The Trinity Oaks Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt

In November of 2020, Americana Outdoors had the privilege of covering Trinity Oaks’ Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt, sponsored by Saulsbury. This event honored Purple Heart veterans from world war two, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Trinity Oaks is a Texas based, non profit organization founded on the premise that participation in the outdoors is a powerful and fundamentally life-changing experience, and their mission is to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others through the use of hunting, fishing, and outdoor activities. Our journey today brings us to their Thumbtack Ranch location.  While staying on this expansive two thousand acre plot of land, not only will our veterans get to hunt, but they will also have the chance to partake in some relaxing fishing over a pond, hit up the shooting range, and enjoy a host of other activities. Bringing our service men to Trinity Oaks for this hunting experience is the epitome of what it means to get out and enjoy the great outdoors, and gives our veterans an opportunity to connect with others who have endured similar circumstances throughout their careers in service to our country. We would like to thank Trinity Oaks for hosting this incredible hunt, and extend a sincere thank you to the brave men and women who have donned the uniform to protect and serve our country.  If you know a veteran who would benefit from participating in one of Trinity Oaks’ many programs geared towards making a difference in a veteran’s life, visit their website at

Special Thanks to the camera crews who donated their time and work!

Rusty Weed – Careco TV

JD – Kalamazoo Films

Nathan Wilson – Muddy Water Creative

Brandon McDow – Bar MC Media

Field Testing The Garmin Xero X1i

It’s the morning of opening bow season in Texas, and Wade is heading out to his hunting sight in the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 1000 XT-R. During this hunt he’ll be field testing the brand new Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope, mounted atop his TenPoint Vapor RS470. This Crossbow/Scope package is unlike any other, and hopefully, we’re about to see the full potential of its power. Not too long into Wade’s first sit, the slightest wrong movement triggers the deer to clear the area. Not one to be phased by this, Wade waits it out and the deer slowly make their way back to the hunting scene, including an impressively sized shooter buck. Will Wade get an opportunity to take a shot on this buck, or will the deer bust him once more?

Spicing Up Your Hunting Area

We’re in Central Texas with Wade Middleton where he’s giving us the rundown of how he likes to set up a hunting area. Some of these tips include setting out deer blocks around his blind from Record Rack. Deer love these highly nutritious feed blocks and can’t resist the wild berry flavor. Another key thing is to set up your pop-up blind in an area that gives you the best tactical advantage. By getting out and looking at it from the perspective of a deer, you can see what changes you need to make to the area by spicing up its surroundings. One other step you can take is setting up a Stealth Cam. Having one of these nifty cameras set up around your hunting site allows you to see when deer are coming in, and which deer are visiting that may be the perfect dream buck. Keep these tips in mind next time you go hunting, and hopefully, you’ll have no issues bringing home a whitetail of your own!

Irresistible Appetizers With The Bradley Smoker

As Wade will tell us, venison is one of the most popular wild game recipes out there, and there’s a multitude of ways to be able to prepare it. Often times, people make the mistake of over cooking it. It’s important to take care of your game after you’ve harvested it so it tastes good when you bring it in from the field and on to the table. One of the easiest ways to prepare venison tenderloin is to smoke it. This process does not need to be overly complicated. In this clip, we’ll see the super simple way Wade prepares venison tenderloins for the Bradley Smoker, and get some ideas for how you can serve it to your guests!

Crossbow Hunting with the NEW TenPoint Vapor RS470 XERO

It’s opening day in Texas for the 2020 deer season! In this video Wade is hunting with the NEW TenPoint Vapor RS470 XERO which is a brand new crossbow package that TenPoint Crossbows is offering that features the Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Sight.

TenPoint Vapor RS470 Xero:
Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope:

Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Sight REVIEW

Hear from Wade Middleton on his thoughts about the new Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Sight after field testing it in Texas during opening weekend.

Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope:

Hunting with the Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Sight

Join Wade Middleton as he field tests and takes the BRAND NEW Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope mounted on the TenPoint Vapor RS470 crossbow on its inaugural hunt in Central Texas on Opening Day.

TenPoint Crossbow Technologies and Garmin have teamed up to release the most powerful, most accurate long-range crossbow ever – the Vapor RS470 XERO. Delivering supercharged speeds up to 470 FPS and the revolutionary ACUslide cocking and de-cocking system, the Vapor RS470 XERO is equipped with the new Garmin Xero X1i Rangefinding Scope to provide exact aiming at any distance for unmatched long range accuracy.

Quail Conservation Efforts With The Rolling Plains Quail Research

We’re in South Texas where we’re meeting up with the Garmin team and Dr. Dale Rollins of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, and gathering insight into quail conservation efforts. As we journey through the brushy fields today, we will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Rollins on the importance of quail habitat management, and how this organization approaches achieving their goals. A few of the other topics we will hear from him include what a quail diet typically consists of, and how to age and identify the gender of the birds. Throughout the day, each of our team members are able to harvest some birds. Tune in and find out how these hunts go down, and to learn about what you can do to get involved with the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation!

Quail Hunting In West Texas Under A Rollercoaster Of Conditions

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re in West Texas with Rehan Nana and Steve Snell as they gear up for what’s promising to be a winter whirlwind of a quail hunting experience!  This particular hunt is all about blue quails. Unlike most species of quail, the blue quail prefers to run and flush, as opposed to their counterparts like the bobwhite who prefer to sit and hold tight. Dr. Dale Rollins, a renowned expert in quail conservation, and executive director of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation, describes them as the, “Orphan stepchild of the bird dog hunting world.” This habit introduces a whole new level of difficulty for hunters and their dogs, and sometimes elicits frustration, but there’s one thing that can’t be denied: hunting blue quail is challenging and fun, and when you do get one of these birds, it’s a reward like no other.

To kick things off, Rehan and Steve get an early start and head out into the field before an impending winter storm makes its arrival. On day one of this hunt, these native birds immediately live up to their reputation of being a challenging bird for hunters, and certainly don’t make this hunt an easy one. As time goes on, and with a large amount of patience and determination, our team finally happens upon a few covey of quail and take the opportunity to get these birds down. For Rehan, this is monumental as this marks the first blue quail he’s taken in Texas. After having a pretty difficult last year hunting these birds, Rehan describes this feeling saying, “To have it all come together like this, it’s pretty incredible.”

As we shift into day two, we see one of the most dramatic shifts in weather conditions that we’ve had on the show. A winter storm has blown in, and brought with it roughly three to eight inches of snow. As if hunting blue quails wasn’t challenging enough on a good day, this development generates a whole new set of challenges. Will the new conditions give our team an edge, or will these native birds rise to the occasion and continue to give our team the slip? Tune in and find out!

Pairing A Collar To The Garmin Alpha 200i

Dog owners will be happy to know the new Garmin Alpha 200i is compatible with the TT™ 15, TT™ 15 Mini, the T™ 5, and the T™ 5 mini. Here we’re taking a step by step look at how to pair collars to the new Garmin Alpha 200i, and some other new features included in this unit.