Things are ramping up this week on Realtree 365. For some, deer season is getting closer. And for others, it’s already here. Excitement levels are rising with each passing day. Adrenaline banks are building as we anticipate the adventures in the outdoors to come. The stage is set. The players are in place. The fun is about to begin.
Whitetail TV: Early Season Velvet Bucks in Tennessee
In this episode of Whitetail TV, The Goins go to Tennessee. They’re hunting early velvet bucks with muzzleloaders in the CWD zone. And both Blair and Bart strike in the first few days of the season.
“It’s the second day of the muzzleloader season,” Goins said. “Early season velvet in Tennessee. We’re back in the same spot we hunted yesterday evening. I think these bucks have shifted a little bit, so we’re trying to shift with them.”
Bart and company succeed at doing just that.
Then, he gets a big-time surprise right after his deer hits the ground. Follow along to see what it is.
This week, we meet Mike Stroff and Grigsby Farm Manager Randy Leaka. Stroff starts off by hanging a treestand, cutting shooting lanes and placing trail cameras. Then, Leaka explains some of the farming practices currently in place on the Grigsby.
“Well, the Grigsby is a lot of different things,” Stroff said. “For me, it’s the best whitetail property in the country. I’ve been hunting here since 2003. The farming operation is one of the biggest grain producers in the country, too. Everything they do here is at a top level. They do it at the best of their abilities and their abilities are way up there.”
They wrap things up by looking at a few kill plots and how much deer degradation is going on at the farm.
Midwest Whitetail: The Kentucky Opener, Iowa Public Land and EHD Updates
This week, part of the team is in Kentucky trying to fill early season tags on velvet bucks. The action starts off pretty slow, but things should only get better.
Then, Josh Sparks does a little pre-season scouting on a piece of property in Iowa. He lays out a game plan for the season and works diligently to put the pieces in place to score on a big public-land deer.
“This is a treestand location we’re probably going to end up using,” Sparks said. “This is a really good pinch right here. Essentially, we have two big timber blocks on our North side and South side. And this pinch is where I think we can get into with good access.”
Finally, Bill Winke and Drake Lamb update everyone on how EHD is spreading throughout the Midwest. Iowa seems to be the focal point for it.
“I was in here about a week ago,” Winke said. “I was spraying this field up above me and I smelled something. I didn’t have time to come down in here and check it out then, but I came back today. I’d heard reports that there was EHD in Iowa. Some areas are getting hit pretty hard. And for sure, that’s what this is.”
In this installment, Bill Winke discusses how to establish oaks in areas of your property that aren’t already benefitting wildlife. You bought the land, each acre needs to be doing something for the animals that call it home. Winke provides three options to accomplish that goal.
Then, Slade Priest provides excellent tips on how to sell your piece of land. There's a lot of work on the front end to get a property in shape to show it. He covers the ins and outs of ensuring people will fall in love with your property as soon as they see it.