Hunting Hogs at Night

According to Michael Wersig, “one of the coolest things about pig hunting is you don’t have to do it in the daytime.” In this clip, Michael has been watching the trail cams and seeing lots of action by the feeders. As night begins to approach, he and Kevin hit the fields with a Smith & Wesson M&P® 15 to see what they can stalk up on, and they certainly aren’t disappointed! Later in the evening, he decides to head out again with little daylight left and turns on the Exude OD25 Tactical Predator Gun Light mounted atop his modern sporting rifle to give himself an upper hand by being able to shine a light on where the hogs may be hiding!

Hog Hunting with Conquest Scents

When it comes to hog hunting, you have to think about how you’re going to get the upper hand and give yourself every advantage possible against these frustratingly clever critters. Feral hogs have an incredibly keen sense of smell, and are believed to be capable of smelling odors up to seven miles away! The good news for hunters is that ConQuest Scents has developed several hog scents that mask and overwhelm the scent of humans by creating an area that mimics natural hog scents. We’ll see these ConQuest scents in action when we join Doug Roberts on a crossbow hunt as he uses ConQuest Scents to his benefit.

Hog Hunting With Modern Sporting Rifles

Modern Sporting Rifles have become very popular for hog hunting. On top of being just plain fun and exciting to shoot, modern sporting rifles give you an edge when it comes to eradication efforts. In this clip, we’ll join a couple of fun outings we had while using modern sporting rifles to bring down multiple hogs!

The Down n’ Dirty of Hog Hunting

As an invasive species, feral hogs are the bane of native animals, hunters, land owners, and ranchers alike, and we’ll take a look at all the various ways you can hunt them, while having a lot of fun along the way!   Many people look at hog hunting as a way to help eradicate the over population of feral hogs, most of which have caused significant damage to the environment. Another great aspect of hog hunting is that they can be hunted 365 days a year, day or night. This open season on hogs gives hunters a wide variety of means and methods to enjoy hog hunting, from compound bows to crossbows, handguns, airguns, traditional bolt action rifles, to modern sporting rifles! One of the most important things to do before hitting the field is to check your local state hunting guidelines to ensure you’re operating within legal bounds. As Wade will tell us, “the bottom line on hog hunting is get out, learn their habits, learn what they do, and whether you’re just trying to shoot a small one to put in the smoker, or a you’re trying to shoot a big boar to mount on the wall, you’re going to enjoy a hog hunt.”

Big Ole Mean Hogs

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re hunting one of the most destructive animals: feral hogs.  As an invasive species, feral hogs are the bane of native animals, hunters, land owners, and ranchers alike, and we’ll take a look at all the various ways you can hunt them, while having a lot of fun along the way!   Many people look at hog hunting as a way to help eradicate the overpopulation of feral hogs, most of which have caused significant damage to the environment. Another great aspect of hog hunting is that they can be hunted 365 days a year, day or night. This open season on hogs gives hunters a wide variety of means and methods to enjoy hog hunting, from compound bows to crossbows, handguns, airguns, traditional bolt action rifles, to modern sporting rifles! One of the most important things to do before hitting the field is to check your local state hunting guidelines to ensure you’re operating within legal bounds. As Wade will tell us, “the bottom line on hog hunting is get out, learn their habits, learn what they do, and whether you’re just trying to shoot a small one to put in the smoker, or a you’re trying to shoot a big boar to mount on the wall, you’re going to enjoy a hog hunt.”

Over the course of this episode, we’ll be taking a look at several fun hog hunts we had using the Smith & Wesson M&P® 15 where we bring down multiple hogs. Later, we’ll learn that when it comes to hog hunting, you have to think about how you’re going to get the upper hand and give yourself every advantage possible against these frustratingly clever critters when we join Doug Robert’s of ConQuest Scents on a crossbow hunt as he uses ConQuest Scents to his benefit. Up next, we’re joining Michael Wersig yet again, but this time, we’re going out for an evening hunt where he’ll be using Exude Lights to spot hogs in low light settings. Finally, to round out this show, we’ll be busting out a new method of hunting that we’ve never seen in our camp before, the Umarex AirSaber Airgun!

In conclusion, wild hogs are a nuisance to the environment and leave a trail of destruction in their wake.  Taking measures to control hog populations is a step in the right direction for conservation efforts.  As you’ll see the options for thinning the herds are endless, and you can enjoy hours of exciting hog hunting from bows to handguns, or by breaking out a modern sporting rifle and going hog wild on ‘em! 

Crappie Fishing

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re heading out for a fun filled day of crappie fishing with Wade Middleton, Jim Behnken, and our fishing guide Chase Hux! Wade and Jim go as far back as 25 five years of friendship, and Jim has watched Chase grow up from an outdoors loving kid, to an avid outdoorsman as an adult, so today is sure to be a fantastic day on the water with this trio!

Nothing sets up a long day of fishing better than stopping off at a local bait shop to stock up on snacks, get an insider scoop on what’s biting, and of course, to fill their coolers up with live minnows for bait. Today we’ll see the Engel Live Bait Drybox and Cooler in action as it works to keep up with the guys, and ensure the minnows stay fresh and lively with air temperatures in the triple digits, and water temps in the low to mid eighties. Chase will act as our guide today, and take us around Choke Canyon to the areas he knows through guiding with the company that he co-founded, are guaranteed to give us the most bites possible. Choke Canyon Charters offers options to choose between day trips out on the lake, or take extended stays at their beautiful lake side lodging sites. Choke Canyon Charters is one of the best places on this legendary Texas lake to take a guided fishing trip, so head on over to chokecanyoncharters.com to book your fishing trip today!

While we’re out on the water, we’ll get some insider hints to the best ways to crappie fish, get an in-depth look at how using Gamin Livescope™ can give you an advantage on the water, and sit back and enjoy some good ol’ fashioned razzing between good friends!

To wrap up the show, we’re going to take a close look at a brand new jighead from Big Bite Baits that’s taking the fishing world by storm, and will surely be a crappie catchin’ magnet! As pro angler Mike McClelland will tell us, “one of the biggest trends over the past four or five years has definitely been the forward facing sonar… and this new Big Bite Pendulate Jighead is gonna be the perfect head anytime you’re wanting to vertical fish.” The Pendulate Jighead is available in four sizes, including an 1/8 oz, 3/16 oz, 1/4 oz, and 3/8 oz. This head is also sold in four different colors, including Bare Shad, Alewife, Shad, and Shore Minnow. Big Bite Baits designed this jig with a swivel molded directly into the head, which effectively eliminates line twist when the jig is falling. With this jig head you’ll have the ability to present the bait better, have less line twists, use a variety of baits to pair with the jig. To learn more about the Pendulate Jighead, visit bigbitebaits.com!

Expand Your Horizons with Handgun Hunting

Handgun hunting is a totally different way of hunting it. As far as what you do as the hunter you still have to hunt the same way you would with a bow, crossbow, rifle, or whatever it may be. You’re still trying to get as close as you possibly can and make his most ethical shots that you can.

Smith & Wesson Handguns: https://www.smith-wesson.com/

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Create Man-Made Food Plots with Protein

There’s only so much that the native land can provide, so it’s about providing a supplemental food source. To do that we create man-made food plots with protein. We use free choice protein feeders that a deer can come at any time during the week filled with protein from Record Rack.

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Record Rack Protein: https://bit.ly/3wBfA8H

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The Ways You Can Upgrade Your Handgun

When it comes to customizing any type of firearm there’s always going to be options. The factory set ups a lot of times are more than fine for a lot of situations. But if you want to maximize the performance, you can add some things to your firearm. Smith & Wesson for instance has the Performance Center where you can have your triggers be a little crisper, or have a little less poundage for the pull, and so many other options. Smith and Wesson’s are going to be hard to beat the factory shields and Model 629 classics that are out there. But one thing we definitely like to do with about every firearm we get, is upgrade our sights to HIVIZ sights and it’s very easy to do for the majority of the models!

Smith & Wesson Handguns: https://www.smith-wesson.com/

HIVIZ Sights: https://www.hivizsights.com/

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Cooking Venison and Other Wild Game

This episode shares all types of insight on taking care of and cooking wild game so that you can dazzle your friends and family with a great meal. But it all begins in the field with the proper steps in place to ensure your wild game brings out all those mouth-watering flavors when it’s time to serve it.

Come along as Wade also shares 3 quick and easy recipes that any chef regardless of skill can easily impress their family and friends all with the help of the Bradley Smoker!

Bradley Smoker: https://www.bradleysmoker.com/