We started using Whitetail Institute products seven years ago on our property and our deer herd has improved tremendously during that time. Although we live in a heavily hunted area with extreme winter conditions — 150-plus inches of snow last year, we have seen the best buck crop this past year since we started our QDM process on our farm. The first eight deer we saw this year were all bucks. More amazing is that the first five all met our 8- points-or-better requirement and the rest were very healthy animals. We have been really successful with the Winter-Greens product and I firmly believe it helps our bucks make it through the toughest part of the winter here in Northern Michigan. Moreover, some of my neighbors have started to use it and they have reported better bucks too. Attached is a photo of my 15-year-old niece, Lauren Czarnota, with one of those 8-points. This was Lauren’s second year to participate in the Michigan Youth Hunt. She passed on 15 or more deer last year because she wants to practice the QDM process I’ve started on our farm. She passed on seven more before this beauty stepped out into our No-Plow plot we have in our woods. Her dad “Ziggy” was glassing a couple of does and a spike or four point that had showed up for an evening snack of the No-Plow. I’d bet he really wanted her to take the 4-point because he is not 100% sold on the QDM when everyone around you shoots — “if it’s brown it’s down.” But Lauren stuck to her strategy and said “I hear more coming from the left.” Before her dad could get a good look at the deer and voice his opinion on what to do next, she lay a perfect bead with her .270 just behind the shoulder and the deer only ran 25 yards. She about knocked the field glasses out of her dad’s hands as he was about to tell her what to do. Ziggy, that girl doesn’t need anyone to tell her how to shoot deer, she just needs someone to try and beat the biggest deer that’s hanging on the living room wall. You should see the body size of our does and fawns during the past several years. It is amazing what Whitetail Institute products have done for our herd. Now if I can only get more of my neighbors to support our new camp motto; “Let ’em go, let ’em grow — If Lauren can do it — COME ON GUYS.” Keep up the good work Whitetail Institute.
Thanks Whitetail Institute for your products. The Imperial Whitetail Clover and No-Plow that I’ve been planting for years enabled my three grandsons to harvest their first deer. [Matt, age 17, 1st buck, 5-point, 12 ga. 85 yd shot.] [Robert, age 16, 1st deer, doe, 50 cal muzzle loader, 140 yd shot.] [Greg, age 15, 1st deer an 8-point, 20 ga, 150 yd shot.] Grandsons also receiving help from hot cocoa, battery socks, Mr. Heater and enclosed elevated 4-foot x 4-foot boxes, (nicknamed Guard Shacks). Photo enclosed is Greg with his 8 point.
It was November 8th, the second day of whitetail deer rifle season. We got out of our tent and went to our box stand at about 5 a.m. I was 10 years old. We were there for about 30 minutes when I saw a dark figure in the field southeast of us. At first I wasn’t sure what it was. Then I saw it move to the north of us. I told my dad that I could see something. While I had it in my scope my dad got out his grunt call. So he grunted a few times and then the deer did a big Uturn and was walking towards us. My dad told me if it turned broadside then I could shoot it. And sure enough — he turned broadside and I squeezed the trigger on my 243 rifle and the deer went running to our left. After I shot I could hear the deer running for about five seconds and then the running stopped. So we waited for 30 minutes. Then we went to where I shot it and we found blood. We followed the blood for 50 yards and saw the deer. It was a beautiful 11- point buck with a webbed rack. Later that day I shot a red fox that was about 200 yards away. Then I filled my dad’s management tag with a button buck. And that is a day I will never forget!
Our hunting club has a 750-acre lease on mostly reclaimed strip mine land. After trying other products we have found that Whitetail Institute products, Extreme, No-Plow and Winter-Greens perform the best for us. This past youth season, I took my 8-yearold granddaughter, Isabella back to a 3-acre Winter- Greens plot. I don’t have a grandson so she is my hunting partner now and she, believe it or not can sit still enough to have turkeys feed under her stand. After about 30 minutes of sitting a doe stepped out at about 70 yards and she calmly took sight of it and dropped it in its tracks with her .223. There was one very happy girl and a proud grandpa.
There is no doubt that the food plots that I have planted gave me opportunities and success with the deer in the photos. My friend who is a farmer by trade does most of my planting and every year he puts in Imperial Whitetail Clover, Chicory Plus and Secret Spot and the deer literally come from other properties to feed.
Well, it must have been that the moon and stars were all in line yesterday evening, because the big buck has landed. Here's a picture for you. He's a 3-1/2 year old and weighed 240 pounds live, and dressed 190. A dandy well fed Imperial Products buck. Thanks Whitetail Institute for providing the best food plot products out there.