July 29th. It’s the time for velvet antlers
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Last week, the GrowingDeer Team left home and rolled over to the Kentucky Proving Grounds.
We have an ongoing project with my good friend, Mr. Terry Hamby, where we’re helping him develop
his property. The hardwood drains are in track, but the uplands had either been recently harvested
pine, are mid-grow pines, that weren’t offering a lot of ideal wildlife habitat.
We’ve shared with you all in past episodes, or even field days, of the steps we’re taking
to turn this piece of land into a wildlife mecca.
After a few years of work, we’re changing that balance from primarily working on the
habitat to getting ready to hunt. Adam and the boys spent a lot of time this week hanging
Muddy treestands. In fact, over the course of about two and a half days, Adam and the
boys either trimmed or hung 26 new sets. Got another Muddy stand hung, the lanes are
all trimmed out, we’re ready for this fall. It’s important this time of year to get out
and trim those lanes, get your treestands ready for this fall so you can have your disturbance
during July and not during October or November. When we hang a set, it’s not simply scouting
and finding a tree and putting a Muddy up there. It’s actually thinking about our approach,
how we can hunt it, and how we can leave without alerting deer.
Although we were working long hours, I got to admit, we took an afternoon just to go
out and enjoy watching some deer. Adam and I joined Mr. Hamby and accepted an
invitation from one of his friends, to come look at his deer herd. As soon as we got to
the edge of the farm, we saw about 80 deer out in the young beans that had been planted
after the wheat crop was harvested. Besides just simply enjoying the deer, it
was important to notice that the beans were relatively short and in the wheat stubble.
They had no tilled beans in an existing wheat field after the wheat crop was harvested.
There’s nothing more tasty to deer than young soybeans that I’m aware of. And that was obvious
as we rode around the farm and saw lots of deer in the young beans that were tilled in
after the wheat, versus the more mature beans that had been planted at a normal time.
In addition to gawking at over 80 plus deer, does, fawns, and some shooter bucks, it was
nice to hear quail in the background and see lots of wildlife, including song birds enjoying
a well-managed farm. It’s a great lesson there for setting up treestands
and what time of year ’cause remember deer are very selective feeders and as soon as
one food source decreases in quality, or another one improves, the deer will switch that day
and you may have a stand that was productive go dry in just a couple of days.
We stayed on that farm riding with our friend ’till dark and had a great time viewing and
talking about deer. But when we returned back to the Kentucky Proving Grounds, it turns
out Brian had just as good a time. The blind was on east side of a food plot we created
last year. We’ve showed you footage of us harvesting the trees, and preparing that plot
and Mr. Hamby killing a massive gobbler we called Long Spurs out of that plot. Once again,
using the principal we call MDE, minimal disturbance entry, the boys picked a blind that was on
the east side with the western wind. Got in the blind and let the deer feed to them from
the west. It was some tremendous footage of bucks mowing
down some Eagle Seed Beans. One of the bucks appeared to be a three old
and he fed up within about 25 yards of the blind.
You can imagine the excitement around camp that night, after we saw a bunch of deer in
the soybeans and the boys had a good buck within bow range.
As we finished up our projects and left Andrew and Mr. Hamby there, ready to start their
trail camera survey, we rolled back to Missouri and in the coming weeks we’ll be starting
our trail camera survey and sharing with you the results of our deer herd, after the outbreak
of EHD last year. Whether you’re visiting a friend’s Proving
Grounds, or working on your own, I hope you take a moment and get quiet, and enjoy Creation,
and more importantly, slow down and listen to what the Creator is saying to you. Thanks
for watching GrowingDeer.tv. Closest deer (inaudible).
Look at those four over there Adam.