At the Gun Range

Last weekend I visited the gun range ( here in central Texas and was reminded a few things. I remembered why I love the Olympic Arms AR-15. I was hitting in the bullseye with every shot I made, switching between Federal Fusion 62 grain and Winchester Ballistic Silver Tip in 55 grain and even some Hornady Full Metal Jacket in 55 grain. This gun is versatile and accurate and I plan to take it on many more hunts in the future.

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Did I mention how much I missed the gun range? It had been too long. Sitting on the bench and squeezing off shot after shot made me remember how much I enjoy our 2nd Amendment rights as an American as well as how much fun it is to own more than a few firearms. I even broke out my custom Mosin Nagant with a bent sniper bolt, Jmeck Scope Mount, and Leupold Scope for a test drive. I can’t wait to go hunting again!

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I just had lunch today with Brad Selph, the owner of He showed me some of the new products they are getting ready to come out with and I am excited to say the least. A new 12 volt feeder light is on the way that will blow away everything on the market today and will be USA assembled. The VRL-1 just recently upgraded the LED modules, resulting in a brighter flashlight with a longer beam. I cannot say enough about this company. I reconnected with Brad when he started this idea from a cocktail napkin and have seen in grow into what it has become today and that is awesome. In fact they were working on a huge order going into Cabela’s this week! If you haven’t already done so, check these guys out at





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Its Sunday so here is a short Bible verse!

Proverbs 31:10–11 says, “Who can find a virtuous wife? For her worth is far above rubies. The heart of her husband safely trusts her; So he will have no lack of gain.

One my inspirations to become an outdoor writer is my wife Meagan. She is awesome and has believed in me and my dreams since we met over 16 years ago and married in 2003 after we both graduated from the college where we initially met. Meagan is an awesome writer, a food blogger. When we cook at home, I usually handle the meat portion of our dishes and she does all the rest. Many times she will “test out” meals on my son and I and I have yet to eat something she made that I didn’t like. I encourage her to keep blogging and cooking as I think we make a good team. Meagan, you are my sunshine! Check out her website at for awesome recipes and food inspiration!

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Packing In Pink: Empowering Women

One of the things I strive to promote as an outdoor writer is getting families involved in outdoor sports such as target shooting. The number of women involved in the shooting sports has been on the rise and it’s encouraging to see companies specializing in empowering women to get involved in activities that may have once been reserved for men only. Kim Page started Packing in Pink (PIP) under the philosophy that “just because I shoot like a man doesn’t mean I have to look like one.”

Kim and I connected on a social media website one day and I have been a fan of hers ever since. Her passion for the shooting sports and getting women involved in them is empowering to say the least. With ear muffs, target sheets, range glasses, holsters, and other shooting accessories such as apparel, Packing in Pink is covering the spectrum of different products to empower women to enjoy the shooting sports with comfort and even some sex appeal! Their products are designed by and for women and, since pink is also the color for breast cancer awareness, PIP also makes a donation to breast cancer research with every product purchase. Most of their products are USA and Canadian made.

Aside from providing products to help women get involved in the shooting sports, Packing in Pink also has several programs to promote the shooting sports among women such as newsletters, contests, picture and story submissions and more. Packing in Pink practices what they preach. Kim and her team annually attend the MidwayUSA & NRA Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri as a sponsor and participant in this awesome shooting event. Kim has also attended the Women Outdoors NRA Expo and other shows as an exhibitor. Check out Packing In Pink at for more information on this incredible company as they blaze new trails into the future with products that empower women to shoot well and look good doing it!

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Recoil Rifles Slings: Supporting Military Veterans

Supporting our troops at home and oversees is an important value a majority of us in the outdoor world posses. Men and women from the armed services risk their lives every day to protect and preserve our freedom and I believe standing up for their rights and livelihood is a virtue every American should value. A price was paid to win our freedom and soldiers from every branch of the military work daily to preserve and maintain our freedoms today.
With many soldiers in the armed forces working hard to provide for their families and serving numerous tours of duty overseas, many companies have started as a way to support these veterans after they leave the military. One of these companies, Recoil Rifle Slings, is a prime example of producing quality products while providing a way to support military veterans. Recoil Rifle Slings makes high quality rifle slings using parachute cord (AKA “paracord”) in many different varieties. The owner, Will Hawkins, recently connected to me to and we became friends through a mutual connection in the firearms industry. I received a sling for my AR-15 that is among the highest quality I have ever put my hands on.
Most of us gun owners have the need for a good quality sling for our rifles and shotguns but most of the ones produced on the market today are made by machines and built strictly for utility. Recoil Rifle Slings on the other hand are all handmade by military veterans and the make and quality is second to none. Parachute cord accessories are becoming more popular due to the durability and utility of the many things paracord can do in a survival situation which makes Recoil Rifle Slings the extremely durable and useful in a variety of situations. Another unique feature of a Recoil Rifle Sling is the warranty they provide. If you have to use your sling in a survival situation and dismantle it for the use of the paracord, simply return all of the pieces to RRS and they will rebuild it for you at no additional cost!
What’s more is that you also receive a personal letter from the veteran who made the sling for you and his e-mail address so you can correspond with him to let him know what you think of the sling he made for you and even hear more about his story. This is a great way to thank a military veteran for his service and support working veterans today.
What has been startling to me is the number of military veterans who come home and are honorably discharged from military service that have trouble finding jobs. What RRS has done is created a place for veterans to work and provides hope, healing, and fellowship. Will recently told me a story about a veteran who works for him who was at his breaking point before he went to work for RSS. He was honorably discharged but was running low on money and resources to continue living. He was out of hope and on the verge of taking his own life. What the job at Recoil Rifle Slings has given him is a foundation of other military veterans working for the same mission. He now has a support system around him and a since of duty and direction in his life.
I am proud to own a Recoil Rifle Sling. It is the best gun sling I own and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Although these are more expensive than the average sling you purchase at a sporting goods store or from an online company, the quality is incredible, the utility is great, and the purpose it serves goes far beyond any other sling I have found. Check out Recoil Rifle Slings at for more information on ordering one of these amazing products.

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Just Call Me A Hunter!

I love hunting with my Barnett C5 Wildcat and Barnet Buck Commander Extreme Carbonlite crossbows. I also enjoy hunting with my compound bow. Its lighter and easier to transport but just as deadly. In the bowhunting community, there is a subsection of bowhunters who think crossbow hunters should be in a class of their own and not regarded as true “bowhunters” as crossbows have some advantages over modern compound bows. I hunt with my crossbow more mainly because it fits better in my pop-up blind and is easier to use in many instances when I am filming and hunting by myself.

I always seem to catch heat from fellow bowhunters who consider crossbow hunting cheating in the bowhunting world. In other words, one cannot hunt with a crossbow and call himself a bowhunter. I never look at it that way. A crossbow and compound bow both have many of the same advantages and limitations in common. One isn’t better than the other. They are just different. I often remind myself what it takes to get out in the woods, sometimes regardless of the weather, wait and watch and finally make an accurate shot on an animal. Most of the time it takes true grit. Regardless of the weapon, it takes fortitude to be a hunter in every sense of the word. My thoughts? Just call me a hunter!

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Brady, Texas Hog and Deer Combo Hunt

I am always grateful to Steve Broad and the Broad Family Ranch for the annual invitation to gun hunt on his ranch. This is a west central Texas mecca for deer and, lately, feral hogs. Here is a video and some pictures of my hunt there this past weekend.

As we enter the New Year, remember how much we all have to be grateful for and give thanks for everything you can think of as much as you can. I truly believe there is not a better time to be alive than right now and we are blessed to be living in this time in history. Bad news aside, this is the Golden Age. Embrace and enjoy it!

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Self-Filming and New Videos

Video editing is harder than it seems many times. This is especially true when you do all the filming, editing, and production by yourself. That is the challenge I enjoy about the way I work though. Over the Thanksgiving holiday and into the holiday season of this year, I produced all of my video footage from my hunting season so far. Here are some of my latest videos!


The Gun Safe Arrived

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I have long dreamed of this safe coming home and its finally here. All 700 pounds of the Cannon Wide and Tall safe came home the other day on the eve of a huge Christmas party we planned. Well, I wasn’t going to lift it by myself when I could have plenty of help! Half of my friends said it wouldn’t fit and the other half were sure it would. It took a few strong people but we got it in place with two furniture movers and a utility dolly. Wow 48 gun capacity! Lots of room to spare for my collection. No, a bigger safe is not an excuse to aquire more guns. Or is it? Ha!

A good rule I have learned in researching gun safes is this: Buy the biggest one you can afford and that will fit in your home. You will usually never need LESS secure space down the road, right! I am very blessed and thankful this holiday season. It just doesn’t get any better!


The Oly Arms AR-15 is Finally Here!


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I just picked up the Olympic Arms AR-15 from my gunsmith who added a new adjustable butt-stock, a custom free-float tube,and a Nikon Pro-Staff scope. I have long dreamed of taking this gun home with these add-ons and the day is finally here. I couldn’t be happier! What an awesome early Christmas gift! Thank you to our friends at Olympic Arms for this awesome gun. I plan to go to the range next and sight it in and go hunting with it soon!

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