In my blog, I often feature companies I work with in my side business, Warncke Enterprises, that I feel would be a fit for your outdoor lifestyle. One of the companies I recently started working with is 180 Hydrographics, based in Belton, Texas. Cody Waxler is the owner of this company and he is an incredible guy to work with. He works hard on his creations and doesn’t stop until you both are happy with his work. Having items “dipped” is now becoming all the rage. Hydrographics is a process of putting a piece of film on a tank of water, spraying an activator over it, and “dipping” an object in the water through the film. I was intrigued on how this process worked ever since Cody approached me about building a website for him. I recently had two items “dipped”: a wild boar skull I have had in my office for many years and the lid on my Frio Cooler. The resulting work turned out amazing as has all of Cody’s work. Check out 180 Hydrographics on his website or on his Facebook page and check out my pieces below. I am very impressed with Cody’s work and the finished products of his labor. Both of these pieces turned out fantastic!
I meet many folks starting businesses in the outdoor industry. One of most impressive companies I have recently come into contact with was through a mutual friend of mine. His name is Will Garza and he owns GW Customs, based near me in Georgetown Texas. GW Customs produces kydex products including handgun holsters, magazine holsters, even products like Kydex wallets. There are not too many companies I recommend for custom work but Will’s work is incredible. Here are some pieces he made for my AR-15 magazines, Bulgarian Makarov, and Taurus .357 revolver. I am very impressed with his work and highly recommend you contact him through his website to get custom work done for your guns or shop his online store at http://gwckydex.com. Check out the photos below.
As you might have noticed, my blog under the old website URL has been down for a couple of weeks. I just recently discovered this and have been working hard to get everything back up and running again. It looks like I salvaged everything except for the last two or three posts and I have worked tirelessly to get back to the action. I will start posting reguarly again. Life has been a wild adventure lately but I am doing well.
Here is a recent podcast I did with Bill Carey from Striper Express!
Thank you so much for reading, watching and listening!
There are many rites of passage for kids. Catching your first bass on your own should be on the list of cool things for little boys. Jackson is on his way to first grade and is almost 6 years old. It just seems like yesterday I was hoping for a baby boy and imagining all of the cool things we would do together. Last Saturday, Jackson cast out his line on his own and reeled in a nice Largemouth Bass. This was one of my proudest moments. Once he realized what he had caught, he stayed fired up the whole rest of the evening and next day that he had caught his first bass. We also caught several bluegill and sunfish. To add to the list, Jackson has also caught mud cats all on his own. Memories like these are hard to beat!
I love being an outdoor writer. I love to write for many reasons but one of the main reasons is to help educate others and help them learn something new or help them entirely learn a new sport. That was the case with these two articles in the July 2015 issue of Texas Fish & Game magazine. Here are the articles, as they appeared in the magazine last month. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them!
My friend Michael Foster came over to record a podcast on urban bowhunting in my new podcast studio I created in my office. I hope you enjoy! If you haven’t done so already, please subscribe to our podcast (links are in the upper right hand corner of the blog site!) and thank you so much for listening!
I love archery and bowhunting. There are a myriad of different accessories you can get for your bow these days. From sights, stabilizers, arrow rests, rangefinders and on and on, there are more gadgets you can put on your bow than you can dream of. There are even accessories for your accessories such as is the case with bow stabilizers using picatinny rails.
One recent product review I did on video was on the Double Barrel Arrow Loader (try saying that 10 times fast!). It is really a cool product for bowhunting as it gives you a back up arrow at your disposal and it STAYS OUT OF THE WAY. That last feature is what I found most desirable. It mounts on the stabilizer hole which is fine but many archers have their favorite “pet” stabilizer and don’t want anything to interfere with that. The nice thing is that this product features a hole in the front of it so you can still mount your stabilizer on your bow after you have installed the Double Barrel Arrow Loader. In short, I’m a fan. I have needed a back up shot many times in my bowhunting adventures as have many other bowhunters. This product is well made and it fits a definite need. Check out my video review below:
I have been asked many time by my viewers on YouTube and other places my videos are viewed what I think are the best combinations for bowhunting success. For me, this is easy:
Broadheads: Grim Reaper. These come in 1 3/8? to 2? including crossbow versions. For crossbows, I choose the 1 1/2?. This is one of the most reliable mechanicals on the market as there are no o-rings or anything else holding the blades together that can potentially fail at the moment of truth. Live in a state where you can’t shoot mechanical broadheads? Check out the Hades fixed-blade broadheads.
Arrows: Gold Tip Pro Hunters or Devastators. The full line of arrows from Gold Tip are among the finest you will find in the industry. They have great accuracy and are tough as nails. For crossbow bolts, I shoot the Laser III and they are a great choice and well worth the money.
Illuminated Nocks: Lumenoks. Although I didn’t mention these in the video below, Lumenoks are my choice for lighted arrow nocks because they are reliable and the originators of the lighted nock system. Many companies have come along and tried to improve on this design but Lumenocks are still my favorite. That show you immediate feedback on your shot and also aid in helping you find your arrow after the shot. They even work in water and I have tested them in water many times hunting by a creek. Here is a video where I break all of this down:
There are few products I run into these days that impress me as much as the S.S.R.C. For such a small and inexpensive product, this is by far one of the most utilitarian tools I have come across. The inventor of this product originally started the design of these product as a guitar accessory. As a guitar player, I like it for that too. This product has so many different uses as I talk about in the video below. You can use this as a shooting rest, a stand for your gun when you are by your vehicle, a rest for your gun when you are cleaning it, or a realm of other situations. For under $20, this is a product that will go with me wherever I travel in the great outdoors whether I am in the woods or at the range. Check these guys out at www.firearmstand.com and check out my video about this product below:
I grew up in New Braunfels, a small Central Texas town between Austin and San Antonio. My dad grew up hunting and fishing with my grandfather and great-grandfather as well as other family and friends. One of the childhood relationships my dad had was with Randy Rust and his family.
I first met Randy a few years ago when he needed to build a new website, which I was happy to do, for his business, The Rust Game Place and Meat Market. I initially found this company when I was working gun shows for DB Hunting Ranch in the Austin area.
There are certainly numerous wild game processing business and even more meat markets around but few are as good at The Rust Game Place. They smoke many different meats and cheeses with mesquite which lends their product with a flavorful taste I have seldom seen anywhere else. That is one reason why people all over the USA order from them through their website. I invite you to check these guys out and consider trying out their product. If I could only give out the aroma of their products through this blog. I can assure you it is mouth-watering! You will love their world of smoked meats and cheeses and they make great gifts!