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Better Deer Hunting for a Georgia Property: Plan Details with Hunting Strategies (512)

DANIEL: Grant and Clay were in Kentucky this
week and they saw a lot of action. Unfortunately, Grant didn’t punch a tag in
Kentucky, but he’s excited to get back to The Proving Grounds because our season opens
in just a few days. DANIEL: The GrowingDeer Team enjoys sharing
hunting tips and management techniques with others. And one way that we do this is we work with
landowners and hunters over the phone as they develop habitat management and wildlife plans
for their properties. JAIME: Hello. GRANT: Hey, this is Grant Woods calling. JAIME: Hey, Dr. Woods. How are you? GRANT: I am great today. How are you? JAIME: I can’t complain. DANIEL: Grant recently spoke to a landowner
in Georgia and assisted him with two of his properties. GRANT: All right. Which property would you like to start on? JAIME: Um. Let’s start with the one down in Eufaula… GRANT: Yeah. Yeah. JAIME: …the larger property. GRANT: Yeah. And your property, of course, lays primarily
east to west and pivot irrigation heavy on the south, some ag on the northwest and ag
not too far off on the east. GRANT: When I first look at this property,
just a couple of things that come to my mind is there’s ample food, at least during the
summer. These pivot ag fields are gonna have summer
food in ‘em for sure and probably all the other fields. So I’m not as worried about summer food on
the property and you’ve got basically, you know, 300 +/- acres of early succession forage. DANIEL: A big part of Jaime’s plan was to
identify the travel corridors that traveled from the cover to the food and create food
plots that helped him maximize his hunting opportunities. GRANT: You have, you’re the biggest block
of cover for approximately a mile in every direction. JAIME: Okay. GRANT: And that’s great news because deer
spend the bulk of their hours in cover, right? So the bottom line is we cannot compete from
a food point of view with the farmers on three sides of you. GRANT: But what we can do, and this is a huge
benefit, is we know where the bulk of the deer are traveling; deer and hogs are gonna
travel. They’re gonna go to these ag fields. And a really easy plan for us, and less expensive
than providing a big feeding food plot program, is to have staging area food plots – or smaller
food plots – strategically located en route to these ag fields. And the deer are going to seek cover; there’s
not that much cover around you. DANIEL: Grant quickly identified a narrow
travel corridor in the northwest corner of Jaime’s property. JAIME: Okay. GRANT: I just drew in a two-acre food plot
right there. JAIME: Gotcha. GRANT: And that way deer traveling from the
north into your property are going to go by that food plot. Deer going out that hardwood runner to leave
your property are going by that food plot. Deer going to that ag field to the west of
you are going to stop at that food plot and get a snack. That’s why it’s called a staging area plot. They’re staging there before they go out under
the cover of darkness into that very large ag field to the west of you. DANIEL: Grant and Jaime also identified other
areas where they could put staging area food plots and create bottlenecks. GRANT: I would have a stand or blind there
in that narrow part, maybe, you know, oh gosh, 100 yards or less off your southern property
line there. JAIME: Ah huh. GRANT: Because that way if you’re a bow hunter,
those deer will really bottleneck down. Because they’re going to swing through there
to go to those ag fields. That’s just like, you couldn’t have laid it
out better if I’d planned it that way. JAIME: Okay. GRANT: And that way on a south wind, strong
south wind in the morning, you could get in there. You could, you know, come straight down that
hardwood drain, just to walk; that’s not that far to walk, get in that stand. On the assumption deer have been out in those
fields during the night, and they’re coming back into the bedroom, they’re going to come
back in your property. GRANT: So a great location for our last food
plot on this property, right in that little corner. So, again you could have stands on three sides
of that food plot or blinds hidden in the timber, whatever. Man, that is an incredible location for a
food plot that no one is gonna see because you got tall timber on three sides of it. JAIME: Hmm, hmm. GRANT: We never know what the wind is going
to be on that Friday afternoon, so we need to be able to approach, hunt, and exit multiple
places on your property for different wind directions. JAIME: Sure. GRANT: Because if you have…let’s say you’re
taking a buddy hunting with you; you can’t have just one stand for northwest wind because
you don’t want to sit, you know, right next to your buddy hunting most of the time. JAIME: Right. GRANT: So we need multiple stands. So that brings a point that on each of these
food plots I would basically have a stand or a blind, something like, in the northwest
corner and the southeast corner. And those two corners almost any wind direction
you can hunt it. GRANT: You hate to go to the expense and time
of developing a nice food plot and not be able to hunt it when you want because the
wind is wrong. DANIEL: One unique feature to Jaime’s property
was that there was a large reservoir to the west. Knowing that cold air sinks and warm air rises,
Grant shared how Jaime could utilize the predominant thermals to be able to hunt and exit without
alerting deer in the target area. GRANT: The reservoir is large enough that
during the winter – not now – but during the winter, that water is going to be warmer than
the land. That warm water is going to cause air to rise
over it and pull in air from the surrounding areas. GRANT: So on a cold day you know the wind
direction of your property is going to be pulled through thermals. So, I’m going to say from the western half
of your property, on a cold morning – unless there’s a really strong wind, the wind is
going to go right down those drains and run right in that cove of the lake we were talking
about. You can just count on that. JAIME: So if that’s the case, how would you
hunt that? Because if the deer, I guess if the deer are
coming towards the ag field, from the ag field, that’d be a bad time because my scent is blowing
into them. GRANT: Not necessarily. The deer are going to probably travel right
up that hardwood corridor. So if you’re right down there at your property
line, if you’re on the very east side, you’re scent is going right down that lake. And that’s what I call threading the needle. Your scent is right on the edge of where the
deer are traveling but it’s never going to get there because it’s not hot enough to rise
up to them. GRANT: Threading the needle stands are the
best because deer believe they are secure, and they’re moving freely through the area,
and your scent is just a few degrees off their travel path. DANIEL: Jaime also owned another property
that he wanted assistance with, so we zoomed out of the onX Map, shifted over a few miles
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which is similar habitat except now you’ve got mature trees or more mature trees; relatively
flat, topo lines are really far apart here. Deer home ranges vary a lot but let’s just
say on average they’re about a mile, that’s just an average. When I look at a mile radius – think of the
Rubik’s Cube – there’s no major food for a mile in any direction. DANIEL: If Jaime adds quality food to his
property the deer in the surrounding areas whose home ranges overlap with Jaime’s property,
well, they’re going to find that food and they’re going to want to spend more time on
Jaime’s property. DANIEL: Jaime indicated that he desired to
thin the pines on his property within the next few years. GRANT: When you thin this, we’re going to
plant food plots right down those rows. JAIME: Sure. GRANT: And then when you thin – I’m so thankful
that you’re thinning. If we run the rows straight east and west,
they get sunshine all day long and will dry out the soil. It won’t conserve any moisture because they’re
not being shaded… JAIME: Right. GRANT: … and so you get more evaporation. GRANT: But if you make these rows, think of
a powerline running north and south. Most of the soil moisture loss through evaporation
occurs in the afternoon when the temperatures is the highest. And so if you have a powerline running north
and south, it’s in the shade during the hottest time of the day and you don’t have near as
much moisture loss. JAIME: How wide should that be? Each of those rows? GRANT: I don’t want it any narrower than 20. 15 is absolutely the narrowest, so you get
enough sunlight in there during the day. JAIME: Yeah. GRANT: You’re going to need in a year or two
to do an herbicide application and the main herbicide should be Imazapyr. Generic formulations are like Chopper – as
in helicopter – Gen II, Generation II, blah, blah, blah. That’s the best herbicide to control sweetgums
and it’s very friendly to most of the native plants that would want to come up, native
vegetation plants. GRANT: From a deer point of view, everyone
says, “Oh man, that’s hard to hunt. They can be in cover within a bound or two.” It’s just the opposite. It’s always perspective that matters. So what happens is because deer are so close
to cover, just like the hidey hole food plots we developed on your other property, they’re
very calm. JAIME: Okay. GRANT: And these rows we’re making, these
open rows, it channelizes the wind so even when it’s a little swirly the wind direction
is constant on your property. GRANT: This is so incredible. You will never be bored hunting, you, and
your family. You’re going to start, let’s just say at your
house. And you get in the property a little bit so
people can’t see you off the road, and you just ease down and you look down a row. You don’t see any deer, any turkey, whatever
season it is. You just walk real quietly, maybe another
50 yards or whatever, or 30 yards, whatever it is, look up that row. GRANT: You’re stalking and spotting and then
you see a critter. Then let’s say gosh it’s out of your range,
or whatever it is, and it’s up there 150 yards, or 200 yards, or whatever. You get in the adjoining row on the downwind
side, walk perfectly silently right up the edge of your food plot in that row, get to
about the right distance, stalk right through, and you don’t have to get too close, obviously,
with a gun. You’ll be able to bow hunt this way really
easy and right there you are. And the critter never knows you’re in the
world. GRANT: This is the most productive habitat
pine forest can be. DANIEL: We’re confident that if Jaime implements
these plans, he and his family will enjoy many great hunts throughout the years. DANIEL: If you enjoy the hunting tips or the management techniques that we share here on GrowingDeer, I encourage you to check out some of our other videos. Give us a thumbs up, subscribe and share a link with your friends. DANIEL: Whether you’re planting food plots,
sitting in the tree stand, or just enjoying a walk outside, I hope you take time every
day to slow down and enjoy Creation. But more importantly, I hope you seek the
Creator and find the purpose He has for your life. DANIEL: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

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