Hunting Food Plots | Life Lessons (#457)

Hunting Food Plots | Life Lessons (#457)

GRANT: It’s great to be back at The Proving
Grounds. As many of y’all know, I had a kidney transplant
26 years ago. My sister, Alice, donated me a kidney and
gave me the gift of life. GRANT: Because of that gift, I’ve been able
to live a very active and blessed life. GRANT: (Quietly) You nailed it! GRANT: Earlier this year, during an annual
checkup at the Mayo Clinic, the doctors informed me that that kidney was finally failing, and
I’d need another kidney as soon as possible. GRANT: My wife, Tracy, was not a match. But, my oldest daughter, Raleigh, who is 19,
felt led to be tested and she was a good match. RALEIGH: Are you good? GRANT: Yeah. RALEIGH: Okay. I’ve grown up in a household knowing that
there’s a transplant patient in the house. Like, we cook with less salt for my dad; we
all wear a lot of sunscreen because he’s a big sunscreen guy. If you haven’t noticed by the big hats and
everything he always wears. RALEIGH: Typically, like, if you have a transplant,
um, like, earlier in life, you might need another one to continue to live, like, a normal
life span as someone else. So, that’s always in the back of my mind. RALEIGH: Um. And so, for the past few years, like, we’ve
known your – his kidney function was slightly decreasing as everyone’s does as you get
older. RALEIGH: He went to the Mayo for his yearly
checkup, um, and the news was not so good. So, he gives me a call and just kind of let
me know. And I was, like, (Inaudible) on the spot. Like, “All right. Like. When can I be tested? What can I do?” Because you have to be 18 to donate. RALEIGH: He started crying; I started crying. I’m driving. Um. And I was just like, “No. I need to get tested. Like, let’s, let’s get this thing rolling. Like, we don’t have time, so let’s now,
let’s just go.” RALEIGH: Um. We went up to the Mayo Clinic which is an
amazing place. Um. Just full of, like, very wise people and,
like, very experienced doctors. And I’m not a huge fan of hospitals normally. But, like, it’s a cool place, actually. Um. RALEIGH: So, we go through three days of multiple
testing. Um. Anything from urine tests, to blood tests,
CT scans, renal function tests. GRANT: Over the next few weeks, my family
started preparing for a kidney transplant surgery. And unquestionably, the toughest part of that
preparation for me was knowing my daughter, Raleigh, would have to have surgery to give
me the gift of life. It shouldn’t be that way. Fathers are meant to protect children, not
children saving the life of their father. GRANT: (Flashback) What do we always do when
we go hunting? RALEIGH: (Flashback) Um. Snickers? GRANT: (Flashback) Eat a Snickers. Every time we go hunting, we eat a Snickers. RALEIGH: So, like, people kind of ask me,
like, “Why are you doing this?” I’m like, “The simple answer is, like,
my dad has given me my whole life; taught me so many things – how to hunt, how to
shoot, how to work hard. Um. How to enjoy being yourself and just, um,
so it’s the least I could do to give him a small part of me, so he can have a bigger
part of his life. Because you only need one kidney to survive. Why do I need two? Like (Inaudible) sense to me to have two when
someone else needs one of mine.” GRANT: Are you scared? RALEIGH: Um. People keep me asking me if I’m scared or
nervous. So, no, I’m not scared. I am prayerfully hoping and praying, obviously
that it works. ‘Cause sometimes it doesn’t. So, that’s my, like, biggest concern. But. GRANT: After extensive testing at the Mayo
Clinic, Raleigh was not only a good match, but deemed to be in a perfect state of health
and a great candidate to be an organ donor. RALEIGH: As of right now, everything matches
extremely well, which is incredible. Like, one of the best matches you can get. So, scared? No. ‘Cause I think it will be kind of interesting
to see how it goes. RALEIGH: I kind of like scars so they tell
a story. So, I’m not, like, scared of that or, like,
scared of the hospital. ‘Cause, like, the whole, like, vertically
or horizontally. Like, most women want it, like, um, horizontally
so, like, it hides it. I’m, like, “No. Like. Put it on there vertically. Like. I want to see the scar. It tells a story.” GRANT: During that period of preparation,
all the way up through and including the surgery, Raleigh taught me, and many watching our family,
the true meaning of love. GRANT: I and my entire family wish to thank
everyone that prayed for us from the bottom of our hearts. Those prayers were overtly answered to the
point that neither Raleigh or I had any anxiety going into surgery. GRANT: In pre-op, we were joking and laughing
and comparing hospital gowns and our IVs and right before they took Raleigh down for surgery,
she says, “No. Wait a minute. I gotta give my dad something.” RALEIGH: I’m giving you a gift. Now you have multiple to choose from in case
mine doesn’t work. (Laughter) GRANT: Kidney beans. Very appropriate. (Laughter) RALEIGH: You can read that later. It’s kind of long. There you go. GRANT: Thank you, baby. RALEIGH: You’re welcome. GRANT: I love you very much. RALEIGH: Thank you. GRANT: I’ll see you – we’ll be together
in pre-op. RALEIGH: Yes. GRANT: We’ll be side by side in pre-op. So, I’ll see you in a little bit. RALEIGH: Um. Do I… (Fades Out) NURSE: Are you gonna walk in? RALEIGH: Yes. NURSE: Kinda short for you, but I’m right
behind you. RALEIGH: Left or right? (Inaudible) NURSE: Right. RALEIGH: Okay. (Several talking at once) NURSE: You doing okay, Ral? RALEIGH: Yeah. You want me to slow down? NURSE: No. You’re fine. GRANT: Raleigh recovered quickly. We had surgery about noon on a Friday and
that night about 9:00, she came walking in my room pulling her IV pole to check on me. UNKNOWN: Oh, my goodness. Look whose here. GRANT: You look awesome, baby. You’re walking. UNKNOWN: Certainly setting an example here. GRANT: Do you feel okay? RALEIGH: Umm-hmm. GRANT: No more nauseous? RALEIGH: Oh, I threw up one more time, but. GRANT: You feel okay now? RALEIGH: Oh, yeah, yeah. UNKNOWN: You know, Raleigh, part of him feels
19. (Laughter) FEMALE: Part of him is 19. RALEIGH: Yup. GRANT: You look great, baby. RALEIGH: Well, thank you. GRANT: The day after surgery, Raleigh’s
finals in online Calculus and Spanish were due. And she made As in both classes. The doctors and myself were amazed. Raleigh was dismissed from the hospital that
Sunday – just a few days after surgery. She’s now back at the University of Arkansas
and doing great. GRANT: Raleigh’s gift was a great illustration
of Christ’s love and gift of His life for us. And that resonated with many, many people. I can’t tell you how many people were considering
giving an organ to a family member or a friend and reached out to us asking for explanations
or how we felt or what the steps were in the procedure. GRANT: Raleigh’s gift of life to me was
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Blinds. GRANT: Recently, it rained for several days
straight here at The Proving Grounds. We were like many in the Midwest and been
in a wicked drought all summer. So, the rain was welcome and a huge blessing. GRANT: These late summer rains have come at
exactly the right time as we’re preparing to plant our fall food plots. GRANT: Most fall food plot varieties should
be planted about 45 to 60 days before the first average frost. GRANT: We never know what day it’s gonna
frost on any given year. So, the best we can do is look up the average
first frost of the fall date and use that as a guide of when to plant. GRANT: Here at The Proving Grounds, the average
date of the first frost here in the fall is October 15th. Backing up about 60 days puts us to start
looking at planting about August 15th – from August 15th on, whenever there’s adequate
soil moisture. GRANT: Having adequate soil moisture is just
as important as the date. Without adequate moisture, the seeds may not
germinate, or the seedlings may not survive. GRANT: Hidey hole food plots are some of my
favorite stand or blind locations. You don’t have to have big equipment. Hand tools, chainsaws, hand saws, rakes, hand
sprayers and a broadcast seeder can be all you need to establish a hidey hole food plot. GRANT: My favorite places to put hidey hole
food plots are just 100 or 200 yards away from a larger feeding area or bedding area. These make great staging or transition zones. GRANT: Through the years we’ve had a lot of
success tagging mature bucks at these locations. DANIEL: We’ve got the herbicide and the seed
out. And we’re gonna take care of this plot and
it’s gonna be ready to go in just one afternoon. DANIEL: We created this little hidey hole
several years ago because it’s situated in between a large bedding area and a feeding
area and it’s just a great place to hunt this travel corridor. DANIEL: This area was already a great travel
corridor before we put in the hidey hole plot, but we made it even better because now there’s
food; things are sneaking through. We’ve created a bottleneck. We’ve got a lot of good things going in this
plot. DANIEL: We actually decided to leave a few
trees and low hanging limbs where we can put Code Blue scrapes later on this fall and this
is gonna be a dynamite spot. DANIEL: We’ve got the herbicide and the
seed out. We’re gonna take care of this plot and it’s
gonna be ready to go in just a few minutes. DANIEL: The forecast says there’s more rain
coming in the next few days, so it’s a great time to be getting seed out. GRANT: When it’s time to plant the fall
varieties in these small hidey hole food plots, we terminate the weeds with glyphosate and
then broadcast the seed with an over the shoulder spreader. DANIEL: We really like to broadcast right
before a rain or even during a rain. That helps the seed get great seed-to-soil
contact and there’s a lot of moisture for that seed to germinate. GRANT: Glyphosate is ground neutral. That means once it reaches the ground, it’s
pretty much neutralized. In addition, it’s designed to only impact
growing green leaves. GRANT: It’s not gonna impact seeds. So, we simply spray; take the backpack sprayer
off; get our seeders and start spreading seed. DANIEL: When spraying with glyphosate or Roundup,
you can simply spray and plant in the same day. The seed that germinates isn’t gonna be affected. DANIEL: Always go at a little heavier rate
because there’s gonna be some squirrels and turkeys that come in here and eat some
seed. So, we go at a little heavier rate to compensate. That way we get a great stand in this food
plot. GRANT: Another great strategy for this plot
is to hunt it during the pre-rut or rut. Bucks are almost always cruising downwind
of that bedding area and often will scent check that little hidey hole food plot. DANIEL: On these small plots, I’m only opening
up my spout just a little and I’m zig zagging both this way and this way – sometimes multiple
times. If I open up my spout all the way and just
start cranking, I’ll go through a lot of seed. So, I want to conserve seed; get the appropriate
rate for this size of plot. That way I’m not wasting seed and this plot
will be good to go. DANIEL: So, one great thing about these little
hidey hole food plots is you can spray and plant in the same day. The herbicide – it’s not ground active;
you spray; knock down the weeds; and we can come in and just broadcast. Great for Saturday work or Sunday afternoons
– getting into your hunting spot and making these little hidey hole food plots. GRANT: Stay tuned throughout the fall as we’ll
be sharing the techniques we use week by week to approach these hidey hole food plots and
the success we have of hunting over them. GRANT: (Whispering) Are you on it? Are you on it, Daniel? DANIEL: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: (Whispering) That is a good deer. DANIEL: (Whispering) (Inaudible) GRANT: Last season, we had several successful
hunts out of Redneck Blinds. GRANT: (Whispering) He’s still coming. He’s behind that dead stick. You see him? Just about two more steps. GRANT: (Whispering) I got brush, but I’m
on him. If he gives me a clear shot, I’m taking
it. DANIEL: (Whispering) Okay. GRANT: (Whispering) Get ready; get ready. DANIEL: (Whispering) Hmm. Hmm. GRANT: (Whispering) You ready? DANIEL: (Whispering) Hmm. Hmm. GRANT: He’s down. Head Turner’s down! Can you believe that? GRANT: Through the years, we’ve positioned
our Redneck Blinds in great locations and have success year after year. GRANT: 70 yards in front of us. My goodness! GRANT: Because we use the blinds year after
year and through the summer scouting for bucks and shooting groundhogs and whatever, we take
time before deer season to go clean each blind. GRANT: These blinds are located out in the
middle of our property, so we simply take a small Yamaha generator; plug in a shop vac;
and sweep it all out so it’s perfectly clean for the coming season. GRANT: Redneck knows that hunters want to
see, so they developed a special spray to clean the windows with that not only cleans
it but keeps them from fogging. GRANT: We often leave all, or at least most
of, the windows closed in our Redneck Blind, depending on time of year, temperature and
a lot of other factors – wind direction. So, it’s important that we have a very clear
view out the windows. GRANT: Labor Day is coming up soon and it
reminds me how thankful I am of all the men and women that work every day to make this
country functional and great. I’m extremely thankful for all workers and
I hope everyone this Labor Day not only gets out and has a safe time, but slows down, finds
a quiet place and listens to what the Creator is saying to them. GRANT: Thanks for watching GrowingDeer.

63 thoughts to “Hunting Food Plots | Life Lessons (#457)”

  1. I need a lot less rain I found a pond that has deer tracks all over mainly because it is the only water on this chunk of timber now the creek has pockets of water in it and some deer are going to them and not the pond

  2. Good luck hunting in Kentucky! Only one more episode until deer season opens in Maryland!!! Glad that Dr Grant is doing well and that he’s on the fast train to killing another elk!

  3. When should cereal grains be planted for fall if first frost average here is September 15? Great to see everyone made it through fine, God is good.

  4. So happy for both of you that there were no problems or complications. God's love is awesome and prayer is such an awesome tool. Congrats and glad to have you back on the show.

  5. What an amazing story! Welcome home both of you. Hunting season is literally just around the corner. I hope yall have another great year at the proving grounds. I can’t wait to see all the action.

  6. Will there be an update on the vegetable garden? I'd really like to know how that worked out. Glad you two are doing well!

  7. I'm so happy to see you back and well. God is great, god bless your beautiful family…Now let's see some great hunting….

  8. Dr. Woods, Good to see you back, but Daniel did a fine job keeping us updated 🙂. Prayers for you and your daughter’s continued good health.

  9. The incredible power of love. What an amazing gift you received from your daughter. I am inspired beyond words. God bless you and your family. I'm supper happy for ya'll.
    1 John 3:16-18
    By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

  10. Welcome back Grant. I am so glad that everything went so well for you and Raleigh. What an amazing little girl you have there. I wish you and your family the best of luck in all of your futures and many, many years of love to share with them and the ones you care for.

  11. This video gives me hope! My daughter Genna is 20 years old and on dialysis waiting to get on the transplant list so we can get her a kidney. She is very sick and has to use a walker to get around. We pray every day that she gets better and that God will bless her with life. Now Genna on the other hand never has a bad day, She never gives up and when something goes wrong she just trust its Gods plan and just goes with it. She is the strongest person I know. The phosphorus has built up in her joint and it hurts her to walk but she loves to fish and every chance I get to take her we go. The sun gives her Problems and in Oklahoma its HOT so we try to go early in the morning. She loves watching the sun come up and always says look at what God has blessed us with this morning dad. It make my heart melt I know she will get her transplant someday and she will make a big impact on this world. So thankful for every day I have with her. My family will continue to pray for you and your family. God Bless….

  12. Grant, I want to praise you on the character of your daughter. My son, which is 14, turned me on to your channel. Thank you, for what you do. I'm glad that he is into your channel. My son hopes to be an intern soon. We would love to find some time to come and meet you at an event eventually. Thank you for doing what you do, and for being a believer. Until the nets are full my friend.

  13. Would that spray and broad cast strategy work in a spot that has about knee to waist high grass that is also a lot thicker than your plot here? Or would it be beneficial to hit it with a brush hog first?

  14. Cheers Grant and Raleigh and glad you are both doing good. You are an amazing woman Raleigh and we need more people like you in this world!!

  15. That’s just amazing your daughter was a match and willing to help you grant you and your family are so blessed and the good lord is sure on your side god bless and hope the recovery is fast and well!!

  16. Great to hear!
    Very informative on the glysophate and the fact it isn't threatening to new seed. Goat weed took over during the drought this year so I will be broadcasting black oats, buck monster wheat and smorgasborg Eagleseed then spray the goat weed.

  17. Awesome news from our woods we pulled cards and we have a new buck roaming that we have never seen before he is a beautiful 9 point can’t tell yet if he is 3 or 4 cuz in the video he was walking away and in picture he was turned wrong we hope to find out how old he may be, regardless of age always cool to have a new deer roam into our property

  18. So glad everything went so well with both surgeries!!!!
    Danial, did y'all do any disking, raking or dragging over that seed before or after in that hidey hole food plot? Just curious about how good it's gonna germinate if it's just laying on hard ground with grass and stuff everywhere? Thanks

  19. Man this was very touching. Raleigh is the kind of daughter every father and mother dream about however she didn't just turn out that way on her own. Grant you and your wife molded her into the loving caring and most importantly Godly person that she is and for that I think you were blessed with the gift of life from your daughter. Love to all at Growing Deer

  20. What a great young women Raleigh is. And just a great family story, glad your both doing good. Many happy hunts in the future for both of you.

  21. I hope you read new comments on older videos. May be a little wordy. Very moving story , Raleigh is pretty amazing, I'm sure you and her mother are so proud. What was Rae's reaction?
    My uncle ,who helped me with my love of photography , needed a kidney back in 1972? Everyone able in the family got tested, no match. He was on the list for a while , giant dialysis machine in the house. I remember listening to his blood flowing through the tubes with a stethoscope , I was 7 pretty vivid memory. A donor was found from a car wreck , a 9 year old girl. Always a little saddened by where the donor came from . He lived with the same kidney for over 30 years. One of the longest single donor recipients at the time.
    Glad y'all are doing fine. Ain't God Great !

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