Taking big, mature whitetails season after season isn't a happy accident. The kind of success that Gregg is able to achieve each deer season is a direct reflection of the management efforts he puts into his hunting properties. However, Gregg says he doesn't manage his land exclusively for the benefit of whitetails. While he does gear some projects specifically toward whitetails, his overall goal is to provide prime habitat for all wildlife. Fortunately, a lot of management practices benefit all species, but there are opportunities to go even further and improve other parts of the ecosystem that might otherwise be left unattended. For instance, Gregg says specialty CRP programs with a focus on pollinators are really big right now in the Midwest. Citing a lack of bees and other pollinators in the Midwest, Gregg says their absence is a big deal. They aren't pollinating plants and flowers like they should be and the impacts of the loss of those pollinators is becoming evident. Gearing management and conservation practices toward the health and restoration of those pollinators is worthwhile.
With conservation in mind, Gregg talks about a big program he is working on right now and documenting on his social media channels. Recently, Gregg decided to take 12 acres of prime agricultural ground out of production and retire it for good. This excellent corn and bean field will now be the future home of warm season grasses and 8,000 trees. Gregg says he is working with experts on this restoration project and they have designed a plan for this acreage that includes a variety of different kinds of trees as they try to replicate nature and give the ground back to the wildlife. Planting 8,000 trees is no small task and Gregg says he'll be documenting all of it for people to watch and follow online on his social media channels.
Gregg says he hopes to start a trend and encourage more people to consider projects like the one he is taking on. Because of his following and the platform he has to reach people in the outdoor community and beyond, Gregg says he feels a responsibility to help shape the direction of wildlife and land stewardship. Hunters are the greatest wildlife stewards that exist, he says, and he hopes to lead by example and show that habitat is king, not food. As hunters, a heavy focus is often put on food and using it to create opportunities to see more deer. However, Gregg says with his restoration project, the focus is on creating opportunities to raise and support more wildlife. This restoration will be great for the quail coveys on his property, excellent nesting habitat for turkeys, a positive environment that will allow pollinators to come in and thrive and much more.
Listen in as Gregg talks about his habitat restoration project, his passion for the outdoors, the legacy he hopes to leave behind, and much more.
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