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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 in wildlife and habitat resource management.
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...
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.
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.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.
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.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.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.
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.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.
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!
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...
S1.E13. The crew spots "The Mule Deer Buck" once again. It's back and Uncle Randy has the farm to himself as shotgun season opens here in Illinois. Will he tag the buck? Then, check out some awesome John Deere equipment as it gets put to the test at the Grigsby.
S1.E14. First, Mike Stroff watches a monster 8-pointer chase does. It fends off two other small bucks before offering a shot opportunity. Then, Aaron Dusek, from Truglo, arrives in camp for his hunt. Finally, we learn about a turbo till and what it does.
Monster Whitetail at 20 Yards, Farm Management Practices
S1.E15. Aaron Dusek from Truglo is in camp with Mike Stroff during the first shotgun season and has a monster 10-point walk all the way in to 20 yards. Then, Randy Leka explains how the farm is in the early stages of nutrient management for the year. Leka and Andy Morehouse break down what that p...
S1.E16. This year's Grigsby buck quota is finally met. Then, Mike reflects back on a very successful season. Finally, he takes inventory of the available food sources on the farm in relation to the post-season and maintaining good whitetail health throughout winter.
S1.E17. Mike Stroff talks about his favorite area on the Grigsby farm and why it's so good. Honey holes are such because they offer deer what they need. Stroff touches on each of these things. We flash back to several hunts to see just how successful these areas have been.
S1.E18. Mike Stroff looks ahead to next fall. He walks through the plans for new treestands, tower blinds and food source changes. Then, Randy Leka discusses the plan for the next growing season. Naturally, he covers what's next for the farm.