases. ANNOUNCER: is brought to you
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G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows, Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: During the morning of October 25th,
Adam and Matt hunted here at The Proving Grounds in a small opening in the middle of a timber.
They were hoping a hit list buck would be passing by. to pick up mid-morning, but right now it’s
only about five miles an hour. It’s coming, to pick up mid-morning, but right now it’s
only about five miles an hour. It’s coming,
to pick up mid-morning, but right now it’s
only about five miles an hour. It’s coming, hitting us right in the face, going up the
mountain. But we’re in this little bitty staging area, almost a little opening in the
woods. Got a lot of thick cover around us. A lot of the does have been passing through
here and they’ve been showing up on our Reconyx camera. It’s the time of year where
a lot of bucks are starting to cruise. A lot of the younger bucks are starting to pester
those does, so the does are gonna go and bed in your cover and trying to hide from those
pesky bucks. That’s why we’re set up here this morning. GRANT: Not long into the hunt, they heard
leaves crunching and spotted antlers working through the timber. ADAM: (Whispering) Just a good looking, good
looking deer, but he was three. And to kill a mature deer, you gotta pass bucks just like
that, so. Whew, that was a good deer. GRANT: This encounter was a great reminder
that if your goal is to allow bucks to express most of their antler growth potential, you
need to pass those three year old bucks. Even though that was the only buck they saw during
their hunt, it was great to see bucks on their feet patrolling the area during mid-morning. GRANT: Based on that encounter, and all the
scrape behavior our Reconyx cameras have been picking up, we felt that the current conditions
were best for morning hunts. GRANT: The next day, Daniel and I headed to
a stand we call Kingpin. We chose that stand because there was an easterly wind and we
can approach that stand from the west with the wind right in our face. In addition, there
were a lot of acorns falling in the area. GRANT: About 30 minutes after light, the first
doe appeared on the far edge of the food plot. GRANT: (Whispering) Several weeks ago, we
built a mock scrape in the middle of the food plot. It’s about 30 yards away. Ideal location
for a shot. GRANT: It wasn’t long until a group of does
appeared at the far end of the food plot and this time, they were on a v-line toward our
stand. GRANT: (Whispering) Daniel, if you’re on it. GRANT: Oftentimes, when a doe group is traveling
through the timber, the lead doe will be the largest and most mature. GRANT: (Whispering) It looked like a big doe;
gave me a great shot at 20 yards, so put a little freezer meat down. Gonna stay in the
stand because it’s pre-rut. Hopefully, we can get a big buck to match that doe. GRANT: There was no reason to get out of the
stand just because I tagged that doe. Based on my experience, other deer don’t shun
away from areas where a deer has recently been killed. GRANT: It wasn’t long until I had another
observation to support that as we saw more antlerless deer and a young buck coming through
the woods. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: During late October, even when I see
a young buck chasing a doe, it makes my heart start to race. GRANT: (Whispering) Here comes another one. GRANT: After a few grunt calls, Daniel and
I heard deer running. It was the same male and female fawn and young buck pursuing them.
But what we didn’t know was another deer was following them. GRANT: (Whispering) Are you on it? Are you
on it, Daniel? DANIEL: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) He’s down. He’s down.
This is – I’m trying to hold this together. My dad is, uh, diagnosed about a month ago
with stage four Lymphoma. And as the saying goes, he’s literally ate up with cancer
from here to here. And I’m leaving in, Wednesday, two days from now to take him back to the
Mayo Clinic for a second round of chemo. The first round was pretty rough. I had just a
couple mornings to hunt before I go up there. Of course, my dad’s my number one priority.
And I was praying I’d have a good hunt before I got to go – not just for the show – but
to give my dad and I, some, you know, something to talk about and something to take the focus
off the cancer. I am so thankful for all the cards and prayers y’all have sent my family.
And those prayers warm my family and I up more than the sun shining right now. I’m
very appreciative. GRANT: (Whispering) That’s the pre-rut.
It can happen so fast. We were really enjoying – I was really enjoying – watching the button
buck and doe fawn and really nice young buck with a lot of character. He was right here
behind us. Daniel couldn’t quite turn at first because they were – they weren’t
alert to us – they were just alert because of the chase and the wind was constant, good.
And our scent was working great – our scent control – and the young buck come through.
I didn’t even worry about the bow. It was obviously a immature buck, and. And I looked
down and saw those antlers, the bases, the basal, the first thing I saw was the bases
‘cause of the leaves. And then as it got through the leaves, I could see that chest
and neck and big scar on the back where it’d been fighting. I said, “I’m zipping that
bad boy if we get a chance.” I couldn’t tell if I hit the off shoulder ‘cause it
was loud when I shot. Did you hear how loud it was? I thought maybe I hit the – I wasn’t
worried about it – I thought maybe I hit the off shoulder at that angle. But I could see
the arrow or something right through the – right behind the shoulder. DANIEL: (Whispering) Yeah. GRANT: (Whispering) As he was turning – right
when he went in the woods out there. GRANT: I’m not sure I’ve ever seen an
arrow any more painted than that one. Goodness, gracious. That is – you can barely see the
white on the BloodSport and it’s just heavy, heavy, heavy blood. This is a white fletching
here. The BloodSport on this side, these are all white letters and they’re just totally,
totally saturated with blood. Totally covered. Fletching – stem to stern, so. MATT: You got blood here. I don’t know if
you… GRANT: That’s the buck. That’s, UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) GRANT: Yeah, that’s a lot of blood right
there. MATT: Here, here. GRANT: Here, here, here, here. This thing,
(inaudible) trouble following this one. It’s got a….there’s blood right there. GRANT: Blood right here, here, here, here,
here, here, here. UNKNOWN: Lots of blood. GRANT: She veered this way somewhere, but
I’m not sure. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) GRANT: Whoo. Look at that big ole’ body.
Well, let’s go look at this. Someone lay something down on our last blood here. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) GRANT: Big bases. Big body. No doubt about
the body. Big ole shoulders. I am thrilled with that rascal. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) GRANT: Look at that chest. I mean, you, just… GRANT: Look here – look at how far that
is. Look at those bases. No doubt that bad boy was mature. I mean, look at that. Oh yeah.
I am thrilled with that. Right there. Popped that – it’s through the shoulder. Just
didn’t punch through the skin. I can feel the shoulder being all – I can feel the
hole through the bone right there. That’s worthy of celebration. I am thankful. GRANT: It truly was an exceptional morning.
Daniel and I saw deer about every 30 minutes – give or take or so. A fun hunt. And I’d
taken a doe earlier on, but when this come out, the first thing I saw was bases – just
the angle I could see from my side of the stand. And then I saw this full chest and
neck and I knew I was launching an arrow. UNKNOWN: (Inaudible) GRANT: (Chuckling) Lots and lots of character
to this buck. Scarred up all over. Behind the head. Obviously some non-typical points.
Blind in one eye. As a matter of fact, that was part of this buck’s name. Beautiful
coloration up here. I am super proud of this mature buck. GRANT: This hunt is a great example of strategy
and patience. We determined what deer are feeding on. We knew the wind direction and
was able to pick a stand to capitalize on that information. MATT: (Inaudible) GRANT: Yeah. I’m thinking that’s the buck.
There’s blood, blood. But we need…. MATT: There’s blood here. (Inaudible) GRANT: Mercy. You had to run a long ways,
didn’t ya? ADAM: Yeah. All the way to the bottom. GRANT: Just for the interns. MATT: Wow. That’s the exit there? GRANT: That’s the exit and that’s the
entrance. Look at the slice on that entrance. Man, that is a huge hole. GRANT: Just recovered a doe I shot before
the buck. That’s an important lesson. Just because you harvest a deer doesn’t mean
you need to get out of the stand. We stayed put and it resulted in a nice, mature buck
after we’d shot the doe. GRANT: We trailed the doe about four times
or more further than the buck. She made it all the way to the creek bottom. Glad the
interns are here to pull her out. The reason she made it further is this shot was seven
or eight inches higher and it just simply takes longer for deer to expire when they’re
hit high in the lungs versus low. GRANT: We’ve had an intern program for literally
about 20 years. Today, I’d like to introduce you to Matt, Nate and Kyle. We do a lot of
work just to focus on educational aspects and teaching. Today is a little bit more on
physical fitness (Laughter) as we take this doe to the top of the mountain. Lecture is
over and the lab has started. GRANT: I would suggest you drag with the hair.
I think you can just go two on, one off and then trade. We’re going that way. I would
go that way. GRANT: What an awesome hunt it was for Daniel
and I. We were able to take a mature doe, a hit list buck and be blessed with a wonderful
experience. GRANT: When we recovered the deer, Adam recognized
him as one of our hit list bucks called Blind 8. GRANT: Later, we had time to study all of
the Reconyx pictures of Blind 8 and it was easy to see that he spent all his time primarily
on two ridges – the one where I tagged him and the one ridge to the north. There was
one time when he ventured a little bit further north, but basically stayed in a relatively
small range. More importantly, all the past pictures of this buck were during the nighttime
instead of for the previous week when we had two daytime pictures. GRANT: If you’re hunting an area like I do
that has a lot of pressure on this land and even the neighboring properties, cold fronts
tend to be the name of the game. That’s the primary factor that will get a deer up
and moving during daylight hours. KYLE: Walk much? GRANT: We had yet to hunt this set up until
the afternoon before and the morning I tagged Blind 8. Limiting hunting pressure until the
conditions are right is a key factor in harvesting mature deer. GRANT: I like to hunt a lot so I can’t just
wait for a cold front to pass to go hunting. But I can always work hard to pick the stand
where my presence will cause the least disturbance to the local deer herd. GRANT: It was neat to see Blind 8 respond
to the grunt call. The young bucks out in the plot. I hit the grunt just to see how
(Inaudible) would respond and hear footsteps coming. That’s pretty much a hunter’s
dream. ADAM: Number four. GRANT: We’ve been tweaking on grunt calls
from the summer ‘til now. We watch all the footage we get, including our Reconyx footage,
of bucks grunting and we’re really trying to figure out the rhythm of tone of wild free
ranging bucks. DANIEL: Watch out for that broadhead. DANIEL: Well, this morning Grant shot Blind
8 – a mature buck. And the Havoc – as soon as he made the shot, we both knew that he’d
hit the off side shoulder. Once we caped it out, we actually found the Havoc was still
lodged in the shoulder, doing its job. And we’re very pleased. GRANT: Blind 8 certainly wasn’t the largest
antlered buck on our hit list. In fact, the three year old that Adam passed probably had
larger antlers than Blind 8. But Blind 8 had one thing – he was four years old, he’d
expressed most of his antler growth potential and he provided a great opportunity. GRANT: Youth season opened in Missouri recently
and my youngest daughter, Rae, said she wanted to take a buck larger than the one she tagged
last year. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Ready when you are. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Ready when you are.
UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Ready when you are. GRANT: Stay tuned and we’ll let you know
if Rae accomplished her goal. GRANT: I hope you have a chance to get outside
and enjoy Creation this week, but most importantly, I hope you take time to be quiet every day,
slow down, and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching

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  1. Hey I was wondering how the G5 cmax's where working for you guys since I love the look and design and might want to purchase one in the near future. Are they dropping properly, are there any issues, and does this new one with the black button fix the problems people were having with the older models? Get well soon to your father.

  2. wow I have too say bloodsport makes a good arrow purchased some for my crossbow and already split one! I only shoot one at a time now (:

  3. growing deer tv I lost my right eye when I was 7 and am looking to get into bow hunting could u give me some tips on good bows and gear. from izak

  4. growing deer tv I lost my right eye when I was 7 and am looking to get into bow hunting could u give me some tips on good bows and gear. from izak

  5. Great video. Sorry to hear about your father. I am glad you were able to land a deer in the name of your father to give him some good news and a good chat in the hospital.

  6. I'm sorry your father has cancer my grandmother had stage 4 and I know how it is to go through something like that. I will continue to pray for you and your father. Thank you for teaching me and many other viewers about maintaining and hunting deer and our property. You have also encouraged people to go out and enjoy GODS creation and not many people do that. Thank you and I pray God reaches out to you and your family:) thank u:)


  8. growing deer tv. I am 15 now and was wondering when I turn 18 could I work with you on like trapping and possibly hunt deer to. my nanny had stage 4 lung cancer and she passed when I was 14.

  9. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!! I know exactly how you feel my father recently diagnosed with prostate cancer. Also thank you so much for the shot out to Veterans. God Bless you.

  10. grant wood. how do u no if u have gobblers in the area. I love to turkey hunt but have never gotten 1. I was thinking on putting out some deer blocks that have corn and grains in them. or just corn and what are the best calls. … from izak

  11. I know how you feel my Grandpa had cancer last hunting season and I wasnt able to get to go on a hunt with him. This year he's made a recovery and going to do a couple hunts together. My family and I will keep your dad in our prayers.

  12. Dr.woods your father and other loved ones will be in my prayers. I have had a very trying archery season this year with no success. Coming home frustrated, I always turned on GrowingDeerTV . Your knowledge and tactics your use for hunting get me motivated to get back in the stand. The main reason I turn to your show is that you give glory to the Lord our creator in every episode. God bless you Grant and your family, keep up the good work. Your father is a strong man, He has many prayers being sent his way. Thank you again for your hard work and GOD BLESS!!

  13. I would also like to thank you Grant. This year was my very first year bow hunting and thanks to your advice you've given me on stand location and other tips I got my first deer on my first year with a bow thank you so much!

  14. Not sure if you would be interested in sharing this amazing story I've got. I need no recognition or anything. Its just an amazing story that happened to me on the 16th and 17th. I got most of it on film. I chased (ran after) a wounded buck that someone else shot with nothing but a 5in knife. It was dangerous i know..but i couldn't let this poor thing starve over the next week or so. I was in a stand on public land when I saw a wounded buck run and crash on the other side of a river. That was about 2pm. About 2 hours after dark and with no search party in sight, I left my bow and muzzleloader on the river bank, crossed and started looking for it, that is where the story gets crazy… I cuss a few times on the video:( One of many things the Lord is working on with me. Long story short, the dog and I found TWO bucks the next day and one is going on my wall out of respect. Let me know where to send the video if you're interested, or its on my youtube page. Its basically a story of going to extremes to not give up on tracking a wounded deer. Many parts are not on the video, i would be happy to share if someone is interested. thanks

  15. Congrats that was a great hunt and i could feel your heart and faith for your dads situation. I will be praying for divine healing in the name of Jesus!! on a side note what program do you use to track your deer?

  16. I'm only 16, but I know what Its like to have your life struck by Cancer.. my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! Thank you for making these videos too, they really help when it comes to deer and hog season!

  17. My heart goes out to you my friend. My mom is currently fight Stage IV Colon Cancer and it's a struggle. Sending prayers your way, couldn't face these situations without a faithful God.

  18. Love watching your show and love watching you and your father hunting together! hopefully God can help you through these tough times happy hunting!

  19. I recently have bought some G5 havoc broad heads that you have recommended in your show. I noticed that the box they came in says that they are for crossbows. I am currently pulling about 50 pounds on my bow. Will they still deploy? If not what would be the best mechanical broad heads for my bow? Also you and your father are in my prayers. God bless.

  20. Sorry about your father……… I have been wondering, do you guys gut your deer in the field? if so do you think it affects the deer movement in a negative way?

  21. Don't worry about it man. Your dad is a fighter he is gonna survive. Keep at it, you are going to help your father help concquor. You have my preys!

  22. Praying for your dad and your family I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in September of 2015 so I haven't been able to do any hunting and haven't been able to even get outside in the woods at all, I am praying that I can hunt in 2016 but first I have to find a place to hunt since I am moving to Michigan

  23. Hey i really hope your pap is doing well I understand what your going through stay strong 🙏🏼. Also i love the show keep up the great work Mr.Woods

  24. I'm truly thankful that I found a show like yours to watch, enjoy, learn from and be blessed. I don't know when this was published or the current status of your father's battle with cancer. Please know that my prayers go out to you and your family. I too lost my mother 2 years ago after she lost her 14 year battle to cancer. Thanks again and God bless.

  25. Prayers go out to your family and your dad. I know what it's like to loose a loved one from cancer. Best of luck!

  26. Thanks! Just went to presleys outdoors and got some new arrows gold tips not bloodsport they didn't carry them but I am loving the thickness and bending ability of them such a great arrow thanks for all the tips!

  27. Just lost my great grandpa from cancer wish your dad best of luck nice shot didn't know deer would come after you shot the first doe happy hunting

  28. Dr. Woods my name is Edgar I live in Guatemala i love hunting over hear one of my dreams is to bow hunt in USA ! I love all your videos but this one warm up my heart ! God Bless you and your family and I hope your dad Would be alright. Im sorry for my english but Spanish is my native language. have a great day

  29. Prayers to you and your Father. I recently lost my Father and Mentor to cancer.  He battled Mantle Cell Lymphoma for 20 years.  This will be the first deer season without him.  It's going to be hard without his guidance.

  30. Dr. Grant, your my favorite and you have the greatest channel. You pass on so much knowledge to all us hunters. And I just wanted to say your family is our family. And our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family throughout the smooth and rough roads! Father's will always be the best hunting buddies and they will always be there after they are gone. I lost my best hunting buddy last January. But I know he is still there every time I get up in the stand and it seems now he brings out the real big bucks for me. God bless you and your family from your family in South Texas!

  31. I have to tell y’all growing deer folks I’m 13 always wanting to learn more and I have learned a lot from y’all.

  32. Your thrilled about the buck I’m thrilled that you guys are thankful caring and grateful and I love that you guys have love in god thank you

  33. Sorry about your father, I lost mine in 2015 to cancer. One thing I love about being in the woods is that I feel like I can have a good clear minded opportunity to just talk to him and thank God for everything I’ve been blessed with in my life! Thanks for your awesome videos guys. This one hit home for sure.

  34. I know pops past away but the good thing is about the cancer was cought before it could do anymore damage also I am very sorry for your loss

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