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07/31/2013

GROW THE BONE DEER ATTRACTANT Q&A

​Now that hunting season has started, we have been getting a lot of questions about how to kill whitetail deer using Grow the Bone deer attractant.

To better explain how our product works, we put together some FAQs, highlighting the most important facts about Grow the Bone deer attractant and why you should be using it this hunting season.

Q: How does Grow the Bone attract whitetail deer?

A: Grow the Bone works with the deer’s sense of smell and nutritional cravings. There is no other deer attractant on the market that offers the same nutritional value that Grow the Bone does and deer immediately recognize this once they are exposed to our product. Whitetails will actively seek out Grow the Bone, drawing them directly to your hunting property.

Q: How big is a bag of Grow the Bone?

A: Grow the Bone deer attractant is sold in 6lb. bags.

Q: How long does a bag of GTB last?

A: If you are using Grow the Bone in a gravity feeder, we recommend using 6lbs. to every 300-350lbs. of corn.

If you are using Grow the Bone as an attractant right before you hunt, bait the area a few days before. Place Grow the Bone in piles surrounding your stand, using approximately 2-3lbs. On the day of your hunt, freshen up the piles with 1 - 1½ lbs.

If you are patterning whitetail deer, you will get about four uses per bag. Once deer are exposed to Grow the Bone, continue baiting every 2-3 days during hunting season, using 1 - 1½ lbs. near your stand on the ground. To make your piles last longer, mix Grow the Bone with corn.

Q: Will Grow the Bone hold more deer on my property?

A: Yes! Once whitetail deer find Grow the Bone on your property, they will stop looking for a major food source anywhere else. With its powerful scent and the minerals deer need to survive, deer will keep coming back to your property as often as you put out the product.

Q: How can I use Grow the Bone to fill my tag?

A: When you use Grow the Bone correctly, it’s as simple as “I see more deer. I shoot more deer. I kill more deer.” While we can’t guarantee your shot, we can guarantee you more opportunities to fill your tag this season.

Q: Can Grow the Bone get wet?

A: If whitetail deer have already been exposed to Grow the Bone, a passing shower will not greatly affect the attractant. However, if you are using Grow the Bone on new property and there is a heavy rain, the product can spoil. For maximum scent and flavor transfer, little water resistance was built into Grow the Bone. Bottom line – pay attention to the weather forecast before using the product.

Q: Is it too late to start using Grow the Bone?

A: No! Now is the perfect time to use Grow the Bone and attract whitetail deer directly to your stand or blind.

Q: Do I have to buy it year round?

A: Not necessarily. Grow the Bone can be used strictly as a deer attractant if you want to kill a deer ASAP. However, if you want to grow bigger bucks and increase antler size, using Grow the Bone as part of your year round management plan will help make for a great story next year!

Q: Can I buy Grow the Bone at the store?

A: No. At this time you can only purchase Grow the Bone deer attractant through our online store. Act now for free shipping!

Q: I hunt on public property, can I still use Grow the Bone deer attractant?

A: Yes! Grow the Bone deer attractant can be the competitive advantage that you need when hunting on public grounds. This product will pull them in and hold them, so you can get the perfect shot off.

Q: Is Grow the Bone legal in every state? How can I find out?

A: No, if baiting is considered illegal in your state, then you cannot use Grow the Bone deer attractant. Please contact your local state game and wildlife office for the rules in your area.

Did your question go unanswered? Let us know! Ask your question in the comment section below and we will answer your specific question right away!

 

GROW THE BONE DEER ATTRACTANT Q&A
07/31/2013

BUILDING A NATURAL GROUND BLIND

​For those who can’t afford a tree stand, having proper coverage when hunting on the ground is very important. Ground blinds are very effective in camouflaging your body from whitetail deer and won’t cost you a thing!

First, locate a trail that deer cross frequently. You will want to build your ground blind in this area, at a standoff distance of 20-40 yards from the trail.

Next, you will need to find sticks for your foundation. We prefer using sticks from the ground, rather than cutting live branches. Find or shape 3 sticks into Y pieces, and saw the bottoms at an angle so it will be easier to get them into the ground.

Once you have your Y pieces, hammer them into the ground in an L formation, to act as two wall barriers for added coverage. Make sure they are approximately 3-4 feet off the ground, or chest high when you are sitting down. Now, place two branches into the Y pieces to act as support beams.

This completes the foundation of your ground blind, and you can begin leaning sticks against the support beams. Do this carefully, so your foundation does not fall over. You might notice that there are still holes in your blind, which you can fill in using smaller sticks.

Once your walls are filled in, you will want to blend your ground blind to your environment. If you are against a green background, you will want to find some natural foliage; if your blind is in a heavily wooded or brown area, make sure you’ve added darker brown leaves or sticks that match.

Your final step is to consider how much noise you will make. You should have a clear entrance to your ground blind, where you can enter and exit silently. Remove any leaves that are on the ground in your blind, so whitetail deer won’t detect your movements. We suggest putting these on the outside of your blind, for added coverage.

Click here to watch a video that shows how to create your homemade ground blind.

 

BUILDING A NATURAL GROUND BLIND
07/31/2013

CREATE YOUR OWN DEER FEEDER

​As hunting costs continue to rise, purchasing new or even used equipment may be out of the question this season. While discouraging, it shouldn’t stop hunters from enjoying being in the woods and filling their tag.

As part of our “Hunting on a Budget” theme this month, we will be sharing tips on how to build your own deer feeder and ground blind, which will help save you money. At the end of each post, follow the link to watch a video on how to construct each one.

Implementing a Whitetail Deer Feeding Program

Rather than purchasing an expensive deer feeder, you can build your own using the following supplies:
1) Take the 10’ piece and cut it in half. You now have two 5’ sections.

  • 10’ section of 3” or 4” PVC Pipe. The 4” will hold more corn and needs to be refilled less.
  • Small can of PVC Cement.
  • 90 degree elbows, 3” or 4” – Must match your PVC Pipe.
  • Slip cap for your appropriate sized pipe. Do NOT use a screw cap. They leak and will ruin your product.
  • Zip ties or bungee cords, long enough to reach around your feeder and your target tree.

2) Cut 1’ off of each 5’ piece. This will be used for your tray section.

3) Glue one of your 90 degree elbow’ to the end of your 5’ section of pipe.

4) Glue your 1’ piece of pipe into your 90 degree elbow.

5) It’s best to lay your pipe and elbow section on a stable, flat surface such as picnic table. Using a small handsaw or hacksaw, cut your 1’ piece of pipe in half starting at the end of the pipe cutting back towards your 90 degree elbow.

Once you reach your elbow, stand your 5’ pipe and elbow section upright. Cut your 1’ section straight down until it intersects with your previous cut. The top half of your 1’ section can now be removed. The remaining portion attached to your 90 degree elbow will be your feeder tray.

*Note - You don’t want to cut your 1’ pipe section in half before gluing it into your 90 degree elbow. This doesn’t allow for proper adhesion to the elbow. The deer will knock the 1’ section off the feeder, emptying at a rapid pace.

6) Place your slip cap on the bottom of your feeder.   The cap simply prevents the corn from pouring out on the ground while filling the feeder. Fill partially with corn. Add about cup of Grow the Bone deer attractant. Finish filling with corn, leaving a small space at the top of the pipe. Add another cup of deer attractant, filling the remaining portion of the pipe. Since Grow the Bone is a finer consistency than the corn, it will sift down into the corn as the deer use the feeder.

Put a couple small piles of Grow the Bone deer attractant on the ground near the feeder and you are done. Remove your Slip Cap from the bottom of your feeder and install it on the top of your now completed feeder.

Check out the finished product on the Grow the Bone YouTube Channel as John Lopez of Grow the Bone demonstrates how to attach the deer feeder on your hunting property or backyard.

 

CREATE YOUR OWN DEER FEEDER
07/31/2013

WHAT DO I REALLY NEED TO GO HUNTING?

​For those hunting on a budget, you might find yourself asking, “What do I absolutely need and what can I get away with by not having?”

Today we will be breaking down your hunting equipment list to the bare necessities –including only the most important elements you will need and still have a successful hunt.

The first (and most obvious) is your bow or rifle. No matter if it is brand new, handed down to you, or even rented, it is a necessity. Going along with this, you will need either arrows or ammunition to shoot whitetail deer and fill your tag.

While these are essential for hunting whitetail deer, you have more flexibility with the rest of our list, allowing you to spend as much or as little as you would life.

The clothing you choose to wear plays a large role in your success. While most hunters are portrayed as wearing all camouflage, it may not be in your budget to buy yourself a new wardrobe. In this case, you can wear something you already own, following these suggestions:

1. Choose something that will help you blend in with your surroundings. Dark colors (browns, greens, even red and black plaid) may be your best option.

2. When hunting, your hands tend to move a lot. You can purchase camouflage hunting gloves or simply take an old pair of brown working gloves, making sure to cut an inch off the index finger if you are shooting with a rifle.

3. Since you are in the woods, wear your hiking boots or any dark colored shoe, again to help you blend in.

Binoculars are essential for spotting and catching whitetail deer movement at far distances. Just be sure to find a brand that fits your needs and your budget.

At the end of a successful hunt, whitetail deer must be field dressed, making a knife necessary. Remember to sharpen your knife beforehand, that way you will not need to bring any additional sharpening tools with you in the woods.

Whether you are hunting on your own property or public grounds, it is important to have a compass. They are less expensive than a GPS unit and it will not take up too much space. Depending on the type of phone you have, a compass may be included (or downloadable), saving you even more money.

As a safety precaution, carry a small first aid kit and matches with you. While inexpensive, they will become very important in the case of an emergency. Going along with this, you may want to bring wateror a snack with you. Just be sure to pick something that doesn’t have a strong scent and that you can open quietly. We recommend trail mix, which costs but a few dollars at the store, and will not alert whitetail deer.

Finally, keeping these items within reach is important for restricting your movements. Using a zip-lock freezer bag will keep everything together and dry from any potential weather conditions that may occur while you are in the woods.

Here is our list of the bare necessities… do you think we missed anything? Let us know in the comments below!

 

WHAT DO I REALLY NEED TO GO HUNTING?
07/31/2013

DROUGHT AFFECTS

​Drought conditions are on the forefront of many minds and those interested in deer populations and antler growth are no exceptions. Foliage and water quality and availability are obviously affected by these conditions and drought conditions from consecutive years amplify the negative impact on these issues. Concerns regarding deer size, antler growth and whitetail populations are certainly warranted.

While water is rarely considered a “nutrient”, few would question the importance of it for sustaining life, health and overall animal performance. First are the health concerns associated with water quality during drought conditions such as leptospirosis or toxins from blue-green algae, to name a few, which can induce illness, abortions or death. Secondly, reduced water availability can dramatically affect animal performance by decreasing dietary intakes and nutrient ingestion at levels as high as 50% of normal dry matter intake! Finally, area rainfall while have a significant influence on plant population, growth rate, diet digestibility, and nutrient levels. As deer search for more feedstuffs and water, normal browsing locations and travel patterns will likely change which leaves the outdoorsman with two primary options. Either change the hunt and position strategy (which may not be viable, or even possible), or entice the deer to stay (or come back) to their “preferred location” on your property with quality attractants and supplement feed products. While most products will attract deer once (out of curiosity, if nothing else), the goal of a supplemental feed product or attractant should be to create the desire in the animals to return to that place repeatedly in search of that food source. This ongoing alluring effect is created when a product provides initial attraction, palatability, and highly digestible, available nutrients which satisfy bodily needs, even though the deer themselves have no idea what those needs are. They simply continue to receive general satisfaction with each consumption event and thus; continue to crave that food source repeatedly. The repeatability of quality, effective attractants and feed supplements work as well during less stressful seasons with ample rainfall when available vegetation and feedstuffs exist as well. Mother Nature changes the rules with drought conditions and deer respond with different behavior based on survival instincts. The successful hunter will have to respond with strategic changes of his or her own to compensate rather than relying on past strategies used in more typical rainfall years.

Without question, the impact of drought on vegetation quality and quantity is profound and subsequently affects performance outcomes of deer such as body growth, antler size and shape, and body condition (which can affect winter survival rates for future populations). As plants grow, nutrients from the soil are pulled into the vegetation with the water from the soil to generate plant mass. These nutrients are the elements creating the size and shape of the various foliage types and are referred to by nutritionists as “dry matter” nutrients. Higher soil moisture levels accelerate plant growth yielding more volume of more highly digestible nutrients (dry matter nutrients). The most prolific part of this process normally occurs from spring plant emergence through the early vegetative stage of plant growth and therefore, provides the highest quality, most digestible diet for the deer. As the plant reaches maturity towards the end of the growing season, the dry matter nutrients in the plant become more tightly bound by the structural components of the plant called cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin (more commonly referred to as “fiber”) and the digestibility of nutrients such as protein and energy decrease dramatically. When this occurs, nutrient availability is reduced through decreased digestibility and dietary intake due to a slower digestion process and rate of passage through the digestive system.

 

Reduced water levels associated with drought conditions exaggerate this vegetative growth rate and declining digestibility which in turn, negatively impact available dietary nutrients and consequently, deer performance. Supplementation of protein, energy and micronutrients such as trace minerals and vitamins from an appropriately formulated product for deer implemented early in the season will offset the challenges created from drought conditions, especially pronounced when they occur in multiple, consecutive years. It is important to evaluate feed supplement product options carefully as there are many options with nutrient digestibility levels that vary as much as 20% and energy levels that deviate even further. Even micronutrient sources can be dramatically different in their availability as affected by the source and processing technique. Guaranteed nutrient levels on the analysis tag are of little consequence if ingredient quality and dry matter digestibility are sub-par. To insure successful deer and antler development, research product design thoroughly before making decisions and developing strategies.

Mike C. Simon, M.S.
MCS Enterprises

Mike C. Simon is the Nutritionist for Woodland Group Outdoor Products also known as Grow the Bone (www.growthebonedeerattractant.com). 

 

DROUGHT AFFECTS
07/31/2013

HOW TO HUNT WHITETAIL DEER ON A BUDGET

​With hunting season upon us and many families sending their children back to school, the month of September is an exciting time of year. While you may be looking forward to it, the Grow the Bone staff recognizes that some may be questioning how you can balance your budget and still enjoy your favorite pastime.

This month, we will be dedicating all of our blog posts to “Hunting within Your Budget: The Affordable Yet Effective Way to Have a Successful Hunting Season.” We understand that while you want to enjoy the hunting season, providing for your families is your top priority.

Our goal is to help you fill your tag, while not worrying about the financial burden you may usually feel at this time of year. Each week our blog posts will address a different topic, such as:

“What do I really need to go hunting?”
“I can’t afford expensive equipment, do I have an alternative?”

Grow the Bone will provide you with affordable and cost-effective solutions all month long! If you have a question you would like us to answer or have a suggestion, leave us a comment below!

 

HOW TO HUNT WHITETAIL DEER ON A BUDGET
07/31/2013

GROW THE BONE ATTENDS APPALACHIAN BOWMEN 3-D ARCHERY SHOOT

​September 8th marks New Jersey’s Opening Day and the 32nd annual Appalachian Bowmen 3-D Archery Shoot in Sussex County is the perfect opportunity to practice your skills for the hunting season!

With three 20-target 3-D ranges, a flying disc launcher, novelty targets, and a practice range, this weekend event is highly attended by archers of all ages and abilities, attracting families from all around the tri-state area.

For those interested in purchasing merchandise, there will be a variety of vendors at the event,including Grow the Bone. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase Grow the Bone deer attractant, as well as learn how to utilize the mineral supplement into your current deer food regimen.

We will demonstrate how supplemental deer feeding works with a deer’s keen sense of smell and nutritional cravings to increase activity on your hunting ground, double trail cam pictures, and bring whitetails within range for your shot. Grow the Bone apparel, such as hats, t-shirts, and truck decals will also be available.

The Appalachian Bowmen 3-D Archery Shoot will be held at the Whittingham Wildlife Management Area in the skylands of rural northwest New Jersey. Visit www.appalachianbowmen.org for more information and be sure to pick up your Grow the Bone merchandise and deer attractant August 18th and 19th, at our inside booth in the barn. 

 

GROW THE BONE ATTENDS APPALACHIAN BOWMEN 3-D ARCHERY SHOOT
07/31/2013

SELLING DEER ATTRACTANT AT THE NJ STATE FAIR

​In just four days, Grow the Bone will be making its vendor debut at the New Jersey State Fair, held in Sussex County. The fair will run from August 3rd – 12th and the Grow the Bone team will be there from 10am-10pm each day.

Be sure to visit Booth 255 to learn how using deer attractant will increase antler growth and the activity on your hunting ground, as well as the overall size of whitetail deer for a better hunting season.

While you’re there, pick up a 3-pack of Grow the Bone to be entered in our Grand Prize Giveaway!Anyone who purchases three bags of deer attractant from our booth will have the opportunity to win an additional 200lb. bag of Grow the Bone, which has a retail value of over 300 dollars! Once the fair has ended, we will draw a winner and ship the grand prize to your home, free of charge!

Interested in Grow the Bone gear? Our official Grow the Bone hats, t-shirts, small car decals, and large truck decals will be available for purchase, at a discounted price, just for stopping by! Here is a preview of one of our new Grow the Bone decals!

Our booth will be located between the Performing Arts Tent and the 4H Venue Arena. For more information on the fair, you can visit their website here.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

 

SELLING DEER ATTRACTANT AT THE NJ STATE FAIR
07/31/2013

THE BOWFISHING BASICS

​Do you want to get more use out of your bow during the off season? Changing your target from fur and feathers to fins and gills will let you extend your hunting season by combining your archery skills with the thrill of fishing. Bowfishing, the technique of hunting fish with a bow and arrow, can be pursued all year round just by obtaining your fishing license.1 It is relatively inexpensive to get involved with, unless you choose to purchase more advanced equipment, and can be enjoyed at all hours of the day or night.

Most bowfisherman will use either a recurve or compound bow, however some will use their hunting bow and replace the deer hunting accessories with those for bowfishing. The largest difference between bowhunting and bowfishing is the type of arrows you need to use. Fishing arrows are designed specifically for traveling through water. They are made out of a heavier weight fiberglass, primarily without fletching, otherwise it would divert the arrow as it moves through the water. The fishing arrow point is barbed, which helps to ensnare the fish and keep it on the arrow while you reel in the line.

Another factor to consider is your arrow rest. While you may think your deer hunting rest will work, it may not be able to withstand the weight of your fiberglass arrows. However, arrow rests have been developed exclusively for the sport of bowfishing. Once your bow is ready, you’ll need to purchase a bowfishing reel, which holds and dispenses your line. The reel clamps to the bow itself, because the line reels out much faster than a conventional line cast from a rod. While there are many variations and brands for you to choose from, remember safety is key when you are making your decision.

We also recommend purchasing polarized sunglasses to help eliminate any glare from the light reflecting on the water. You can usually find these at any store that provides fishing equipment. If you are hunting at night, strong flashlights are a necessity so that you can see the fish in the water. We also keep gloves in our boat, just in case we need to protect our hands when handling the fishing line or reeling in a fish. And don’t forget a cooler or something to put all your fish in!

After you have gathered all the necessary equipment, you’re ready to take to the water. It is important to remember that light slows down as it enters the water and you have to adjust for refraction when shooting a target. Bowfishermen have adopted the 10-4 Rule – if a fish is 10 feet away and one foot under the surface, aim four inches low. As you increase the distance or depth of your target, increase how low you shoot by that same amount. For example, if a carp is 20 feet away, one foot under the surface, aim eight inches low. If it is 10 feet away but two feet under the surface, you will also aim eight inches low. While it may seem difficult at first, knowing where to aim will become second nature the more time you spend bowfishing.

If you have any tips or “tricks of the trade,” Grow the Bone wants to know! Let us know in the comment section below and we will be sure to pass on the information to our fans!

1As a precaution, check your local spearing, netting, and licensing regulations before you head out, to ensure that you are fishing within the law.

 

THE BOWFISHING BASICS
07/31/2013

IMPROVE YOUR SHOOTING SKILLS WITH 3D ARCHERY

​If you are looking to improve your shooting ability before the hunting season starts, 3D Archery is a great alternative to help you practice your shot! The sport is a form of target archery that anyone can participate in, no matter their skill level, at archery clubs all across the country.

Whether you are an experienced bow hunter or want to introduce the sport of hunting to your son or daughter for the first time, there is a 3D Archery class for you. Each club will have their own requirements, assigning you to a specific class depending on your skill level and the equipment you use.

3D Archery shoots can take place in a number of different locations, including the woods, fields, and even indoor ranges. The types of targets will vary by club, but will consist of three-dimensional, life-sized animals, to offer better accuracy for the hunting season. As you approach each stake, targets will be strategically placed at varying distances. The majority of shoots are unmarked so you can guess how far away the target is, however there are some marked 3D Archery shoots as well.

Much like hunting, once you estimate the distance between you and your target, you locate where you will shoot the animal. In 3D Archery, each target will have a set of scoring rings on it. Points may vary by club and association; however the following guideline is widely accepted:

Inner ring – 11 or 12 points
Heart – 10 points
Vitals (lung, liver, etc.) – 8 points
Body – 5 points
Hoof/Antlers on a deer – 0 points

The person with the highest score at the end of the shoot is considered the winner, which becomes very important during 3D archery tournaments. However, the underlying goal is to strengthen your ability to accurately guess the distance between you and your target in order to get off the best shot. The more you practice now, the better it will translate during hunting season when every shot counts!

Click here to find an archery club near you and let us know about your 3D Archery experience in the comments below!

 

IMPROVE YOUR SHOOTING SKILLS WITH 3D ARCHERY
07/31/2013

SCOUTING FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON

​The time spent out in the field prior to the start of the season can make all the difference when you are trying to harvest a whitetail deer. Scouting plays a critical role in hunting, and helps you become successful on a regular basis if you put in the time and effort.

Whether you plan to hunt on new property or haven’t been on your hunting grounds since last season, scouting will help you learn the lay of the land, the amount of deer activity it receives, and the overall animal movement it carries.

First, you should create a detailed topographic map of your hunting area. This type of map should include the various elevation levels so you can determine the height or depth of the terrain and steepness of any slope. Once you have an understanding of your hunting area, you can begin marking important signs that will help you formulate a hunting strategy. Note any deer sightings, droppings, deer tracks, and any observations about their movement patterns that will help you distinguish where you should hunt during the season.

Once you recognize these patterns, hang trail cams to monitor their activity on your property. These will help you pattern game behavior to reflect how deer react at different times of the year. We hang trail cams near our deer feeders, so we can keep track of the number of deer on our grounds. Using Grow the Bone as a supplement in your feeding program or as an attractant not only helps improve the overall health of the deer, but will pattern their behavior to visit your feeders often, further developing their movement pattern.

Scouting plays a key factor in deciding where to hang your tree stands, as you want to locate areas where deer signs are abundant. For whitetails, the best locations include trails leading from food sources to bedding areas in the morning and close to preferred food sources in the afternoon. Remember to erect your stand with as much cover surrounding you as possible, so deer and other game won’t spot your movements. At the very least, have a backdrop of leaves or branches and control how often and quickly you move your body. If you are hunting a fresh scape, pay attention to the wind so that you are downwind of the buck, and he is not traveling downwind of you. Deer have a very keen sense of smell and if your scent is not properly masked, you will be detected and lose your opportunity.

Selecting a tree for your stand may be an ongoing process, and you may choose to move the stand to increase your chance of gaining a better shot. If so, scout for hot sign, and then move your stand to hunt in the afternoon or following morning for best results. If you are looking to harvest your next big trophy, scouting must become a habitual part of your hunting experience.

 

SCOUTING FOR A SUCCESSFUL SEASON
07/31/2013

HOW TO ESTABLISH AN EFFECTIVE FOOD PLOT STRATEGY

​At Grow the Bone, we recognize that the key to a successful hunting season starts with an effective food plot. With fall just around the corner, it is important for hunters to begin making decisions that will prepare them for planting seed in the coming months.

At its basic function, food plots provide a supplemental food source for deer. However, when strategically grown, they can offer a number of benefits that will significantly increase your hunting experience. Food plots can potentially attract more whitetail deer to your property, which will increase overall deer sighting while hunting. As they continually feed on your plot, you will have the opportunity to harvest larger, stronger deer much easier.

We have broken down the essential factors into three different categories: Safety, Location, and Diversity, that you should take into consideration as you create your first food plot or if you are looking to gain better results from your current plot.

The level of safety an area offers is the most important element that whitetail deer look for when deciding where they will feed. If a deer feels secure, your food plot will become that much more attractive and could drive deer to feed there more often.

Questions you should ask are:

       1. Is my food plot a large, open space? If the answer is yes, consider altering its shape so that it blends in with the surrounding area.

       2. Can deer see through my food plot too easily? While deer want to be aware of their surroundings, they do not want to be completely visible to predators or hunters.

       3. How many entrance/exit points are there? Deer will investigate your food plot to find potential escape outlets, but they must appear natural for the whitetail deer to feel safe. If there are too many entrance points, whitetail deer may continue on to find a food source that has a less accessible perimeter.

Once you understand that safety plays a large role in a deer’s decision-making tactics, you can choose the location for your food plot. As you scout your hunting property, focus on areas that deer will find appealing, yet safe. Some major components for selecting food plot sites are the location of the bedding area and predominant winds during hunting season; you want to be able to hunt the plot without your scent being blown into the bedding areas.

Be sure to acknowledge the natural growth on your property, as well as any elevation changes, when you plant plots to alter deer travel routes. Despite offering quality coverage for you while hunting, it may block any sight line you may have.

However, not all plots have to be hunted. Even larger, open plots will provide tonnage of feed for the deer. Even if they are not utilized during daylight hours, they will help hold deer on your property, meet their nutritional needs, and you can still catch the deer in transition areas coming and going to these destination plots. Smaller kill plots can be located between the bedding and final larger destination plots and are deadly during the rut, since bucks will check them for does.

Once you have chosen the layout and location of your food plot, you must decide what seed to plant. Offering a diverse collection of feed that deer cannot find anywhere else will keep them coming back to your property. Diversity will also help to establish your kill plots during the hunting season, where you can provide a food source that differs from your larger food plot. Our team uses Buck Addiction Products; specifically the Power Perennial, Ultimate Greens, and Quick Fix forage blends. These blends are a high protein food source, made to fit the lifestyle of every hunter and grow maximum results.

Most hunters begin planting food plots for whitetail deer in the early fall. By establishing your food plot marketing strategy now, you will not only save time in the upcoming months, but deep into the hunting season as well. Good luck!

 

HOW TO ESTABLISH AN EFFECTIVE FOOD PLOT STRATEGY
07/31/2013

FOOD PLOT PLANNING & BATV

​Have you decided what food plot you want to plant this upcoming season? While it may seem far off, there are a number of different options you should consider before you start planting this fall. If you have already chosen your food plots, let us know! In the coming weeks, we will be highlighting our top picks, as well as offering advice on how to prepare for the upcoming season.

If you are as passionate about hunting as we are and can’t get enough, check out Buck Addiction TV (BATV) on the Pursuit Channel. BATV is a reality-based hunting television show that Grow the Bone sponsors and their second season premier airs this Monday, June 25th at 6:30pm EST. The show focuses on how to properly establish a nutritional program for hunting properties, as well as showing footage from their exciting whitetail deer hunts.

They provide informative entertainment and we are looking forward to what the Buck Addiction Crew has in store for us this season! Visit buckaddiction.com for more information!

 

FOOD PLOT PLANNING & BATV
07/31/2013

GROW THE BONE BECOMES NEW PRODUCT SPONSOR

​We are excited to announce that Grow the Bone has become an official product sponsor of Drop Tine Productions, a video production company that specializes in producing hunting video DVDs.

Our sponsorship was announced at their annual picnic last weekend, where we met their team and shared information about how our whitetail deer attractant can help fill their tags this hunting season.

We even challenged them to produce a commercial for Grow the Bone, where the winner will receive a $300 Cabela’s gift card and become part of our Pro Staff! With the great footage they capture while hunting, we look forward to seeing what their team can come up with!

Be sure to check out their website to see just how talented their team is!

 

GROW THE BONE BECOMES NEW PRODUCT SPONSOR
07/31/2013

REGISTER NOW FOR THE QDMA NATIONAL CONVENTION!

​Registration for the 12th Annual Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) National Convention has officially begun!

Last year, QDMA partnered with the Bass Pro Shops Land & Wildlife Expo, producing one of the largest conventions in recent years. QDMA is hoping to expand on last year’s success at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The convention will take place August 9-11 and will feature even more activities than in the past. There will be a number of experts and special guests in attendance that will engage in various seminars and even a Hands-on Hunting Workshop.

Included in your QDMA registration packet will be access to the Bass Pro Shops Land & Wildlife Expo, where you will find hundreds of exhibits showcaring the latest products and services to enhance your land and improve your hunting experience. There will be hunting celebrities on-site as well as the nation’s top wildlife and habitat experts from leading conservation, wildlife, agricultural, and forestry management organizations and companies.

For more information, you can visit the QDMA website here or call (800) 209-3337.

 

REGISTER NOW FOR THE QDMA NATIONAL CONVENTION!
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