Our Story

After a 2018 cold November perfect morning in the duck blind with just a couple boys shooting their wood duck limit in the first half hour into shooting time in Southern Illinois. They headed back to an old dairy cow barn that is known as to the 'Parlor' where they kick back and relax in a small 10X8 room with a small tank propane heater after a great hunt. They discussed where hunting is going and how it is being poorly portrayed across modern society through social media and word of mouth. There are all these pro-hunting pages, companies, and YouTubers, to further create a positive light to what hunting & conservation is all about. They then figured, why not us too?

That became Whitetails & Waterfowl

Meet Our Team

Grayson Slagle

Grayson is the CEO & founder of Whitetails & Waterfowl. Grayson is currently enrolled in the University of Mississippi located in Oxford, MS. He was born and raised in Edwardsville, Illinois located 45 minutes from St. Louis. The minute he became introduced into hunting and firearms, he was instantly hooked and has loved the sport ever since. He created this brand not only to sell apparel or gain publicity but more to improve the hunting community as a whole. Hunting gets a bad reputation in the modern day spotlight as cruel and inhumane but that is not at all what hunting is about. Hunting is not only a crucial and necessary part of conservation, every time you walk out to the duck blind or the tree stand you make memories. Memories with the ones you care about that will last with you for a lifetime. This is why we do what we do!

Max Ringering 

Max Ringering is another member of our team that aids in the brand and social media exposure. Max is born in Wood River, Illinois and now resides in Worden, Illinois. Max is a former college baseball player and is now finishing his degree in wildlife biology at Missouri State University located in Springfield, Missouri. Max has always had a love for whitetail deer hunting to go along with multiple impressive trophy Illinois whitetails. His reputation proceeds him as his love for hunting continues to only grow.

Grant Schaefer

Grant Schaefer has always been in love with the outdoors at a young age growing up in Midway, Illinois. Grant loves nothing more than watching a morning sunrise waterfowl hunting with his friends. Grant is a former college baseball player and is currently obtaining his welder's certification in Springfield, Missouri. Grant has grown up whitetail deer and dove hunting but his true joy at heart is sitting in the duck blind and bringing in the green heads.

Hudson Slagle

Hudson is a 16 year old high school student who enjoys everything about the outdoors from deer hunting to bass fishing since he became attached to it at a young age of 6 years old. Hudson is a Southern Illinois native since birth and his favorite part about hunting is being in the blinds with his friends and making memories every time he steps into the woods.