Gun Rights vs. Mental Health Issues

I get fired up about Second Amendment rights as most of use due in the wake of school shootings and other public tragedies like the one yesterday in the Northwest. To sum up my feelings and position, its fairly simple. Mental health and wellness needs to be at the top of the debate, not gun control. You can’t prevent people who are hellbent on doing massive destruction to their surroundings from doing so in most cases. As someone who has suffered from major depression and OCD issues in the past, I have personally seen the way mental health conditions have been treated since I was a patient in the system and went through many different medications before finding the right ones for me. I think more can be done to help those who are in need of mental health care. It is not a gun issue, its a people issue. Having more guns there to stop a threat from escalating and law abiding citizens possessing those guns are the way to approach this situation in my opinion. If you are concerned about our Second Amendment rights, check out link below by clicking on the image.




Jerking Perch!

One of the best parts of being an outdoorsman with a family is the opportunty to teach the next generation how to hunt, fish, and do other awesome outdoor activities. My son is 4 1/2 years old and our only child. He is an awesome trooper and always up for an adventure. One of the things we have started to do more together is go fishing at a local community lake park named Brushy Creek Lake Park. If you remember, I hunt on land that backs up to Brushy Creek and have been going to this lake to fish for carp for many years starting back when I moved to the northwest Austin suburb of Leander. Watching my son get excited about fishing reminds me of the time my Dad and I would go fishing for bluegills on Lake Dunlap and Lake McQueeny when I first started my outdoor adventure. We used to call it “Jerking Perch” as we refer to bluegills as perch in Texas. This also reminds me that the summer months are here. If you have kids of your own or in your family, this is the time of year to take them fishing!

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Vension Enchiladas

One of the best things about being a big game hunter is the meat you get to bring home. Each season, I am blessed with the opportunity to harvest at least 5 deer. One of my favorite deer processors, Brizendine’s Deer Processing, is well known for making Bacon Burger. We use Bacon Burger in just about every recipe that calls for ground meat. Its recipe time!

This recipe is from my  Aunt April (whom we fondly call Aunt Pokie).  She’s famous for these bad boys, and I started making them a few years ago  for us.  They’ve quickly become a favorite in our house, and we think of Pokie every time we make them.

Venison Cheese Enchiladas | Sarafina's Kitchen

  • 1 lb ground venison
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 package Lawry’s Enchilada Sauce Mix  (3 cups water, 6 oz. tomato paste)
  • 8 flour-corn tortillas
  • 1 cup Velveeta, shredded
  • 1 cup Mexican blend cheese, shredded
  • Handful fresh parsley, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground venison with half of the onion.
  3. While the venison cooks, prepare the enchilada sauce according to package directions.
  4. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray.
  5. Take the first tortilla, dip it in the enchilada sauce, lay it in the pan.
  6. Fill it with the meat mixture and a handful of the Velveeta.
  7. Roll it up, with the seam side down.
  8. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, lining them up in the pan.
  9. Pour any remaining sauce over the enchiladas.
  10. Cover with the cheddar cheese and remaining chopped onions.
  11. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the cheese is melted and the enchiladas are heated through.
  12. Top with fresh parsley and serve.

Food that Rocks

Being married to a food blogger has its perks. There is always new food ideas going through our kitchen and I have been blessed to be well connected to some awesome people. One of the products I have recently tried is Howie’s Cajun Dust  Seasoning which you can find at You can sprinkle seasoning on just about anything you cook for a Cajun kick. This past weekend, I paired Howie’s Cajun Dust with a stuffed chicken from The Rust Game Place and Meat Market ( located in my hometown of New Braunfels, Texas. This chicken was stuffed with crawfish and wild rice and the combination was  dynamite! Check out the finished product below. I highly recommend both of these businesses since both products can be ordered online and delivered to your home!Photo Apr 13, 7 18 46 PMMmmm…Chicken stuffed with crawfish and rice and sprinkled with Howie’s Cajun Dust! Life doesn’t get much better than that!


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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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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