Haters Gonna Hate

I have learned a few things working in the outdoor industry. One of those things is that no matter how well you do something or how good you look on camera, you will still have people who don’t like what you’re doing. I am blessed to have the kind of following and popularity that I do in the outdoor industry. I love to produce videos, articles, podcasts, eBooks, and other digital media which help people and inspire them to achieve excellence in their outdoor pursuits. That is my goal. One of my passions is helping young hunters and shooters get started in firearms, archery, air guns and more with the right attitude and the best equipment possible.

I also have a fair amount of “haters” or people who are jealous of my success and seek to hurt my reputation and livelihood in the outdoor industry.  Recently, one individual called my local game warden after watching a few hunting videos I produced on YouTube claiming that hunting in one of my urban hunting spots was illegal, that I shot a buck that was under-sized for our antler restriction laws of 13” or greater, and that I was shooting over a public road. All of these things were false and I was found innocent on all counts upon investigation by the game warden.  This is not the first time something like this has happened. I, along with the co-hosts of our hunting show, am constantly under attack. Many of the comments that are made on sites like You Tube you will never see because I remove them before they get to the public. Mac and Prowler (Randy and Bill) have received hate mail and several threats over the years , long before I produced the content I do now. To be honest, I’m still getting used to it.

My response to all these haters? The best response here is no response except for this blog post. I don’t have anything to prove to those who don’t like me. I do the best I can with what I have.  I treat each day in this journey of life with gratitude and humility. I seek to produce ethical hunts and other outdoor adventures and to teach other outdoorsmen and women how to be successful in the outdoors, not for self edification. Haters are going to hate, no matter what I do. Regardless of what the haters say or try to do to me, I will continue the pursuit of excellence in the outdoors. I thank God for every day I have to live and every opportunity I have to share my passions with you in whatever way we connected. As always, thank you so much for watching, listening, and reading.

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A Life After Death Experience: God Loves Us

If you have read this blog for any amount of time, you know I concentrate on hunting and fishing adventures for the most part. With my last event with Crosswater Outfitters, however, came the life after death experience of a dear friend of mine, Steve Gardipee. Steve was shot down in Vietnam and actually died and had an experience with God and the afterlife. Whether you are a Christian or not, I think you will find some insight and inspiration through Steve’s experience with God and the afterlife. In short, God really loves us, a bunch!

 

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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Our Brady, Texas deer hunting trip I take each year with my father-in-law and friends has been rescheduled three times and cancelled all three times. We are hoping now to hunt the doe and spike special season in January. This is not ideal as I was hoping for a big buck from the Broad Ranch this year but I was blessed by Mr. Big, my trophy urban Whitetail buck, and that was enough for me. With a third cancellation a couple of weekends ago, I still wanted to hunt so I took a trip to DB Hunting Ranch for a short hog hunt.
Last time I hunted DBHR I was rained out and the hogs didn’t come in at all during my hunt. This time the hogs cooperated and I was able to shoot two in one evening; one during daylight hours and one at night with the VRL-1 rifle light from varmintlights.com. This was a trifecta hunt and I’ve wanted to do this hunt for months now. I wanted to promote varmintlights.com, DB Hunting Ranch, and the venerable Mosin Nagant World War II rifle. All three of these factors came together in a great hunting adventure. Check out the video below!

 

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Another Great Weekend with Crosswater Outfitters

I love jug fishing for catfish. It’s relatively easy and fun. Crosswater Outfitters is a Christian men’s organization that is dedicated to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and empowering men to go out and do great things. We all love fishing and especially love to jug fish for catfish whenever we can get together to have an event. Earlier this month, we had a “Friends and Neighbors” jug fishing event on Lake Conroe as we traditionally do in December and January of each year. I will let the video tell the rest of the story.  In short, it was awesome!

 

 

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