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Grigsby is at the forefront of farming in America, with more than 10,000 acres of contiguous agricultural land dedicated to growing row crops and REALLY BIG WHITETAILS. The farm is adjacent to the 15,500-acre Jim Edgar Fish and Wildlife Area, which only helps the Grigsby’s efforts at wildlife and...
A Big Crossbow 8, and Return of the "Mule Deer" Buck
S1.E11: Chris Ramsey is after a barrel-chested 8-pointer with his crossbow. Mike spots a whitetail—called the Mule Deer Buck—that they thought was wounded and lost, but it's alive, well, and chasing does. The last bowhunters of the season are at the Grigsby, and Mike is dialing in shotguns for th...
Sighted in a rifle for coyotes, check cameras and get a game plan together for Mark Baker. Learn what makes the Grigsby team so efficient at harvesting the fields, Mark encounters a huge 8 point in clover. And we get to see a true giant 215”+ whitetail!
S1.E9: It's the best time of year at the Grigsby. Bucks are chasing does, and hunters are rolling into camp. Outdoor writer Jace Bauserman has a big, mature whitetail walk into range. Plus, an early snow storm hits during the rush to finish up the crop harvest.
October Action: Crossbow Doe Patrol and a Bruiser 3.5-Year-Old
S1.E8: The rut is just around the corner at the Grigsby, and excitement is running high. Crops are coming out, Mike fills a doe tag, and Jamie Satterfield has an encounter with a giant 3 1/2-year-old buck
S1.E7: Mike has a big 10-pointer stroll by in chip-shot range on his first sit over the new clover plot. Plus, he spends time fishing with his son at midday, and checks in on the harvest update. It's mid-October, but more than 50% of the corn and beans are still standing.
S1.E6: Bow season is finally open in Illinois, and Mike sees a giant buck on his very first day in the woods. But fall means crop harvest season, too. The Grigsby team hits the field and explains how a combine works.
S1.E5: Randy talks through the steps in a soil conservation project with the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service. Then, Mike hangs the final stand of the year in preparation for the upcoming season. With 160+ stands in place, prepping the Grigsby is quite a job!
S1.E4: Technicians go over combine maintenance and adjustment with the crew, and Randy checks out an organic cover crop that, at just 3 weeks old, is already 24 inches tall. Though it's there to fix nitrogen for next spring's corn, deer will be feasting on it this fall.
Plot Maintenance, A Near Tractor Wreck, and Red Corn Update
S1.E3: Mike Stroff and Randy Leka check on their red corn test plot, and Mike mows the clover plots in preparation for opening day in Illinois. Of course, like any food plot adventure, there are wrinkles in the plan, including a near tractor wreck a log jam in the mower, and fungus on the corn.
S1.E2: Mike Stroff makes use of depredation tags issued by the State of Illinois to help control the deer population on the Grigsby. The reality is, there are more deer there than can be controlled by hunting, and the farm is suffering crop losses because of it.
S1.E1: A behind-the-scenes look at one of the largest contiguous farms in Illinois. Mike Stroff and Grigsby farm manager Randy Leka take a look at the progress of a red corn test plot, and discuss the benefits of cover crops for the land and whitetail population. Plus, Stroff preps stands and ge...