Inaugeral Midwest Whitetail - Great Plains Episode

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in | Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010

Just an FYI - the promo episode for the 2010 Midwest Whitetail - Great Plains show has been created and uploaded to the Midwest Whitetail website.  I'm not sure on how to embed the video from the MW player into the blog so please click on the link below:

Greg Clements, the producer for the Main Show and Great Plains show, has an incredible talent and we cannot wait to see how he composes the footage of our hunts this fall.  He is definitely a talented guy and a great, new asset to the Midwest Whitetail team.  Bo and I are definitely looking forward to working with him this fall.

The schedules have also been released by Bill Winke.  Starting September 2nd, a new Great Plains show will be available for viewing.  A new Great Plains show will be uploaded every Thursday.  The first couple of episodes will be Hit List shows where the teams talk about the bucks they'll be chasing this fall.  Bo and I have a couple dandies on the list this year.  Season opens up for us in less than three weeks!  Hopefully the deer will cooperate and we'll be able to provide everyone a closer look at some of the giants as the season progresses. 

The Return of Two Legends

Posted by Scott Mensing | Posted in | Posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's amazing how one's excitement for the upcoming season can change with a simple card pull.  Friday evening started with us filming a field full of deer, including a great 140s, mature 8 point.  We had never filmed velvet on this particular field before and I was extremely surprised when this buck stepped out not more than 50 yards from me and fed for nearly an hour.  But after having that great encounter, we couldn't wait to see what was on the card that had been sitting undisturbed for nearly six weeks.  So at 10:30 PM we grabbed the one flashlight we had and headed out to see what had visited our salt lick.

The first buck we had visit the lick was a buck we have a long history with - Potato Digger.  Digger is a buck that we have gotten literally a hundred trail camera photos and videos of and have two years worth of sheds.  Bo passed Digger as a 3 1/2 year old and also last year as a 4 1/2 year old.  Last year he was definitely a shooter, but with low camera light and not the greatest angle, Bo elected to pass and hope for another opportunity.  Fortunately for us, Digger showed up this year again as a truly mature 5 1/2 year old stud.  

Digger is the #1 buck on our hit list this year.  He is dominant as it seems that he forces other bucks out of the area.  We feel he is one we have a very good possibility of harvesting as well.  Nearly all of the trail cam pics, sheds, and encounters have all occurred within an 80 yard area.  An in case you're wondering, both of his beams should go over 28" this year!

The second buck that we got new pictures of is a buck named the Crab Claw "9".  The reason 9 is in quotation marks is because he has now become a main frame 10 point.   This year marks the third year we've chased this buck.  In the fall of 2008, we had numerous trail cam pics of him and found his matched set of sheds, but he turned into a ghost during the 2009 season.  When he disappeared in October and we didn't find either of his sheds, we'd feared the worst and assumed he'd been harvested by a neighboring hunter.  But we were ecstatic when we saw the 5 1/2 year old giant show up on this card pull.  Crab Claw has simply exploded this year.  It's amazing what a difference a buck can make between 4 1/2 and 5 1/2.  Not only has he added length, mass and kickers, but he's also added a drop tine!  This is the first buck I've ever gotten pics of with a drop and we sure hope we get a chance to write a great ending to his story this fall.