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.
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!
With so many coolers on the market today, it is no secret that you can get a quality product for a value price in the realm of “extreme ice chests”. The question remains, which one do I choose? There are so many different coolers in the marketplace right now. Since I came in contact with Frio coolers, I have never looked back. My Frio has been the best cooler I have ever owned, hands down, and as an accomplished fisherman and hunter, I have used and owned a bunch of them.
On of my favorite duos in the outdoor industry is Tim and Holly Jackson, owners of Rockin’ J Enterprises (www.texasfriocoolers.com). I have known Tim and Holly for many years and they are great people. I highly recommend you check out their website and check out Frio Coolers for your next ice chest purchase. I can assure you that you will be happy with purchasing one from these guys. Thank you so much for reading, watching, and listening.