Steve Knocks Down Velvet Whitetail GIANT

Four years in the making but Steve Nessl of Yamaha can now say he has successfully harvested a whitetail in full velvet!

Steve joined up with the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries crew in September at Salt River Outfitters for the opening weekend of velvet season in Kentucky. When Steve first came to Kentucky, he was teased all weekend long by a monster 8-point but, that buck never came into range and was harvested later that year.

The second time he ventured to Salt River Outfitters, Steve encountered a 10-point buck that had shed his velvet but had some scraps remaining. After a great shot with his Garmin Xero, he was on the board but still after a whitetail in full velvet.

You would think the third time would be the charm but with some unusual weather and some costly mistakes from Steve, it just wasn’t his year. Now watch his whole hunt go down for this will be a Whitetail Diaries Entry to remember!

2021 Opening Weekend of Bow Hunting in Kentucky

We’re back in Kentucky for our annual week long stay at Salt River Outfitters for the opening weekend of whitetail bow season! One of the things we love about returning to Salt River Outfitters is the community that has formed around velvet week. Often times we’ll see the same guests around camp and we’ve had the great fortune to form life long friendships with these folks. To learn more about Salt River Outfitters and book your very own hunt with them, visit worldwidetrophyadventures.com!

Before we head out to the field, we’ll take a look at how the team will be navigating the vast stretches of terrain here in Kentucky by using Yamaha Side-By-Side vehicles. As Steve will tell us, “Realistically, what someone can expect when they get a Side-By-Side is not having to buy another Side-By-Side for a really long time.” Yamaha stands behind their guarantee for capability, comfort, and confidence. Head on over to yamahaoutdoors.com to shop the full lineup of Side-By-Side vehicles!

It’s opening day of bow season, and we’re heading out to the field with Steve Nessl to an area he knows is loaded with great Kentucky bucks. He’s not in the tree stand for very long before a doe appears, followed by two decently sized bucks. Not much more time passes before an absolute giant of a Kentucky velvet whitetail emerges along the tree line in front of him. Tune in and see how this heart-pounding encounter unravels!

Up next, we’re hitting the field with Wade Middleton on day two of opening weekend. It doesn’t take long before Wade is surrounded by a large group of bachelor bucks, and we mean, surrounded. Left and right it’s a smorgasbord of deer, and once Wade finally sets his sights on the one he wants, it’s game on. The arrow flew and was a clean pass through, and yet, that tough deer did not want to go down. To show the deer the respect it deserves, he backed out for the night and decided to come back the next morning. Tune in and see if Wade will recover this deer, or if he’ll go down as, “the one who got away.”

To round out our Kentucky trip, we’re heading out to the field with the bow hunting, “newbie,” of the group, Scott Newby. For months leading up to this day Scott has practiced shooting his bow at home, and spent even more time dialing it in here at camp before the season officially kicked off, and now, his moment has finally arrived. On day one, a huge velvet buck appeared and earned himself the name, “Hook,” thanks to a wayward tine. Find out if Scott ends up bringing home this unique buck of a lifetime!

The Newbie Gets a Chance to Hunt A Kentucky Whitetail Buck in Velvet

To round out our Kentucky trip, we’re heading out to the field with the bow hunting, “newbie,” of the group. But first, let’s rewind to day one and see how the introduction of Scott Newby’s bow hunting experience unfolded. For months leading up to this day Scott has practiced shooting his bow at home, and spent even more time dialing it in here at camp before the season officially kicked off, and now, his moment has finally arrived. On day one, a huge velvet buck appeared and earned himself the name, “Hook,” thanks to a wayward tine. Unfortunately, Hook does not present any good shot opportunities on the first sit, but that never broke Scott’s spirits or determination. Find out if Scott ends up bringing home this unique buck of a lifetime!

The Trials of Tracking Whitetail Deer In Kentucky During Velvet Season

We’re hitting the field with Wade Middleton on day two of opening weekend. He’s headed out to the same honey hole he hunted yesterday, and while he may not have tagged a deer on opening day, he still saw plenty of action in the field to get him pumped up for what today may bring. It doesn’t take long before Wade is surrounded by a large group of bachelor bucks, and we mean, surrounded. Left and right it’s a smorgasbord of deer, and once Wade finally sets his sights on the one he wants, it’s game on. The arrow flew and was a clean pass through, and yet, that tough deer did not want to go down. To show the deer the respect it deserves, he backed out for the night and decided to come back the next morning. What follows is one of the longest tracks we’ve ever experienced. Tune in and see if Wade will recover this deer, or if he’ll go down as, “the one who got away.”

Steve Nessl Brings Home a MONSTER Whitetail Buck in Velvet

It’s opening day of bow season, and we’re heading out to the field with Steve Nessl to an area he knows is loaded with great Kentucky bucks. He’s not in the tree stand for very long before a doe appears, followed by two decently sized bucks. Not much more time passes before an absolute giant of a Kentucky velvet whitetail emerges along the tree line in front of him. Tune in and see how this heart-pounding encounter unravels!

Using Yamaha Side-By-Sides for Whitetail Hunting in Kentucky

We’re taking a look at how the team will be navigating the vast stretches of terrain here in Kentucky by using Yamaha Side-By-Side vehicles. The entire lineup of ATV’s and Side-By-Sides are available to you as a bow hunter, whether you’re looking to use it to haul out gear or haul in that buck of a lifetime, Side-By-Sides are the perfect crossover for both utility and recreational use. As Steve will tell us, “Realistically, what someone can expect when they get a Side-By-Side is not having to buy another Side-By-Side for a really long time.” Yamaha stands behind their guarantee for capability, comfort, and confidence. Head on over to yamahaoutdoors.com to shop the full lineup of Side-By-Side vehicles!

Wade Middleton Takes The Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope Out For A Test Run

We’re meeting up with Wade Middleton in Central Texas during opening weekend for hunting season. He’s bringing his TenPoint Vapor RS 470 equipped with a Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope high up in a tree stand with the hopes of harvesting a big whitetail buck. True to Texas form, Wade is faced with warm weather in the low eighties, with sunny skies and wind gusts of 15-20mph. After spending some time practicing ranging and shooting the TenPoint Vapor RS 470 paired with the Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow scope at the range, this marks the first weekend Wade has had a chance to take this deadly combo to the field. After patiently waiting for the perfect buck to show, an eight point emerges from the edge of the brush line. Tune in and witness how this pairing of the TenPoint Vapor RS 470 and the Garmin Xero X1i crossbow scope perform together!

Why We Always Return To Salt River Outfitters For Opening Bow Hunting Weekend in Kentucky

We’re back in Kentucky for our annual week long stay at Salt River Outfitters for the opening weekend of whitetail bow season! This marks the fifth year in a row that we’ve returned to Kentucky for the opening weekend of bow season, and every year we’re blown away by the gorgeous scenery and plentiful wildlife all around us. In camp with us this year we have the full Careco crew, with Wade Middleton, Steve Nessl, and Scott Newby, hitting the field in search of some big whitetails in velvet. One of the things we love about returning to Salt River Outfitters is the community that has formed around velvet week. Often times we’ll see the same guests around camp and we’ve had the great fortune to form life long friendships with these folks. To learn more about Salt River Outfitters and book your very own hunt with them, visit worldwidetrophyadventures.com!

A Walkthrough of Setting Up your Garmin Xero A1i Pro Bow Sight!

We’ve had Brandon Brinkman visiting with us here at deer camp all week, and to round out his time with us, he’s giving us a full walk through of how to set up and sight in the Xero A1i Pro bow sight from Garmin. Over the course of the demonstration, we’ll see how to set up your twenty yard pin, how to align the reticle, and get an inside look at the upgraded graphics displays that make setting up your bow sight a simple process!

Brandon Brinkman Hunts Rio Grande Turkeys Using The Garmin Xero A1i Pro

We’re joining Brandon out in the field for an early morning turkey hunt as he puts his Garmin Xero A1i Pro bow sight to use and gives us the first look at how this revolutionary sight performs under pressure. He doesn’t have to sit for long before a flock of rio’s make their grand entrance. As he sits back and observes this vocal group of turkeys, one mature tom strays off from the flock and makes his way closer and closer to Brandon. Tune in and see just how close this turkey gets and if he ends up giving Brandon a shot opportunity!