Air Bows and Air Guns For Hunting

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re diving into a whole new world of hunting using air bows and air guns! The sport of hunting with air rifles has grown in popularity over the last several years, but what exactly are Air Bows and Air Guns, and how do they perform under pressure in real world scenarios? We’ve had the opportunity to take both the Umarex Airsaber Air Archery Rifle and the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer Hunting Rifle out to the field on multiple hunts and witnessed first hand the sheer power of these hunting applications.

To kick things off, we’ll be joining Michael Wersig for an exciting hog hunt where he used the Umarex AirSaber Air Archery Rifle for the first time. The Umarex Airsaber is capable of being charged up to 3,625 PSI, and can shoot up to 450 feet per second, which makes it an incredible hunting platform. After Michael takes some time to give us the run down on this hunting platform and shows us how to properly charge it, he’ll take the AirSaber high up in a tripod and we’ll have the chance to watch this lethal mode of hunting in action!

After having a chance to witness just how powerful the Umarex AirSaber is in the field, we’ll take a look at another hunting platform from Umarex, the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer Hunting Rifle. This American-made .50 Cal Umarex Hammer is the perfect air rifle for hunters and shooting enthusiasts alike thanks to its innovative engineering. As the creators over at Umarex will tell you, “The Hammer didn’t alter the laws of physics, it just took advantage of them.” For our first outing with this rifle we’ll check out a couple hunts where the Hammer defied those laws and helped Kevin Giesecke take down some animals that have been on his bucket list for a long time!

As we tested out the .50 Cal Umarex Hammer, A key feature that caught our attention was that it only took about two pounds of effort to operate it’s straight-pull bolt, cock the rifle, and advance the two shot magazine. As with learning any new hunting platform, things don’t always go according to plan, and we put that magazine and bolt action to the test on a Sika hunt recently when Michael Wersig had to think fast to put the animal on the ground.

For our last field test with the .50 Cal Umarex Hammer, Michael wanted to see how this incredible rifle would hold up against a whitetail buck and headed out to the field for an evening hunt. As the daylight began to fade into darkness, Michael was running out of legal shooting light when one of the nicest bucks he’d seen walks into frame. Tune in and see what will make Michael say, “Hunting with any platform… If you can have confidence in it that you can make an ethical shot, if it’s going to have the power to make an ethical kill… it’s a blast!”

After putting the Umarex AirSaber and the Umarex Hammer through the wringer and testing them out on a variety of animals, we feel these well-thought out products are shooter friendly, have sleek and modern appearances, and are functional for any avid outdoorsman and shooting enthusiasts. In every state there’s a lot of regulations on using air guns and air bows. Be sure to know your state’s laws regarding these hunting applications and know how to use them to make a clean, ethical kill, and get out there and have fun with these shooting platforms that are taking hunting world by storm!

The Fun Of Turkey Hunting

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, it’s all about the fun and thrilling adventures that come with turkey hunting! Over the years we’ve seen so many exciting turkey hunts, from putting them down at the Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash, to just going out to test new products and fill the freezer, and every time we go out for one of these encounters we have a good time.

We’ll kick things off with Wade giving us the run down on all things turkey. According to him, the possibilities for hunting turkeys are endless. You can hit the field with compound bows, crossbows, shotguns, and handguns, whatever feels most comfortable for you as the hunter. On the history of this show we’ve also seen a myriad of hunting techniques, some guys prefer to run ’n gun, and others prefer to find a good hiding spot near a roost and call in the toms. Again, it’s all about what works best for you and your hunting style. In Wade’s opinion, one of the most fun aspects of turkey hunting is the conversations he can have with the turkeys when using his calls. Using this approach he lets the turkeys tell him what he needs to do, whether that means he’s running and gunning, or if he’s sitting back and letting them come to him. Another important factor to keep in mind when turkey hunting is what sights you’re using, and Wade will give us his thoughts on choosing sights, and what he personally looks for to get the best shot placement possible.

Later in the show, we’ll hit the field with Wade for a Springtime turkey hunt where he’ll quickly learn that today’s hunt is all about being patient and waiting for the turkeys to come to him. We’ll hear lots of turkey calls, and lots of gobbles! Speaking of calls and gobbles, before the hunt is over we’ll get some great advice for how to approach the daunting task of picking out the best turkey call for you. With over 200 options of box calls, slate calls, and mouth calls to choose from, you won’t want to miss out on the advice Wade has when searching for that perfect call.

As the day is coming to an end, a gaggle of toms appear in the distance, and it’s not long before one of the biggest rio’s Wade has seen presents a perfect shot opportunity. Tune in and see how Wade gets a shot off on this bird, and stay tuned through the end to get a breakdown of all the gear Wade hunts with today!

Fishing For Largemouth Bass With The PROS

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re hitting the water with professional bass fishing legends straight out of Texas as they show us their tips and tricks for catching largemouth bass! To kick things off, we’re meeting up with Clark Wendlandt and Keith Combs on Choke Canyon reservoir.

We’re hitting Choke at a bit of an odd time. With the lake in between waves of spawners and the first major cold front of the season passing through, the best way to describe the fish is scattered, meaning Clark and Keith have to work a little harder to figure out where the fish are hiding and what will trigger a bite. While the early half of the day mostly consisted of reeling in smaller bass, the water temperatures warmed up ever so slightly in the afternoon, and they stumbled upon an area with fish ready to bite when Clark stirred up a flurry!

By the end of Clark and Keith’s first day on the water, we see just how important it is to understand weather and water conditions, along with knowing which bait and hook combos to throw at the right time. We also know that line choice is equally as important to our success on the water, and we’ll get a special inside look into what Clark’s line of choice is when it comes to crankbait fishing.

As anyone who spends an ample amount of time outdoors and on the water knows, what works to make the fish bite one day may become completely uninteresting to them the next. On day two of Clark and Keith fishing together, and with an almost thirty degree air temperature increase and warmer waters, we’ll see a dramatic change in what triggers fish to bite!

Up next we’re hoping over to the waters of Lake Fairfield with Clark Wendlandt and Frank Talley. Just as we’ve seen earlier in the show, Clark and Frank are also fishing in cold weather with water temperatures in the high forties. The fish are lethargic, and the guys are pulling out all the stops to figure out how they need to position themselves to have the best chances of reeling ‘em in. One tool they’re using to gather information and to best figure out what’s happening below their boat is Garmin Livescope. Not long after Clark and Frank discuss the benefits of using Garmin Livescope, we’ll have the chance to see a fish react on screen, and you won’t want to miss out on the monster of a bass Clark reels in!

To wrap up fishing with the pro’s, we’ll also get some insider scoop on why the pro’s choose certain colors of baits, and their preferences when it comes to selecting rods for jerkbait fishing. Take it from these seasoned vets, a pro’s approach to finding and catching fish is all about using their gear to its fullest potential, and constantly thinking about what else they can use to their advantage to do better than their last cast. Pay attention to the weather conditions, learn how fish behave in different water temperatures and know what phase of the spawn they’re in, throw a lot of baits, and have a lot of fun!

Bass Fishing with Frank Talley on Lake Fairfield

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, Clark Wendlandt and Frank Talley are hitting the waters of Lake Fairfield and showing us how they piece together the puzzle of bass fishing!

Before Clark and Frank pick up their rods, they start thinking about which baits would be best to throw considering the cold water conditions they’re fishing today. With water temperatures in the high 40’s and the pre-spawn in full swing, they decide hard plastics like the Strike King KVD Jerkbait 300 series and the Strike King Red Eyed Shad may give them the best chances of reeling in those fish. Like anytime we get out on the water, there’s always the excitement and expectation to start catching fish immediately, but, that wasn’t quite the case this time. The day soon became a matter of figuring out the fish patterns and what would make them react.

Since its release at ICAST in 2018, we’ve seen how the Garmin Livescope technology plays a major role in relaying vital information to anglers about what’s happening below their boat. Livescope can tell us where the fish are, whether they’re reacting to our bait or not, where the cover is and how deep things are, and so much more. Speaking of using Garmin Livescope to see everything happening around the boat, Clark keenly watches his Livescope screen as a bass closes in on his bait, and once it bites, he reels in a monster of a bass!

With the fish beginning to bite, it looks like Clark and Frank have happened upon an area of the lake with active fish. However, just as quickly as they seemed to have found a good area with fish, the bite window quickly vanished. Frank shares with us some unique theories on how to explain the pattern behind these, “bite windows,” they’re experiencing.

As the day comes to a close, we’ll also get a chance to learn why Frank chose an orange color of lipless crankbait for fishing Texas waters, and what Clark’s rod of choice is when it comes to jerkbait fishing. As the sun begins to set, Frank reels in one last good bass to round out a fun day of fishing!

.50 Cal Air Rifles For Hunting

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, Kevin Giesecke and Michael Wersig are hitting the field to test out the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer on several exciting hunts!

To kick things off, Kevin and Michael settled into their makeshift ground blind in the early hours of the morning. As expected, the animals were moving around and it didn’t take long before both whitetails and aoudad appeared in front of them. For a long while, aoudads have been on Kevin’s hunting bucket list but the chance to take one never presented itself. As they sat patiently watching a large herd of aoudad form, a mature ewe was taking center stage and giving him a perfect shot opportunity. With a little more patience, the ewe turns broadside and Kevin is able to get a shot off on her!

Up next, Kevin steps behind the camera as he and Michael head out to another area of the property with the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer in hand for an opportunity hunt. As Michael puts it, “Whatever walks out that’s either gonna give us meat or make a good hunt, that’s what we’re going for.” On this day, the sunrise was beautiful and the wind was blowing in their favor, setting them up for a perfect day of hunting. Plenty of does came out, even a couple nice young bucks, but as the day progressed they weren’t seeing much of anything else. As they began leaning more and more towards taking a doe, a large, dark figure started emerging from the brush line. To their surprise, it turned out to be a sika, and from that moment on their focus shifted to taking him. As with learning any new hunting platform, sometimes things don’t go according to plan, but that’s all part of the process of learning to hunt with an air rifle. See how Michael’s hunt turns out when he gets a shot off on this stunning animal.

As Michael and Kevin’s week-long hunting excursion continues, the weather shifts. What started out as nice, cool weather now has the guys toughing it out in the midst of a chilly cold front with gusty high winds. As Michael climbs high up in a tripod, he’s looking to fill the freezer once again. This time, it’s wild hogs that present themselves before Michael. He waits and waits for them to clear the brush line, and when they finally do, Michael gets a clean shot off on one of the hogs thanks to the deadly power of the .50 Caliber Umarex Hammer!

Up next, Kevin hands the camera back over to Michael as he sets out with the hopes of checking off yet another animal from his hunting bucket list: an aoudad ram. Just like we saw earlier, a large herd of aoudads forms, and then, it doesn’t take long before a massive aoudad ram shows up. Tune in and find out if Kevin will finally get an opportunity on this big guy!

With one last camera handoff, Michael sets out to wrap up this week-long hunting journey. Once again they were treated to a beautiful morning, with lots of does and a few small bucks, but it was otherwise rather slow. Not ones to give up on a spot, the guys decided to go back to the very same stand for an evening hunt to see if the odds had shifted in their favor. As the daylight began to fade into darkness, Michael was running out of legal shooting light when one of the nicest bucks he’d seen walks into frame. Tune in and see what will make Michael say, “Hunting with any platform… If you can have confidence in it that you can make an ethical shot, if it’s going to have the power to make an ethical kill… it’s a blast!”

Texas Bass Fishing Tips

On this week’s episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, Clark Wendlandt is meeting up with fellow professional bass angler Keith Combs as they share all sorts of bass fishing tips from Choke Canyon Reservoir! In South Texas, water level plays a key factor. Choke is up about four feet, and while last year was great for fishing, but right now there’s some areas that fishermen can’t access. While that may work against anglers for the time being, it’s great for the fish during the spawn, and the outlook for the next five years on Choke Canyon is optimistic.

Clark and Keith are heading out on Choke Canyon at the tail end of a cold front, which doesn’t make for the most ideal conditions at this lake, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be big fish lurking around. As the day kicks off, the guys each reel in a fish, and although they’re not very big, it’s just the beginning of part of the fun of fishing: figuring out what the fish will want on any given day. The guys throw buzz baits, frogs, and swimmers, with bites here and there, but it’s not until we’re nearing the end of the day that Clark starts figuring out this puzzle. With a Strike King Hybrid Hunter in Chartreuse Perch tied to the end of his line, Clark stirs up a flurry of bass and reels in one after another, and it doesn’t take long for Keith to follow suit and get in on the Hybrid Hunter action as well!

The next day Clark and Keith head out for one more morning run at searching out where the monster bass of Choke Canyon may be hiding. True to any day of fishing, the fish are interested in a completely different presentation today. The bait of the day ends up being a Strike King Rage Swimmer, and we’ll have a chance to see Keith hammer them one cast after another. Stay tuned at the end when Clark and Keith will go over how they presented this bait to the fish, and explain how there’s always more than one way to fish this impressive bait by Strike King!

Fayette County

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, we’re joining host Clark Wendlandt as he takes us on a walk down memory lane through some of his favorite trips to Fayette County Reservoir. For its size, Clark regards Fayette County as the very best lake he’s ever fished. It’s a little lake, it’s not very well known, but it has giant bass, and we’re about to be treated to several instances of catching big ones on this lake!

To kick things off, We’re revisiting a trip from several years back when Clark hit up Fayette for some summertime deep water fishing. According to Clark, offshore structure fishing at Fayette in the summertime is as good as he’s seen anywhere. You can get on those schools of fish that are big, and even though they’re pressured and finicky, you can have a lot of success as long as you can find what bait will make them bite. For Clark, he likes throwing large crankbaits, and his go-to’s for this situation are a Strike King 6XD, 8XD, or even a 10XD. Right from the beginning, Clark reels in a solid bass and continues to reel in keepers throughout his day. As Clark said, it’s all about finding the fish and figuring out what will trigger those bites. When it comes to finding schools of fish, Clark relies on the depth shading on his Garmin Electronics. As we wrap up our summertime fishing, we’ll meet up with pro angler Tom Redington on his recent trip to Fayette County where he’ll give us the rundown on how to set up and how to use depth shading on Garmin Electronics to its fullest potential!

Up next, we’re on the water with Clark and Wade Middleton. This outing came on the heels of Clark winning the coveted title of Angler of the Year at the Bassmaster Classic, and not only do we get to see Clark and Wade reel in some impressive fish, we’ll also get a little insight into key factors that played into his success on the water. Oddly enough, even though we’re meeting up with the guys in the winter time, the fish behaved as if we were fishing summertime patterns! Tune in and see how Clark and Wade figure out the fish using Garmin Electronics to their advantage!

To close out this show Clark’s son-in-law, Michael Wersig, will join him for some late January fishing here on Fayette County. They start off fishing an offshore area using crankbaits early on and reel in three good lookin’ keepers. Not one to stay in the same area for very long, Clark moves up to a shallow pocket of the lake surrounded by lots of thick timber all around. According to Clark, the bait to throw at this time of year in this type of shallow cover is a wacky worm, specifically, a Strike King Ocho 5″. The guys hang around in the area for a good while catching more and more solid keepers. To finish their day, Clark and Michael once again moved back offshore and switched to crankbaits, and stirred up an unbelievable flurry of fish!

Lastly, we’ll be treated to a final throwback to one of Clark’s favorite memories here on Fayette County Reservoir, when he reeled in not just one, but TWO giant keepers on the same bait!

Airbow Hunting for Hogs and Crappie Fishing

On this episode of Fishing and Hunting Texas, we’re hitting the field and heading out on the water as we tackle both worlds of hunting and fishing! To kick things off, we’ll be joining Michael Wersig for an exciting hog hunt where he used the Umarex AirSaber Airgun for the first time. The Umarex AirSaber is capable of being charged up to about 3600 PSI, and can shoot up to 480 feet per second, which makes it an incredible hunting platform. We’ll also learn a little about the AirJavelin and the AirSaber arrows built exclusively for the Umarex AirSaber. After Michael takes some time to give us the rundown on these models, he’ll take the AirSaber high up in a tripod and we’ll have the chance to watch this lethal mode of hunting in action!

After spending time in the field, we’ll take a road trip up to Choke Canyon Reservoir where Clark Wendlandt and Michael Wersig have their sights set on catching crappie. In previous years both Clark and Michael have had huge success reeling in giant slabs of crappie, and they thought coming here this year would be no exception. However, sometimes plans don’t always turn out the way you’d expect. While they do reel in loads of varying species of fish, the crappie they’re after just don’t cooperate this time. After a frustrating day and a half of fishing, Clark comes up with a friendly little competition to close out the last twenty minutes of their day. The rules are simple. Each fish is worth one point, and a keeper crappie is worth two points. Whoever has the most points after twenty minutes, WINS!

By the end of the day, Clark and Michael may not have run into flurries of crappie fish on this trip, but that certainly didn’t stop them from having a good time, or from getting a couple good digs in at one another. Next time you head out on the water, don’t get discouraged when the fish you’re after aren’t biting, because there’s always a way to turn a crappie situation into a positive one!

The National Walleye Tour

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re covering the 2021 season of the National Walleye Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Featuring a regular season and a championship, this tour provides the highest level of competitive walleye fishing available that offers unparalleled media coverage and a payout that’s unmatched in tournament walleye fishing.

We started the regular season off in late April, with favorable conditions on Lake Francis Case in Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota. With 113 boats on the water, anglers were competing for a purse worth over $410,000. After a competitive two days of fishing, pro angler Chase Parsons took home the win on the first stop of the tour and a prize package worth $91,922.

The next stop took us to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for the first time in five years. We wasted no time getting on the water as an impending cold front with dangerous winds was threatening the chances for fishing on day two. By the end of day one, Daniel Woodke nabbed the first place spot with a strong lead of 39.44 lbs. The next morning, a small craft advisory was issued and tournament officials made the call to cancel day two of competition, which meant Daniel Woodke claimed the victory at the second stop of the tour and a prize package worth $93,022!

Stop number three of the 2021 National Walleye Tour brought our competitors back to familiar territory on Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio. Lake Erie certainly did not disappoint and we saw fish catch after fish catch out in the field. When all was said and done, there was only a 1.68 lb difference between 3rd place and 1st, and Bill Sutton took home the trophy and a $93,756 prize package!

The fourth and final stop of the regular season brought our competitors to MoBridge, South Dakota where they fished on Lake Oahe. Once again we saw some competitive fishing out on the water, and when we came back to the scales for the final weigh in, Kent Andersen took home the final 1st place title of the regular season with a 40.75 lb bag and a prize package worth $79,595!

The 2021 National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s made its final stop on Otter Tail Lake in West Central Minnesota. Capping off an incredible season that paid out more than one and a quarter million dollars, the top forty anglers in both divisions qualified for the chance to cash in one more check, and for a chance to carry home the 2021 championship trophy. At the end of the tournament, the most prestigious title in walleye fishing will be decided, the Lucas Oil Angler of the Year. We’ve got the top forty pro’s and co’s fishing for two days, with a cut to the top ten in each division for the final day. On the Pro side, there is $366,330 up for grabs, and on the co-angler side, $79,765.

Over the course of the first two days we saw all of the highs and lows that come with tournament fishing, from watching leaders fall completely out of contention, to competitors coming from behind to lock in a place in the top ten going into day three. Who will take home the first place grand prize? Who will come out on top with the prestigious Lucas Oil Angler of the Year title? You won’t want to miss the exciting ending to this season of the National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!

How The Pros Setup Electronics On Their Bass Boat For Success

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’ll be meeting up with some of the top dogs in the bass fishing world as they give us insight into how they like to set up their Garmin Electronics to give them the best advantage on the water, and, watch them reel in some giants along the way!

We’ll kick the morning off with Bassmaster Classic winner Alton Jones at Fayette County Reservoir where he’s using his Garmin Livescope™ for fishing shallow waters. Right from the start, we’ll see how he uses Livescope™ to find vegetation and specific sweet spots where fish like to hang around. As Alton will tell us, “You need to learn how to use Livescope™ to determine the mood of the fish, which will tell you what baits you need to throw, and how you need to work those baits, in order to trigger those strikes.” Throughout our time on the water with Alton he’ll also give us some great tips about how he likes to set up his Garmin Electronics to give him an advantage on the water, from utilizing short cut keys, to creating waypoints to keep track of his past success, and current success in locating fish on this very lake. By the end of the day, Alton will have reeled in a ton of large fish, all thanks to the Garmin Livescope™.

Next up we’ll round out our time at Fayette County Reservoir with pro angler Tom Redington, where we’ll get more insight into how we can best take advantage of Garmin Livescope™, and increase our chances of finding those big fish. As Redington says, “Now with Livescope™, I see the fish, or I see the target, every single cast. I’m efficient, I’m always casting right to them. It has totally changed the game where you’re not just throwing into space, you’re throwing at a fish all the time. Livescope™, it’s revolutionary.” While we’re with Tom, we’ll learn how to set up our depth shading on the screens, and how to create waypoints to make ourselves more efficient anglers. Just like with Alton, by the end of the day, Tom will have reeled in several large fish, and as far as Livescope™ is concerned, you just have to get out on the water and try it out for yourself!