New eBooks and Online Course on Outdoor Industry Success are Here!

I hope you guys are all rocking it out in the outdoor world today. Here in Texas it is HOT!

So I have been working diligently the last few months to bring more programs and eBooks to you. I finally have these live! Go check them out and thank you all again for all of your support over the years!

 

Dustin’s Newest eBook Available Now!
Supplement to the eBook – A Gear Guide
                                                                                              All Three Digital Products in a Bundle Package!
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Tactical Style: Twod Picatinny Rail Bipod and Twod AR-15 Cleaning Mat Texas Tested Reviews {Video}

 

Many accessories for tactical purposes these days are becoming more tacti-cool than anything. What I look for in products for my ARs and other tactical weapons are utility and design that will perform well under pressure and last ages of use. I recently reviewed two products by Twod, a tactical gear and optics company, on my YouTube channel. Since I reviewed both together in that video and since they are intended for the same audience, I figured I would review both here as well.

 I wanted to bring this company to the spotlight of this blog as they are relatively new to the playing field of rifle accessories but they are playing the game to win and I like to see that. I am always looking for products that can be affordable for the budget-minded shooter (as many of us are) and of the high quality you expect from gun accessory companies these days. Both the AR-15 rifle cleaning mat and the picatinny rail bipod I recently purchased from Amazon.com met both of these qualifications.

First, let’s look at the bipod, as I address on the video first as well. I was able to quickly mount it to the bottom forend rail of my Ruger 10/22 which I have outfitted in a tactical style stock from ATI gun stocks. With a QD (Quick Detach) system, the rail was easy to mount and left me with great first impressions right out of the box. This is an adjustable pivoting mount so it makes it easy to install on any rifle. I had to loosen the QD mount a bit to get it to fit just right but that was no big deal. The legs can be adjusted from 6.5”-9” when deployed or very conveniently stowed back or forward of the mounting plate at a 45-degree angle when not in use. I found the legs stayed out of the way of my rifle handling when they were stowed back or forward.

Furthermore, this bipod has a forend grip which is removable, the feet on the ends of the bipod legs are rubber (which prevents slipping and so you won’t scratch up your shooting area) and easily and quickly deployable and adjustable. Overall for the money, this accessory was of good quality in fit and finish. Could you spend more on a detachable bipod? Sure. But do you need to? Will this most likely meet your needs of using a bipod for long range shooting? I certainly think so. Check out this product at https://amzn.to/2srZqQD.

Next on the lineup is something I think every AR-15 owner should own and that’s a quality cleaning mat with an exploded parts diagram of all the parts and pieces of the modern sporting rifle. Not only does this likely keep you from getting kicked out to the garage or outdoors by your wife or significant other for making a mess on the table in the house after a day at the range, it will also help you get “unstuck” if you need help getting your gun back together after disassembly for cleaning. 

With a 36”x12” surface, this mat will help keep your surrounding area clean and the tools that come in the accompanying pouch are very useful and serve as a “field kit” that is easily portable. These tools are especially selected for black rifle designs but many of them could be useful with many other rifles as well as handguns and shotguns. Now personally, I don’t like to drag out all of my “gun cleaning stuff” every time I sit down to clean a gun so this tool kit really makes my job easy as it has some of the essentials I can use time and time again.

The cleaning mat is waterproof, chemical and oil resistant and, most importantly, washable. It even has a rubberized backing meaning you don’t have to worry about the mat slipping away from you while I use. It clings to just about any surface. When not in use, the mat and the tools are simply rolled up together for easy storage. Learn more about this product at https://amzn.to/2HdTQpI. Along with it, I purchased some Hoppes No. 9 solvent and some 6” cotton swabs to aid in my future gun cleaning endeavors. What may be a grueling process for some I quite enjoy and I have always been fascinated on how the modern guns we shoot today, and even those of many decades ago, are designed and assembled.

Now both of these products are easy to order off Amazon.com and able to be shipped straight to your doorstep. It’s hard to beat that kind of convenience when selecting your next gun accessories or firearm cleaning supplies. Man I love this stuff!

Story by Dustin Vaughn Warncke

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Odepro KL52 PLUS Hunting Flashlight Kit Texas Tested Review {Video}

If I am known by one thing at Texas Fish & Game it is a “gear guy” and it’s true – I absolutely love new hunting and fishing gear that helps me do what I do in the outdoors even better. As many of you who read this know I have a YouTube Channel and companies regularly connect with me there to do gear reviews on YouTube and beyond. I am very selective on what I review, however, and only like to cover gear that I think is noteworthy and valuable to folks who read, watch or listen to my content. A company by the name of Odepro contacted me a couple of months ago to review their KL52 PLUS model flashlight kit.

I spend some considerable time in the outdoors field testing a product before recording a review in any form and this was no exception. This light shipped from an Amazon.com warehouse and, although it is a very affordable flashlight kit manufactured overseas as many lights are these days, I did not have to wait the average of 2-3 weeks to get it after I ordered it. Having USA warehousing is huge if you are in the market for a good outdoors flashlight but don’t want to pay a fortune or wait for weeks to get it.

Odepro KL52 Flashlight Package

The flashlight came installed with a red LED and three other LED modules came with it separately which are very easily interchangeable: white, green and infrared. I have owned and reviewed and even consulted for other hunting flashlight companies in the past and have not seen the quality, beam distance, beam zoom and wide beam throw length up close like I have with this light. The adjustable zoom makes this light so adaptable to any situation, whether you are bowhunting at short ranges or rifle hunting at long ranges. Even if you only use the white LED and want to go on a nighttime fishing excursion, this light would do well for any kind of night fishing or camping adventure. This one lightweight flashlight does it all.

In addition to the flashlight itself and all four of the interchangeable LEDs, the kit comes in a sturdy case with cutouts, snuggly fitting a container with two 18650 rechargeable batteries, two different scope mounting options, additional O-rings, a dual battery charger and a tail cap with pressure switch making it ideal for mounting on a gun of just about any type. The two mounting systems allow clamping on to a barrel or scope. I personally like a simple 1” or 30mm (with adaptor) scope ring, which this kit comes with, as most of my guns have a picatinny rail of some kind mounted on the scope or hand guard area already but these two mounting systems that come with the kit are good options for attaching the light to just about anything.  The case is very easily portable and rugged and I have packed it along on many outdoor excursions since I have owned this light kit. By taking the case with you, everything you should need for optimum flashlight performance comes with you.

 

It is the most versatile hunting light system I have come across for a price point of $112 or so plus shipping. Sure, you could spend more on a flashlight, but why? As long as I have been an outdoorsman, I have been a budget-minded consumer. I believe in finding value and longevity with every purchase I make or product that is sent to me to review. This is most definitely a solid buy and meets my Texas Tested qualifications and my stamp of approval. You can learn more about all of the Odepro lights on their website at http://www.odepro.com/en/the-strong-light-flashlight_75739.html or purchase one of these KL52 PLUS hunting light kits directly through Amazon.com here at https://amzn.to/2Ljg6B4.

As always, thank you for watching, reading and listening!

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Carp in a Kayak: Texas Fish & Game March Feature Article

Life has been going at a high rate of speed for me again here in 2018 as we kicked off another trade and consumer show season. I’ve been to the Houston Boat Show, Houston Fishing Show, SHOT Show and the Austin Boat Show. There are others I wanted to attend but many were scheduled over each other this year. Advertising sales has been good so far and I am looking to make it a great year in our digital sponsored content landscape. 

I have also finished me new eBook and will launch in within the next month or so if all goes to plan. We’re in the editing process for now.

We are already in March and my first article just released in Texas Fish & Game magazine! Check out Carp in a Kayak right here and thank you for supporting my work over the years! You guys rock!

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North Texas Flatheads Feature Article in the May 2017 Issue of Texas Fish & Game

The May issue of Texas Fish & Game magazine marks the magazine’s 33rd anniversary and my third feature article for 2017. Man did I have fun writing this one. It was a bit of a challenge at first to find the best lakes for yellow catfish in North Texas but after finishing this piece, I thoroughly enjoyed writing it and sharing it with our great readers. Feel free to download and read the article below at the below PDF link!

Chasing Ol’ Yellow: Giant Flatheads of North Texas

I love writing about hunting and fishing subjects and Chester Moore, our editor-in-chief, constantly challenges me with coming up with new content with every feature I write. The next feature article planned is in August and I am so excited to see how it turns out, as I was with this one as well. Thanks again for your support over the years. I wouldn’t be where I am without you guys reading this stuff!

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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:

 

 

If you haven’t done so yet, please check out The Best of the Outdoors Podcast and subscribe with the Podbean app or your favorite podcast player app on iPhone or Andriod. Thanks for watching, reading and listening!

 

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Legacy Outfitters – Central Texas 3D Archery Tournament

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!

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Hill Country Bowhunters Youth Hunts – 2015

This is my last year as Youth Coordinator for Hill Country Bowhunters, a non-profit 3D archery club based in Central Texas. I have served in this position for the past 3 years and have loved every minute of it. Many families have been introduced the sport of archery and hunting through HCB. Recently, we just had our youth hunts take place at DB Hunting Ranch (dbhunting.com). We had a blast and most every youth hunter harvested something. See pictures below!

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Rained Out…But Never Giving Up

My annual gun hunt to Brady, Texas (located in West Central Texas) was scheduled for this weekend but was cancelled due to rain. This was a frustrating set of circumstances as my heart was set on this trip and I had been planning for it for months.

This cancellation reminded me of my resolve to never to give up, no matter what the weather turns out to be or anything else that comes my way. Hunting, fishing, or any outdoor pursuit can be frustrating at times. If you have been participating in the outdoors for long, you will no doubt have had setbacks or missed opportunities. We all have. The most important reminder, regardless of the circumstances, is to never give up hope. As long as you wake up on this side of the ground, it’s a good day.

I still wanted to hunt this weekend so I went out to a hunting ranch I work with for a hog hunt with one of my World War II military surplus rifles. The weather was awful and the hogs stayed bedded up all evening. It was one of the worst weather days I have had in the field in a long time but I endured it. Later that evening, after sunset, I was caught out in one on the worst thunderstorms I have experienced in years before my guide could come pick myself and the other hunters up from the field. I had a rain suit on and took shelter in my ground blind but even then I still got wet. It didn’t matter, I still kept a positive attitude. I knew I would have another chance to come back and hunt again so all was not lost.

There are a few things I am reminded of when I have a rough experience. Consider that a billion or so people slept on a dirt floor last night. Over 80% of the world will never use a cell phone. Our problems aren’t all that bad in comparison. Regardless of what comes my way with work, family, friends, or other aspects of my life, I always try to live in gratitude for all that I have, all that I have had, and all that I will have in the future. I believe that living a life of gratitude for the blessings we all have is crucial to success in any pursuit and this is especially true in the outdoors. No matter what happens to you, there is always something you can find to be grateful for around you and there is no reason to play the victim to your circumstances. I subscribe to the belief that we are made stronger by our adversities if we learn to fight through them and keep moving forward, learning along the way.

An idea I use to help me stay in this state of always giving thanks to our Creator is to place reminders around me of all that I have to be thankful for in the past, present, and future. These are usually photos, messages from loved ones, notes from my customers, and other keepsakes. In this season of thanksgiving, I am reminded that we should be thankful all year long for the blessings we have, not on just one holiday.

The Brady trip was rescheduled. In a couple of weeks I go on a trip with my Christian brothers from Crosswater Outfitters, a Christian ministry supporting veterans and their families, on a jug fishing trip to Lake Conroe for trophy catfish. All is well. Even if I get rained on again, which happened the entire weekend on last December’s trip to Lake Conroe in 30 degree temperatures, I will still keep a positive attitude and I encourage you to do the same as well. It sure makes life a little more fun when you look at it as a journey, not just a destination. It takes a change in perspective sometimes for us to look at adversity and setbacks as just another road bump along the way. Be who you are, use what you have, and do what matters. Make the best of what you have at the end of each day and live your life to its fullest potential. Life is short. By the time we figure it all out, the moments to enjoy it have already past. Live in the journey…

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