Crossbow Hunting Strategy: "Bait-Sized Foodplots"

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This is the second video in a Crossbow Appreciation Month series of videos looking at Ambush Sites for the 2021 Crossbow Seasons. Here, we talk about “bait sized foodplots” and in particular, the Ridge Staging Foodplot. Is it really a staging foodplot if there’s no “destination foodplot” around for the deer to use later on?

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Now, I am not sponsored by anyone. I am a free agent. I experiement with different types of gear, but I’ll tell you my honest opinion about everything out there. I am not sponsored by Excalibur or Scorpyd…read on:

Bunjie (The O.B.) is a 2010 Excalibur Axiom Crossbow. After a decade of killing deer, hogs, squirrels–you name it!–with the “stock” 20″ Easton Firebolt arrows, Bunjie experimented with heavy arrows during 2020 but has since decided to hunt with 20″ ProFlight arrows from Easton, for a total arrow weight of just under 400 grains when tipped with a 100 grain Rage Crossbow Hypodermic Broadhead. This keeps ol’ Bunjie around 300fps. Is Bunjie retired as of 2021?

Bunjie, Jr., is my daughter Genevieve’s crossbow, an Excalibur Micro Suppressor 355. She also shoots ProFlights (16.5″ variety) with a 150 grain Rage Trypan Crossbow Broadhead, for a total arrow weight around 415 grains. This crossbow was a much appreciated gift from a Friend of Bunjie, and it changed Death by Bunjie forever by inspiring Genevieve to become a part of it as a second-generation crossbow hunter, and it also convinced me there is a benefit to a newer, faster crossbow (see our 2020 Maryland Doe Hunt).

Bunjie III (or Bunjie ’21, Bunjie 3.0) is a 2021 Scorpyd Deathstalker, the result of trying various models and looking at dozens of them online for characteristics I liked. It is, in fact, another gift from a different Friend of Bunjie, which goes to show how important Friends of Bunjie are to this channel and what an impact they can have. Although I really liked what I saw online, I would not have even tried a Scorpyd given that no shops near me carried them. This was sent to me new, free of charge…with the only stipulation being that if I didn’t like it, I would send it back to that FOB. After spending some time with it, I am convinced it is, in fact, the right crossbow for me in 2021, and I look forward to showcasing this crossbow in future videos.

So, I am not sponsored by these companies. I am sponsored by Friends of Bunjie! (I’m not asking for gifts whatsoever–please don’t feel like you should send me stuff! But I do appreciate the support I’ve received over the years! I’m just trying to express my appreciation for that.)

Once again, this channel is about my love of the crossbow, hunting, and the outdoors. I hunt exclusively with the crossbow. I love it. Sure, like a lot of kids, I started hunting with a good ol’ Model ’94 Winchester .30-30 back in the 80’s, but drifted away from hunting when I went off to college, law school, and started a family. As my daughter got older, I regained my interest in the outdoors, and I consider myself lucky to hunt on the same property today that I hunted on as a kid. I got the Excalibur Axiom crossbow in 2010 and I haven’t looked back. This channel is the result of combining my interest in filming and hunting…

…and music, too! My related channel, Yankee Militia, showcases my music. Some of the music is hunting-related, so check that out, too! The soundtrack for this channel is provided by my band, so the two are intertwined. The albums “Live Free or Kill” and “Zombies Gotta Eat, Too!” are available on Amazon.com and elsewhere. A third album is in the works.

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–Rich Wilson, Death by Bunjie

Comments

southern preacher says:

Nice to have a plan,nice to put that plan in motion and I feel confident in saying that y’all are going to shoot several blind deer.

CurtDawg says:

I like blinds in the shade if the option is available. They are less conspicuous, but also don't turn into ovens in the early season. If you have blinds out before season, deer get used to them pretty quickly regardless of where they are at. I try to consider approach AND exit strategy so that I don't leave a scent trail where I think the deer will be coming from, and when the hunt is over, I can I get out of there without destroying deer movement patterns. I use the little Doghouse blinds in some locations. They work well for gun, crossbow, but kind of suck for bow. Even if your bow is short, it is hard to draw your bow without the arrow telegraphing your location sticking out the window, then your drawing arm elbow hits the back of the blind. The stakes that come with them are garbage. I buy the big roofing tail type in the camping section at Walmart. Much stronger and hold better.

CurtDawg says:

I like blinds in the shade if the option is available. They are less conspicuous, but also don't turn into ovens in the early season. If you have blinds out before season, deer get used to them pretty quickly regardless of where they are at. I try to consider approach AND exit strategy so that I don't leave a scent trail where I think the deer will be coming from, and when the hunt is over, I can I get out of there without destroying deer movement patterns. I use the little Doghouse blinds in some locations. They work well for gun, crossbow, but kind of suck for bow. Even if your bow is short, it is hard to draw your bow without the arrow telegraphing your location sticking out the window, then your drawing arm elbow hits the back of the blind. The stakes that come with them are garbage. I buy the big roofing tail type in the camping section at Walmart. Much stronger and hold better.

Moe 1960 says:

Looking good rich πŸ‘

Danny McNalley says:

Next time you cut trees, cut the stump flush to the ground… Leaving the stumps up 3 feet makes zero sense…

James Skaggs says:

Great video

Danny McNalley says:

You look like Richard Simmons…

Chris Ruzsa says:

When is your next live video?

Chris Ruzsa says:

Great vid Rich

Wes Monahan says:

I have three acre food plots in the middle of the woods

Locks Bog says:

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Bobby Golden says:

Great Video!

Handelong Outdoors says:

Winter rye is much better and it grows everywhere. You should look in to winter rye it's a cereal grain. Much better then rye grass and it will green up befor clover and stay green untill the end of November

righthandy says:

thats using the ole noggin–know your victims travel plans

John Frederick says:

Excellent strategy! Hard to believe it's that time of year already!

Billy Mitchem says:

Rain helps it work

Jim Manning says:

We threw a small food plot of brassicas and clover in the middle of my woods a couple weeks ago. Cleared it and limed it this spring with 1200 lbs of lime and I dont know if it is much bigger than yours. 😳 Should have pretty good PH for a few years anyway ha!

Frank Bruner says:

Winter rye is a much better alternative to rye grass and last till December at the very least. Rye grass is still a lot better than nothing.

Kevin R says:

Great vids!!! But like the other Kevin said i hope its grain not grass

Gary Adams says:

very good to have you both back

John Tomasella says:

Well I can't do a food plot since I'm hunting state forest so I bought 6 bags of corn and some mineral.

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