Wood Haven Stinger ProFLEX Deer Grunt™ and Bleat Call Review
While in the stand, Ben covers a couple of his favorite grunt and bleat calls for the rut in this WoodHaven deer calls review. Ben is currently using the Stinger Pro deer grunt, an easy and great sounding grunt call for the price point.
Pic: The Stinger Pro is designed to be easy to use and requires very little air to operate. With the Stinger Pro Grunt you can produce a wide range of calls, varying from whisper soft to very loud.
The doe bleat call Ben uses is the WoodHaven ProFLEX Bleat™ call. This bleat can produce an appeal for both bucks and does, making for a great call to use periodically throughout the hunt.
Pic: The ProFLEX Bleat is an effective call throughout the deer season. This call is capable of producing very realistic distress bleats and bawls of a young deer that during the early season can trigger the maternal instinct of does. Many times when a mature doe hears this sound, she will immediately investigate for a closer look. The ProFLEX Bleat also produces very realistic doe estrous bleats that are highly effective at calling in mature bucks during the rut.
Interested in learning about other powerful tools for the rut? Check out which deer scents Ben is using for the rut!
Rut Hunting | Best Deer Scents for the Rut
While in the stand buried in late October rut action, Ben discusses some of the best deer scents for the rut, and how he uses them when hunting. By far the best scent to use during the pre-rut, rut, and post rut is doe estrus. This can be used for scent drags, downind scent streams, scrapes, scent wicks, and several other applications. As the rut peaks, bucks will continually be traveling during daylight through, between, and downwind of bedding areas and food sources. With this in mind, Ben likes to keep the scent up in the tree and fresh downwind of his stand. This acts as a deer attractant and a cover scent for meandering bucks.
Pic: This doe estrous scent is the finest estrus lure in the market! Hot-N-Ready XXX is only collected during the absolute peak of the estrus cycle, when the doe is ready to stand and breed. These doe’s are so hot we had to give it a triple X rating.
To keep a downwind buck from catching human odor in the mix of the doe estrus, Ben uses the new Phaze Foam system from illusion hunting systems. A quick dowse in the foam eliminates odor on the skin.
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PhaZe Out your body odor in 3 simple steps and experience the next level of scent control this hunting season! For optimum results, use PhaZe 3 Field Foam in conjunction with the entire PhaZe system.
How to Create Mock Scrapes
In this episode of Booner School, Ben shows how he creates mock scrapes on the edge of a food plot. There’s a common misconception on deer scrapes and that they’re only good for just the rut. White–tailed deer communicate via there orbital gland and interdigital gland scents 365 days a year. With this in mind Ben plans to have two primary scrapes, one on each side of the field/food source for either wind that may occur.
If you can’t find the proper setup when creating a mock scrape site get creative by attaching a limb (pine, sassafras, etc.) or grapevine to an already existing branch and scrape the ground directly below. As far as deer scent choice Ben recommends Black Widow Deer Lures Matriarch Doe or Scrape Master scents.
Ben’s tree stands have already been set on both sides of the field and the combination of the new mock scrapes and camera setup will help provide intel as to what bucks are using the setup. Once that information is attained Ben will be able to make a game plan for hunting the area.WATCH SEASON 3 NOW
Deer Food Plot and Kill Plot Setup Strategy
On this episode of Booner School, Ben Rising discusses how he plans to set up a food plot for deer that works with his hunting strategy, access, and stand sites. This deer hunting and kill plot strategy and planning is how you make deer come to you.
Ben’s strategy is to use two fields that neck down to about 20 yards to his advantage in funneling deer. Where the fields come together and empty into a 30 acre CRP field there happens to be a couple big multiple stemmed cherry and hickory trees that make a perfect tree stand or tucked away redneck blind location. With this in mind, Ben plans to plant Antler King® Slam Dunk or Honey Hole mix with a drill to create a kill plot. The food plot species in these mixtures will pull deer into the plot during the hunting season and with Ben’s mowed access trails, should provide ample hunting opportunities.
This deer food plot and kill plot strategy will work anywhere. A nearby bedding area, CRP field, and kill plot that funnels deer movement by trees or a location where you can hunt will always be deadly.WATCH SEASON 3 NOW
Deer Hunting Creek Crossing
On this Booner School video host, Ben Rising discusses deer hunting creek crossings. Creek crossings can often be great areas to intercept bucks, especially creek crossings like the one in Ben’s video. The crossing is between a cool bottom bedding area and a summertime food source in the form of soybeans.
The bucks tend to stay in the cooler bottom during the summer months and travel through the pinch points of the creek crossings to get to the food source. This usually allows hunters to spot crossing points for stand placement. While the arrival of fall may change the bedding area and the food source, bucks will still cruise the crossing between bedding areas during the fall and the rut. As a result, ben discusses where you might want to put a tree stand to appropriately hunt the creek crossing.
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Timber Stand Improvement for Deer
Ben is out marking a timber cut for deer on a client’s property. While doing so he stops to explain why this property needs timber stand improvement (TSI). The landowner indicated that deer movement across the property is not satisfying. Put simply deer are not staying on the property and instead merely moving through it. Ben’s first impression and assessment after walking through the property is that several areas of the property consists of big timber, timber which shades out the understory growth that deer favor for cover and food.
For this property, Ben is marking a 10-15 acre cut. Ben is targeting the bigger timber but plans to leave several smaller white oaks, red oaks, and even some larger white and red oaks for mast production. This timber cut area or TSI area will become exceptional deer habitat. The landowner plans on making this a substantial bedding area on the property for hunting, but Ben explains that this cut will also lead to another great timber stand for harvest 30-40 years from now.
While this type of selective timber harvest might produce slightly cricked trees (as they compete for sun in the holes of the canopy), it is one of the best for deer habitat. Ben explains that there is a place for select cuts like this property, and a place for creating deer bedding or clear cuts, It just needs to fit with the goals and best interests of the landowner and/or hunter. A timber harvest that produces nice thick habitat combined with food sources on the edge of the cut or transition areas coming off the cut creates ideal areas to catch big bucks.Watch More Booner School Here
Whitetail Edge Hunting Gear Reviews | Rogue Bowstrings Review
Ben and Javin run through a Rogue Bowstrings review. Ben and Javin explain that Rogue produces high-end professional bowstrings that outperformed their expectations. Through Rogue’s process of end loop serving, engineered stretch, and twist count, the bowstrings will consistently outperform any other string you put on your bow.
Ben and Javin both shoot the Whitetail Edge addition of the R19Pro. The R19Pro bowstring uses the latest BCY 452X material money can buy and it is paired with the BCY-Halo servings and POWERGRIP center serving. The R19Pro bowstring is fully customizable in color, including the Whitetail Edge edition in fluorescent green and black.
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Clover Plot Weed Control
Ben Rising discusses maintaining clover food plots. More specifically Ben’s explains how he institutes weed control in clover food plots through the use of herbicides. To control broadleaf weeds and grasses in clover you need a combination of a grass selective and broadleaf selective herbicides.
To control grasses in clover plots Ben uses Select Max (Clethodim) at 16 oz per 10 gallons per acre. To control broadleaf weeds in clover plots Ben uses Butyrac 200 (2-4DB) at 1 quart per 10 gallons of water per acre, which does not harm legume species (clover, soybeans, alfalfa). This mixture of herbicides needs to be accompanied by a crop or methylated seed oil to speed up and guarantee the herbicides process of working into the foliage of the weeds. Ben suggests 12 oz of crop oil to 10 gallons to mix with the Select Max and Butyrac 200.
These herbicides give the option to control all the weeds in a clover plot in one pass. This option presents the opportunity to add liquid fertilizers and plot sprays like Antler King’s Jolt and Plot Max.
Mowing is one way to control weeds in clover plots, but if you want a great stand of clover without mowing off food and moisture in the clover, herbicides are your best bet. These herbicides are not cheap, but a needed part of proper clover plot maintenance.
Thermals and Deer Hunting
Ben Rising discusses how thermals work in evenings and mornings while deer hunting. Ben’s recent video “Food Plot Considerations” briefly touched on why a hunter may have a tough time or elect not to hunt a food plot due to thermals. The video featured a small perennial clover plot settled in the bottom of two hills. With known buck bedding on the hill, Ben described why the particular food plot would not be hunted as both morning and evening thermals would complicate the hunt. After receiving questions about how thermals worked, Ben decided to explain both morning and evening thermals, and how they are affected by dominant wind direction and terrain while deer hunting.
Morning thermals tend to rise and therefore typically carry a hunter’s scent out of a valley, food plot, or hunting location. However, when the dominant wind is at play these thermals may slide horizontally before rising. This could, in turn, bounce or swirl on a hill above the hunter’s location. This is typically why morning hunts should be placed above where the deer are expected to come from, putting the thermals and dominant wind away from the expected direction of travel.
Afternoon or evening thermals tend to sink and therefore carries a hunter’s scent down to ground level. This is usually a negative associated with hunting in the evenings unless a hunter can use a terrain feature or the dominant wind to the advantage of sinking thermals. Creek bottoms or valleys running away from terrain can act like funnels for scent. If a stand is properly placed evening thermals can take a hunter’s scent out of the hunting area and away from deer through a creek, river, or slow depression running away from higher terrain.
Incorporate this knowledge of thermals and deer hunting when deciding stand and food plot locations.
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Power Line Food Plots
Ben Rising takes a break from managing some of his food plots to talk about a new project. In this episode of Booner School, Ben discusses how he plans to best use an open power line in the center of the hunting property. Power line food plots take advantage of openings typically running through Midwest farms. These openings usually create highways for wildlife and even create great cover and early successional food sources. Ben plans to take the power line opening and turn it into an Antler King clover food plot. This clover food plot in the power line opening will serve as an early season and pre-rut hunting area while also providing a staging area to the nearby standing corn food plot. With this strategy clearly explained Ben suggests some tips on maintaining clover plots with both mowing and the use of broadleaf and grass selective herbicides.
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