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Whitetail Hunting with Kids

Having kids in camp is so much fun! We like to do most of our youth hunts in and around the holidays to give it a Christmasy feel. Kids generally are the greatest listeners and learners in hunting camp, and they want to learn how to use the firearms, the crossbow, or their compound bows properly. They love the education and the prospect of what is gonna happen, and as you go through that process, it’s a learning experience from the breathing control to the aiming points.

If we can share a few pieces of advice when it comes to getting kids involved in hunting is “Make it fun, make it fun, make it fun, make it about THEM.” If they want to bring a toy to the blind, it makes a lot of noise, that’s okay because they will get to that point where that will go away and they’ll understand being quiet and being successful. If they want to eat Fritos in a blind that are crunching, and hard candy, and shouting “Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, there’s a deer!” That’s okay too. You can use that as a quiet, fun teaching moment. Let them evolve. Let it be about the time outdoors and the bonding experience. So, just make it an enjoyable trip, so if they come back and then are hooked for life, and that they’ll pass it on to their children down the road.

So this episode starts with Steve Lovell from Garmin bringing his Son Isaac to deer camp in search of his first whitetail buck byways of a TenPoint Crossbow and the new Garmin Xero® X1i crossbow scope.

Before heading out to the field, Isaac first spends some time learning how to use the TenPoint Havoc RS440 Crossbow fitted with a Garmin Xero® X1i crossbow scope he’ll be using for his hunt. Once he’s out in the field, it’s only a matter of time before a tempting buck makes an appearance, and it’s up to Isaac to do the rest!

As we round out this episode, we’re taking a look at one of our favorite times of the year at deer camp, it’s the annual youth hunt! Landon Nessl has been a mainstay at our youth hunts in the past and this year he’s taking a step back to let his best friend, Walker, have a chance to get on the gun. As usual with kids in camp, Walker and Landon take some time to get their guns sighted in at the range, and then it’s time to get hunting!

Throughout Walker’s hunt, we’ll see an incredible display of the patience and determination that hunters learn over their hunting journey, along with a good dose of buck fever. After making the difficult decision to pass on a couple of bucks that would be considered great firsts, Walker finally sets his sights on an even more impressive buck than the first few he laid eyes on. Will he be able to bring this big guy home and talk about him for years to come? Tune in and find out!

Deer Camp – Pt. 3


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!

While Steve is out hunting, we join up Wade as he is out and about taking care of the property by filling up a popular dried up pond thanks to a 20 month drought.

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!

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

The Illuminator That is Changing the World


The Exude Direct Light Illuminators are long distance Illuminators by Optical Dynamics that combine specially engineered precision lenses with powerful LEDs to project a harmonized, focused beam of pure light on your target. Optical Dynamics light projection technology creates a tight, focusable column of pure harmonized light, typically only found in the natural environment. The gin-clear beam optimizes your natural optical senses, providing you with the best light projection night vision possible.

Optical Dynamics light projection technology puts you in control. The adjustable, focused beam of light is infinitely brighter, doesn’t fade or disperse, and doesn’t reflect back into your eyes. It is energy efficient, safer, and more effective than anything else on the market. Optical Dynamics long distance illuminators are compact, lightweight, and easy to handle or mount onto a scope.

Learn more here: https://www.exudelight.com/

The Difference Between Forward & Reverse-Draw Crossbows

With crossbows becoming as popular as they are, there are lots of new, powerful, and innovative models out there. One thing you see are reverse draw crossbows, but what’s the difference between a reverse draw crossbow and a traditional forward draw crossbow?

On a reverse draw crossbow, the riser, (which is most of the weight on a crossbow) is going to be at the center of the barrel, as opposed to out front. So it eliminates a lot of that nose-heavy feel of forward draw crossbows. It also allows you to take advantage of a full power stroke. On a reverse draw crossbow, you get a longer power stroke, so you can generate more speed and more power out of them, as opposed to the forward draw crossbow.

Some people like the reverse-draw from an overall balance perspective and others still favor the traditional/natural feel of a forward-draw crossbow. Whichever type of crossbow you prefer you can check them all out at tenpointcrossbows.com

The Umarex AirJavelin

The Umarex AirJavelin is a new way to shoot arrows. Powered by CO2, the Umarex Air Javelin launches a 170-grain air bolt at 300 fps. The AirJavelin takes airpower into a new direction with 34-foot pounds of energy delivered via Straight Flight Technology arrows. Shooters can line up the target with the installed open sights or zero in a dot sight or scope for pin-point arrow placement. The AirJavelin has a full-length Picatinny rail on the top along with a short section below the barrel. Both sides of the AirJavelin’s stock are also equipped with M-LOK slots. The AirJavelin accepts 88-gram CO2 tanks and will launch dozens of arrows downrange on a single tank. The Umarex 2x12g CO2 adapter (not included) will also install on the AirJavelin handy for shorter shooting sessions. Lightweight and versatile, the Umarex AirJavelin is more than a new way to shoot arrows, it is a great way to open up archery fun for the whole family.

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

Hunting with the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX


Scott Newby from Yamaha joins us in deer camp following the annual Yamaha Writer’s Event. In this episode we’ll learn more about Yamaha’s newest Side-by-Sides and then later, Scott is off to the Guajillo for an evening rifle hunt.

Scott has really evolved and come a long way as a hunter. Scott is very patient, very passionate, and wants to do the right thing, which is a great testament to somebody when it comes to hunting.

Scott being in camp is also an opportunity to learn more about the new Yamaha Wolverine RMAX Side-By-Side’s functionality. In this episode, Scott heads across the deer lease in the Yamaha Wolverine RMAX2 and shows us why this recreation side-by-side can handle anything you throw at it when it comes to hunting.

The area where Scott is hunting is called the Guajillo, an expansive valley flat type area with a couple of oak trees in the backdrop where we have some tripod stands set up. This area is a rifle hunter’s dream! This is perfect because Scott got a lot of time perfecting long-range shots with the Thompson/Center Compass II and Trijicon Huron Scope combo we got set up for him.

With the possibility of 300 – 500 yard shots never knowing what will show up at any given time, this is sure to be an exciting hunt!