Deer Hunters: Create Mock Scrapes | New Food Plots | Cooking Frog Legs (#401)

GRANT: A couple weeks ago I shared that Raleigh
and I were able to get in a little bow practice as we went frog hunting with our friend, Danny. GRANT: Fired up the Kamado Joe on our back
deck, started grilling. GRANT: Heavenly Father we do thank you for
this day and always providing more than we need. Thank you for your son, Jesus, most of all. (Inaudible) UNKNOWN: It was a site to behold. (Inaudible) GRANT: It was great to enjoy some tasty frog
legs. Can’t get much more natural meat than that. Enjoyed seeing a few deer out in the food
plot and spending time visiting with friends. GRANT: My family practically lives off of
wild meat. Those frog legs were great and I’m sure we’ll
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we’ve started a new project that I absolutely believe will be a game changer here at The
Proving Grounds. GRANT: Due to habitat quality improvements
and working to reduce the number of predators, we now have significantly more deer and need
to add some food. GRANT: There’s a portion of The Proving Grounds
that’s relatively flat compared to the rest of the property. Heck, it’s almost as flat as portions of Iowa. And in this area, one section is covered with
cedar trees, relatively large cedar trees, surrounded by mature oaks and sections of
fence here and there on the border. I believe this was a pasture back in the day
and it fed a lot of cattle. We need to remove those cedars and convert
this into a productive food plot. GRANT: We’re, you know, we’re midday. Look at the ground. Mostly, I’m going to say – what? 60, 70% covered by shade and almost nothing
growing – no forbs, no annual flowering plants, some woodies that are eeking out a
living; some poison ivy – stuff like that. A little sericea lespedeza – that stuff’ll
grow anywhere. No Smilax leaves anywhere low, but I can see
‘em high where the vines have made it up the tree. GRANT: Hey, out with the interns again today
and I can’t stress how important it is to get practical field experience. College textbooks is awesome. You kind of learn the theories there, but
until you’re out here in the ticks and chiggers and marking, and then following through and
seeing the end of the project, you really don’t know how to consult with landowners
or take care of state agency or even non-profit like Nature Conservancy or something lands. It’s all about boots on the ground. GRANT: So, here we are today. We’re gonna do another timber project. Happen to be back at The Proving Grounds. We’re in an area just now really got the budget
to do. And this is a big ole flat – hugely flat
for The Proving Grounds – area that used to be pasture and now is overgrown with cedars. Someone just let the pasture go 30, 40, 50
years. And one or two hardwoods but I’m gonna say
90+% cedar trees. GRANT: A couple observations. We look at the ground. Right now midday, it’s probably 70% shade. We don’t see any annual flowering plants or
forbs, so there’s not much deer food. All the Smilax, or greenbrier, we see – there’s
some right around here, there’s no leaves below six, seven feet. Deer are clearly hungry here. Not expressing potential, at least on this
patch of woods. GRANT: So, what we want to do – unlike what
we did up at Rolla, Missouri where we did individual tree selection. And unlike what we did treating the sassafras
– individual species selection – here we’re gonna flag the outside edges. We’re gonna walk; we’re gonna think about
approach, hunting. We want to maximize the food plot acres, ‘cause,
obviously, we’ve got hungry deer. Right? We want to maximize it but we want to leave
good tree stand trees on the edge, and we want to consider how we can approach, hunt,
and exit without alerting deer. GRANT: So, here we’re going to do a removal
of all the trees. Brenton and David are going to sell the marketable
cedar. We’ll get about 40% of that or so and use
that to defray the cost of making this food plot. That helps me out. Okay? And then we’re just marking the boundaries. So, we want to slowly walk the edge, figure
out exactly where we want the boundaries, flag it off, cut the guys loose. GRANT: Because if you (Inaudible) two or three
times, then there may be a better one on down here. (Inaudible) Ditch goes on down through there,
but it will cross the road and cause a lot of damage, that’s why I never want ditches. GRANT: Roads are a huge asset to any property. They allow us to enjoy the whole property,
get to our hunting locations, and get equipment throughout the property to improve the habitat. GRANT: The road we were using to access this
project site was built decades ago. And someone put a ditch on the uphill side,
but during large rains, that ditch is gonna fill up with water and cross the road at some
point. That rapid moving water has a lot of power
and it’s always gonna erode or tear up the road. GRANT: The water blew down through here so
fast that it just took the path of least resistance in flood stage and went across the road, ate
it out. We gonna have to repair that. I never build ditches on the side of forestry
or interior property roads. GRANT: We see a higher slope here and a lower
slope there. If this road would have been built appropriately,
we’d just cut a grade from the high to the low. We’re not gonna be driving it fast enough
to slide off anyway, and get it where the water wants to run across the road at a 30
or 45 degree angle versus right down the road and cause an erosion. GRANT: Obviously, the faster the water runs,
the more power it has, the more erosion it’s gonna do. Get this water off the hard surfaced road
into the non-compacted soil over in the forest. It’ll seep right in. We won’t have road damage. We’ll have less water pollution, less erosion. Building roads is a critical part of property
management. GRANT: Unfortunately, a lot of guys or contractors
build interior roads, logging roads, whatever, like a county road. And that rarely works out. GRANT: Where’s my last flagging over there? This looks, this just looks so cool right
here. I mean, the natural boundary is we’ve got
nothing but trash trees out here. GRANT: Hey, hold on, hold on, hold on. Let me look behind me here. What have we here? We’re not gonna see this too well, but right
here we’re gonna make the food plot dive around because there’s a really cool tree. Teachable moment. It’s a catalpa tree. You at home, who knows what a catalpa tree
is famous for? GRANT: Catalpa trees – this time of year
like right now – have catalpa worms – awesome fish and bait. People I know like James Harrison, our Pro
Staff world champion turkey caller, owl hooter, and great outdoorsman – he knows what a
catalpa tree is, and he just went the other week and sent me a picture. Catalpa tree. Picked a bunch of worms, and you freeze them. You don’t have to fish with ‘em right then. Freeze ‘em in meal, like cornmeal, then
bust ‘em out the freezer anytime you want. Take those babies fishing and you’ll have
a fish fry. Catalpa trees. GRANT: This is catalpa tree bark, but it’s
very noticeable by the big leaves and super cool. GRANT: Tyler, let’s check to see how many
yards we are from the road up there pretty soon. Give me a measurement. GRANT: Alright, Grant. You know behind me, Grant, the intern, and
he found this great shed. I mean I’ve done this a few times – laying
out a food plot; find a shed – just makes you feel good. This one’s obviously been shed many, many
years. Points gnawed off, a lot of gnawing in here. But I believe we’ll grow a lot better antler
than that in a year or two from here, so great find Grant. Good observation. I obviously was looking up at the trees, you
know what I’m supposed to be doing, while you were looking down. Great find. Alright. GRANT: You know, removing cedar helps defray
the cost, or reduce the cost, of creating a food plot, and that’s a beautiful cedar,
but a horrible tree stand tree. It splits up there, maybe… (Fades Out) GRANT: Missouri is one of the leading producers
of eastern red cedar products. Bedding for pet beds, cedar that lines bathroom
and closets, and in this particular site, there were some trees large enough to be marketable. GRANT: We’re in the process of converting
this overgrown pasture into a food plot. Now, when someone let this pasture go many
decades ago, cedars encroached and took it over. You might be surprised to know that Oklahoma
publishes – the state of Oklahoma – that they lose about 700 acres of land to cedars
a day. Now, that’s not in one place, that’s statewide,
but if you bunch it all up, cedars are very invasive. And that’s what happened here. Someone had a pasture, quit taking care of
it, and the cedars have taken over. Cedar logging is quite a bit different than
production logging down south. It’s a lot of hard work isn’t it, Brenton? BRENTON: Yeah. GRANT: Cedars, even in shaded areas, often
have a lot of limbs all the way from the ground up the stem. GRANT: These limbs all up and down the trunk
of the tree, give the cedar tremendous grain and a great pattern that makes it very decorative
for furniture and other applications. GRANT: Cedar loggers often come in and use
a chainsaw to trim all the limbs as high as they can reach. They will then come in; tip all the trees
over – cedars tend to have shallow root system; save the logs that are marketable;
and put the others in a pile. GRANT: By selling the usable cedar logs from
this area, I’ll not only reduce the cost to establish the food plot, but use a great
resource. GRANT: I’m working on improving some of my
hunting locations, but that’s not right here. This is a steep side slope; the wind’s gonna
swirl; the thermals are wicked. I probably can’t hunt right here, but there’s
something I need to make a stand better at another location. And this is oak. I’m gonna build some mock scrapes this morning. I’m gonna share with you my technique. GRANT: It’s close to the road. I don’t want to go through any more energy
than I have to. And the top of this tree is about perfect
for a mock scrape. GRANT: I got my tree trimmed up, ready to
be transplanted. I’m gonna load him up. You’ll make a mock scrape. GRANT: Got a bachelor group of bucks we’ve
seen using this soybean food plot, but we’d like to get some close-up images. So we’re gonna put a mock scrape here. And we’re gonna put a tree out where there’s
nothing to tie it to, so we need a t-post and a t-post driver. GRANT: It’s so rocky at The Proving Grounds,
posts rarely drive straight ‘cause they’re hitting rocks and working their way down. But you just want it really solid because
you can’t believe how aggressive bucks will use these mock scrapes. GRANT: You probably noticed I’m right by a
road that goes through this food plot and you may be wondering, “Well, gosh, why is
he putting it right by a road?” There’s actually a reason. GRANT: Now, I’m sure you’ve noticed hundreds
of scrapes along logging roads or other things where you hunt. But by putting it right by this interior road,
I can check the camera without getting all sweaty and walking a quarter mile through
the woods and alerting deer. I want to build my mock scrapes, this time
of year, where I may hunt them later on, but most importantly where I can check cameras
without alerting mature bucks. GRANT: In the past I’ve used zip ties ‘cause
they’re really quick and easy to attach my trees to the post. But, bucks have used some of my mock scrapes
so aggressively they’ve just shredded those zip ties and I come out, check the camera,
and the tree is five yards away or something. So, now I use #9 wire. It holds it much better to the t-post. GRANT: Of course it’s a scrape tree, so I
need a limb that’s parallel to the ground or coming off the tree at about a 90-degree
angle and about 4-1/2 feet above the ground. It’s a gravel road, so they’re not gonna
scrape right here. Although it’s just about as gravelly in this
food plot. But I’m going to position my tree where the
overhanging limb is out here in the beans and I’ll stomp a few of them down. I’ll get it positioned just right – about
like that. I get my wire started and then take my pliers. I’m gonna cut off about right here. And then take pliers and really cinch that
down. And then I don’t want to leave sharp points
out ‘cause I don’t want to blind the buck. It would defeat the whole purpose of getting
good pictures. So, once I get that, I bend these back. I don’t cut it off right here ‘cause then
I have sharp points sticking out. I take that and I bend it back into or put
it behind the t-post where there’s just no chance that that can get in an aggressive
buck’s face. GRANT: That’s a good one right there. GRANT: Once I’ve matted down the vegetation
where a deer would paw it out, it’s time for me to go ahead and add an attractant to the
limb. During past years I’ve had great success at
tracking deer using synthetic-based urines and this year I’m using Code Blue synthetic
buck scent. GRANT: As we know, in the summertime bucks
get in bachelor groups and they’re very curious about new bucks coming in, especially this
late July/August timeframe. So I’m using buck scent to attract that bachelor
group using this food plot over here to check out who the new stranger in town is. To make sure the scent stays around, I’m using
a wicking substance that I’ll hang right here on the tree; put the scent on it; spray a
little on the ground; put up my trail camera; and wait for the action. GRANT: Simply gonna get an upright limb like
this one. I’m gonna slide the wick over these leaves
– I may tear a few – but hang it down. That way it’s camouflaged and held in place. GRANT: A little technique I’ve learned – instead
of spraying and getting the scent all over – what I do is remove the lid; then take
my wick and do that. It gets a lot more product on there. See how—oooh look how that baby swelled
up. You can see it was this size, now it’s that
size. That holds a lot of scent that will get me
many more days. Bring this over here. I’m constantly right above my scrape area. And just take this; twist my leaves up so
I can get on there. It’s on there secure; blend it in, and that
huge – gosh it went from maybe a 1/16 inch to a 1/2 inch – sucked up a lot of scent. It’s gonna slowly drip it right here in this
scrape. GRANT: Got my lid back on. I just want to mist the ground just a little
bit. Not too much, just a little bit. That’s great. That’s where that really works out well. I’m gonna go put the camera up, in a week
come back, and I’ll bet we got a little action. GRANT: Final step is setting up my trail camera;
point it north again. And I put mine on video mode ‘cause there’s
not much more exciting than going through a card and seeing several videos of bucks
checking out a mock scrape you just created. GRANT: We’ve established a couple of mock
scrapes in different areas of The Proving Grounds and hope to be sharing some footage
from these locations with you soon. GRANT: I’m not the only person getting excited
for the start of deer season. Most of the members of my local deer co-op
are just as excited as I am. So, recently we decided to get together and
share our ideas and techniques. GRANT: And we like seeing different properties
and sharing different techniques. So this year I got the opportunity to host
our group. GRANT: After we all got together and told
a few war stories, we headed over to an area where I just established a brand new food
plot. GRANT: We didn’t do it – we didn’t disc
it. You don’t gotta do anything. That’s just – when you disc in the Ozarks,
you’re just turning up rocks. You’re making it worse. You’re losing whatever soil you have. Because what’s really amazing to me – look. These are pretty dark green, looking pretty
good. There’s been zero soil amendment of any kind
added here. Nothing. There’s about 1,700 beneficial insects to
every negative. So, the last thing I want to do is use a pesticide
unless I have to. And I’m not anti-chemistry, herbicide, or
pesticide. GRANT: Less than three months ago this area
was head-high brush. And I went through the techniques, how we
quickly converted that into a brushy edge to a viable, productive food plot. GRANT: So, what we’re doing – we’re building
organic matter on top the weeds – seeds. And then we’re just no till drilling – we’re
not disc and turn it up. We’re barely covering up the weed seeds. So, we work hard to keep new weed seeds from
happening and we’re just reducing our weed base. If I disc that soil, it would blow up big
time with weeds again. I’m not getting rid of weed seeds, and they
will remain viable for years, and years, and years. I’m just covering ‘em up. GRANT: Next, we went to a plot that’s been
established about four years. And I went through the history of that plot
and how the buffalo technique I’ve been sharing with you all has really helped turned it into
an extremely productive feeding area. GRANT: This field is only about four years
old and it’s never had Antler Dirt or any fertilizer on it, period. It’s just like that. This was a weedy, sericea, nasty area, and
we just needed more food. Now, well, this is what we call level. It’s pretty level. So, we made a little food plot that wraps
around there pretty far. And there’s a tree plot – a Flatwood Natives
tree plot – right back there we’ve talked about a lot. GRANT: So, we’ve got trees and beans, but
– and they’re doing great with no fertilizer. And they’re dark. Brad, I think you’d even say these look
good. (Inaudible) There’s no fertilizer, but we’ve
always had the Broadside blend in every winter. And we don’t mow these beans down or do anything. We just take the front coulters off the drills
sometimes – sometimes we don’t – and drill right through beans. And a lot of times, 50% – give or take – the
beans here will survive the drilling. GRANT: So, now you’ve got the world’s best
food plot. You’ve got beans still maturing and making
pods, and you’ve got your winter greens coming on. And on the warm days, the deer, deer don’t
want those heavy pods ‘cause they’re real high in energy – that’s why we like them,
right? That’s why the Drurys always shoot deer
off pods in the winter ‘cause that’s the best food in Iowa at that time of year if
you’ve got standing pods. GRANT: So, we’ve got pods really rich in oil
and energy for the cold days and greens for the warm day. And we’re producing a huge amount of organic
matter, and then next spring – in the past – we’ve just been coming in here and spraying
and drilling beans. We never disced this. GRANT: Throughout the morning, we toured several
different areas and exchanged ideas how we could all improve our techniques – both
for habitat management and hunting. GRANT: I believe that local neighborhood deer
co-ops are one of the most valuable tools in all of deer management. If you’re not in a co-op, I suggest you talk
with your neighbors. They don’t have to be adjoining neighbors,
but people that live in the same habitat type and the same area and form a little informal
group. Ours is total volunteer. No money changing hands, just exchanging information. And I think you’ll be amazed at what you learn
and the friendships you’ll build. GRANT: I hope you have a chance to get out
and tour some habitat work because remember there’s always something new we can learn. But more importantly take time every day to
get outside and enjoy Creation and do the most important learning you’ll ever do of
your life and that’s spending quiet time every day and listening to what the Creator is saying
to you. Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

53 thoughts on “Deer Hunters: Create Mock Scrapes | New Food Plots | Cooking Frog Legs (#401)

  1. this is probably one of the most informational videos out there. Thank you so much Grant for sharing your wisdom. Even though we may live thousands of miles apart I can apply everything you talked about to my family property and have a much better habitat for the herd. Hope I get the pleasure of meeting you someday, until then please keep making these great videos!

  2. We just did this at our proving grounds! Always good to see another video! You guys put a ton of work into your videos and it shows. God Bless.

  3. We are two 14 year olds trying to start a YouTube channel! We fish Saltwater and fresh water! We like to get just 50 subscribers!! When hunting season comes we will be makeing hunting videos too!!

  4. Quite possibly the best video you all have made (and I have seen all of them). Question: with all the Eagle Seed Soybeans do you all ever harvest any of the pods to put out later or plant the following year? Thanks.

  5. Hey, I'm from the Rolla area and Im having trouble finding hunting land…… Mr. Woods…. any suggestions or recommendations?

  6. Don't take to many worms. The tree and worms need each other to thrive. One cannot live without the other. Awesome find though!

  7. I live in NC and I've been working on planting small staging plots but I'm having trouble picking the right forage for this time of the year and something that grows fast enough to grow before Deer season starts. In our other fields there is Corn.

  8. So apparently it's not to early to begin making scrapes…deer here in Vermont still have velvet and I've been told that bucks wont be making scrapes while still in velvet. Could you gentlemen shoot a reply back and get me straightened out or maybe have a short discussion in your next video?

  9. On my family farm we have a little soybean kill plot that has been browsed very hard this year, due to the little rain fall we have had this summer here in central Missouri and the amount of deer in our heard this year. The soybeans are about 4-6 inches tall and we wanted to go over the food plot and broadcast eagle seeds broadside mix over the top of the soybeans. Since we don't have a no till drill, and with the soybeans being so short would it be smarter to just till under the soybeans and start with a prepared seedbed for the broadside or will the heavily browsed beans be enough to protect the broadside if we just broadcast them over the beans? Thanks.

  10. Great vid Grant and the Growing Deer 🦌 Tv crew Smile More God Bless Stay Safe guys 👍👍

  11. Grant i have 2 acres of cedars in some hardwoods, doesnt look like they bed there but there is a bunch of scrapes, would you reccomend cutting them out and making a food plot, it is on the border of the property

  12. I have put deer cameras up on public land very deep in the woods up about 9 ft using a ladder i carried and put down trophy rock with a syrupy of acorn concentrate poured over the top. It has been a month and I plan on checking them asap. Should I have done this just off the road and not so deep in the woods?

  13. hey nice video guys the property we hunt is owned by a farmer who likes that we hunt it aggressively o have been considering asking him to help me do another clear out similar to this for a new food plot

  14. Hey Daniel and Grant we are very excited for October here in VT first bow season starts in October and we can't wait to harvest some Doe's and maybe a hit list buck we have a few that are huge this year when does your season start

  15. Grant I have a question, if we have a beans plot and the farmer doesn't plan on harvesting them each fall shld we be mowing them down or just replant in spring? I'm not sure what wld be best thanks

  16. I like the use of mock scrapes as a replacement for the normal trophey rock and corn attractant for trail camrea surveys

  17. i am in progress of my hunting life
    i own a 20 gauge pump action shotgun and a compound bow
    and i will be taking my hunting test soon cause i am 10 years old now
    and your videos give me good advice about what to do with land and how to harvest the animals
    i can't wait to use your advice on my first deer hunt when i get to shoot a deer

  18. also i really want to be a wildlife biologist and how much money do you make in a year cause i want to know now so i know i get good pay so i can improve my proving grounds when i am older

  19. do you guys allow other people to hunt your property I would plan a trip if you did I would love to see what you guys have in person

  20. thanks I checked out your site and I'm thinking of maybe in the future my oldest son and I shld take a tour we have both learned so much from your videos and tips as far as being a good wildlife managers so I'm interested just need to figure out the financial part we look forward to more videos on the meantime thank you so much for the information

  21. Hey you growing deer folk I'm having trouble to get my broadheads to fly right even though bare shaft my arrows fly perfectly through paper do you have any advice?

  22. I have heard Grant mention "Buffalo Blend" in a couple of videos. Can you provide any more information on this or where i can find information on it?

  23. How do you distribute your mock scrapes throughout a property? How many would you put on a property that's about 200 acres? Do you put the scrapes on all your food plots and do you put them by bedding areas?

  24. Hear in east tn it’s been really hot and muggy and it’s starting to cool down do y’all recon it’s to late to plant a food plot

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