Deer Hunting: Buck Fever and Dropping Does (#367)

Deer Hunting: Buck Fever and Dropping Does (#367)


RAE: That’s awesome! Hey, Dad! I got one! GRANT: You got a deer? RAE: Yeah! It’s bigger than the last one too! GRANT: Wow! Tell me about it. RAE: Um, we were just about to leave, like,
really thinking… (Fades Out) GRANT: To the GrowingDeer Team, rifle season
is more than just putting on our orange vests and hats and grabbing a rifle, it’s a heritage
of enjoying deer hunting with family. GRANT: That’s a lot of meat. GRANT: This week, I had another great opportunity
to hunt with my Dad. He’s got a buck and a doe tag and he’s
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buck with his crossbow. He’s tagged a buck with his crossbow, two
turkeys during Missouri’s fall turkey season. GLEN: Those pretty good turkeys? UNKNOWN: They’re great turkeys. GRANT: Just before rifle season, we started
noticing a solid pattern of deer using one of our food plots called Clay Hill. GRANT: One of those bucks was number one on
our hit list – Handy. And opening day, we were able to tag that
deer. GRANT: I’m about to take the shot. ADAM: Okay. GRANT: He’s down, he’s down – Handy’s
down. Oh, my goodness. GRANT: Another buck that our Reconyx picked
up using that plot was a nice nine pointer called Early Bird. GRANT: Early Bird first showed up on our radar
during July in a food plot we call North Boom. While he was in velvet and during most of
September, the only place we got pictures of Early Bird was in that plot. GRANT: This is the same plot where we protected
a portion of the Eagle Seed Soybeans with a Non-Typical Electric Fence. GRANT: A drought year and this bean is over
my head, full of pods and flowers coming on… GRANT: The fence allowed those beans to grow
up to my shoulders even though we experienced a wicked drought. And as soon as we opened up the gate, deer
started using those beans. GRANT: Not only deer – check out this fox
squirrel helping himself to some beans. GRANT: Early Bird was one of the bucks using
the gap we created in the Hot Zone fence. GRANT: On September 29th, Adam and Daniel
saw Early Bird in the Crabapple food plot. GRANT: It was a great encounter, but Adam
was looking for a more mature buck. GRANT: A few weeks later, Adam and Matt were
set up at North Boom food plot. This is the plot where Early Bird spent most
of the summer. And wouldn’t you know it – Early Bird was
the first deer in that plot. Wonder where he got his name? GRANT: After that hunt, the next time we tracked
Early Bird was with one of our Reconyx cameras in the Clay Hill food plot. GRANT: Once Missouri’s firearm season opened,
we had Dad out hunting almost every afternoon. GRANT: Being patient and enjoying the outings,
Dad liked watching some of the young bucks and passed a few does. GRANT: After a few hunts of passing deer,
I dropped Dad and Adam off at a plot we call Lower Two. I could tell Dad had a case of “trigger
itch” when I put him out at the Redneck Blind. GRANT: Not long into the hunt, Adam spotted
a doe entering the plot. GRANT: My Dad has won the muzzleloading championship
of several states and is still an excellent shot. I was really surprised when I reviewed the
footage and confirmed that Dad missed that doe at close range. Clearly Pops had a case of “doe fever”. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: Knowing that Dad, or most any hunter,
would love to tag Early Bird, we moved the Redneck Ghillie Blind to the south end of
the Clay Hill food plot and tucked it right next to some cedar trees. We moved this blind just a couple hours before
he came hunting but we got a lot of confidence in these ghillie blinds. We also took a couple of cedar limbs and tied
them to the blind to help it blend in to the cedar trees. GRANT: Knowing the blind was set and there
was a good pattern of deer using this plot every afternoon, I was just as excited as
Dad to take him to that field. GRANT: We primarily hunt this plot on cold
days when there’s a north wind. The plot is at the bottom of a valley and
it’s easy for the wind to swirl. But the combination of a north wind and cold
temperatures means the wind and the thermals are in the hunters favor if he’s at the
south end of the plot. GRANT: After chemo, Dad gets cold easily. So we took an orange sleeping bag to cover
him up knowing that if he saw a deer he’d be plenty warm and he’d get out of that
sleeping bag with no problems. GLEN: Here I am deer hunting again. Um, colder than blue blazes but I’m gonna
try. That sun’s shining bright. I believe we’ll see some deer. I’m hoping anyway with the Lord’s blessing
that I get one. Old as I am, most people don’t anyway. Ahh. My boy is good enough to let me come down
here and hunt and he even helps me get in the stand, moves around. And I wore his GrowingDeer hat and I think
I’ll be lucky today. I sure appreciate getting to hunt some. Thank you now. Bye. GRANT: It wasn’t long into this hunt when
a yearling buck crossed the plot. It appeared he was on a mission. This plot’s located between two bedding
areas – bucks frequently cruise this area looking for does. GRANT: There’s a huge difference between
creating a plot or establishing a bedding area and creating hunter friendly habitat. We know deer need food, cover, and water. But how those are arranged with the lay of
the land requires a knowledge of how deer want to use that land to create that hunter
friendly environment. GRANT: Soon after the yearling buck crossed
the plot I spotted a two year old in the far northwest corner of the plot. I could see the deer but Dad couldn’t because
I’d only opened the front portion of the ghillie blind and I had Dad tucked in the
very back corner. You know how frustrating it can be when one
hunter is seeing a buck and the other hunter isn’t. GRANT: (Whispering) If I raised the front
of the gun, will you be able… GRANT: While I was filming that buck a group
of does entered the plot from the northeast corner and I was confident this two year-old
buck would come across the plot checking out those does. GRANT: The buck did move east to check out
some does, but unfortunately, he stayed on the northern side of a slope in the plot and
we could usually just see his rack or his back. Rarely could we see his vitals. GRANT: (Whispering) Nope, you’re shooting
through the window Dad. Let him go on up the hill. He’s on this side. GLEN: (Whispering) That? There he… GRANT: (Whispering) Nope, see his head up? Can you see him? GLEN: (Whispering) Yep. GRANT: (Whispering) Ok, wait til your – wait
Dad. Let’s see if he’ll go over to the right
a little bit to give you a better shot. GRANT: Seeing the buck’s rack but not the
vitals was making Dad even more excited. So excited he was pushing down on the back
of his gun – it’s on a FieldPod so that meant the barrel kept going higher and higher,
and I was constantly adjusting the gun so Dad could find a deer in his scope. GLEN: (Whispering) It’s still way too high. GRANT: (Whispering) Okay. Let’s let him walk uphill where you can
see him better. He’ll walk on up the hill where you can
see him better. Just let him walk. GLEN: (Whispering) Okay. GRANT: Just about when I thought things were
gonna work out with this buck that’s been playing visual tag with us for a long time,
I caught more movement on the northeast side of the plot. GLEN: How about the one coming down the hill? GRANT: That’s another good buck, let’s
see what he does. Can you move your gun that way? Let’s see how big he is. I don’t – I couldn’t see him very well,
let’s see. GRANT: Early Bird was an answer to my prayers
and solved all the problems of needing to move Dad – as he walked out into the plot
and slowly came to a stop. GLEN: Stop him. GRANT: Hold on. Wait ‘til he stops, put it right in the
shoulder. GRANT: That got him. In case a doe stops, I’m gonna get you ready. That got him. Good shooting Dad, right in the shoulder. Perfect. GLEN: Yeah, when – it was facing me a little. GRANT: It’s he’s – he’s not going
anywhere. There’s a bunch of does over here, let’s
see if they walk up to check him out. GRANT: Dad’s shot was great and Early Bird
dropped like a rock. GRANT: Oh yeah, that’s a good deer, Dad. That’s a really good dear. GRANT: Dad was thrilled but didn’t let me
forget he had an antlerless tag still in his pocket. GRANT: Hold on, let me find her. GLEN: She’s way over in the brush. GRANT: No, just. No, there’s two of ‘em on the pond dam
Dad. The second one is bigger. There’s a bunch of ‘em coming out, just
be patient. Just be patient. They’re gonna come right here to you. Just be patient. Alright. The big one’s behind the tree. GLEN: Yeah. GRANT: There’s some more out – they’re
all coming out. Just let ‘em walk out. The one that’s looking away – now her
nose is looking to the left. GLEN: You want me to kill her? GRANT: Not, when she’s st- now, kill her
when she’s broadside, right there. GRANT: That got her. Perfect Dad. GLEN: You sure I got that one? GRANT: Yeah, I’m looking at the belly. GLEN: Okay. GRANT: You dropped her. GLEN: Alright. GRANT: Very good. GLEN: I come down here with my son and he
said, “Dad, I’m gonna put you on some deer”. And I’d like to froze before he got around
to that deer but when they kept coming in, they just flowed in. And I let the first three big bucks walk by;
I couldn’t get a good shot. And the fourth one, I got him. And then a doe come out later and I got her. And I mean to tell you – I’m walking ten
foot high. I’m 86 years old and I – fighting cancer
or whooped it – I really feel good. I can sleep in late tomorrow. GRANT: You can sleep in warm. You want me to send that sleeping bag home
with you to keep you warm? GLEN: No, no, no, no. GRANT: The Deer Season XP worked perfectly
again and both deer fell in their tracks. GRANT: That’s a good buck, Dad. GLEN: I told you he was facin’ me, son. GRANT: Yeah. UNKNOWN: Yeah, right there. GLEN: Yeah. ADAM: And right there, I could shoot back
this way. Have you ever had so many pictures in your
life? GLEN: I don’t think so. ADAM: Other than this fall… GLEN: I only had two when I got married. (Laughter) GRANT: Dad’s had a great hunting season
and he’s currently scheduled to return to the Mayo Clinic after Christmas to confirm
he’s still cancer free. But he’s really more excited about spring
turkey season and I can’t wait to take him turkey hunting. GRANT: It’s extremely important as deer
managers to monitor the amount of quality forage versus the amount of deer using the
property. We want to make sure there’s more quality
forage than deer – especially during the two stress seasons, usually late summer and
late winter. GRANT: It’s a long ways until the winter
stress season, but based on our Reconyx pictures, our observations, and utilization cages, it
looks like we may be a little short of quality forage come late winter this year here at
The Proving Grounds. GRANT: In this portion of Missouri, each gun
hunter is only allowed one antlerless tag. That means it’s “all hands on deck”
and everyone on the GrowingDeer Team is using their antlerless tag to help reduce the deer
population here at The Proving Grounds. ADAM: (Whispering) It’s November the 14th. This afternoon Clay and I are out in Lower
Two food plot looking to do a little doe management. We’re on the southern end of The Proving
Grounds. Not as many food plots here but it’s still
high population for the deer. We’ll sit back and hopefully a deer won’t
be too far away. GRANT: It didn’t take long for the first
deer to arrive. GRANT: He was entering a food plot we call
Lower Two at the south end of The Proving Grounds. It’s about an acre in size. Due to the topography in that area, all the
food plots are relatively small. ADAM: (Whispering) I can’t tell you the
last time I shot a deer with a rifle in bow range. I don’t know how – I don’t know how
far she was. 36 yards; rifle sighted in two inches high
at 100. So, I shot low and she was just at the edge
of my window. She almost walked all the way through and
got out of range. Got over here where I was gonna have to shoot
out the same window as Clay. So, I kinda rushed it but, hit her really
good. She’s down at the other end of the food
plot. GRANT: Good shooting, Adam. GRANT: Next, Matt and Daniel went a couple
afternoons later to a plot we call Tracy’s Field. Earlier during the season, Matt was able to
tag a doe out of this field and they were confident they could repeat his success. DANIEL: (Whispering) Well, Matt and I are
on doe patrol tonight. Hopefully, the Winchester can be put to work. We’ve each got one any deer and one doe
tag so we might be doing a little dancing around in the blind, switching off the Winchester. But hopefully we can get some venison in the
freezer. GRANT: Not long into the set, Daniel spied
a lone doe at the north end of the plot. GRANT: She was head down feeding, so they
decided to give her time in hopes she’d move a bit closer to the Redneck. GRANT: After a few minutes and no signs of
progress – that doe was satisfied to eat right there. Daniel decided to take the shot. MATT: Kapowee! DANIEL: White belly. I like that drag to the truck. MATT: What drag? Honestly, because of the slope, we’re just
going to slide her right off the bank into the Yamaha. DANIEL: Yeah. MATT: Call it good and go home. DANIEL: Yup. GRANT: At 264 yards the doe drops. Once again, the combination of a Winchester
rifle and the Deer Season XP put some venison in our freezer. GRANT: As the light was fading, Daniel and
Matt switched positions and now Matt’s behind the Winchester. Two does entered the plot and Matt’s ready
to go. MATT: (Whispering) Ready? She’s broadside now, you ready? DANIEL: (Whispering) Yeah. MATT: (Whispering) Are you good? GRANT: Boom! She goes down – another one for the freezer. GRANT: Even though the next afternoon was
warmer, Matt and Clay felt deer would show before dark in a plot we call Big Boom. CLAY: …that’s got a lot of does on it. We’re sitting in a Redneck… CLAY: We’re gonna see if, uh, we can get
a couple to come out. Nope, okay. CLAY: Brought the Winchester along with us
so, one ta… CLAY: It’s kinda weird it’s almost 68. Well how, how hot is it? MATT: It’s like 75. CLAY: It is? (Laughter) CLAY: Well it’s November 16th. Matt and I came out here tonight to a food
plot we call Big Boom. We’re sweating it out tonight, it is hot. It’s been hot today. But, this portion of The Proving Grounds has
a lot of does on it so. Tonight I’ve got a tag in my pocket; we
brought the Winchester along with us. They’ve been moving quite a bit still even
though it’s hot. So, we’re gonna sit back, hopefully one
comes out and we’re able to take the shot. GRANT: Clay was behind the Winchester and
ready for action. The Redneck blind in Big Boom is located in
the center of a very long food plot. So to watch the plot means your head is swiveling
all the time. GRANT: They noted a few deer working their
way over a rise in the plot. Bringing up the rear was a good size doe. GRANT: Moments before the light faded, that
doe turned and gave Clay a great opportunity. UNKNOWN: (Whispering) Okay. GRANT: He settled the BDC on the vitals and
squeezed the trigger. MATT: (Whispering) I’d say you got her. CLAY: (Whispering) Could you tell? CLAY: (Whispering) It looked like she… MATT: (Whispering) I’m pretty sure you got
her. CLAY: (Whispering) …looked like she was
hit pretty good. She ran out though. GRANT: Just after his shot another deer entered
the plot and this one had antlers. MATT: (Whispering) That’s a pretty good
deer. MATT: (Whispering) I think I just saw (Inaudible). CLAY: (Whispering) Really? UNKNOWN: (Whispering) I think. GRANT: He and Matt decided this deer needed
another year to mature. CLAY: Oh yeah. Oh yeah, good doe. She’s big. CLAY: We’ve got a lot of deer on this portion
of The Proving Grounds. Our, uh, exclusion cages are really showing
it. This doe came out and was just head down as
soon as we saw her – ripping out turnips. This is one more doe down for The Proving
Grounds. Matt and I got a long drag outta here but
it’s well worth it. Thank you, Matt. MATT: You bet. Good shooting. GRANT: By working to balance the amount of
food and the number of deer, we can improve both the habitat and the deer herd quality. Good shooting boys. That’s a successful hunt and great progress
towards our mission but now the work begins. GRANT: We’ve recently had some great footage
of bucks working scrapes we freshened with Tinks. You can check this footage out at the clips
tab at GrowingDeer.com. GRANT: Even though the temperatures are finally
cooling down throughout most of the whitetails’ range, it’s still a great time to get outside
and enjoy Creation. But most importantly take time every day – no
matter the conditions – slow down and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

96 thoughts on “Deer Hunting: Buck Fever and Dropping Does (#367)

  1. man oh man do I have a big smile on my face when i see pops out there hunting and filling tags. Hunting in my family is also a tradition and I'm very excited to learn all the tricks and skills my pap shares with me every season. good luck with the rest of your season God bless

  2. I hunt now with my three sons and my baby girl, who's not so much of a baby any more (they are all pretty young buy growing up fast). Love all your hunts with Pops! Love how much he still loves it! When life is all about the Savior and family all the rest is just icing on the cake!

  3. Hi Mr. Grant Wood, that was a nice video. All of my uncles have pass away. And My had pass away to. I have a brother but he work all the time. I mostley fish and i try to hunt. My friends stay working too. I do not know if i get to hunt this year. I am very glad that your dad can get to hunt with you Mr. Grant. I hope he stay free of cancer too. God Bless you and your Family. Take care and stay safe and warm. Keep the videos coming.

  4. God Bless you Grant for making awesome memories with your father. May I ask how you liked the softside Redneck Blind? I am looking at getting one for my dad. Did you like it?? Happy Holidays

  5. These videos with your dad puts a huge smile on my face. It reminds me of when my dad first brought me hunting and how much I needed his help. You are able to give your dad a chance to hunt even when he may not be at his best and that is more than any dad could ever ask their son to do. I usually just hunt by myself now but go with my wife when she has a break from vet school. My little sister really wants to get into hunting so I am hoping to bring her soon.

    Off topic: how many acres is the proving grounds?

  6. Congratulations Pops! Thats some awesome shooting…Have a great Christmas and New Years and cant wait to see you in turkey season…

  7. Good for your father, nice shooting dropped both deer in there tracks. I'm 55 and hunt with my 3 boys, Im sure they will look after me as good as you look

  8. I love to see Pops Woods out in the field doing his thing. I get a little emotional though because it brings back memories of my dad and I hunting together. I lost my dad in 09 and in five days it will make 7 yrs he's been gone. I'd love to be able to go out just one more time with him. Really looking forward to Pops after long beards this spring,so Pops I hope you have your shotgun ready!

  9. I hope pops can keep kicking cancers butt and stay cancer free! I love every video you put out and watch the full 20 minutes everytime. It was a slow season here in the U.P of Michigan so these videos keep me motivated to keep improving my hunting methods! Thanks for sharing and god bless

  10. if it's not too personal may I ask how many acres you own Mr Woods? see I live about an 1 1/2 north of ya about the edge of the Ozarks in Pulaski and my family only has about 80 acres to work with. I've gone for about 5 years because of the Army stationing me everywhere so I was hope to implement some of your techniques on our land but I don't know if it'd work on such little acreage.

  11. Were i hunt i have 40-60 acres and we have about 20 deer 13 does/fawns and about 7 bucks 3 are decent the other are yearling-3 yo. But we don't get consecutive pictures of turkeys we see them walking through never really stay much more than an hour or so. So is their any food or something to get this to say for years to come.

  12. Hey recently discovered you channel and subscribed! I live in the PNW and after watching your videos I feel motivated to make my own plots for blacktail deer and Roosevelt elk. How well would plots work with black tails? Will they still eat from the plot? I'm asking because there really is no food plots for blacktail deer. Please reply back as soon as possible, thanks!

  13. I pray God blesses me next year with more deer then I feed. Y'all are great at what you do and I'm glad I get to tag along every week. Thank you for all the hard work!

  14. I just started hunting last year and I'm 14 it was one of the coolest things to do but I don't have a place to hunt anymore so it sucks

  15. Nice video in Canada the deer season is over it kinda sucks but I did ok I guess I got a small buck and a doe but can't wait till next year when closing day comes I'm thinking about next year with I could get a nice buck like you guys do but it's going to happen some day I hope

  16. I love watching the hunts you do with your dad and daughts. I only was able to hunt twice with my dad before he lost his battle with cancer. I am looking forward to talking my kids hunting once they get old enough. Thank you for sharing these moments with all of us.

  17. Grant, with all the deer you all shoot have you ever shot one with tapeworm cysts in the meat? Did you toss the meat? Recently came across that here.

  18. what do u guys do after kill do u sell the body or eat them serious question for a person looking to get into hunting is there a way to make money

  19. Way to go "DAD", GREAT SHOTS! Prayers and well wishes, you're a true inspiration. God Bless & Merry Christmas to you and and your wonderful wife and family. You are in my thoughts and prayers for continued remission.

  20. I love spending time with my dad and he is the same, a hero, I'm going bow hunting tomorrow with him and a crossbow, you can't beat that in my book.

  21. very nice to see you taking the time to hunt with your dad . don't see a lot of that in the uk hope he is still ok good job guys

  22. DAD IS ONE TOUGH ASS CHARACTER, MY HAT GOES OFF TO HIM! LOVE WATCHING HIM HUNT! VERY INSPIRATIONAL! GREAT SHOT DAD! PERFECT!!!! DAD STILL GOT IT! LOVE IT! HUNTING THE HARD WAY!!! 86 YEARS OLD FIGHTING CANCER AND STILL SHOOTING LIKE A CHAMPION!!!! SO COOL! EVEN I HAD A ADRENALINE RUSH ON THIS VIDEO!!!!

  23. Hunting deer and turkey is definitely tradition for us, me and my oldest son who is 16 hunt every year we check cams together scout together and talk over new ideas and strategies, I’m hopeful that my younger sons and daughters will eventually want to join us but for now we love our time together in creation

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