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“I cannot thank Grandpa Ray Outdoors enough, for bringing quality products to the hunting community. Not only do they provide excellent products, but they are educators on how to maximize the plant’s full growing potential. QUALITY and TONNAGE are two very important factors in supporting a growing deer herd and GRO has brought that to my food/habitat areas. A couple of years ago I was the food plotter who would put seed in the ground and hope that it would grow. I had no idea what a plant needed in order to make it healthier, more nutritious and more palatable. I started doing some research and came across John and his company, Grandpa Ray Outdoors. He had many informative instructional videos available on YouTube and Facebook. There is also the special membership community and page on Facebook for questions and answers. I found this platform to be EXTREMELY helpful in answering all my questions. With help from Grandpa Ray Outdoors I was able to harvest my largest whitetail to date, 198” Thank you
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Grandpa Ray Outdoors was started as a tribute to my Grandpa Ray who owned the farm where I grew up and received my passion for animal nutrition and agronomy. In 1990, I graduated from UW-Platteville with a degree in Ag Business/Ag-Economics. In 1991, I became one of the first independent ruminant nutritionists in the United States. In 1992, I started selling alfalfa, clover, small grains, and other seeds.
I was involved in research at the state level for the discovery farm program, sampling forages every week to show the differences in quality. Over the years I provided nutrition work for farmers, other nutrition consultants and independent Agri businesses. I know nutrition at an elite level. I have over 300 products in the marketplace that I formulated for other companies. In 2015, I started Grandpa Ray Outdoors to educate people with an end goal of doing my part to change the wildlife industry.
Grandpa Ray's specializes in providing the best nutrition for the whitetail deer on your property starting with the soil. We do this with offering a full line of high-quality food plot seed, plant foods and minerals. We go the extra mile by helping you understand the best way to use our products with our consulting services. We have field staff who have many years of planting food plots and developing habitat on their own properties. There are over 45 research plots across the US. We also have an educational plot in South central Wisconsin that hosts events and is also open to the public. We have a south-central Wisconsin sand ground research plot, extreme property makeover in western Wisconsin, as well as another property in south central Wisconsin where forage and soil health are the focus. I also am a feature speaker for the Outdoor Life/Field in Stream deer and turkey expos across the US.
Our approach goes beyond attraction, we offer a year-round program of nutrition and food plot education that is natural and innovative. Your bucks will grow larger racks but also your does and fawns will grow strong and healthy which helps winter survival as well as handling yearlong stresses. Together we can help you achieve the next level in whitetail deer management. We are not about a fancy name or package. We work with you to give you specific recommendations for your own properties.
Team G.R.O. Program Membership
You do not need to join the program to purchase seed, but by joining you get great benefits
Cost is $25 per year
Monthly TEAM GRO Member only specials
Access to TEAM GRO Member experimental mixes
10% off all orders
Access to the TEAM GRO Educational series facebook page
26 seminars a year are conducted
private member forum where members help members
Become a G.R.O member by clicking on the "Shop" tab at the top and add the membership program to your cart today!
G.R.O. Educational Plot
We have our main educational plot in Columbus WI. There are 34 different blocks of forages that yields are measured, forages are analysed for nutrient values. Open to the public for educational events or 1 on 1 tours. I also have a sand ground research plot, a sand and variable soil research farm as well as the G.R.O Farm. In total 4 research properties conducting the most intensive research in the wildlife industry. We know what we sell.
John offers private property visits, online mapping, soil test analysis, plant tissue analysis, fertilizer recommendations and complete wildlife program evaluation. John is on around 50 properties a year across the US. He is the wildlife industries food plot expert. Contact John O'Brion at 608-235-0628 or for pricing and options.
We Are America's Wildlife Research Leader.
Besides our own research there are over 500 TEAM GRO members helping us test forages 1-3 years before releasing them to the public.
2020 Calendar of Events
Due to the current health crisis events are on hold until further notice.
G.R.O. sells just about anything you can imagine for wildlife. Just because you don't see it in the store doesn't mean we don't sell it. Contact us for quotes for those items.