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2020 Halloween Buck Kill with Rage X 2 Blade Mechanical Broadhead & Centerpoint Sniper 370 Crossbow


Watch the Halloween 2020 Mountain Buck Harvest as I use Rage X 2-Blade Mechanical Broadheads, Carbon Express Piledriver bolts and the Centerpoint Sniper 370 to take this 8 point buck. It was a full moon on Halloween with perfect conditions as this beautiful buck came into the food plot to eat. Items used are listed below.

Check out my food plot video here: https://youtu.be/0uTVs8qH_iQ

On Amazon:
– CenterPoint Sniper 370 Crossbow Package, Camouflage https://amzn.to/33eLzyz
– Rage Crossbow X, 2-Blade Archery Arrow Broadhead, 100 or 125 Grain with Shock Collar Technology (3-Pack) https://amzn.to/3k3KpwC
– Carbon Express Piledriver Crossbolt 20in. Moon 6pk 52140: https://amzn.to/2SN92lR
– Tink’s Scent Bombs: https://amzn.to/2ZWuY1K
– Code Blue Whitetail Doe Estrous: https://amzn.to/3cmnj1Y
– Evolved Habitats Harvest Throw and Gro, 5-Lbs: https://amzn.to/32ubeEv
– Code Blue Grave Digger Scrape Mate 12 oz: https://amzn.to/321HbTY
– Vortex Optics Crossfire HD 10×50 Binoculars: https://amzn.to/3mTOyVJ

At Cabela’s:
– Rage Crossbow X, 2-Blade Broadhead https://cabelas.xhuc.net/c/2516024/132065/2623?prodsku=2011317&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cabelas.com%2Fshop%2Fen%2Frage-crossbow-x-broadheads&intsrc=PUI1_895
– Carbon Express Piledriver Crossbolt 20in – https://cabelas.xhuc.net/c/2516024/132065/2623?prodsku=2007136&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cabelas.com%2Fshop%2Fen%2Fcarbon-express-piledriver-crossbow-bolt&intsrc=PUI1_895
– Tink’s #69 Doe in Rut Buck Lure Deer Attractant and Bomb: https://cabelas.xhuc.net/c/2516024/132065/2623?prodsku=1151134&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cabelas.com%2Fshop%2Fen%2Ftinks-69-doe-in-rut-buck-lure-deer-attractant-with-scent-bomb&intsrc=PUI1_895
– Code Blue Whitetail Doe Estrus Urine – Deer Attractant – 1 oz. https://cabelas.xhuc.net/c/2516024/132065/2623?prodsku=831725&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cabelas.com%2Fshop%2Fen%2Fcode-blue-whitetail-doe-estrus-urine-deer-attractant&intsrc=PUI1_895
– Grave Digger Scrape Mate: https://cabelas.xhuc.net/c/2516024/132065/2623?prodsku=5071605&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cabelas.com%2Fshop%2Fen%2Fcode-blue-grave-digger-scrape-mate-deer-attractant&intsrc=PUI1_895
– Vortex Crossfire HD Binoculars – 10x50mm: https://cabelas.xhuc.net/c/2516024/132065/2623?prodsku=2722103&u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cabelas.com%2Fshop%2Fen%2Fvortex-crossfire-hd-binoculars&intsrc=PUI1_895

Last Minute, No-Till Food Plot Part 3


We clear a small space in the woods and try out Evolved Habitats No-Till Throw & Gro No-Till Forage to create a mini food plot in just two weeks!

Fern Gully is just nothing but ferns, rotten logs and rocks before I started working.

After all of those ferns got taken out with the grass whip.

Removed rotten logs, rocks added a few handfulls of basic fertilizer and hand-spread the Evolved Habitats Harvest No-Till food plot mix.

Check out these results in just 2 weeks!

View from my ladder stand (before)

View from my ladder stand (after)

Last Minute, No-Till Food Plot – Part 1

The property I own is on the side of a mountain and just about completely wooded. During the fall, deer are retreating to heavily wooded areas such as this and are looking for food sources to help sustain them through the rut. Creating a mini food plot in this sort of environment can be a real draw for those elusive mountain bucks.

Luckily, I have a nice opening in the forest which is about 1/10th of an acre that is completely full of ferns (which is why I named it “Fern Gully”). In late August (August 27th to be exact), I decided to try and make a mini food plot at Fern Gully and see how it turned out for the upcoming archery season.

image of "Fern Gully" an opening in the forest with an abundance of fern growth.
“Fern Gully” a small opening in the forest with an abundance of fern growth.

You may have had one of these tools around the barn or garage while you were growing up like I did. Grass whips are a simple and efficient way to get rid of weeds (or ferns in this case). They are lightweight (which is helpful when working in remote locations) and durable. Plus, you can work on your golf swing while whacking weeds! The particular grass whip I used for this project was from Amazon: True Temper 2942600 Grass Whip with Double-Edged Serrated Steel Blade with 38 in. Hardwood Handle, Black

“Fern Gully” after using the grass whip to clear many of the ferns.

I cleared out a good portion of the ferns, but wanted to leave a decent amount for bedding areas. I noticed that the deer had quite a few beds in the area and I wanted to leave some spots untouched so they would continue bedding down there. I then raked the area and removed old vegetation and debris (bigger rocks, rotten logs, etc.) and prepped it to plant my mini food plot in the forest.