Episode 4 "Holding Deer On Your Property" with Doug Kostreva - Part 1 of 2
In this two-part podcast Doug talks about why most hunters struggle to see mature bucks and how to improve your odds of seeing mature bucks.
I hope you enjoy Their Story’s Outdoors.
Crushing the Forage Soybeans
The deer have been crushing our plots planted with forage soybean the last 2 weeks. These beans can handle some heavy grazing and keep growing. They also produce good pods so when they dry down this will make for some great late season food.
Episode 2 Art Helin Wildlife Photographer
I’m in Dodgeville Wisconsin with Art Helin the owner of Wild Reflections Photography. We’ll be discussing how Art was introduced to photography as a young man and how photography has change over the years. Art talks about why he went back to school, his experience shooting photos for the outdoor industry, and getting into photography at an entry level. https://www.buzzsprout.com/1818454/9028498-outdoor-photography-with-art-helin-owner-of-wild-reflections-photography.mp3?download=true
It’s very interesting to watch food plots change when it comes to being palatable for deer. As the growing season progresses so does the taste and nutrition of the forages in food plots. I found this firsthand by placing trail cameras on food plots and keeping track of how deer feed in them. Right now, deer by me have moved off the clover, alfalfa and moved to soybeans.
Their Story Outdoors Episode 1 "The Story Behind HB Seed Comapny"
I’m in Pound WI to interview Doug Kostreva the owner and operator of HB Seed Company. Doug will tell us the story behind his company and we’ll also hear what a typical day in the office is like for Doug. HB Seed Company offers food plot seed, screening and cover seed and mineral. It doesn’t matter is you a first-time food plotter or have been planting for years Doug can help you improve your overall deer nutrition.
Planted our beans with 36 inch row spacing so we can broadcast Sweet Frost from HB seed between the rows. This will be a deer magnet in mid October and for late season. This works great if you can time this before a rain.
Some well needed rain has helped food plots this past week. Southwestern Wisconsin has been very dry since early spring. We finally reserved some rain over a two-day period. Beans are now starting to grow, corn if looking better every day and clover plots are back growing and look great. We are still 8 plus inches behind in rain for the season.
Spring planting is completed, planted forage beans and corn. We practice 2 year rotation with beans to corn so we don't deplete the soil. Now all we need is mother nature to supply rain and heat. This property is 98 acres and has 5 food plots that support the deer with food 365 days a year. 2 of the plots are planted with HB Seed's Luck O' Blend of Clover I also add chicory to the plot, 1 of the other plots is Alfalfa. These plot are around 1/2 acres each in size and offer great spring to fall nutrition. The other 2 plots are planted in ether forage beans or corn depending on the rotation year. they are 3 acres each in size. Beans offer very good nutrition from early summer with large green leaves to winter with dried pods that can last throughout the winter. Corn is a good food source for late fall until it runs out in late winter.
We are excited to announce our acceptance to the NEXUS Outdoors Ambassador program (makers of Scentlok and Blocker Outdoors). Scentlok is the leading world designer, marketer, and distributor of performance, hunting and casual odor-controlling apparel, footwear and equipment. Scentlok is the only company with access to all scent-controlling technologies including their patented activated carbon technology, which is consistently proven to outperform other technologies tested.
Spring scouting paid off over the weekend with a nice match set of sheds. As I walked a clover plot checking spring growth, I notice a shed at the end of the plot and 10 yards away laid the other side. I’m looking forward to see how much this buck grows over the summer.
Spring is a great time to walk your property to see how deer are using it. Trails are well defined and easy to walk. This is the only time of year that I’ll walk the edges of bedding areas to see what kind of sign the deer are leaving. Its also a great time to make buck beds and make other improvements to bedding areas. Some people say never go into your bedding areas, my thought is if you don’t go in you’ll never know if your hard work is paying off (note: this is the only time of the year I will enter a bedding area).
For more information go to our Habitat & Management page
I finally made it out shed hunting today and found a few. It was hard walking in the woods because of the snow depth. next weekend should be easier walking with 50’s all week.
Early Spring is also a great time of year to frost seed clover. I'm planning to frost seed two plots that were planted last year (this will help fill in any spots that are thin). The key to weed free clover plots is to have them thick so weed can establish. This will also cut the cost of expensive herbicides. When frost seeding existing plots broadcast 4 pounds per acer works great. If your trying to thicken an older plot increase your seeding rate to 5 to 6 pounds per acer.
Congratulation Tommy Brandenburg on tagging out with 2 mature bucks in two days. This just shows you how persistent and determined Tommy is and therefore he consistently harvest mature deer year after year. Read more about his hunts in the posts below.
Tagged out in 2 days
Tommy Brandenburg crushed a monster buck. The ultimate chess match is finally over. Tommy never put in so much time and dedication to harvest one buck ever. He's been on him all season but he always seemed to get lucky! Tommy missed him back in November when he was locked on a doe. Dozens of encounters drove Tommy crazy!! Lucky enough to take 2 months off work to focus on him 2 splits finally made a mistake yesterday. What a incredible animal! The body size of this old busier is insane! Tommy said Stay persistent, hunt smart and never give up on your goal!
Congratulations Tommy Brandenburg
Split 2 Buck
The week started off with most bucks in lockdown mode. Younger bucks were still running any doe they came across. We are in the last week of the early archery season and gun season opening on the 21st. Team member Greg Syvrud punched his Wisconsin archery tag on Friday the 13thwith an awesome buck. After having an early season encounter and miss with his number one hit list buck Greg put in the hour and it all paid off.
Both Greg and myself are now gearing up for this weekends gun deer season. Our goal is to harvest a few doe to help out our management plan. This is also a great time to put some venison in the freezer. With the increase in deer processing we made the decision to purchase a grinder and mixer along with some other equipment and go back to processing our on deer. We looking forward to making snack sticks, sausage, jerky, bacon, Italian sausage and ground burger. We'll post some of the processing and making of different products that we do. Its fun to experiment with different spices and mixes.
I hope everyone is having a great hunting season and remember to be safe.
"Friday the Thirteenth"
I punched my Wisconsin Archery tag on October 2 with a 5-year-old buck. It’s bittersweet to fill my tag this early in the season but on the other hand it means all the hard work paid off. I hunted this buck on a food plot that was planted with HB Seed Companies seed blend called Tagged Out and it lived up to its name. October 2nd was our first morning seeing temperatures in the low 30’s. The cooler temps had mature bucks up and moving early in the afternoon. I got in the stand at 3:00pm and around 4:00pm my number 1 buck come in and feed in the plot but was just out of range, so I didn’t get a shot. 30 minutes later my number 2 buck walked into the plot, I ranged him with my Vortex Optics Ranger rangefinder at 20 yards and let the arrow fly. The Crown Broadhead by Thorn Broadheads did its job and the buck piled up 30 yards away. I can’t saw enough about the products we use and the great companies behind every product that make hunting so enjoyable. I’m looking forward to getting back out to do some doe management. I hope everyone is having a fun, safe and successful season.
Brad's Wisconsin Archery Buck