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Eagle Seeds, Metalist, Muddy Outdoors, Real Tree, Trophy Rock, Micro Leverage and Cabela’s. A few weeks ago, my friend, Rob Freeman , from
South Carolina came over to join me for a bow hunt here at The Proving Grounds. And
Rob’s a relatively new hunter. Now, he’s my age, but only got introduced to hunting a
couple years ago. Ate up with hunting just like any new hunter. Excited, up early every
morning, thousands of questions while you’re out there in the tree. Join Rob and I as we
have several encounters and a great hunt the last morning he’s in town. Rob’s not used
to having a camera over his shoulder, so, I’m trying to get Rob to talk to the camera
and tell us about the hunt and he’s kind of bashful in that situation. (Whispering) 31 yards to the road. The sun
is just starting to set. I’m here with my good friend, Grant . We’re at a property in
the Ozarks that’s never been hunted. Deer have been thriving here for eight years. We
got in late. We’re set up on the ridge. (Inaudible) the wind blowing. It’s a lot cooler this afternoon
than it was in South Carolina when I was up last night. Looking forward to a sunset. Sure enough an adult doe and a couple fawns
come up, go right by the tree and mill around the area and I call Rob off the shot because
here at The Proving Grounds we’ve got great amounts of food, high quality food plots,
and we don’t need a really large doe harvest to keep our population in balance with the
food. Here at The Proving Grounds, usually we have a four and a half year old or older
buck limit, unless it’s my kids and I (inaudible) our first time hunter or something like that.
Rob’s got the green light to shoot whatever he wants because, again, great friend, new
hunter, just want him to have a great time. (Whispering) It’s the last morning of our
four day hunt. Um, last night we moved, uh, we moved our stand location off the ridge.
We weren’t seeing a lot of movement during the light hours and we, we eased off the side
of the ridge and we moved into, uh, an acorn draw here and a draw leading down to the bedding
area. We saw four or five does in here last night. Big flock of turkeys came to roost
just 50 yards to our right and we slipped out; came back in this morning. Um. Doing interviews and I see a doe and some
fawns coming through. And they’ve got that cadence or that trot that always means in
November a buck’s probably pushing them. (Whispering) Buck (inaudible). (Inaudible)
(Background noise). He was moving. He was grunting, we heard him coming. We saw his
size. Um, we got drawn on him just as he passed our position and we bleeded and stopped him
and, uh, I just felt that I only had a second or two for the shot, so I took it. This buck come pushing some does through.
I’m on one side of the tree hanging out with the camera. Rob’s on the other and he made
the shot. It worked out great. You know, my naked eye and the reaction time of my brain
told me Rob hit that deer high in the shoulder. I’m thinking, “Gosh, what a tough trail job
this is gonna be in these steep hills.” Rob, right after his shot, really felt he’d hit
the deer in the fanny. And if you review that footage in slow motion, you can see that when
the arrow hits the deer, it instantly pops up to fletching. That’s what my brain froze
on. It takes the first step, Rob sees that fletching way back on the deer and thought
he made a bad hunt. Now, not all hunters are gonna have the advantage of a high definition
camera recording the hunt right in the field with them. So, don’t always trust what you
see when shooting a fast speed bow. We’ve given the deer about, uh, 45 minutes.
We just got down. As you can see, we’re about 23, 24 yards from the stand. We just got down.
We’re feeling pretty positive based on what we see up here on the top of the hill. This
is, this is, um, where the rubber meets the road right here. Okay. I’ve got an arrow right
here. Looks like we got 8-10″ of penetration on the arrow, shooting an expandable broad
head. Look like he slipped right here. He’s leaving us a good trail, but I don’t see him.
Grant, I see him. You see him, Rob? See him. Give me to five. I see him. All right. Grant, that looks like a pretty good shot
to me. What an unbelievable animal. He’s been rubbing this morning. He’s got, um, he’s got
wood chips on the top of his head where he’s been rubbing this morning and leaving sign.
And, uh, now here he is with us. I remember eight or nine years ago when Grant bought
this property. Um, I think there’s about 1500 acres in here and, uh, we thought that there
were five deer, at the most, on the whole property. There’s been no hunting here for
eight years. This is the first year that, um, Grant has really decided to, uh, allow
some limited hunting and, uh, I guess you can see what’s happening. We’ve seen deer
every day when we’re going to the stand; when we’re coming from the stand. Is he a three
year old? I don’t know. He’s a two or three, but he’s
a great deer and he’s ours. He’s gonna, he’s gonna be about a 12 year old by the time we
get to the top of this hill. That’s what it’s gonna be. I got it under control. Don’t worry. Don’t
send for help. I got it. The story here is don’t trust what your eye
tells you when you’re in a high state of emotion. It’s tough to comprehend all that information
simultaneously. Slow down. Take a moment to think it through. Give the deer plenty of
time. Then get out of the tree and read the sign. There was ample blood to follow and
the deer was piled up 80 yards downhill. Nothing tough about the whole hunt, except the drag
up hill. Stay calm after a shot. Those are the most important moments. Replay it in your
mind, but don’t doubt the sign. Hey, thanks for joining us on Growing Deer.TV.