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!


Thanksgiving and Long Live the Brushy Creek Buck

It’s Thanksgiving today and I have so much to be thankful and grateful for as we all do here in our country. I celebrated a short work week yesterday but hunting my Brushy Creek bow stand pop-up and harvested my 4th deer of the season. So far, I have taken two does and a spike buck from this stand this year and I have been watching a nice 8-point buck which comes in about 5:30pm every so often to my set up. I have missed seeing him almost every time I have set out, which is usually on weekend evenings and mornings due to my work schedule. I saw this buck early in October and I have wanted to cross paths with him ever since then. Last night, it finally happened. He came into my shooting lane around 5:30 to feed and chase some does. One shot with my Barnett Buck Commander Extreme Carbonlite crossbow with LumenArrow Bolts and Grim Reaper broadheads and he was down less than 10 seconds later about 25 yards away.  What better is that I caught it all on video and I’ll have it up on my website soon. In the meantime, here are some pictures. For hunting property along Brushy Creek, a very urban part of Central Texas, this is the best buck to date I have been able to harvest. He is a monster in my book and taking him was something I have been dreaming about for almost two months.

Before I show you those pictures, let us pause for a moment. We all have something to be thankful for today. A few things on my list include my family, our freedom, my health, wisdom, outdoor skills, and so much more. I encourage you to celebrate  this day we call Thanksgiving all year long. Remember that over a billion people sleep on dirt floors and live on less than a dollar a day in our world. 80% of the world’s population will never use a cell phone. We have it pretty good here. Let’s be sure to thank God for all of our blessings and have a grateful heart in all we do. It’s easy to get discouraged by politics, the state of the economy, and more. Keep in mind, we have it pretty good when you look at the big picture.

Here are some pictures from my solo hunt for my Brushy Creek buck. Long live the trophy deer we all seek after out in the woods. As elusive as they are, the success when we do find them makes the journey that much better!

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Relax, It’s Just Camo!

I own several camo patterns in different types of clothing and other accessories. I think it is funny how many people make a big deal about the newest and greatest camo pattern on the market these days. While companies continue to make new headway in virtually turning you “invisible” in front of the game you are pursuing, I think many hunters lose sight of the main reason they  use camo in the first place.

No matter what you choose to wear when you go hunting, keep in mind that you do not need a whole new wardrobe to go into the woods. Camo is a crucial part of most bowhunting adventures but is less important for gun hunters. You want to choose darker colors and patterns that “break-up” your outline to suspecting game animals. You can even use your normal wardrobe for this purpose if you plan to rifle hunt and plan to be a fair distance apart from what you are hunting. This can be accomplished with a flannel shirt in some cases due to the crossing patterns of the fabric. Solid colors stick out light a sore thumb to game in the woods. In other words, you don’t need the latest 3D HD camo. Just stay away from light solid colors of your normal clothes where possible as you want to try to blend in with your environment. It is generally known that wild hogs have poor eyesight and deer are partially colorblind. You can still spook any game with the best and most expensive camo if they see you move or something doesn’t look right to them. This has happened to most of us at some point in our hunting career. What you want to do, as always, is stack the odds in your favor.

So the goal of wearing camo of any kind is to blend in with nature and keep a low profile. Keep that in mind as you shop. Try to find camo that best matches your terrain and don’t feel like you have to pay an arm and a leg for it. Deer, wild hogs, and other game don’t care how much you spend on your apparel and it amazes me when I see Texas hunters wearing camo clothing designed for the Alaskan tundra. Although camo in and of itself is a fashion statement in some ways, solidifying the message that we love the outdoors, it is important to be practical in what you purchase and why. It matters, but its really only part of the package.

Another point to make is to only camo where it counts. If I am hunting in a pop-up blind or deer stand where only the top part of my body will be exposed, I mainly concentrate those exposed areas where camo is concerned.It is needless to use camo on areas of your body that game can’t even see and this is the case many times with the exception of bowhunting in tree stands or tripod stands or spot and stalk hunting. If I am hunting with my pop-up blind where the background is black, I tend to dress “ninja-style” in all black or in a dark camo with a black face cover. To that point, I have tagged three deer already this season from that blind due to my choice of clothing. You want to match your surroundings.

In my humble opinion, One of the best camo brands on the market today is M2D Camo (M2D stands for Made 2 Deceive). Sparky Sparks is one of the owners of this company and is a good friend and colleague to our hunting show ( and M2D camo has incredible properties that will blend in with many environments. Look them up if you get a chance and I think you will be impressed.

As always, thanks for reading my blog. Have fun out there!


Varmint Lights is Tearing it Up in Sales!

One of my favorite companies and sponsors is and owner Brad Selph is a good personal friend of mine as well. I recently stopped by his warehouse this week to see two large pallets going to Cabela’s online distribution warehouse and retail stores.

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Cabelas can’t seem to keep them in stock. Why? VL products are simply the highest quality and most value priced in the outdoor industry in my humble opinion. I have been working with Brad since the VRL-1 hunting light was in its infancy stages in development and it has been a blast to see this product line and company grow leaps and bounds in a very competitive market and industry.

Hats off to this company and an awesome product for hunting and navigating at night. Currently, I am on the staff product testing some new accessories and products that will be on the market soon.

Here is my video on the VRL-1 hunting light.

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Compound & Crossbows 101: Ask Dustin

From all of the videos I produced, the archery tech tip videos seem to attract the most questions. That being the case, I thought it would be a good idea to address a couple of points by answering a few questions I have been asked about about archery that should be helpful for beginners, old pro’s, and everyone in between.

What is the best brand of bow or crossbow? This is one of the most frequent questions I get. Due to lots of competition in a small market, the industry has weeded out the shady and poor quality manufactures of archery equpment for the most part so  are no brands I know of to avoid. Ask a bowhunter or target archery enthusiast what his or her favorite brand is and you will usually get an answer right away. I would consider a major name brand, however, as they tend to have better longevity and customer support. You get what you pay for as in any other purchase but you don’t always have to buy the newest or most expensive to get your money’s worth. As in most purchases, look for the best quality and value for your money. Both compound bows came to me used and are still are in great shape. Remember, newer doesn’t always mean better. For crossbows, I think Barnett makes one of the best products for the money.

Personally, I shoot a Barnett C5 Wildcat and Barnett Buck Commander Extreme Carbonlite (BCX) in the crossbow realm and a Martin Scepter II and an Oneida Screaming Eagle in the compound bow realm.  My new BCX Carbonlite has the features of crossbows costing over $1000 for a much lower price. It shoots fast and, due to the weight, packs super light.

For buying a used bow, check out my video below with me interviewing Red Hilliard from Tusker Archery. The advice works well for both compound bows and crossbows alike.

What are some shooting mistakes most archers miss when they start out? This is a great question. Most people do not want to make the same mistakes that others who came before them made. I have a whole video dedicated to this subject below. Here are a few things to watch for in the meantime:

1)Punching the Release. Many archers, myself included, have been known to punch the trigger of their release and jerk the shot off target in the processes. As I just mentioned, I used to be guilty of this but now have that part of my shooting controlled. Much like the trigger of a rifle, the trigger on the release should be treated with a smooth and easy stroke. I have tracked many wounded game animals as a result of  bowhunters punching the trigger too soon. Most  of the time, this happens out of rushing the shot. Take your time and make a smooth and solid press of your release trigger.

2) “Kung-Fu” Grip on the Bow Riser. The hand holding your bow should be relaxed when holding it, especially at full draw. One of the major recommendations for outfitting most bows these days is having a rope around the riser attached with a stabilizer. This prevents the archer from dropping the bow if the grip on the bow is too loose. Remember, the more you grip your bow, the more you will torque it off target when you release your string. Hold it lightly, especially at full draw. No kung fu grip is needed!

3) Re-Drawing the Bow off of Full Draw. Many times a bow can come down off of full draw due to the archer letting down pressure or a number of other things. The best thing you can do is let down from full draw completely and start over again. Redrawing a partially drawn bow can change the amount of energy stored in the limbs and affect your accuracy.

4) Looking at your sight, not your target. As we are taught in wing shooting and, if you concentrate on your sight and not your target, you will miss your shot. When shooting with sight pins on a compound bow or a red dot sight on your crossbow, concentrate on the intended target, not your sight pin. Let everything else be in the background. Focus on your technique. Aim small, miss small by picking out a small spot in the middle of your target to aim for and settle in on it. The experience should be almost like a meditation. Everything is smooth and calculated in your shot. You take your time. Your breathing should slow down and you should only be mindful of the target and making a good connection with it through your arrow. All other distractions disappear. This is what makes a good archer.

If you haven’t experienced the joy of archery, visit your local archery pro-shop today and give the mystical flight of the arrow a try. I am changed for the better being a target archer and bowhunter and think you will be as well if this is new to you. Have fun and be safe out there.


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