Lake Amistad

Clark Wendlandt and Garmin’s Brandon Brinkman fish Lake Amistad and hunt turkey in Bracketville, Texas while competing in the annual Yamaha Turkey Bass Smash.

Hubbard Creek

Clark Wendlandt and Wade Middleton venture to a body of water that was almost dry recently but that has rebounded nicely. This will be both of their’s first trip ever to this body of water so you’ll see first hand how they dissect this lake. . Ivie, a lake that both have visited only a handful of times but also has big bass potential.

Lake Whitney

Clark Wendlandt meets up with Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Frank Talley on this highland lakes reservoir where they both share secrets on crankbait fishing in cold weather on Lake Whitney.

Fayette County Reservoir

Clark Wendlandt shares the boat with his son-in-law and outdoorsman, Michael Wersig, on what is arguably one of the best little bass fishing lakes in the nation — Fayette County Reservoir!

Debuting the Yamaha Helm Master EX and Why You Need Garmin Livescope

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re giving you a full walk through of Yamaha’s latest innovation, the Helm Master EX! And Later, It’s all about Garmin electronics, and why Garmin’s Livescope is an essential unit for any angler!

For years, Yamaha has dominated boat control standards with the original Helm Master boat control system. Once again they’ve raised the standards of boat control and maneuverability with the debut of the Helm Master EX. The latest boat in control is all about expandability and functionality, and with the Helm Master EX, boaters and anglers alike will have several different options of what level of control they prefer, with the ability to expand the system if the need arises in the future. Over the course of our time on our water, we’ll learn about the features of the very base level, known as the DEC or Digital Electronic Control level, that every boat with Helm Master EX will come equipped with. Next up we’ll learn about the second stage you can expand to, known as the DES or Digital Electronic Steering level. This is an incredible new advancement in which Yamaha has removed hydraulic systems from the boat and gone completely digital. The Third level has even more exciting new advancements, and introduces the safest autopilot features on the market! From heading hold, to course hold, pattern steer, and track points, the autopilot level of the Helm Master EX gives customers the ability to focus on conditions around them. Rounding out the four levels of the Helm Master EX system is the cherry on top, the joystick control. The joystick offers a new, innovative, and more efficient approach to controlling your boat. As Captain Sean Gill will tell us, “Having the Helm Master Ex system on your boat absolutely makes sense, it’s a much more efficient way to drive the boat, it’s the safest auto pilot out there, and it’s got a ton of standard features at every level!” To learn more about this exciting new generation of boat control, head on over to yamahaoutboards.com!

Up next, it’s all about Garmin electronics and why Garmin’s Livescope is an essential unit for any angler to have on their boat! When Garmin debuted Livescope, and gave anglers the ability to view a real-time image of what’s happening below their boat, it changed the game of fishing as we knew it. Today we’ll be on the water with several anglers who have incorporated livescope into their fishing arsenal of must-have gear, and we’ll see first hand how they use it to find those perfect fishing spots, and to find fish. From fishing Choke Canyon Reservoir with Wade Middleton as he capitalizes on the benefits of using Livescope, to watching fish react to bait in real time with Clark Wendlandt and Michael Wersig at Fayette County Reservoir, we’ll see just how incredible Garmin Livescope is for anglers. We’ll also get an opportunity to hear how this unit greatly helped Clark throughout his year to secure the title of Angler of the Year on the Bassmaster Elite Series!

Confidence is the key word we hear both pro and weekend anglers consistently using when talking about Livescope.  When you add a Garmin Livescope to your boat, not only are you increasing your chances of reeling in more fish, you’re maximizing your ability to see why you’re catching those fish! Visit garmin.com for more information on this and other Garmin products!

Testing Out The TenPoint Havoc RS440 with a Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope

We’re joining Michael Wersig at the Dead Oak location of our deer camp property, where he’ll be using the TenPoint Havoc RS440 paired with a Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope. This area promises to hold a lot of game, be it whitetail, exotics, or turkey, there is always plenty of life traveling along that creek. One thing Michael loves about hunting in Texas is the opportunity to take turkey in the fall. To Michael, it’s always interesting to observe the different behavior patterns between turkeys during the fall and the spring. As Michael’s hunt moves along, a group of turkeys make their way into range and nearly give him the perfect shot opportunity before scattering and clearing the area. It’s not long before they return, and Michael see’s his chances at bringing home one of these birds!

The Evolution of the Garmin Xero

We’re with Wade Middleton as he gives us the rundown on the evolution of the Garmin Xero. When Garmin first introduced the concept of the Xero Bow Sight, it almost sounded too good to be true. Sure enough, they developed it and changed the game for bow hunters. After several years of seeing its success in the field, Garmin once again out did themselves and debuted the Xero X1i Crossbow Scope. The comfort, confidence, and pinpoint accuracy the Xero X1i gives hunters can only be understood by getting out and trying it out for yourself. If you’re looking for a sight that gives you perfect, consistent accuracy, the Xero X1i is the way to go. Learn more about these incredible options for the Garmin Xero Bow Sight and Xero X1i Crossbow Scope by visiting garmin.com!

Kevin Giesecke Hunts a Red Stag

We’re joining Kevin Giesecke on the third evening of a multi-day for a massive red stag, out an an area of the property dubbed, “The Middle Field.” Throughout this sit, Kevin sees a plethora of wild game, including a nine point that has visited each day of his hunt so far. Towards the end of the evening, the red stag that Kevin has been hopeful to see finally makes an appearance, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint. His incredible mass absolutely dwarfs that of the other three bulls standing in front of Kevin’s pop-up blind, but, as it’s the rutting season, that doesn’t deter the others from challenging him. Kevin may not get a chance to take a shot at this buck tonight, but he’s treated to one of the most exciting duels between four red stag bulls that we’ve ever seen on the show!

When we return to the field, it’s been another two days since Kevin last spotted the red stag he’s determined to bring home. On this night, the red stag makes another appearance, but once again, he’s just out of the range Kevin is comfortable taking a shot at, and Kevin returns to camp empty handed. Before heading back to the field, Wade takes a trip out to the hunting site to spice it up with deer blocks and corn courtesy of Record Rack. Record Rack provides superior supplemental nutrition options for deer herd management, and by scattering these irresistible treats around the area, the hope is to draw the animals in closer, and hopefully tempt this red stag into Kevin’s bow range.

Never one to give up, Kevin heads back out on the eighth day of his hunt for the red stag. With 10mph winds, and temperatures sitting in the low 80’s, conditions are looking good for Kevin’s chances tonight. Once again, the red stag emerges through the tree line, but this time, he heads straight towards the Record Rack deer blocks in front of Kevin’s pop-up blind. It’s not long before the stag turns and presents the perfect broadside shot, but as Kevin prepares to take his shot, the stag gets spooked and runs several feet away. Tune in and see if Kevin can still take his shot and finally bring home this incredible red stag!

On The Hunt For Red Stag and Turkey

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re joining Kevin Giesecke on a thrilling multi-day hunt that a massive Texas red stag led him on, and later, we’re tagging along with Michael Wersig on a Turkey hunt with a Tenpoint Havoc RS440 paired with the Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope!

To kick things off, we’re jumping in on the third day of Kevin’s red stag hunt out an an area of the property dubbed, “The Middle Field.” Towards the end of the evening, the red stag that Kevin has been hopeful to see finally makes an appearance, and he certainly doesn’t disappoint. His incredible mass absolutely dwarfs that of the other three bulls standing in front of the pop-up blind. As it’s the rutting season, this bulls huge size doesn’t deter the others from challenging him, and Kevin is treated to one of the most exciting duels between four red stag bulls that we’ve ever seen on the show!

When we return to the field, it’s been another two days since Kevin last spotted the red stag he’s determined to bring home. On this night, the red stag makes another appearance, but once again, he’s just out of range, and Kevin returns to camp empty handed. Before heading back to the field, Wade takes a trip out to the hunting site to spice it up with deer blocks and corn courtesy of Record Rack. By scattering these irresistible treats around the area, they’re hopeful that will tempt this red stag into Kevin’s bow range.

Never one to give up, Kevin heads back out on the eighth day of his hunt for the red stag. Once again, the red stag emerges through the tree line, but this time, he heads straight towards the Record Rack deer blocks in front of Kevin’s pop-up blind. It’s not long before the stag turns and presents the perfect broadside shot, but as Kevin prepares to take his shot, the stag gets spooked and runs several feet away. Tune in and see if Kevin can still take his shot and finally bring home this incredible red stag!

Before we move on to Michael’s hunt with the TenPoint Havoc RS440 paired with a Garmin Xero Crossbow Scope, we’ll hear one more time from Wade as he gives us the rundown on the evolution of the Garmin Xero. When Garmin first introduced the concept of the Xero Bow Sight, it almost sounded too good to be true. Sure enough, they developed it and changed the game for bow hunters. After several years of seeing its success in the field, Garmin once again out did themselves and debuted the Xero X1i Crossbow Scope. If you’re looking for a sight that gives you perfect, consistent accuracy, the Xero X1i is the way to go. Learn more about these incredible options for the Garmin Xero Bow Sight and Xero X1i Crossbow Scope by visiting garmin.com!

To round out this episode, we’re joining Michael Wersig at the Dead Oak location of our deer camp property, where he’ll be using the TenPoint Havoc RS440 paired with a Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope. This area promises to hold a lot of game, be it whitetail, exotics, or turkey. One thing Michael loves about hunting in Texas is the opportunity to take turkey in the fall. To Michael, it’s always interesting to observe the different behavior patterns between turkeys during the fall and the spring. As Michael’s hunt moves along, a group of turkeys make their way into range, and Michael see’s his chances at bringing home one of these birds!

Land Management with Record Rack

One way we like to manage a property is by ensuring we have a supplemental feed program, especially when natural forage and availability of food for deer and other wild game is limited. Personally, we like to make sure we do everything we can to ensure the game on our property is in better shape, giving us more hunting opportunities and a healthier herd of deer. One of our favorite ways to ensure this is by putting out deer feed by Record Rack. Record Rack provides superior supplemental nutrition options for deer herd management, and by scattering these irresistible treats around hunting areas, the hope is to draw the animals in closer, and present better opportunities to have a successful hunt. In this clip, we’ll hear from Wade Middleton about his thoughts on land management, and see how he spices up one of the popular hunting sites on our land.