Hunting During the Peak of the Rut

It’s mid-December here in Texas, which means two things, Steve Nessl of Yamaha Outdoors is in camp, and the rut is in full swing!

Steve is rifle hunting with a Thompson/Center Venture II Weathershield equipped with a Trijicon Credo HX Riflescope in an area we call “The Big Bluff”. What makes “The Big Bluff” a great spot is that you can sit high above an expansive valley below seeing every move the deer make.

Now Steve has sights set on a big shooter that’s been roaming around the area. With the peak of the rut going on however, there’s no telling whether or not that buck will even make and appearance. But that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of rutting activity to witness!

Steve Fills the Freezer with a Management Buck


Steve Nessl of Yamaha Outdoors has one tag left to fill and has been hoping all over the deer lease in the Yamaha RMAX 1000 Side-By-Side with the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries Crew. He’s found a spot near clearing where a pipeline was dug and is hunting out of a Muddy Box Blind during the peak of the rut.

As always, he’s looking for an old mature whitetail or even a management buck to fill the freezer. With only one day to hunt, and a thick morning fog in the forecast ,who knows what will happen on this hunt!

Whitetail vs Cattle

Outdoor Writer Will Brantley is headed out in a Yamaha Wolverine X4 Side-By-Side to a Blackout pop-up blind in a brushy cactus and mesquite-filled bottom that both deer and cattle feed for an afternoon bow hunting in South Texas. This pop-up blind is located where several game trails converge.

There’s no telling what or where the whitetail will come from, but Will is ready and eager to draw back on a mature whitetail!

Fred Roumbanis Experiences The High’s and Low’s of Hunting


We’re welcoming professional bass angler Fred Roumbanis to camp, where he’ll be talking all things Garmin both on the water, and out in the field!  To Fred, Garmin is more than just a partnership, using their products is a way of life, so it’s only fitting that as he ventures more into the world of hunting, he’ll have the Garmin Xero bow sight equipped on his bow.  First thing’s first, as this will be Fred’s debut using the Garmin Xero bow sight, Michael helps him get sighted in at camp before hitting the field.  We’ll quickly see how easy the Xero bow sight is to use, even for someone who describes themselves as a, “novice,” when it comes to hunting.

On the first hunting day of Fred’s week long stay, he’s treated to an incredible nature hike on the way to the famous killing tree. As Fred is strolling along the path with his bow in hand, a prickly little critter with a goofy walk emerges before him, giving him his first ever sighting of a porcupine in the wild! Not long after, Kevin points out a red stag in the distance, giving him two sightings of animals he’s never seen in their natural habitats. Once he finally gets settled in the killing tree, a fallow appears, yet another unfamiliar animal to him! As Fred will tell us, “To take in this experience and see wildlife first hand like this, it’s why I love the outdoors.” By the end of Fred’s first day of hunting, he adds a sika to the list of never-before-seen animals, and even though he gets busted and doesn’t fill the freezer on the first day, it wasn’t for a lack of seeing animals while having a wonderful time.

Up next, after hitting the field four more times over the course of two days since his first outing, we’re taking Fred over to Amistad Reservoir! If you’re ever on Fred’s bass boat, you’ll quickly see how decked out it is with all things Garmin from his trolling motor to his Garmin mapping units, and today he’s showing us how he relies on Garmin electronics while he’s fishing, specifically, Garmin Livescope, for finding and catching fish faster and easier than ever before. By the end of our time on the water, we’ll see why Garmin is more than Garmin and electronics, but a lifestyle to Fred.

After returning to camp from a fun morning of fishing, Wade informed Fred that he’s been spotting a monster of a deer on the trail cams near a box blind. Feeling eager to get back out to the field, Fred and Kevin hit the road with their sights set on tracking down this deer. Once they’re settled in to the blind, Fred notices some unusual behavior from the animals that hadn’t been displayed up until this point. They come in, then they run out, almost as if they’re winding them. Fred soon realizes they were in such a rush to get from the water to the field, that he didn’t change his hat from earlier in the day, and the animals likely sensed things were a little fishy… But, as with anything, Fred showed patience and once the animals started calming down, more and more started showing up, and then, Ghost appeared.

Ghost is a massive deer who earned his name due to his elusive behavior on the trail cams, showing up and then “ghosting” for weeks at a time. He stands in front of Fred for what seems like an eternity before finally turning broadside. Fred pulls back on his bow, drops a pin right where he wants to shoot, and lets the arrow fly. What starts off as celebratory emotions quickly turns to dread when Fred sees that his mind has just played a terrible trick on him, and Ghost never actually got his leg forward. What follows is a huge search attempt from this avid outdoorsman in an effort to track down Ghost. Tune in and find out if Fred will be able to recover his biggest buck yet!

Crossbow Hunt with a Mysterious Ending


Brian Flaherty of TenPoint Crossbows is at the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries Deer Camp to field-test some new products and the new TenPoint Havoc RS440 XERO Crossbow.

Ten Point and Garmin have teamed up to deliver the world’s fastest crossbow-per-inch of length and the most accurate long-range hunting crossbow ever. The TenPoint Havoc RS440 Xero featuring Garmin’s Xero X1i Range Finding Crossbow Scope and Brian has carved out a few days to hunt with it here in South Texas.

Brian’s hunt is an exciting one that you won’t want to miss! From being overrun by sheep to having bucks bed down next to his deer blind, Brian experiences some incredible encounters including a hunt that concludes with everyone scratching their heads.

TenPoint HALO Bowpack

 

The Industry’s First Crossbow Backpack – Perfect for Your Trek Through the Woods

Designed for optimal protection and ease of transport, the water-resistant bowpack features a padded exterior shell constructed from Brushed Tricot, and a padded interior with two hook and loop straps to secure the crossbow during travel. The rigid frame features robust back support, as well as a pocketed waist strap and sternum strap for ultimate carrying comfort.

Perfect to take to your treestand or ground blind, the camouflaged HALO Bowpack is equipped with

Four external zippered pockets for storage of calls, rangefinder, extra clothing, cellphone, etc.
Two elastic side pockets for storing water bottles or a quiver with arrows.
Molle straps on the exterior pockets to attach additional accessories.
A top-mounted rubber grip handle provides easy transportation or the perfect hanging hook while in the treestand.
Dimensions:

Case Length: 30″

Case Width: 15.5″

Case Depth: 11″

*Only fits Havoc RS440 XERO, Havoc RS440, and Siege RS410 crossbows

 

The Hunt For Ghost


Fred and Kevin are hitting the road with their sights set on tracking down a massive deer after Wade informed them that he’s been spotting a monster on the trail cams near a box blind. Once they’re settled in to the blind, Fred notices some unusual behavior from the animals that hadn’t been displayed up until this point. They come in, then they run out, almost as if they’re winding them. But, as with anything, Fred showed patience and once the animals started calming down, more and more started showing up, and then, Ghost appeared.

Ghost is a massive deer who earned his name due to his elusive behavior on the trail cams, showing up and then “ghosting” for weeks at a time. He stands in front of Fred for what seems like an eternity before finally turning broadside. Fred pulls back on his bow, drops a pin right where he wants to shoot, and lets an arrow fly. What starts off as celebratory emotions quickly turns to dread when Fred sees that his mind has just played a terrible trick on him, and Ghost never actually got his leg forward. What follows is a huge search attempt from this avid outdoorsman in an effort to track down Ghost. Tune in and find out if Fred will be able to recover his biggest buck yet!

The Umarex AirSaber Airbow


The AirSaber air archery rifle uses high-pressure air to propel a 350 grain arrow at velocities up to 480 feet per second. Arrows shot from a full tank reach energy levels up to 178 foot pounds. This is more than enough for hunting big game, and is in fact legal in 10 states for deer, and most states allow for predator or feral species hunting with devices of this kind. The AirSaber uses a special carbon fiber arrow that weighs 250 grains by itself. These arrows accept standard and mechanical broadheads and are easily changed out. Shooters can expect to get 25 shots of big game-lethal energy on one fill, or 30 shots of predator-lethal energy. Unlike other arrow-shooting rifles, this air rifle has sleek form, and a price that’s hard to beat.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/3jv5hyb

Introducing Fred Roumbanis to Texas Whitetail Hunting


We’re welcoming professional bass angler Fred Roumbanis to camp, where he’ll be talking all things Garmin both on the water, and out in the field!  To Fred, Garmin is more than just a partnership, using their products is a way of life, so it’s only fitting that as he ventures more into the world of hunting, he’ll have the Garmin Xero bow sight equipped on his bow.  First thing’s first, as this will be Fred’s debut using the Garmin Xero bow sight, Michael helps him get sighted in at camp before hitting the field.  We’ll quickly see how easy the Xero bow sight is to use, even for someone who describes themselves as a, “novice,” when it comes to hunting.

On the first hunting day of Fred’s week long stay, he’s treated to an incredible nature hike on the way to the famous killing tree. As Fred is strolling along the path with his bow in hand, a prickly little critter with a goofy walk emerges before him, giving him his first ever sighting of a porcupine in the wild! Not long after, Kevin points out a red stag in the distance, giving him two sightings of animals he’s never seen in their natural habitats. Once he finally gets settled in the killing tree, a fallow appears, yet another unfamiliar animal to him! As Fred will tell us, “To take in this experience and see wildlife first hand like this, it’s why I love the outdoors.” On top of having the privilege of seeing all of these animals, the fact that he’s representing Garmin while doing so makes this a phenomenal occasion. By the end of Fred’s first day of hunting with us here in Texas, he adds a sika to the list of never-before-seen animals, and even though he gets busted and doesn’t fill the freezer on the first day, it wasn’t for a lack of seeing animals and having a wonderful time.

The Garmin Tread™ – Roam the Unknown

Spend your time ripping through the woods, not waiting on your friends. This rugged powersport GPS navigator by Garmin keeps your groups in touch and on track.

Keep your crew together with group tracking for up to 20 riders, plus push-to-talk fist mic. Take your side-by-side off the beaten path with topographic mapping, private and public land info, forest service roads and trails. The rugged Tread off-road GPS is IPX7 weather-resistant and features a glove-friendly 5.5” touchscreen display. Use the Tread app to sync data across your various devices. Direct-to-device BirdsEye Satellite Imagery can be downloaded to Tread without a computer.

Easily install on your powersport vehicle with the included powered mount and wiring harness with tube mount.