Hill Country Bowhunter’s Fun Shoot Event

As I talked about in my previous post, HCB is a non-profit organization which helps develop responsible and outstanding youth into young archers and hunters. HCB also promote the archery sports and our rich Texas hunting heritage. Our HBC 3D shoots used to be a “men’s only” club for many years, a place where men would escape the pressures and responsibilities of  their family. While there were many father and son shooter or even father and daughter duos, Mom usually stayed at home. As officers, we have changed that and started a new trend. Over the past few years, we have invited families to shoot our 3D course together and we have grown in our numbers of 3D archers to over 100 participants each weekend we have had in this 2014 3D season. Each shoot, we have new families joining us.

The Fun Shoot is our annual fundraiser to fund youth hunting adventures and this year I will be taking 9 youth hunters to DB Hunting Ranch (www.dbhunting.com) for a hog and exotic deer hunt sometime after the New Year. These youth all qualified by volunteering their time on the archery course setting up and taking down targets at our shoots.

At the FUN SHOOT, the officers and other members work hard to get donations for our silent auction and raffle. We also host an awesome Bar-B-Que lunch and it was some of the best brisket and sausage I have had in the recent past. The fun part of this event is the competitions we have for both adults and youth. Our whole course is set up for “real life” archery scenarios, some of them very challenging. That is what I love about archery hunting, bowfishing, and shooting 3D competitions. In any of these you are constantly honing your skills as an archer and it is a journey, not a destination. The Fun Shoot is bittersweet. It marks the end of the 3D archery season for HBC and the beginning of archery deer season. I miss the 3D shoots when we don’t have them. These are events my son and I have a ton of fun at and I wish we had them all year! On the bright side, hunting season is arriving and I am sure ready for it! Here are some pictures of the event. Check out this awesome group of folks at www.hillcountrybowhunters.com.

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Hill Country Bowhunter’s Youth Archery Event

 

 

I have been an officer with Hill Country Bowhunters for a couple of years now. I started off several years ago as the webmaster before a couple of our tech savvy officers rebuilt the website in the last year or so. It looks better than ever now (www.hillcountrybowhunters.com).

 

As the Youth Hunt Coordinator officer, I help set up hunting adventures for the youth who qualify to hunt in our Youth Hunt Program by volunteering to help our club set up and take down targets at our monthly 3D shoot during the non-hunting season months of the year. One of the goals of HCB is to get youth involved into archery so we set up at events much like the  Sportsman’s Extravaganza which was held a couple of Saturdays ago by a church in Leander, Texas, nearby where I live.  We set up both 3D targets and traditional archery targets and teach boys and girls as well as older youth how to shoot correctly and hopefully even ignite a passion in their lives for archery.

 

At every one of these events I have attended, I have encountered exceptional young men and women who are simply “naturals” at the sport. Encouraging youth to get into the archery sports is one of my personal goals with HCB and we accomplish this with every event like this we do.  At some of our events, we have helped 300-400 young people get acquainted with archery in the span of a few hours! Talk about a busy day!

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Bowfishing on the Brazos

I love bowfishing. The truth is that I have not been bowfishing with my friend and mentor Marty McIntyre with GARQUEST Bowfishing Adventures since LAST June! It had been way too long. We loaded up last weekend and headed to the Brazos River, launching off of a private neighborhood boat launch. As soon as we turned on our HPS (high pressure sodium) lights, the action was non-stop. We took 79 long-nose and short-nose gar over the rail in around 4 hours of a bowfishing frezy. It was the most fun I have had in a while. So many fish to shoot and so little time to draw back, shoot, and reel back in!

This trip served a couple of purposes. The gar population is so thick in the area we were bowfishing that the neighborhood community welcomed us. We were also scouting for alligator gar. We didn’t  run into any river monsters that night but we know they are out there. There is always next time! If you’ve never giving the sport of bowfishing a try, hire an awesome guide like Marty and shoot some fish!

Bowfishing combines the challenge and sport of archery, fishing, and hunting all into one! Check out Marty’s bowfishing adventures in both pictures and videos on the “Catches” page of www.garquest.com.

 

 

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Fort Worth Airgun Show

I love airguns. The ones that I own and regularly shoot are relatively quite and very lethal on small game, predators, and wild hogs. Going to an “Airgun Show” was a first to me but our show, Mac & Prowler’s “Coyote Tales” was invited to attend this show  by one of our sponsors, Airforce Airguns. In my opinion, Airforce Airguns are among the top tier in quality and price in the airgun market. You can check out Airforce at www.airforceairguns.com.

This show was held at a sportsman’s club in Poolville, Texas. Ever heard of Poolville? Me neither. All I knew was it was a small town just outside of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The building the show was hosted it was small but PACKED with airgun enthusiasts. I had no idea this show would have the amazing attendance it did.

I met show hosts and the producer of American Airgunner, which broadcasts on the Pursuit and Sportsman’s Channel (www.americanairgunner.com).  I also met and had a long conversation with Eric Henderson (in the grey Airforce Airguns T-shirt below) from Adventures Afield, a web TV show (www.adventuresafield.com). I had another great conversation was with professional outdoor writer Jim Chapman (www.americanairgunhunter.com). He has an incredible outdoor writing and TV portfolio and I really enjoyed visiting with him as well.

This show was off the chain. Not only was it all about big bore and small caliber air rifles and pistols but the shooting range was open and you could go shoot some of the guns you were interested in buying. The manufactures at this show had a blast letting prospective buyers try out airguns before they made the purchase. Below is a picture of Yvette Hicks and I with the new Airforce Escape airgun. Then, in another picture, Randy (Mac) photo-bombed us!

This was also an opportunity to reconnect with Mac & Prowler as I hadn’t seen Randy or Bill in person for over a year and a half, although we talk on the phone all the time. We are gearing up to do some new fun things with our show and broadcast on a SMART TV network that airs through ROKU and Apple TV in addition to our show airing on many different regional networks. Check out our show at www.macandprowler.com.

 

 

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The 2014 Hunting Season Begins!

Opening season for dove hunting on September 1st, this year on Labor Day, marks the start to our Texas Hunting season and it is among one of the best times of the year. Last year I didn’t go dove hunting at all but this year I received an invite to a ranch to hunt with some friends. We hunted over a stock tank and had a blast. We didn’t kill that many birds but we did have more fun than I have had in a while!

This is Micheal Foster, a fan of my show and new friend of mine, and I with our load of birds.  A successful time in the field hunting for doves is usually a good omen that deer season will be good. I am super excited to get this year started off with a bang!

 

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Bowfishing Lights

In teaching about bowfishing, I am often asked if you need a bow-mounted light for a bowfishing set up. The answer to that is fairly easy. If you are fishing with minimal lighting, such as in a small boat or on the bank at night, a bow-mounted light helps you see further distances and areas you might normally night be able to fish. Even in a boat like the one owned by Marty McIntyre, owner and chief guide of GARQUEST Bowfishing adventures, which is outfitted with many different bright LED and High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights, a bow-mounted light can be handy for fishing areas outside of the reach of the lights on the boat. You many not see the benfit in using a bow light for fishing from a larger boat with plenty of lights but it is sure handy to have one in case you need it.

There are a couple of considerations you want to make when you are looking for a bow light. For one, interchangeable LEDs are nice so you can switch the color of the light. Most bowfishers will tell you that they prefer a white light for bowfishing adventures. The nice thing about a light like the VRL-X light from www.VarmintLights.com is that you can change out colored LED’s in seconds. For instance, if you want to go hog hunting, where the preferred color for your bow light is red, you can change it. If you want to do some late night predator hunting, where many hunters prefer a green light, you can choose that too. The light package also comes with a normal end cap switch as well as a pressure switch attachment so you can easily turn your light on when you go to shoot.

Another consideration to make is to select a light that has both distance and width. In my opinion, the VRL-X executes both of these features well. With a 250 lumen LED, you have plenty of power to penetrate the water without having a glare or reflection off of the water from the light. Any light you use will have some glare from the water but lights that have a wide beam, not an intense, narrow beam, are better for bowfishing since most of your shots are relatively short in bowfishing. Another neat feature of this light is that you can use it as a regular scanning light for all of your night time excursions as well as for hunting or bowfishing. You can mount it to just about any kind of gun or bow with a couple of mounting accessories.

You can check out the VRL-X flashlight at http://www.varmintlights.com/bow-mounted-lights/

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T.R.U. Ball Releases and Axcel Sights/Big Buck Spotted!

My latest project has been adding a new sight to my bow and shooting with a new release. I cannot say enough about T.R.U. Ball releases. They are among the best I have ever shot. I use a “Stinger” model which is a dual caliper release and I love it.

On the sights, I was hesitant at first to go with the .10 pins versus the larger .19 pins. But my rule is to aim small so I elected to go with the smaller pins. I am glad I did. I installed this new sight and shot the bow last night and am getting better accuracy than I ever though possible with this new sight! Check out both of these companies at www.truball.com and www.axcelsights.com. These are awesome companies with great products!

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In other news, guess what I saw the other day when I was setting up my stand in my urban hunting set up? A big deer that made my heart race!

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Thankfully, its almost that time of year again! Thanks for reading, listening, and watching!

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Another Texas Fish & Game Magazine Article!

This months edition of Texas Fish & Game magazine features the second of three articles I wrote for them this year. This one was titled: “So…You Gonna Eat That?” We talk about little regarded but quite tasty fish and variety meats that make good table-fare if prepared right. Being published in this magazine has been a dream of mine and realizing that dream has been wonderful.

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Day at the Range

I love shooting at the range. For some people it’s practice. For me it is more like a therapy. I swapped out the JMeck scope mount on my Mosin Nagants. The 1933 Hex receiever Mosin was a good shooter but I could never group as tight as I knew was possible out of the other gun, a 1943 round receiver Mosin. The swap took about 45 minutes one afternoon but everything was tight as can be. I love the JMeck mount. You can see these at: JMeck Scope Mounts. They are low profile and easy to install. I even did an install video on YouTube to show how to install one. Here are some pictures of my beautiful 91/30 with the Jmeck mount and Leupold scope installed. I refinished the stock myself many years ago when I was just getting into purchasing and hunting with these old military guns:

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Accuracy with this new mount compared to the old 4x scope on the scout mount set-up? 1-2″ a 100 yards. That is what I consider practical accuracy for hunting purposes. This is especially true when you can ring  that kind of accuracy from a gun that was made during one of the worst parts of World War II! Here are my last two shots after one slight adjustment:

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I was shooting at 100 yards. The photo makes the target look bigger that it actually appeared. That is a pretty small 10-ring! Awesomeness! Expect to see this gun in action in my next GUN TALES hunting videos.

 

I also took out the Olympic Arms AR-15. I just installed a “laser” and sighted it in, just for fun. What a great shooter. Olympic Arms rifles have changed my mind about accuracy from an AR-15 platform. I can shoot just about any brand of ammunition and end up with groups in the 10-ring at 100 yards all day long. What a fine gun.

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Notice my new Scopecoat from the fine people at Devtron as well as my Hyskore Rapid Fire shooting sytem and the paracord sling, handmade by a US military veteran, by Recoil Rifle slings. Add all of these products together and you have a fine list of firearm accessories. If you haven’t been to your local shooting range lately, its time to go! Celebrate the 2nd Ammendment proudly. We have some wonderful freedoms in this country!

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New Sponsor…Great Product

Our show, Mac & Prowler, just added a new product sponsor! Frio coolers

are among the best of the extreme ice chests I have ever seen. As you probably know, there are many brands of extreme ice chests on the market today but Frio is among the finest I have ever seen and I am proud to own one!

All Frio coolers have a piano hinge with a large diameter rod for strength and durability as well as a raised positive sealing surface with a compression seal to guarantee that when the chest is closed the cold stays in. Frio coolers also have stainless steel sprung latches that stand up to the elements but are still be easy to use and pliable plastic handles that wont crack hung on nylon cord that is double wrapped in the chest body.

I could go on and on about why I love Frio coolers. The best part is the price! I have seen some extreme coolers that cost $750 or more. Here are their prices:

25 quart: $189.00

45 quart: $276.00

65 quart: $319.00

Check these guys out at www.frioicechests.com and see the contact info below to order. You will not be disappointed! These are great extreme coolers!

 

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