It was a busy January as usual! The Houston Boat Show was awesome as was the SHOT Show. We have a ton of coverage of both archived on FishGame.com if you want to check it out. Meanwhile, I also squeezed in a podcast guest appearance with my buddy Jayson Sacco on his show, Outdoor Adventures with Jayson. I hope you enjoy our show together. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog! You guys rock!
I try to do some kind of special hunt right before the Christmas holidays get here – usually on the day before Christmas Eve. This year was no exception as I planned a hunt for myself and my buddy Michael Foster at DB Hunting Ranch. Michael had never shot a Texas wild hog, or any wild hog for that matter, and I wanted to guide him on his own special hunt for this first time experience. The ranch closed down for the holidays so we had the whole place to ourselves for both the morning and evening hunts. I rarely guide for the exception of my own hunts or close friends and family but I did everything a guide would normally do on both hunts. Of course I captured both hunts on video and produced them just for you, my reading, watching and listening audience. Here’s how we did! Thanks for watching, reading and listening and for your support through the years! Personally, unlike many, 2016 was a great year for me and I think 2017 will be even better!
It’s great to be back blogging again! I know, I know, I haven’t posted anything since October. I have been firing out some awesome new content at FishGame.com so please be sure to check that out with this link!
This past weekend I made my annual homage to Brady, Texas to hunt whitetail deer again and help the Broad Family Ranch with some deer management. We needed to cull some does, spikes and cull bucks so I was there to do my part. This ranch has not had much hunting pressure and I really enjoy every moment of a trip like this. It is the socialization of “deer camp” at it’s finest and ranks right up there with my hunts in Mason, Texas. I simply love this time of year. It doesn’t get much better than deer hunting in the cold of Texas’ winter months with the ones you love.
Here is my video from this hunt:
Please stay tuned to my blog and FishGame.com as next month we make the journey to SHOT Show 2017 and I got an invite to Media Day at the Range or “Range Day” as many call it. Lots more to come. Thank you so much for watching, reading and listening!
Since the dawn of Smart phones, companies have come out with apps to make doing certain things easier or at least, in some ways, more convenient. Before I tested the TRASOL app, I had a ballistics calculator that helped me calculate trajectory and other factors and variables related to shooting at extended ranges. That calculator worked well for my needs at the time but after I downloaded and tested out the TRASOL App from Desert Tech, I realized I would never look at ballistic data the same way again. The TRASOL app factors in just about every conceivable consideration related to shooting. This is so much more than an advanced calculator which shooters can use to figure out a variety of factors in shooting, especially at long ranges with the many variables that go along with long range shooting.
Integrating a heads up display (HUD), an initiative interface and global prediction accuracy, this app incorporates everything I have ever looked for in a shooting trajectory calculator and then some. To top it off, it is extremely easy to use. Simply input all the factors you know from the rifle and load you are using as well as your environmental factors, which can be numerous in the shooting realm, and the app tells you everything you need to know in real time. You can even save different gun profiles in the app that you can refer back to on different visits to the range and different shooting sessions. This is huge for me since I own multiple long range rifles in different calibers. You can even set up an account and sync the app with your account, inputting new data every time you shoot. Since I use handloads in some of my guns, I see an added benefit for using this app for feedback on how my loads are preforming in the rifle I am shooting.
The TRASOL app does this all at one low one-time cost of $9.99. As with most apps, once you download it, the app is yours to use for life. Having information at your disposal like this isn’t only valuable, it is extremely crucial if you want to make an accurate calculation of your shot and this is vitally important if you plan to compete in long range shooting matches or other types of scenarios. As a big game hunter, I see many uses for this app in taking big game at long ranges. Having immediate feedback for shooting like this is something I have never had so easy in the past. Desert Tech, the company that came out with this app, specializes in long range high power rifles that can change calibers in under a minute or so and this app makes using these rifles even better.
There are so many more benefits and features to TRASOL that I have outlined here. To learn more about TRASOL, which is available for both iOS and Android, visit http://deserttech.com/trasol.php.
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As he is in the process of preparing for hunting season, “Prowler Bill” Henson joins Dustin on this podcast and we talk about preparing for bow and gun season for big game and other hunting adventures. We talk about some of the products we use in the field, and some best practices for safety and survival tools to have in the field.
In this episode, Dustin Vaughn Warncke is joined by past guest Michael Foster. They talk about saving money in the hunting realm and cover different ways to find deals on guns, bows, crossbows, hunting clothing and other hunting gear. This is a fun filled podcast with lots of great ideas on how to save money on some of the essentials you need in the field.
Mentioned in Podcast:
Hunting Ranch: www.dbhunting.com
Bowhunting: Grim Reaper Broadheads: www.grimreaperbroadheads.com
Discount Knives and Other Outdoor Gear: www.budk.com
Hunting Flashlights: www.varmintlights.com
Firearms and Accessories: www.cheaperthandirt.com
Discounted Surplus and Hunting Gear: www.sportsmansguide.com
Discount Ammo Retailer: www.ammunitiontogo.com
Discount Online Retailer: www.huntingandfishingsuperstore.com
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I love Camp Agape. It is a Christian bereavement summer camp that I work with all year long in a few roles. I have done videos, website work, and served as a “Buddy” AKA camp mentor over the past few years since I started with them in 2012. This is a bereavement camp for children 7-12 years old who have lost a loved one close to them in their lives. Although the circumstances that bring us all together each year are sometimes tough, we have a lot of fun. It is a life changing experience for both the volunteers and the children.
There are a few fundraisers Camp Agape does every year and this event in late April was the 2nd Annual Clay Shoot. Here are a few photos my father-in-law, Mr. Joe Vogel took of the event. Mr. Joe has two brothers from East Texas that have come to shoot this event both years now, Uncle Edward and Uncle Arthur. Both of them can out-shoot me on any given day but I never claimed I was an expert at shooting sporting clays!
Joshua Creek Ranch hosted this event again this year and they did a great job. The course is world-class. The food is incredibly good and even better than what you might expect at a place like this. All of the participants and volunteers had a blast at this event.
Here is a video I did for Camp Agape last summer. What a great place to learn about the love of God and Christ. Thank you as always for your support and for watching, reading, and listening.
I love archery and promote the sport often in my writing, podcasting, and videos. One group I have a lot of respect and admiration for is Legacy Outfitters. Legacy is a Christian men’s organization and has several chapters here in Texas and focus groups within those chapters for the shooting sports, archery, and more. I was invited to speak at a Temple/Belton Legacy chapter meeting in early 2015 and met Bryan Rugh.
Since then, I have helped Bryan promote their big annual 3D archery tournament fundraiser which happens every May. This year, I took my son Jackson and he insisted on being the camera man with my iPhone 5 so I let him take pictures of the 3D wildlife targets. There were many flying arrows at this 30 target archery event and we had a blast.
I try to get donations every year and was blessed to receive a large bag target from Double G Archery and a pack of Grim Reaper Broadheads from my friends at Grim Reaper for this event this year. Thank you to both sponsors! Here are some photos of the targets, people, and prizes. I must say, for only 6 years old, Jackson is a pretty good photographer!
I had to throw in one selfie photo while we were at it. Jackson and I had a fun time and look forward to this event each year. Thanks to Bryan for having us as a guest. If you live in Texas, be sure to check out a Legacy Outfitters chapter in your area. As always, thank you for watching, reading, and listening!
I have been active in the archery sports, especially bowhunting, for over a decade now and the innovations in this industry keep getting better. I am blown away by Grim Reaper Broadheads. Out of all of the companies I represent as a Pro-Staff or other position, Grim Reaper is one of my personal favorites. They keep pushing the envelope on what is possible in broadhead technology.
Grim Reaper Broadheads have worked for me time after time in hunt after hunt. With no exception, Grim Reapers have worked for me, even with marginal shot placements. As long as a Whitetail Deer or Wild Hog, our main big game quarry here in Texas, has been hit in the vital area with a Grim Reaper, I have recovered the animal and done so in a short amount of time. This may just be my personal experience but I have the video proof to back it up since I started filming my hunts back in 2012. In 2013, I even filmed two deer I shot with a crossbow dropping 7-10 seconds after they were hit with one of the GR crossbow broadheads I used. You can see all of my bow hunts on my YouTube Channel.
If you are a bowhunter and have never tried a pack of these broadheads, check out Grim Reaper and just buy a pack of their broadheads on your next archery purchase. I can assure you that you will not be disappointed at the results.
Here is a video about some of the innovations that Grim Reaper has come out with for 2016. This is Matt Bateman, National Sales Manager for Grim Reaper, talking about some of the new products this year. I have known Matt for many years now and he is a great guy with a great product line. As always, thank you so much for reading!