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 ...
  • Essential Gear for Hunting Western Whitetails DDH TV co-host Mark Kayser and a western mule deer buck he toppled testing the new Hornady ELD-X bullet. (Photo copyright Mark Kayser) Unlike many Eastern whitetail hunts, where you are only a few minutes from your parked truck, when hunting the expansive West you must ensure you have everything you need for a day in the field. Here are some of the gear items that get put to use for my hunting trips for whitetail deer, mule deer, ...
  • Pressure or Rest: Do You Play a Deer Stand’s Hot Hand? The author with his 9-point buck felled by a NAP Spitfire broadhead and Wicked Ridge crossbow in a Banks Blind stand that produced two more fine bucks within 24 hours.Jeff Neal thought about my idea momentarily and then nodded his head in agreement. “That’s pretty good, considering how much we’ve been in and out of here the last few days,” he said. “I like it.” After three days of hunting out of the same Banks Blind close to the camp house and barn, just a few hours after ...
  • Eastern Tactics for Hunting Western Whitetails Mark Kayser celebrates after a super Wyoming hunt for this great buck.With large cities strung up and down the East Coast and some of the highest whitetail hunter densities per capita, there’s no debate where the most savvy whitetail hunters hang their hats. These hunters grew up with whitetails, honed their skills at deer hunting camps and devised tactics and strategies that have served them well. As ...
  • Deer Pictures: Real Slobberknockers GnarlesLEETIFFGaryThere was a day not so long ago when deer hunters across North America were absolutely fascinated with big bucks. No, not big racks — big bucks. Huge, giant, monstrous creatures. Or, as the old-timers called them, “real slobberknockers.” Antlers were adored, but they were almost secondary when it came to describing a buck’s status. “What did ...
  • Curious Deer Can’t Resist This Powerful Scent gear-smokeys-preorbital-in-august-wisco A month ago in the heat of summer, DDH Editor in Chief Dan Schmidt captured this video on his Wildgame Innovations game camera of a buck checking scent on a sapling. It wasn’t just any scent, though. Schmidt had doctored the sapling with Smokey’s preorbital gland lure, one of the hottest and most effective lures you ...
  • Aim Small, Miss Small: The Mystical Flight of the Arrow Practice is fun and helpful no matter how many years you've been hunting!Young Ted had it made. Had my very 1st bow by the time I could walk (which was before my 2nd birthday) and quite honestly I never put it down in all these 68 glowing arrow flinging years! I don’t shoot arrows, I am the arrow! I am also hopelessly human, which brings about a series of lifetime ...
  • D+DH Innovation Zone: Elite Archery Impulse 31 and 34 INNOVATION Elite Archery compound bow for 729An inside look at the new Impulse 34 and Impulse 31 bows from Elite Archery with archery shop pro Dan Bloch from Archery Country. Both bows are built for whitetail deer hunters. Learn more about the specs in this week’s Innovation Zone video. D+DH Innovation Zone, Season 1, Episode 35. Original air date: July 29, 2016. ...
  • Hot Gear: TenPoint’s Lightweight, Compact Turbo GT tenpoint-turbo-gtIndustry leader TenPoint Crossbow Technologies introduced its new Turbo GT model in January, one of four new crossbows for 2016, and the Turbo GT pairs a new stock and barrel design with the company’s time-tested technology to add improved performance and maneuverability to the newest version in a long line of successful TenPoint Turbo models. “The Turbo model has been ...
  • Successful Calling Tips for Dominant Whitetail Bucks Pat and Nicole Reeve manage their property, scout, and hunt together because they love the outdoors and interacting with deer and other wildlife.It was a cool afternoon and the deer were already on the move as I climbed into one of my favorite tree stands. Shortly after settling in, I noticed movement at the edge of the woodlot. A good buck was coming my way. My heart raced as the buck continued to approach. I carefully reached for ...
  • Auction for Custom Remingtons to Celebrate Anniversary remington-custom-guns-auctionJames D Julia auctioneers will host a live auction Oct. 6 for a chance to own the rare collection of Remington Custom Bicentennial firearms. This auction is an opportunity 200 years in the making. The live auction will be the only chance left to own these rare firearms. There never will be another opportunity to purchase the Remington ...
  • Hot Gear: Ranew’s Hanging Judge Gambrel gear-ranews-hanging-judge-gambrelWhen all your hard work scouting and hunting finally pays off and you put a trophy deer on the ground, you immediately wonder how much that deer actually weighs. With the new Ranew’s Outdoors Hanging Judge Gambrel with Scale, you can take the guesswork out of recording the weight of the deer you kill on your hunting ...
  • How Wind Affects Deer Movement and Your Hunting Changing tactics for hunting big bucks in the wind is a must.The buck drank deeply from the throat of the icy river, quenching his thirst caused by heavy rutting activity. For a moment, the deer had no inkling I was a mere 10 yards away, safely perched in an old ash 20 feet off the ground. Without warning, the cursed wind ruined it all. A gust hit ...
  • 12 Things You Must Have in Your Deer Camp Kitchen Stacy Harris has an array of items for cooking venison and other dishes, but among those are basics you can use and need in your kitchen.There’s a good debate of sorts among hunters and chefs when it comes to preparing venison: salt and pepper, and nothing else, or a little marinade or herbs to give the roast some added flavor on the grill, smoker or in the slow cooker. I’ve had it both ways and, honestly, appreciate both when done well. ...
  • Hot Gear: Scented Candles Upgraded for More Attraction gear-hot-trails-scented-candlesHot Trails Scented Hunting Candles and Mini Lantern are small, lightweight, convenient, and simple to use. Just light it, and let the candle and wind do the rest, pushing the scent into the wind and to the game. Celebrating our 25th year in business, Hot Trails is still a well-guarded secret among successful hunters. New this year ...
  • 10 Things You Need to Know About Crossbows Sabrina Simon TenPoint Wicked Ridge Raider CLS NAP SpitfireCrossbows, by design, are not that complicated. In the simplest terms, a crossbow is nothing more than a smaller vertical bow attached to a stock. On a technical level, crossbows are different from vertical bows in several ways. By Al Raychard The arrows used are shorter, and crossbows have a much shorter power stroke. Even though crossbow ...
  • Making the Move from Rifle to Crossbow When you're through hunting, it's best to uncock your crossbow.Fate’s whimsy introduced me to the crossbow. Last November I was a guest at the Hixon Land and Cattle Ranch near Catulla, Texas, invited by Steve Hall, Hunter Education Coordinator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, to participate in the 2015 IHEA-USA Heritage Hunt. Shooting a crossbow was one of the activities at the ranch. ...
  • How to Keep More Deer on Your Property CELEBRITY Steve BartyllaI wasn’t sure if the buck I was after was still alive. He had the strong tendency to bed on my hunting grounds, but also spent a decent amount of time on the other side of the road where the orange army was in full force. With this being the last day of firearms season, ...
  • Enjoying the Other Deer Bonanza in Texas! Ted celebrates hunting and the great conservation story everywhere he can, from the woods to the concert stage!The tawny spotted hide was only occasionally visible in the thick Texas cedar puckerbrush. I don’t think any animal can disappear quite like a spotted fallow deer. Skunked for more than twenty-one hard hunted days, for the life of me I just couldn’t figure these crazy spooky, ultra-elusive deer out, even on my own private Texas ...
  • Hot Gear: Mossy Oak Can-Am Defender defender-mossy-oak-hunting-edition-hd10-lifestyleThe all-new Defender Mossy Oak Hunting Edition side-by-side vehicle has been purpose built with factory-installed extras to appease the needs of modern hunters and outdoorsmen. Dressed with its exclusive water-dipped Mossy Oak Break-Up Country camo finish, the Mossy Oak Hunting Edition HD10 package is the direct result of joint effort from Can-Am and Mossy Oak Pro ...
  • The Best New Ammunition for Great Predator Hunting coyote6 Predator hunting is an intensive pursuit that requires patience, determination and much skill to be successful. Coyotes, mountain lions and other predator species can be notoriously wary, and once called in, don’t always afford hunters a second chance after a misplaced shot. Paradoxically, they can also be reckless at times, rushing in to the sound ...

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