From my formative years as a young man, I have always enjoyed writing. In my early 20’s I got into hunting and fishing more and started to write about my experiences in an effort to inform and educate others, young and old alike, about what I was learning being in the outdoors. This month marks another feature article in Texas Fish & Game Magazine. Like I always say, it is a dream come true to write for the largest outdoor publication in the great state of Texas. Thanks as always for reading this blog and here is a copy of that article:
Another day, another website goes live! And this time it is my very own. I created this blog in 2013 at the suggestion of an organization I was a part of and it gave me yet another outlet to reach the world. Before then, I launched the Dustin’s Projects/Warncke Enterprises website in 2012 as a “hub” for all that I do in the outdoors. After building multiple website for clients, including this blog for myself, in WordPress, I decided a few months ago to rebuild my main website in WordPress. If you haven’t seen it yet, check out http://dustinsprojects.com/ and the things I am engaged with now and please plug in somewhere. Thank you for all of your support over the years and for watching, reading and listening! You guys rock!
Life has been busy but I have been “going hard in the paint” as they say in the basketball world. I had a great interview with Marcus Heflin from Christian Surf Fishing Adventures and an awesome long fishing weekend in Buras, Louisana. Here are two podcasts that cover both.
Pictured below is John Oliverio, the inventor abd owner of the Power-Pole shallow water anchor and myself with some of our catches at the Buras Marsh Media Bash in mid-August.
It has been a busy year to say the least. In July alone, I was on the road for two weeks at the ICAST fishing trade show and then Camp Agape for the second week. I serve at Camp Agape, which is a grief camp for children ages 7-12, every summer I am able and I do it because I love to enrich the lives of our next generation. It is a hard camp in a lot of ways but I get a lot out of it, as do many of the other adults who serve there. The situations and backgrounds these kids come from are many times tough but our message at the camp is that Jesus has defeated death and we trust in God to heal us. The last day of this camp, we took a detour to the regularly scheduled program and went fishing with some leftover biscuits from breakfast that morning. Yes, I said biscuits! It was awesome to see kids having fun in the outdoors with a simple pursuit. Some of these kids had never been fishing before. Others hadn’t been in a long time.
I tell you this all not to boast that I am helping others by volunteering but, instead, to inspire you and others to get out and give back. I have so much gratitude in my life and giving back is one of the ways I show that love. Thanks for the support and staying in touch!
This year has been crazy but man has the wild ride been fun. I have never traveled as much or “crushed it” as often as I have this year and things are rocking. It has been a year ago this month that I have been doing The Best of the Outdoors podcast nearly every two weeks on an every-other-Thursday release schedule. I have had great guests and lots of new listeners and I am thankful for all of you listening. You can check out our latest episodes at www.FishGame.com or subscribe to the show and I posted a couple of recent shows here.
I am off on a plane to ICAST for a week and, the following week, I am volunteering at Camp Agape which is a bereavement summer camp for kids ages 7-12 who have lost a loved one.
Why do I do so much? There are many reasons. For one, I want to be a source of inspiration for others and lead people to a deeper relationship to God and Jesus Christ. I am not afraid to say it. I am driven and have had a rock solid work ethic since a very young age. I love to serve others and educate through my many projects. Thanks for sharing my work with others in the outdoors. I am finally living my dream and I encourage you to go for yours too. As always, thank you so much for your support!
I have worked with Royce Simmons in my work for Texas Fish & Game for many years now. His reports have been that the white bass fishing action is unbelievable lately and that if God ever made a fish for kids to catch, it would be the white bass! My father-in-law, Joe, made arrangements for a post-school year/early summer fishing trip for himself, Jackson and myself at Richland Chambers Lake with Gone Fishin’ Guide Service. Jackson is 7 years old and this was his first big boat and big lake trip.
The rain was a bit of a concern but we took a chance and braved it anyway and didn’t get very wet at all. Man, am I glad we did! The whites and hybrids were boiling all over the lake feeding on shad which made the fishing more like catching as you couldn’t throw a lure out and not catch a fish or two at certain times. Some of the rigs we were throwing had both a jig and a slab tied on which meant bonus fish at times and fighting two white bass, hybrids or both at the same time is an awesome feat! We limited out on whites by 10am or so that morning and Mr. Royce did a fantastic job cleaning all the fish for us. I have fished with my fair share of guides over the years and must say Mr. Royce put us on some great fishing action. I have never been on a guide trip so successful before! If you live in or around Texas and want a fun trip, I highly recommend Royce and Adam Simmons.
What a year it has been so far. It is flown by and I can’t believe it’s already June. We are working on the editorial and advertising aspects of the August issue! Wasn’t it just yesterday that we said, “Happy New Year?!?”
The past few weeks I have been selling advertising during the day and writing blog posts and editing video late at night for our new Bowfishing 101 program which is presented by Diamond/Bowtech Archery. This has been my “baby” lately as I have written and produced most of the content for it. Check it out now at the link below and be sure to take the Bowfishing Quiz and check out the videos on the page. This has been a labor of love but I have loved every minute of it! Thanks again for your support over all these years and for watching, reading and listening!