Another Month, Another Show! NRA 2017 Coverage!

It’s been a few weeks since I posted here and it’s been because I have been traveling and working for Texas Fish & Game non-stop over the past few months. I have been going to shows hardcore since the beginning of the year for my work with TF&G. The NRA Show in Atlanta Georgia was my 5th show of the year! Holy smokes this has been a busy year so far! Next up is ICAST in July and I will have a new podcast and blog series for that one too. In the meantime, here is my coverage of NRA this year on FishGame.com:

Dustin’s NRA Coverage Blog Posts
Part 1: http://fishgame.com/2017/05/nra-show-coverage-part-1/ 
Part 2: http://fishgame.com/2017/05/nra-show-coverage-part-2/ 
Part 3: http://fishgame.com/2017/05/nra-show-coverage-part-3/ 
Part 4: http://fishgame.com/2017/05/nra-show-coverage-part-4/ 

I also just released a new podcast this week on my time at the show breaking down each company I found of interest this year, much like I did last year. This show was packed this year and bigger than ever before and I really enjoy bringing this coverage to you:

 

 

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Two Feature Articles in Texas Fish & Game and Other News

This month marks the release of my first two feature articles of the year being published in Texas Fish & Game magazine. Our circulation is near 100,000 so it is a blast to share the information contained within these articles with so many outdoor enthusiasts. Both of these articles were a blast to write and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did creating them. Here are the links to the PDFs of these features, which should open in another browser tab for you:

Hunting Hogs and Exotics with Airguns March 2017 Feature Article

Carpe Diem: Bowfishing Equipment for Carp – March 2017 Feature Article

 

In other news, I have 3 more feature articles planned for the rest of this year. The next one will be coming out in the May issue! More on that in a later post.

In more news, our home’s kitchen is undergoing a major remodel and, seeing that I work from home when I’m not traveling, there have been plenty of distractions around me lately and our favorite room of our home has been off limits for about two weeks now. We both love to cook so this has been harder for us than for most married couples going through this kind of renovation. My lovely wife, Meagan, chronicles some of the joys and pains of this in her own blog, Sarafina’s Kitchen.

The first part of the new year is known as “Show Season” by many who work in the outdoor industry. It starts out with trade shows and local shows in early January and ends up, for me at least, with the ICAST fishing show in July. This year I have been to the Houston Boat Show, SHOT Show, Austin Boat Show, San Antonio Boat Show and, most recently (this last week), the Houston Fishing Show. Before I worked full time in this industry, I had no idea there were so many shows to visit! I love this industry mainly because of the fine people I work with in my advertising and editorial role with Texas Fish & Game and the other media outlets and organizations I work with in the outdoor realm. It has been fun but, man, that’s lots of traveling!

Thank you for letting me share this blog with you. Please also stay tuned to the podcast as I am hard a work releasing a show every two weeks on Thursdays in conjunction with the release of the “BIG” Texas Fish & Game Thursday newsletter that goes out to over 47,000 emails. That takes some time every week in one way or another and it slows down my personal blogging on this website/blog a bit but I was born a writer at heart and will always carry that gift within me. Thanks again for following my work and reading, watching and listening. Remember, you rock!

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Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch, again…

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!

First Hunt:

 

Second Hunt:

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Another Year, Another Trip to Brady

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!

P.S. Don’t forget to head over to my Outdoor Insiders page for my top gear recommendations and more as well as for a multitude of outdoor product shopping fun!

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TRASOL App Review: A Trajectory Solutions Shooting App Like No Other

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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Podcast: Preparing for Hunting Season with Guest Bill Henson

Our latest podcast is here! Visit thebestoftheoutdoors.podbean.com for all of our episodes! Thanks for listening!

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.


Mentioned in Podcast
Mac & Prowler TV Show: www.macandprowler.com
Airforce Airguns: www.airforceairguns.com
QMaxx Q20 Blu: www.qmaxxproducts.com
About the Podcast: The Best of the Outdoors Podcast is optimized to bring listeners the best in hunting, fishing, shooting, bowfishing and other outdoor activities. The show is broadcast across a number of different audio platforms and serves as a source of education and inspiration for all things outdoors.
 
Texas Fish & Game is the largest and most popular outdoor publication in the Lone Star State. No other publication matches our coverage of hunting, fishing, guns, gear, tackle, conservation, outdoor news, and wildlife subjects. Our editorial cadre includes the best outdoor writers in the Lone Star State—all experts in their respective fields. This is the sportsman’s one-stop resource for information and education on Texas’ outdoors

 

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Podcast: Hunting on a Budget with Guest Michael Foster

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

About the Podcast: The Best of the Outdoors Podcast is optimized to bring listeners the best in hunting, fishing, shooting, bowfishing and other outdoor activities. The show is broadcast across a number of different audio platforms and serves as a source of education and inspiration for all things outdoors.

Texas Fish & Game is the largest and most popular outdoor publication in the Lone Star State. No other publication matches our coverage of hunting, fishing, guns, gear, tackle, conservation, outdoor news, and wildlife subjects. Our editorial cadre includes the best outdoor writers in the Lone Star State—all experts in their respective fields. This is the sportsman’s one-stop resource for information and education on Texas’ outdoors.
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New Podcasts are here!

I haven’t posted in this blog in a few weeks mainly due to my crazy schedule and the summer months. I have also been posting lots of content on the FishGame.com blog which you can check out here!

Aside from that, I have been busy recording podcasts and we now have podcasts coming out every other Thursday at FishGame.com and on my podcast channel for The Best of the Outdoors. Please subscribe on iTunes or whatever way you listen to podcasts!

If you are in the mood to shop for hunting and/or fishing gear, please check out my page and gear recommendations on The Outdoor Insiders website which just recently launched! I think you will like a lot of the content there from myself and other outdoor industry guys like me! Here are a couple of recent podcast episodes you can listen to right here on my blog!

Thanks again for your support and for watching, listening and reading!

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Camp Agape Clay Shoot 2016

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.

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