Grow ‘em Big With Steve Bartylla

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26 Episodes for 2015!

Grow ’em Big is a new deer management show hosted by Steve Bartylla and will run bi-weekly. The info-packed show will provide top-end management techniques Bartylla has honed during his 25-plus years of managing some of North America’s premier deer hunting properties. The end result is a show designed to make your deer hunting easier through proven and efficient land-management practices.


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  • About This Blog The Deer & Deer Hunting staff has used a lot of gear, but what stood out? You’ll find that and more on this blog. Subscribe to posts via RSS.
  • About This Blog I hope that my meditations on natural resources will offer an escape for hunters pushing back against some modern trends in deer hunting. – Jacob Edson, D&DH managing editor Subscribe to posts via RSS.
  • About This Blog The key to hunting big bucks at any time of the season usually begins and ends with prudent scouting and meticulous notes. Want to kill the biggest buck of your life this fall? Take some time to analyze last year’s hunting logs or, at the minimum, try to pinpoint the travel routes bucks used most ...
  • The Best Way to Find More Shed Antlers Mark Kayser uses his Nikons to glass across a pasture for a possible shed deer antler.If you want to find more shed antlers you have to search where whitetails congregate and you need to put boots on the ground. In addition to these two simple elements you can up your antler game and gain by incorporating a common piece of hunting equipment. No, it’s not an ATV to ride around on ...
  • Fast and Easy Venison Breakfast Burritos The burrito or soft taco is an easy way to get breakfast on the run or kick back with friends and a cold brew. (Wikipedia)I woke up in a strange Mexican hotel, groggy, clothes strewn about, wondering where the heck I was in the darkness and what I was going to do for food since I only knew a couple of other people in the entire country. There was no food in my room. Water? Sorry, not drinking it. Even ...
  • First Deer Friday: He’s Overcome with Emotion for His Buck FIRST first buck emotions The emotions are flowing and quite real after this 11-year-old hunter kills his first buck with his crossbow. Jason Burcham filmed this short video that’s packed with great hunting passion!
  • Taking the Game Out of Your Deer Meat Specific foods that deer eat in different parts of the country along with the methods of field-dressing, and time from death to getting the meat in the cooler, all can play roles in the flavor of the meat.Meet the turnip-patch doe. It happened back when my middle son Ethan was just a boy. We were on a special youth hunt not far from the west bank of the Missouri River in South Dakota. The youngster was working like a trooper through some rough, cold weather in an attempt to kill his first whitetail. One ...
  • The Chase Ends for Big City Cody Miller with his Big City buck shot during an early November bowhunt.In autumn 2016, Illinois had been experiencing above-average high temperatures for the last few months. The most recent information I obtained from trail cameras, showed a lot of morning movement when the temperatures were cooler. On Nov. 6, I knew it was that time; I just had that feeling as temperatures were projected to be much ...
  • DDH’s Cool ‘Deer on a Bike’ Video is an Award Finalist Deer on the BikeOne of the coolest and most-watched videos Deer & Deer Hunting ever has produced is a finalist for an international film award. A video that DDH Online Video Producer Abbi Hehner created and posted last autumn of her father retrieving a deer from the Minnesota woods while riding a bike is a finalist for the Golden Helmet award at the 15th ...
  • Know Thy Habitat: Greenery Desirability Changes with Seasons Deer will use different areas of emerging or thriving vegetation to maximize the best use of each season spring through autumn.Food sources change in desirability during their various stages of maturation. When hunting over them, you should time your hunts for the phase when they’re most desirable. While it’s impossible to cover the most desirable stage of all preferred deer foods in one article, the following generally applies to greenery: • Seedlings – extremely tender and most ...
  • Hot Gear: Bushnell Introduces New Engage Optics Line Bushnell's Engage Binocular is new for 2017, part of a new optics lineup that includes riflescopes.Bushnell, an industry leader in high-performance optical solutions for more than 65 years, announces a new line of high-quality, performance-driven optics for modern hunters and shooters. The new Engage riflescopes and binoculars represent the latest evolution in Bushnell optics. “The Engage line is built to outperform all other comparable scopes and binoculars and completely dominate the ...
  • 5 Hot Locations to Find More Shed Antlers Mark Kayser loads up his backpack with sheds after a successful morning of checking different areas and making notes about locations so he'll be ready for next season. (PHOTO: Copyright Mark Kayser)To find more shed whitetail antlers you need to look in antler-hot locations where deer will frequent or use going from one spot to another. Here are five top areas to snoop for more bone in your backpack.
  • National Rifle Association Membership Says it All Ted enjoys visiting with fans wherever he goes and talking with them about the outdoors, hunting, fishing, guns and America.Millions and millions of American families are celebrating the amazing springtime spirit of renewal like they mean it! Fresh fish filets and wild turkey breasts are cooking all across the land, along with those incredibly scrumptious morel mushrooms, wild scallions, leeks, fiddle-head ferns and some early wild berries. Wild asparagus will sprout soon and dandelion ...
  • Improve Your Deer Hunting with Pears, Persimmons Persimmons are great for deer and grow well in optimal conditions, especially in the Southeast. They're super for early bow season stands when deer are looking for the tasty treats.In late summer when the fruit is ripe, it’s pretty doggone hard to beat the wonderful flavor of sweet persimmons or a crisp pear straight off the tree. One of the houses on my jogging route has four or five persimmon trees near the road. I know the owner and usually take a break there for ...
  • DDH’s Exclusive Deerhunter.TV Joins Roku Lineup Screen Shot 2017-04-26 at 12.19.32 PM Deerhunter.TV, the exclusive video channel brought to you by Deer & Deer Hunting, is now available on the Roku streaming service. Deerhunter.TV is home to thousands of free videos you can watch anytime at home, work or on mobile devices. These videos feature top deer hunting experts including Dan Schmidt and GordyKrahn of Deer & Deer ...
  • One Food Plot Superfood Loved by Deer and Humans Purple Hull Peas are part of the cowpea family and are a good option for food plots.Many, perhaps most, Arkansans enjoy purple hull peas on their dinner table. Deer love the peas as well. Planting in food plots is nothing new and is recommended by wildlife biologists of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission – but as one of a variety of plantings suggested to augment native foods for the goal of ...
  • Hot Gear: Bad (to the Bone) Off Road Stampede GEAR Bad Boy StampedeKnown for its stealthy electric UTVs, Bad Boy Off Road (formally Bad Boy Buggies) is dipping its toe into the gas-powered side-by-side UTV market for a very obvious reason. E-UTVs make up only 1 percent of the UTV market. And while the BB brand has dominated this space and carved a niche as a huge ...
  • Millions of Acres Await Diehard Deer, Turkey Hunters Hunting public land requires dedication, commitment and research if you want to be successful. (Photo: Gordy J. Krahn)I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard other hunters say they don’t hunt public land. The excuses are many: It’s too crowded. It’s too dangerous. There are too many fools out there who interfere with the birds you’re working. Yeah, well, nothing’s perfect. If you can line up good private land for your state-hopping ...
  • Bring Man’s Best Friend and Find More Shed Antlers Mark Kayser after a day of whitetail deer shed antler hunting with his faithful friend, Sage. (Photo copyright Mark Kayser)Man’s best friend is also your best friend, especially if you enjoy picking up shed antlers. Think about it, antlers are just bone, albeit the most amazing bone in the animal kingdom. Can you grow a new hunk of bone annually? That bone has appeal to your best friend whether it is a trained antler ...
  • Tempted by Travel for Your Turkey Hunting Grand Slam? Trevor Draves of Indiana takes full stock of his first morning in the wilds of Western Nebraska. (PHOTO: Zak Floro)Through the strong efforts of fish and wildlife agencies, the National Wild Turkey Federation and a robust North American conservation ethos, wild turkeys can be found in every state but Alaska. It’s no wonder an increasing number of hunters travel to pursue these oversized game birds each spring. The siren song of hunting far from home ...
  • Best Beers to Drink With Your Venison A glass of beer, ale, lager, stout, cider or other malted beverage can enhance the flavor of your venison dish . (Photo: Wikipedia) Malt and hops are strong enough to stand up against the bold flavors wild game is known for. Plus, carbonation is a natural palate cleanser and few ingredients cut through fat like hops can. What does all of this mean for the meat eater? The right beer just might be a better accompaniment to your fine, ...
  • Song Dogs of the East: Change Expectations, Tactics for Eastern Coyotes PredatorControlCoyoteAs a lifelong New Englander who has called predators from Connecticut to Maine since the early 1960s, I’m always amused when a Western-based writer tries to explain how it’s done east of the Mississippi. They invariably come up with some great theories that often sound convincing to the nov- ice predator caller, but it’s easy ...
  • Hot Gear: Spotlight Shines on New Nikon LaserForce Nikon LaserForce Rangefinding BinocularNikon Sport Optics has officially announced the introduction of its highly anticipated binocular with a built-in 1900-yard laser rangefinder. The new LaserForce rangefinder binocular combines superior optical quality, ergonomic single-hand control, technologically enhanced features and a 100 percent backing with Nikon’s No-Fault Policy. This combination equates to a highly efficient, must-have optic for results-driven hunters and ...

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