Episode Guide

- Rival Wild Episodes and Schedule -

Season 1

01 Boots on the Ground

Boots on the Ground

Season 1 - Episode 1

It’s early October and brothers Chris and Casey Keefer have finally stepped foot on their 5000 acre Illinois lease for the first time. The next few weeks will be spent learning the landscape and the deer that call it home. With the archery season already open, it doesn't take long for the brothers to get a couple shooters within bow range.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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02 Holyfield: Round 1

Holyfield: Round 1

Season 1 - Episode 2

Chris and Casey Keefer continue to scatter their lease with tree stands and trail cams as they start learning the patterns of the bucks it holds. While Chris gets aggressive with his pre-rut tactics, Casey continues to hunt the fringe, putting one of his “hit-listers”, Holyfield, at 35 yards.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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03 Blanton's Bench

Blanton's Bench

Season 1 - Episode 3

Good friend David Blanton is in camp with the Keefer bros. and wastes no time getting into the action. It’s the first week of November and the rut activity is picking up, putting David in the stand for an all-day sit…a decision that pays off in the end.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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04 Searching for Strongarm

Searching for Strongarm

Season 1 - Episode 4

With the rut heating up by the day, Casey continues to search for a buck that he’s named Strongarm. An infatuation with this deer that began 4 weeks earlier leads Casey on a search with this nocturnal giant. As the two continue their chess match, Casey remains patient, and takes advantage of Strongarm’s first mistake.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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05 Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Season 1 - Episode 5

As the saying goes, “close only counts…” With deer activity nearing its peak, Chris has encounters with multiple shooters, but just isn’t able to connect, and one of the shooters he’s targeted since the first week gets the best of him.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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06 A Weathered Man

A Weathered Man

Season 1 - Episode 6

With Casey’s Illinois archery tag filled, he heads north to Wisconsin while Chris continues to battle it out on their Illinois farm. As the first signs of winter begin to show, Chris stares at the Illinois landscape alone. He has 5000 acres at his disposal, and on a cold November morning, his aim holds true.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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07 Ground and Pound

Ground and Pound

Season 1 - Episode 7

It’s the first Illinois gun season and brothers Chris and Casey Keefer are back on their lease, this time with muzzleloaders. Casey is up first and he’s chasing a buck both brothers know well…Crabby.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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08 Tiny…Take 2

Tiny…Take 2

Season 1 - Episode 8

Again Casey has punched his tag early and Chris is left with full access to their Illinois lease. Now with a muzzleloader in hand, Chris is looking for redemption and has his eyes set on one buck in particular…Tiny.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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09 Sub-Zero

Sub-Zero

Season 1 - Episode 9

After a slow gun season in Ohio, Chris bundles up and gives the Buckeye State one more shot in the sub-zero temperatures.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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10 The Making Of: Part I

The Making Of: Part I

Season 1 - Episode 10

It’s the middle of January, and after 3 months of chasing whitetails, the Rival Wild camera crew has full range of the brothers’ lease...but this time with a bow in hand.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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11 The Making Of: Part II

The Making Of: Part II

Season 1 - Episode 11

With one episode remaining in the first season of Rival Wild, the production crew has a few more tags to fill on the brothers’ Illinois lease, while also taking a deeper look at what went into producing Season 1.

Premiered Fall, 2014
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