This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, 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!