Hunting Whitetails: Treestand Locations, Where And Why (#297)

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Flipping the calendar to August can be an
exciting time for deer hunters. Deer season is just around the corner. But that excitement
level’s even higher when Reconyx cameras pick up a big mature buck where you hunt. ANNOUNCER: is brought to you
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Summit Treestands, G5 Broadheads, Prime Bows and Redneck Hunting Blinds. GRANT: Last week, we shared the results of
some great research by the scientist at Mississippi State University. Their results clearly showed
that small antlers are rarely the product of bad genetics from any given area. Those
researchers concluded that in any given area, if you improve the habitat and give the deer
herd a couple of generations, they’re likely to produce larger antlers. GRANT: The Proving Grounds is a great example
of these conclusions. When Tracy and I moved here 13 years ago, the whole area was covered
with low grade hardwoods, or a few unmaintained fescue pastures. This property is split by
a county line. The last time I checked, only one Pope & Young and zero Boone and Crocketts
had ever been registered from either county. Clearly, this portion of the Ozark Mountains
doesn’t have a record of producing large antlered bucks. GRANT: After we moved here, we started improving
the habitat. And through the years, I’ve noticed an increase in a number of deer and
a drastic increase in the average size of their antlers. Even though this area survived
a wicked outbreak of HD, during 2012, some of the bucks clearly survived. Last year,
one of my neighbors, and fellow member of our local deer co-op, tagged a buck that had
a gross score of more than 170 inches. GRANT: A few weeks ago, we started getting
pictures of a nice mature buck. We asked our viewers to help us name this buck and picked
one of their suggestions as Chainsaw. Chainsaw’s a beautiful, mature buck with several kickers. GRANT: Soon after, one of our UltraFire cameras
captured some cool footage of Chainsaw and some other bucks. GRANT: I went through this card last night.
I wanted to show it to you ‘cause some of our better bucks are on this card, and then,
in a hard rain coming in to the Four65. ADAM: Perfecto. GRANT: Looks like Perfecto 10. Always tough
to know 100% sure if it’s the same deer from this year, or last year, but this, this
rack is so identical – a little bit larger. Daylight. And this is where it really gets
exciting. These bucks are – steps out of this corner. Here, look at that – Chainsaw.
So they’re belly deep in beans out there. Moving closer to the Four65. I mean can you
imagine being hunting there, just waiting for ‘em to close the distance? ADAM: Mmm. Mmm. GRANT: Perfecto’s tall and narrow. That’s
gosh, 10, 11, 12 inch tines there. GRANT: Clearly, big shoulders. You can see
‘em here. See how big those shoulders are? A little bit of a sway in the back. Yeah. ADAM: Mmm. GRANT: Yeah. GRANT: Look at that. ADAM: Wow. GRANT: And I think there’s like 17 scoreable
points on there. Split brows on each side. A bunch of kickers coming off. You know, three,
four inch longs, not just, not just bumps. And this is July 21st; we’ve got another
month of antler growth coming on. GRANT: That’s a great looking young deer.
A lot of potential coming on. ADAM: Yeah. Got cool brows. GRANT: Lots to be excited about in this area
of the farm. You know, in early season, before the acorns drop, hope you’ll still be on
a pattern. ADAM: Well, the best part about it is we’ve
got a stand we just hung last week. A hundred, 150 yards to the north of that field, which
looks like that’s exactly where they came from, when they came down… GRANT: Yeah. Yeah. ADAM: …into the fields. GRANT: The obvious, obvious travel corridor
would be coming down that side of the mountain there where it kind of levels off and drops
down to this food plot. So, really excited to hunt that stand with the appropriate wind.
That’s just incredible right there. GRANT: A month of antler growing to go. This
is – may end up being number one on our hit list. But our hit list isn’t necessarily
defined by antler size, but whether they’re moving in daylight or whether they’re a
huntable buck. GRANT: Chainsaw and a bachelor group of bucks
are on a bit of a pattern using the small plot we’ve got planted, the Whitetail Thicket
soybeans. Those beans are taking a huge amount of browse pressure and are still producing
a lot of forage. GRANT: Better yet, Adam and the interns just
hung a couple of Summit stands right in the corner of a bedding area above this food source.
We know from past experience that bucks tend to travel down the edge of that bedding area
and funnel in the back of that food plot. If the acorns don’t fall too early and the
bucks continue using those Whitetail Thicket soybeans, well, I feel fairly good we might
get a crack at old Chainsaw during the early season. ADAM: Today’s exciting, because we’re
going in. We’re gonna hang a new set. It’s on a edge of a glade. A lot of deer travel
through there. We haven’t hunted it much in the past, but we think we figured it out,
so we’re gonna setup the stands, come back in the fall. Hopefully, reap the rewards. ADAM: Yeah. I think that’s it, right there,
isn’t it? You know access is often overlooked. We need to be able to get to and from a stand
without alerting any deer. Creek’s 20 yards behind the camera. Tree where the tree stands
are gonna go is about 80 yards up, so we’ll be able to slip up here, when the conditions
are right, and we have cold air in the mornings, thermals gonna be dropping, pulling to the
creek. We’ll be able to slip up, hunt an area where our scents never gone and the deer
won’t ever know we’re even in the world. We’ll put our access just right here, and
we’ll go straight to the creek so. UNKNOWN: You want the right south side? UNKNOWN: Yeah. UNKNOWN: Um, So right through those…. ADAM: Yeah. Put the hunter on this side. The
ladder, and then, the cameraman. ADAM: This is the tree we’ve selected. It’s
a great big hickory right on the edge of the glade, which is also gonna serve as a bedding
area. And during the rut, this could be one prime spot. We’re considering a tree stand
location. We need to understand more things than just basic wind direction. We need to
understand humidity, the temperature that day, the tree foliage, and the thermals. More
moisture, our scent molecules are gonna disperse more, making it easier for deer to smell us.
So in this location, we’re already trying to thread the needle, so to speak. The deer
are gonna be close, so if the humidity’s above 80%, we’re probably not gonna hunt
this location. ADAM: When we’re considering thermals, we
need to understand that the cold air falls, or goes to the creek, and warm air climbs
the hill and is gonna be headed out to the glade where the deer are. So temperature’s
gonna come into effect, cause we’re only gonna hunt this stand on cold days when the
air is falling towards the creek. GRANT: Even if we’re showing a pattern of
those bucks still using the Whitetail Thicket, we’ll wait for there to be either strong
thermals coming down the mountain, because the temperatures are slightly cooler than
normal for that time of year, or a really strong west wind that will be strong enough
to override the natural swirling that occurs in that valley. ADAM: Well, the stands are in place. You can
see what it looks like from up top. We’ve got a nice glade out here – a big open area
that the deer are gonna bed in throughout the year – a couple openings. There’s
a scrape right out front about 27 yards, so we’re in love with this spot. We’re gonna
trim a few limbs and get out of here. ADAM: Sometimes, it’s the fine details that
determine whether or not you’re gonna be successful. And this is one of the details
we like to do with every one of our stands. We clear out a trail – remove any limbs,
big rocks, anything that may cause us to make more noise while walking to the stand – and
with doing this, it also reduces the amount of scent we’re gonna leave on the trail. GRANT: When you live and hunt in mountainous
topography, you rarely get a straight wind throughout the hunt like you would in western
Kansas, or somewhere. We’re used to battling swirling winds. Even if the wind is in the
right direction 90% of the time, a little swirl every now and then can blow your hunt.
For years, Adam and I have counted on Dead Down Wind products to get us through those
little swirls, or slight deviations in wind directions. We start with their laundry products;
do our personal hygiene with their soaps; and end up with the field spray and our gear.
That way, we’ve got all our bases covered. The wind swirls for a few seconds, we haven’t
blown the stand and wasted a hunt. GRANT: I hope you have a chance to get outside
and do some scouting, or check your trail cameras, but most importantly, I hope you
take the opportunity every day to enjoy creation and listen to what the Creator is saying to
you. Thanks for watching ADAM: Okay. I’m ready. The uh, tree foliage
and thermals. Okay. Barometric pressure. (Laughter)


Tactical Pondy · August 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm

Horray! Im the first comment, Nice Video Btw and your a great shot, im terrible at using a bow, but mines only basic, im getting a compound bow soon so ill be more accurate, But Here in UK and you cant hunt with bows So i only really use mine for target practice, but if i go to america in bow hunting season, ill probably try and bring my bow over there and my uncle lives in kentucky so ill probably go hunting with him if i do go.

stizan24 · August 5, 2015 at 11:13 pm

I got my stand, I got my bow sighted in and tuned, I just need some camo and a place to hunt. I might have the second one covered but we shall see. I might end up going camping for a few days during the later part of the early season so I can hunt the nearest public land. I need to move. I am way too.close to the city.

E Factor Outdoors - DIY Hunting Fishing · August 6, 2015 at 12:41 am

Another good video.

Drivingtacks · August 6, 2015 at 12:58 am

Chainsaw is a really great deer for anywhere in the midwest. Good luck this fall getting after him. Side Note: I shared your genetics vs. nutrition video on the forum and the guys loved it. I didn't know there were so many Bowhunt or Die fans that also watched you guys. Great video boys.

MrCefink · August 6, 2015 at 2:38 am

Just 10 more days til the opener here in SC. Stand is up and the bow is shooting bullets. Would like to get one in velvet. Good luck all.

Louis Confidential · August 6, 2015 at 3:04 am

Hey grant just wanted to know how big the proving grounds are and the cost im looking to buy a property in northern ontario

Chris Waffles · August 6, 2015 at 3:22 am

I just say you on the pursuit channel! For Redneck blinds!

Chris Sibley · August 6, 2015 at 5:12 am

You say another month of growth, I have understood that they are about finished around the beginning of August and from the second pic none of the ends are bulbous as if they are still growing?  I thought the last couple week were when the growth stopped and tissue hardened into bone.

Remington Hunter · August 6, 2015 at 6:23 pm

Great video, keep up the good work! and I am just wondering, what is the draw weight on Mr. Woods bow?

The Woodsman · August 6, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Great video!!! Keep doing what yall are doing

Ryan resa · August 6, 2015 at 8:24 pm

Humidity effect on scent dispersion…not sure I have ever read anything on that…interesting.

FALCONS_HUNTER hunter · August 6, 2015 at 11:27 pm

Great video Growingdeer

Brian V. · August 7, 2015 at 12:04 am

I'm jealous. Those are some beautiful deer. But you deserve it with all the work you guys put into your land.

ThrillAndKillBoys · August 7, 2015 at 1:42 am

Good luck with nailing chainsaw that's one hell of a deer. Been watching your channel for a while now, it really gets the gears turning.

Steve Blackwell · August 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

great video as always guys….I also hunt in an area with hills and valley's….so ive always battled the swirling winds….this video helped explain how the temps effect those winds….good luck this year hunting "chainsaw'…he's a great deer anywhere….

granvilleoutdoors · August 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm

cant wait for you guys to start uploading hunting videos

Caden Brown · November 12, 2015 at 3:05 am

Your channel is amassing it's the most detailing Chanel out there I think and has the most important things to do to your tree-sets

Ashton Zills · March 25, 2016 at 11:53 pm

Could I set a ladder stand in a tree with little to no cover if I sit still?With my stand being 17.5 feet high?

Tremain Jones · June 9, 2016 at 3:16 am

ok since these guys did all this work why not post a show with them hunting ???????

Kill Zone Outdoors · July 30, 2016 at 11:15 pm

Do you come to peoples property and see what they can improve on their property or don't you? Do you charge a lot if you do? I'm only 15 with little money so.

Phil Jackson · August 17, 2016 at 2:01 am

Hey I'm planning my FIRST hunt this year, I will be bow hunting. our property is 48 acres of virtually undisturbed woods. There is a pond in the center, and just south west of the pond is a clearing. at the very back of that clearing is an apple tree where the deer trails pass by to feed. Would this apple tree be a good spot to hunt? I'm thinking about putting my tree stand right in that apple tree as there are several trails that emerge right in front of it. What are your thoughts? Thanks!

Outdoor Creations · November 9, 2016 at 12:41 am

How land do y'all own?

Hunter Lawver · December 23, 2016 at 2:43 pm

my dad shot a bigger Buck then you

Ethan Lassen · January 18, 2017 at 2:48 am

Hey great video Grant. I have a five acre spot for bow hunting near my house and it is near a corn field I have my stand I have my stand 50 yds from a fence that runs between the field and there is like a small Ike 100 yds long and 50 yard wide of grass I didn't get one this year but there a lot of deer in the area I have seen hundreds of deer and big bucks in the field and on my trail camera but I had trouble getting them to come across the fence. Is there anything I can do during the offseason to help?

Jackson hunter and farmer 26 · May 10, 2017 at 2:40 am

Great vid Grant and the Growing Deer 🦌 T.V Crew

John McLeod · August 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

I really appreciate your videos. I'm 3 years into archery and still learning a lot! Do yo guys have any of your videos that go in depth on thermals, humidity and the like? It has been touched on here but seems so important. Hunting in East Tennessee there a lot of swirling wind pockets that I would love to learn how to hunt more effectively. Again, thank you for all the work here.

brandon D · September 10, 2017 at 5:53 am

Never understood why people wipe paint on their face? Do they think it looks  cool? I just wear a face mask! I hide my face and don't have to clean oily crap off my face

Jacob Purvis · May 23, 2018 at 6:00 pm


Samantha Welch · July 14, 2018 at 1:40 am

Wow!!! That buck named chainsaw is amazing, I've always thought head someday we will see bucks like this on my hunting grounds and it hasn't happened but alot of things have changed over the last few years here we have more deer and they are healthy deer the bucks are steadily growing bigger each growing season and I want to thank you guys for alot of it I have learned so many helpful hints and tactics you have honestly changed the way we hunt and manage the hunting land we have thanks so so much guys and girls!!!

bank80 · November 10, 2018 at 3:13 am

Shagbark Hickory tree

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