Summer is fading. Fall is swiftly approaching. And this week’s Realtree 365 content certainly shows that. From elk hunting to big whitetails to a little bit of outdoor comedy, you’ll get your hunting fix in this week’s key features.
The Yakama Indians have lived in the Washington Yakima Valley for thousands of years. There, they hunt, fish and gather today like their ancestors did. The traditions of the Yakama people are a proud and sacred heritage that is passed down from generation to generation.
“The world is really not that stressful when you’re up here,” Wheeler said. “Nothing is stressful. It’s quiet. You can’t hear anything but the wind and the birds. In the morning, you get the sense and feeling you’ve started a new life every day.”
Follow along as Wheeler pursues elk on sacred hunting grounds.
Midwest Whitetail: Final Summer Prep, Kentucky Hit List
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Genre: Deer hunting
Produced By: Realtree Digital
Cast: Bill Winke, Jared Mills, Mike Reed, Owen Reigler, Josh Sparks, Drake Lamb, Josh Honeycutt, etc.
With the Iowa deer season just over a month away, Jared Mills updates on his hunting areas and the bucks he is finding. He’s moved back home and is setting up new farms for hunting. His plots are coming in quite nicely and his season is beginning taking shape. But his biggest challenge of the week? Itch weed.
“Why is it that every time you find the perfect tree, it’s the one tree that’s covered in poison ivy?” Mills said. “Look at that thing. That’s the tree we need to be in, though. We’ll get that thing cleaned up and make a nice mock scrape on this branch 15 yards away."
Josh Honeycutt, a new team member with Midwest Whitetail, introduces himself and shows a solid hit list for the early season in Kentucky. He’s a passionate deer hunter and spends a good bit of time in the deer woods each fall. The time is drawing near. It’s just around the corner with a September 7 opener.
“I’m super blessed and honored to be able to share my passion that the rest of the team has been sharing for the last 12 years now,” Honeycutt said. “And to be a small part of that, is truly a great opportunity and one we’re going to have fun with this season.”
Finally, Bill breaks down what he plans on doing between now and October to get ready for the quickly approaching season. He’s ready for deer season. And he too has some giant whitetails to pursue.
“We’ve got some good bucks on the farm,” Winke said. “I’ll talk about those a little more next week. There are three so far that I’ve identified and we’ve kind of cut back on the summer filming now. The deer just aren’t coming out as much and I believe they’re hitting the red oak acorns. There are a lot of acorns hitting the ground now.”
Tune in to see what they and the rest of the Midwest Whitetail team are up to.
In this installment of Pitts Stop, the comedy wizard himself explains why summer scouting is pointless. He brings his unique form of wisdom to this subject that so many people hold deer.
“People are always asking me,” Pitts said. “They say, ‘Pitts, what do you do now that turkey hunting season is over?’ We’ll I can tell you one thing I don’t do, and that’s scouting. I don’t know if you’ve paid attention, but it’s 100 degrees outside.”
If you agree, or don’t, check out the rest of what he has to say.
Bill updates on the corn food plot he fenced off in late June. He’s also got his eye on three mature bucks to hunt this fall. One is the Bladed 10, which frequents the area where this specific plot is located.
“It’ll be interesting to see when I open this thing up how many deer come to this and if we can pull something in there that’s worth hunting,” Winke said. “Some of the bucks we’ve been seeing — the ones we’ve called shooters — two of them were in this bean field right on the other side of the corn. But they’ll disperse into other areas. I think the Bladed 10 will stay here, but I think that Tube buck will go further south. That’s where he’s always lived.”
Follow along as Winke uses his real-life farm to educate viewers on how to achieve their goals.
Jared and the guys spend some time scouting fields. They’re trying to locate big velvet bucks. He also visits the river farm to check cameras and find out which bucks are back for 2019. One buck in particular has shown up and Jared and Mike are once again trying to decide if he is a familiar face.
“Grant and I snuck down to my farm to do a quick little velvet sit tonight,” Mills said. “We’re overlooking this big bean field and there are already a couple bucks that have come out, but they went back in the woods. It looks like they’re stepping back out right now. There’s a solid 8 right over here.”
Make sure you check out all of the big velvet deer they laid eyes on.
About Realtree 365: You’ll find other shows available: Midwest Whitetail, Chasing November, Pitts Stop, Pay Dirt, Realtree Stories, and more. Much more original content is coming soon, including deer, duck and land management shows.