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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!

What to Look For When Choosing a Hunting Rifle

Choosing a hunting rifle can be as simple as it was passed down to you from your grandfather, your father, or family member, or a friend. They can be as extensive as a guy that has a collection of 412 guns and he wants to add number 413. Or it could be that you have saved every dime that you possibly have to get your very own first hunting rifle. Because of that, there are a lot of different spins, twists, and important things to look at when it comes to choosing a hunting rifle.

There’s always somebody talking about the best hunting caliber, the best hunting rifle, the best value out there, and each one of those people (just like this conversation we’re having right now) they’ve got an important piece of information that you can take away from them, but none of them are gospel. None of them are law. What you have to determine as the future owner of this firearm is what you want to get out of it.

There’s a lot of different models of guns on the market today. A guy can easily go spend $2,000-$3,000 on a firearm, or he can go spend $300 on a firearm. It just kind of depends on your budget, your long-term goals, and maybe even where you’re at in life at that point to be able to spend that kind of money. Those days of needing to feel like you’ve got to spend $1,000-$1,500 on a gun have been surpassed a lot of times by the quality of manufacturing that you can find in a firearm and what you’ve been able to do straight off the rack with it.

When you go up to the next level of guns, you know, from your $200-$350 models. What you’re looking at a lot of times is smoother actions when you’re working the bolt, that is the biggest thing you noticed on what that next jump up in firearms. And in those situations of long-range hunting where you may have to fire a couple of rounds in there, that’s a huge benefit. Hunters also desire a firearm that is going to last a long time and can take extreme punishment in really tough conditions out in the wilderness. They demand a little bit more out of the construction of materials that the firearm is made out of.

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!

Hunting with Modern Sporting Rifles

Modern sporting rifles have a unique stigma on them. When you look at a modern sporting rifle in the hands of a hunter, it’s something that is a really finite tool. It is designed to be able to perform under a lot of different situations-especially hog hunting!

When you look at a hog hunter with a modern sporting rifle, he’s in eradication and management mode out there and he’s looking for accuracy and long distance to be able to make several shots. So many people have gravitated to the modern sporting rifle for a hunting platform right now and that’s amazing!

Tp put it in perspective let’s look back into the history of time, when the bolt action rifle came into play back in the days of World War I and World War II. That’s what our servicemen and women used in the field, and our hunting rifles today basically took on that feel and look for a long time.

That’s what you’re seeing now in the modern sporting rifles for a lot of people in the hunting community. Ex-military members have seen, used, and understand that type of firearm better than anyone. With modern sporting rifle having that performance, accuracy, and dependability – it’s a very attractive platform for today’s hunters.

 

Choosing Hunting Rifles

Choosing a hunting rifle can be as simple as being passed down to you from your grandfather, your father, family member, or a friend or it can be as extensive as a guy has a collection of 412 guns and he wants to add number 413. Or it could be that you have saved every dime that you possibly have to get your very own first hunting rifle. Because of that, there are a lot of different spins, twists, and important things to look at when it comes to choosing a hunting rifle.

We also open up the conversation about hunting big game with modern sporting rifles. Modern sporting rifles have a unique stigma on them. When you look at a modern sporting rifle in the hands of a hunter, it’s a really finite tool. It is designed to be able to perform in a lot of different situations.

One such rifle is the Smith & Wesson M&P10® Modern Sporting Rifle is packed full of features that one can only find from the Smith & Wesson Performance Center. This modern sporting rifle is a hunter’s long-range dream firearm setup that is chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. That type of caliber has caused some debates around the deer camp and shooters alike. We get into the meat of it sharing where we think it excels and where it may not be the best choice.

We’ll even join Wade as he ventures out on a rifle hunt to showcase not only what the 6.5 Creedmoor can do when hunting for whitetail deer but also talk more about how the Trijicon Huron Riflescope is the ideal riflescope for hunters.

Scott Newby Hunts the Guajillo


Scott Newby of Yamaha takes us on an adventure going after a great Texas Whitetail. 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!

Big Texas Buck!


Wade Middleton heads back to an area he’s had both good and bad memories at. Near this exact location was the scene of one of the most bizarre endings to a hunt he’s ever had that you’ll be able to see again. As we dive deeper into this hunt we’ll see just why this new area near that same spot is holding a lot of deer and why Wade has chosen to set up a pop up in the shade along the creek for an early season rifle hunt.