Field Testing The Garmin Xero X1i and the Trinity Oaks Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt

This week on Americana Outdoors, we’re joining Wade on a whitetail hunt where he’s testing out the brand new Garmin Xero X1i Crossbow Scope, and later, we’re covering the Trinity Oaks Purple Heart Heroes Celebration Hunt, sponsored by Saulsbury.  Before we join Wade in a pop-up blind for his opening season hunt, he’s going to fill us in on some of his methods of giving himself the best chances at having a successful hunt. Some of these tips include setting 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. Another tool Wade uses is 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 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!

Well, 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?

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