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Final Descent Outdoors is going into it’s fourth year of being a national hunting show and our fifth year overall. With staff scattered from Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas we are yearly able to harvest some great deer and capture some amazing footage for our viewers to enjoy. We take pride in the fact that we are “average joe’s” just like our viewers. We are school teacher, firefighters, ministers, salesmen, truck drivers, and everyday folks. The goal of Final Descent Outdoors is to produce the absolute best outdoor television possible for our fans and feature our sponsors and their products that help make us successful in the woods. 

We are passionate about hunting but we are also passionate about our faith in Jesus Christ. In life as well as the show our goal is to make God look good. Furthermore, we are family men and God has called each of us to lead our families. Our spouses and children come before any hunting season. We want to allow our viewers to walk with us through the unforgettable moments, the laughs, and the heart breaks. Aren’t those the emotions that bring us back to the woods over and over again?

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Has Oklahoma Become An Elite Whitetail State?

Brad Clay

 The Cariker Buck taken by Final Descent Outdoors staffer Jason Cariker scored 204” and is the largest buck taken by an FDO staffer.

The Cariker Buck taken by Final Descent Outdoors staffer Jason Cariker scored 204” and is the largest buck taken by an FDO staffer.

When you think of big whitetails you dream of the midwest as a hunter.  States like Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Kentucky come to mind as they have rightfully earned the title of big buck states.  They have continually produced big deer and have become a hot spot for hunters from not only across North America but the world searching for an opportunity to take a giant whitetail.  Since 2000 Wisconsin has had 730 B&C bucks both typical and nontypical with famous Buffalo County, WI producing the most.  

Over the last couple years Oklahoma has worked its way into what many refer to as a “Sleeper State”.  This term is used to describe a state that is on the cusp of having the reputation of producing huge deer consistently.  In 2017 Oklahoma had 37 bucks scored that toped 200” blowing lots of hunters around the country away.   We recently sat down with our friend and long time Oklahoma B&C scorer George Moore to talk about the recent success the state of Oklahoma has had.  “I’ve been asked a bunch, why do you think you scored so many big bucks in 2017?  I believe four factors played into me personally scoring 37 deer of 200”.  One was social media.  A guy kills a big deer and takes a picture and even if he doesn’t want it known it gets out there.  We have probably had big deer like this killed over the last four, five six years and kept it off social media and know one knew about it.  Social media has really made what we have more aware than ever before.”  

 George Moore arrowed this 206” Oklahoma whitetail back in 2010.

George Moore arrowed this 206” Oklahoma whitetail back in 2010.

With Moore’s theory that big deer have been killed in Oklahoma consistently for a while but technology has helped bring that to light in more recent years.  Moore went on to also explain that many hunters don’t want people to know they killed a big buck fearing neighboring pressure increase, poaching, and so forth.

“Another big factor is trail cameras.” Moore explained.  “We have had game cameras a long time but people are using them to educate themselves on the deer they have on their property. If a guy has a giant buck on trail cameras why would he shoot that 140” buck knowing that a bigger buck is also in there.  We are seeing trail cameras change how hunters hunt and we are seeing them pass deer they normally wouldn’t because of that.”  Moore went on to say this.  “The third factor is this, in 2016 we had a bumper acorn crop.  We will have another big acorn crop in 2018 and in 2016 we didn’t see as many big bucks as we did in 2017 because they weren’t coming to food plots and feeders cause they didn’t have too.  They were on acorns.  In 2017 we had a terrible acorn crop and people with feeders and food plots and the rut fell perfect so people saw those big bucks more frequently.” 

“The fourth factor is simply education of our hunters.” Moore stated.  “I’m 64 years old and when I was 12 or 13 years old hunting in Oklahoma when you saw a deer you killed it.  If you saw one with horns that was a big deal.  We just didn’t see many deer.  You shot everything you saw.  I think education has played a huge role.  People like you (Brad Clay) and shows like Final Descent Outdoors that also show what management can do is also a big factor.  We are seeing younger kids being educated and hunters being educated that if you want to kill a big buck then you need to let the young ones grow.”  Along with being able to inventory the bucks on your property education from croups like the QDMA and the Oklahoma Wildlife Department with their campaign slogan “Hunters in the know, let young bucks grow” as helped Oklahoma see better age structure in Oklahoma.  According to the QDMA Oklahoma made a vast jump in recent years and in 2016 59% of the bucks harvested were aged 3.5yrs old or older. 

 Final Descent Outdoors staffer Paul Powers arrowed this Oklahoma buck in 2018 scoring 186 4/8” making it the second largest buck taken on Final Descent Outdoors.

Final Descent Outdoors staffer Paul Powers arrowed this Oklahoma buck in 2018 scoring 186 4/8” making it the second largest buck taken on Final Descent Outdoors.

Was it abnormal with Oklahoma having 37 bucks over 200” in 2017?  Yes, but we just had perfect conditions.  That’s just what was scored.  I had several people that killed big deer that I reached out to about scoring their deer and they said no, they weren’t interested because they didn’t want the attention.  I actually had people upset with me in 2017 because I scored and was posting these big bucks on social media.  They don’t want the state to get the attention.  Will we have another 2017?  I don’t know.  Will we have some 200” bucks killed?  Sure we will have some but we will need to have those perfect conditions again to have another year like that.”

So to answer the question of whether or not Oklahoma has become an elite whitetail state Moore had this to say.  “I would say we were for sure in 2017 a top 8 state.  Wisconsin, Ohio, Kansas, and those states are always way up there but Oklahoma is for sure being recognized as one of those top 8 to 10 states in the country for producing big whitetails.” 


Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

Look'em in the Eye: Hunting Deer from the Ground

Brad Clay


The abrupt sound of snapping wood and wire caught me off guard. Familiar with the area, I had heard this before.  Not 30 yards directly behind me was an old ragged barbed-wire fence with a large gap. Deer easily slipped through it often as evidenced by the ancient trail leading to and from it.  Does, however usually made much lesser noise crossing through the sizable gap. I knew this by the number of them that had seemingly appeared out of nowhere on many hunts. 

It was an early October evening and there was a slight westerly breeze. Tucked in a mott of heavy cedar and pecan trees, this spot always had produced good whitetail encounters when the basic rules of sound and scent were employed. Looking up, I saw the tall tripod stand that was once securely tethered to a giant pecan tree. It had since been covered with fallen limbs and was practically an afterthought despite its close proximity to the very chair I sat in. I could barely remember the last time I had been perched in it.

Before long, a young, but attractive 7-point buck moved in from my right and was soon feeding in front of me. Though careful, the deer settled in within 25 yards of my blind - a creation made from native brush and camo cloth attached to limbs and T-posts. No, it wasn't the type of animal I was hoping for, but the anticipation and subsequent 20-minute encounter was entertaining. This was early in my bowhunting days and I easily became addicted to the challenge of face to face encounters with whitetails.

Going Native

Natural ambush setups existed long before the portable blinds we see today. Bow hunters and rifle hunters alike have used thick stands of brush, fallen trees and the like for concealment. This continues to be a viable still hunting alternative, although it does take more time to build and maintain. Perhaps the biggest mistake hunters make with make-shift blinds is failing to create a dark, solid background to avoid being silhouetted. If it can't be achieved with surrounding native brush, it's important to hang something in the back of the blind. I've often used black weed cloth along with cut brush. Though many hunters adamantly prefer elevated stands, ground blinds have plenty of similarities to their skyward counterparts. Locations are chosen based on travel corridors and feeding areas and wind direction needs to be accounted for. From a low position, the latter certainly presents more of a challenge regarding scent control. 

Portable Commercial Blinds

The abundance of pop-up ground blinds we see today represents an easier approach. Though there are different styles, the common denominator is that they can be erected in mere minutes - and sometimes seconds. They also come in camo patterns suitable for any environment. However, it's still a good idea to compliment them with cut native brush and luckily, most commercial ground blinds come equipped with loops for attaching branches. Though they may mask human scent to some degree, they're still at ground level and scent management can't be overlooked. Perhaps the biggest advantage of enclosed portable blinds is that they conceal movement much better than their DIY counterparts. Oh, and you can't ignore their benefit on rainy days. 

There Goes the Neighborhood


Deer are keenly aware of their surroundings and the sudden addition of a ground blind won't go unnoticed. My Disdain for deer stomping and snorting alone are enough motivation for me to manage my hunting surroundings - from their perspective. Set up your blind a minimum of a couple of weeks prior to hunting it. Consider what your initial reaction would be to your neighbor across the street erecting a storage shed in his front yard. You get the idea.

Ideal Conditions

 The best circumstances for ground hunting of any kind are wet days and moderate breezes. The noises made moving to, from and inside ground blinds scream for damp ground. However, with many dry hunting days being likely, clear the inside of the blind of any leaves or brush. Further, consider clearing a path to it. Another consideration is to set up near a running creek or river - and even within earshot of occasional road traffic. The latter may seem nonsensical, but common sounds that whitetails are accustomed to hearing can mask the sound of your movement.

Steady wind and to a lesser degree, still days, are optimal for ground hunting. From a scent perspective, heavier winds are much better suited for treestand hunting. Either way, put the odds in your favor by using cover scents or scent neutralizers. There are plenty on the market and they work in my opinion. If you are a doubter, what do you have to lose?

Keep Your Head on a Swivel

Getting in the best draw and shooting position can be a challenge. Though a stool is better than sitting on the ground, changing position often results in abrupt movement. You've worked hard to have a shooter buck within range, so don't blow it in the end by having to rotate your chair. A chair or bucket that quietly swivels is a great alternative. I've ignored this strategy more often than I'd like to admit. More often than not, it has ended with the stomp and whistle from a buck or adjacent nanny doe.

The Bottom Line


Though I still hunt from tree stands at times, I prefer hunting at the deer’s level - where I can clearly observe its mannerisms. Honestly, with most of my deer hunting taking place in Texas, tree stands are not always good alternatives anyway. Aside from the piney woods of East Texas, it can be difficult to find live oaks and other trees suited for them. Similarly, much of the South Texas brush country lacks tall trees at all. Either way, there's just something special about encountering deer and creation with my feet firmly planted on the ground. Is anyone available to help me move an old tripod stand out of a Cedar and Pecan thicket? If so, it's yours.


Based in Texas, Jerald Kopp is President of 1st Light Hunting Journal. His content is largely about hunting strategies and the outdoor lifestyle – often from a Christian perspective. Jerald is an avid outdoorsman with deer hunting and whitetails being by far his greatest passion. In 2005, he established the Empowerment Outfitter Network (EON) – a faith-based non-profit organization that provides hunting opportunities for disabled and terminally-ill children and youth. When not hunting, he spends his time traveling and enjoying life with Amy, his wife of 30 years. Jerald and Amy have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.

Keeping Your Edge in the Outdoors and Life

Brad Clay


After decades of hunting, I've always been bewildered by how I seldom can find a knife that consistently works to my liking. I've used many types and most of them are quality products. However, there always comes a point when I'm stuck in the hunting woods with a dull blade - and no sharpener. This speaks to one of the other things that astound me regarding my hunting; lack of preparation. Oh, I do a lot of things to prepare for deer season such as bow practice, trail camera recon, field work and even organizing my gear, just to name a few. Ask my wife and she'll promptly tell you just how much time I spend preparing for hunting. However, things sometimes fall through the cracks. As serious as I can be, perhaps I get complacent with some of the necessary preparation.

If you skin a lot of animals, you know that it's not difficult to compromise the sharp edge of a blade. If you skin hogs, you truly know just how dull your knife can become - and it's quite a chore. Aside from the horrendous smell, they have very coarse hair, tough skin, fat, and gristle. Luckily, the average outdoorsman maintains thoughts of pork tenderloin and ribs to carry them through the unpleasant task. However, even the sharpest of knives often result in intermittent pauses for sharpening. 

I've always wondered why my granddad sometimes took time to sharpen and oil his tools despite their inherent rusty and dull look. I chalked it up to the common notion that many people from an older generation appreciated their tools and took more pride in maintaining them. I know there is truth to this, but I think that there is more at play.

So how are the hunting knife outdoor success and our faith related? Well, in my mind it has everything to do with the fact that like with knives, we often lose our spiritual edge and become much less useful in our relationship with God. Further, we become a much lesser promoter for Him and what He offers us. I know many outdoorsmen who love skinning the animals they harvest. I've got to say, that I'm not usually one of them. Oh, I understand its role in the whole process, but after years of harvesting deer, the gratification is not what it used to be. Nonetheless, it becomes even more laborious when I've failed to maintain my blades in my pack - my edge. Often, I've failed to prepare and grow discontented in the dressing process; it feels like drudgery.

Spiritual weariness seems to come not only from not serving God but seeking to handle things on our own. From my experience, this makes the work is so much harder - much like butchering or dressing a deer with an inadequate blade. We're having to unnecessarily use more strength for the task. More lack of preparation. Simply put, we're taking it on alone and it's no wonder that eventually we get tired. 

As humans, it's easy to get into a rut and practice our faith through non-heartfelt prayer, devotions, and worship. In these cases, we have become spiritually dull and our acts of faith turn into monotonous chores. There is always evidence that we are not spiritually sharp; small things become large ones, despite having a big God in our corner, negativity and irreverent attitudes start to prevail, and we, in general, seek to operate as if we're in control. The Big me, little God syndrome.

I find that the only real way I can maintain my edge is to be resolute in spending real time with God in prayer. Thank Him for your blessings and voice your concerns and fears. Ironically, there is no better place to spend authentic time with Him than when in the outdoors. What is true for the hunter and the tools in his hunting pack also applies to the Christian's life. Proverbs 27:17 in part explains that “Iron sharpens iron, so a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.” We can likewise employ similar wisdom on our own. "If the ax is dull, and one does not sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; But wisdom brings success" (Ecclesiastes 10:10). So, take the time to improve your hunting edge, but more importantly consider honing your spiritual blade as well. When doing so, we improve our quality of life and of those around us - family, co-workers and hunting buddies alike.


Based in Texas, Jerald Kopp is President of 1st Light Hunting Journal. His content is largely about hunting strategies and the outdoor lifestyle – often from a Christian perspective. Jerald is an avid outdoorsman with deer hunting and whitetails being by far his greatest passion. In 2005, he established the Empowerment Outfitter Network (EON) – a faith-based non-profit organization that provides hunting opportunities for disabled and terminally-ill children and youth. When not hunting, he spends his time traveling and enjoying life with Amy, his wife of 30 years. Jerald and Amy have two adult daughters and a son-in-law.

5 Gifts For The Hunter In Your Life (Under $40.00)

Brad Clay

Shopping for the guy that seems to have everything can be tough. I know my wife hates to shop for me sometimes because it seems like I have one of everything.  Shopping for the loved one who happens to be a hunter can be even tougher if you yourself are not one.  So we are going to look at some gift ideas for the hunter in your life from some of our partners here at Final Descent Outdoors. We will have more great gift ideas for the hunter in your life as the holidays get closer!

Looking for a great gift idea that won't break the bank?  Here is a list of items that will make any outdoorsman happy to get.


Real Avid Bore Boss:  If the outdoorsman in your life owns firearms, and I'm betting that they do then the Bore Boss from Real Avid is a great gift.  Real Avid has made a name for themselves for making innovative products and the Bore Boss makes cleaning a firearm a breeze.  (Retails for $9.99)


ABKT Knife:  American Buffalo Knife and Tool make a wide selection of knives from everyday carry to speciality knives.  You can't go wrong choosing a knife...ever. Just be prepared to have lots of options for gifts when you look on their website. 


Buck Blitz Super Concentrate:  Buck Blitz is a deer attractant feed company that up until recently only had it available in a 40lb sack which made shipping bought to say the least.  That all changed when they released their super concentrate mix.  It's easy, the concentrate mixes in with up to 300lbs of corn and gives it a powerful attractant smell and taste.  (Retails for $20.00)  


Hunter's Kloak Electronic Mist System: This is a pretty awesome little tool for hunters.  It's hard to fool the nose of a deer and this Mist System helps you do just that.  It releases a mist of either a cover scent or an attraction scent on a set timer to help cover your smell while you are hunting. (Retails for under $40.00)


30-06 Outdoors Black Horse Release:  If the hunter in your life is an archery fanatic then this is a great gift that won't break the bank.  The Black Horse Release is priced great but don't let the low price fool you, its a heck of a release.  I've used it exclusively for two years and absolutely love mine.  It's a home run gift idea. (Retails for $34.95)



Setting My Self Up To Fail

Brad Clay

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 After moving back to SE Iowa after college I embarked on a quest to kill big Iowa bucks with my bow. Easy right? I live in SE Iowa and booners are around every corner and in every 10 acres. Not so much.  After 2 years of pure struggle I finally put a big buck down (an eight that went 154 inches). I had finally put the pieces together and started to consistently kill a pop and young buck 9 out of 10 years even after getting married and having kids.  Using my knight rifle I was able to add to my total 6 more over that 150 inch mark and 7 of those bucks were on camera self-filming. 


You would think the next step would be to shoot a 180+ while self-filming, right?  For most yes, but for me I love adventure and was reading a lot about DIY public ground back pack hunting and was going to give it a try. I had done some guided hunts in South Dakota and Wyoming and had a great time and had success, but I wanted to be able to go out west once or twice every year, and with a family, a guided hunt was becoming more and more difficult to justify.   Also, I love the satisfaction of DIY, knowing full well that I was setting myself up for years of failure and hard work.   Sounds fun right?  For me it is.  First I started to train and research what I needed to survive off of in the back country 10+ miles deep and over 12000 ft. for 10 days. I lost over 50 pounds and saved and bought the best equipment I could buy. I was going alone with no prior back country experience. So why embark on this journey you might be asking.  Simple; it’s the journey and the adventure that I was seeking not a trophy or accolades that I was someone special because I am not. See for me I DIY Public ground backpack hunt no matter the outcome of success! It reenergizes me to be a better husband, father, and leader.  Having no phone to look at and no Facebook or Instagram to compare myself to others too is a great place to be for 10 days to refocus, slow down, and spend time with the lord with NO Distractions. To push myself physically year round to prepare for it has done so much for my physical health and mental health. I am not a guru on physical fitness nor do I proclaim to be, but I will tell you it is worth it.  I had no idea how bad I felt until I felt so much better by eating healthier and pushing  my body beyond what I thought I could do. I reached out to friend that was a personal trainer to put a plan together for my goals. 


I would recommend if you are like me with no prior lifting/working out experience to do so and be safe. It’s amazing what our bodies are capable of! Never once did I set foot in a gym.  It was all at home and a lot of times with my sons helping out. I don’t have time to drive to a gym so this was all done after kids went to bed or before they got up, and a lot of times it was after my wife had gone to bed too. Trying to keep priorities straight, but still reaching the goals I set was a real struggle. Finding time to shoot my Matthews more to prepare for those 60+ yard shots that the western terrain demands of you were also something I had to make time for. After saying that, I was all in and loved the discipline it required to prepare for such an adventure. With two trips planned and tags bought (one drawn and one elk OTC both in Colorado and two different spots) it was down to researching my pack list. Trip one High Country Mule Deer Colorado!


Jeremy Roland has been with Final Descent Outdoors four years and is based in south east Iowa.  Jeremy is in the land of giants and has the deer on the wall to prove it.  Jeremy and his family farm several thousand acres in southern Iowa where he also hunts.  Jeremy actually stumbled onto a Final Descent Outdoors episode in 2013 and sent an email in regards to the show.  Jeremy helps lead a house church and wanted to use his passion for hunting for the Kingdom of God.  The rest is history.


Hunting for The Next Generation

Brad Clay


My earliest memories of the outdoors were spent walking around in the woods with my bb gun my dad bought me just praying a squirrel would sit still long enough to squeeze a shot off before darting off and disappearing behind the limb of an old pecan tree.   I didn’t have much luck in my early hunting career as an 8-year-old squirrel hunter but I couldn’t wait to get outside after school and give it my best shot.    It wasn’t long after that my dad bought me my first bow, we would both shoot and try to hit a card board target we had leaned up against a sand pile, we were happy to shoot a group the size of pie plate at 20 yards.  My first tree stand was a homemade death trap made from welded rebar and a plywood platform that my dad chained to a tree.   I remember it like it was yesterday the first time my dad took me out to the woods to look for the perfect tree to hang it in. 


My excitement was uncontainable and I couldn’t wait to see my first deer up close.  The next morning the alarm went off and we left out to try our luck, my dad walked me up to the tree and told me to climb up and he would sit on the ground behind me and try to grunt up a big buck.  As I set there I remember all the sounds that I hadn’t ever heard before, leaves crunching, squirrels barking and deer blowing, as the sun started to rise a little doe bolted from the timber and stopped about 100 yards in front of me, she stopped and looked back into the woods.  I was locked on to her watching her every move and out of the corner of my eye I see something walking towards my stand, as it walked closer I could make out a rack and my heart was about to jump out of my chest, he stopped broadside at 20 yards but I let him walk my dad had me watch buck masters every Sunday afternoon and my first thought was he’s not big enough.   My dad was in shock that I didn’t shoot and even less enthused when I explained my reasoning, central Oklahoma in the mid 80’s wasn’t full of monster bucks and the 2 points or better rule was enforced strictly.   It would be many years before I had a buck anywhere close to the one I passed that morning within shooting range but my passion for hunting and the outdoors grew daily.  


As a young adult, the introduction of deer management and nutrition were still in the early stages in Oklahoma, we planted food plots that rarely came up and set up numerous trail cameras that only took a few pictures of a deer’s hind section or a blurry picture that was just out of range with glowing eyes would be enough to make you think you were hunting the next double drop tine buck, but faulty equipment and all I loved every minute of it.   Growing up in the 80’s didn’t offer much in the way of education in deer management I had no idea a deer loved acorns, nor did I know that shooting little bucks was a bad thing.  The bottom line is todays hunters have a much easier road to success then most of us that grew up in 80’s and with all the game camera technology we have today you know every buck on a first name basis before you ever see him in the wild.  The next generation of hunters will have all the tools to achieve what we only dreamed of in our youth, the deer population has exploded and hunters are more and more selective in what they consider a trophy.  We as hunters need to take all that with a grain of salt when teaching our young boys and girls what hunting is all about.  Granted we can teach them deer management and ethical hunting and gun safety but most importantly we can’t have forgot what we learned as young hunters, hunting is not always about killing something. 


It’s a great tool for teaching our kids life lessons like respect, respect for fire arms, respect for the land, respect for wildlife and most importantly respect for others, our young hunters have the rest of their lives to chase after trophy’s but we only have a short time with them to instill values that will allow them to move us forward as a society. Teach them why we hunt and explain how our ancestors didn’t just hunt for sport they hunted to survive.   Teach them not only how to shoot an animal but how to clean it correctly and not to ever give up on a wounded animal.   The survival of hunting in our society will hinge on the next generation that we raise to carry the torch for all the hunters before them, hunting is a tradition that was a way of life for our ancestors we can carry on that tradition by passing our knowledge and passion to the next generation and installing the ethical values that we were raised with.     I cherish the days I spent with my dad and brothers in the outdoors and I have a lifetime of memories to reflect on and I plan on sharing those memories with my 3 boys and the memories we create will be a foundation for them as they grow.


Blogger Jason Cariker has been with Final Descent Outdoors since 2014.  Jason and his wife live in Stratford, Oklahoma and have three beautiful children they have adopted and welcomed into their family.  When Jason isn't running his construction business or spending time with his family he is in church or in the deer woods.  He is excited to begin the journey of sharing his passion for the outdoors with his children in the very near future.


What Makes Her Tick. Women in the Outdoors.

Brad Clay


When mid November rolls around and the alarm goes off at 4:30 am my eyes pop open and I jump out of bed just like my 5 year old son would on Christmas morning. I ever so gently nudge my wife who is buried deep into our down comforter. I say “hey honey do you still want to go hunting with me this morning?” The rut is on and I know the bucks are going to be moving because a big cold front just come through and it’s prime time right now. As she pulls the warm blanket back up around her chin I hear her mumble “no thanks, maybe this evening.”

   Does this story sound anything like something that has happened in your house? Having been an avid sportsman my entire life I love nothing more than getting to spend time in the outdoors with my beautiful bride. I don’t mind spending hours on end out in the cold rain and snow for that small chance of just getting to spot a trophy buck, or the hours spent before season prepping food plots in the blistering summer heat. My wife on the other hand doesn’t always seen to find those thing near as enjoyable as I do. It’s not that she doesn’t enjoy time spent in the woods, she’s just more of a fair weather occasional type of hunter. 


   So what can a man do if he wants nothing more than to have a wonderfully successful marriage and still spend his free time in the outdoors? You just have to work at it until you find something that gets her excited the way a big buck gets you excited. In 2014 my wife and I along with a few friends attended one of Final Descent Outdoors ministry banquets. While we were having dinner my wife and her friend Jill were jokingly talking about bidding on a 3 day fishing trip in Pensacola Beach, Florida. The two ladies said that if they bought the fishing trip they could spend time getting a tan on the beach while us guys went fishing. Well as the auction rolled along the Pensacola trip came up for bids and I started raising my hand. My wife started to get a little anxious as the price crept up but in the end my hand was the last one in the air. We had won the auction and I was as excited as I could be because I had never been saltwater fishing but had always wanted to try. 


   A few months later we found ourselves in a condo on the beach in beautiful Pensacola Beach, Florida. By this time my wife, Dejay, had decided that her and Jill should join us guys on the fishing trip. This turned out to be one of the best things that could have ever happened in the world of me trying to get my wife involved in my hunting and fishing lifestyle. We spent two days out on the Gulf of Mexico fishing for many different species of fish. That trip got my wife forever hooked on saltwater fishing. She had never been on a fishing trip that was so fast paced and action packed. Saltwater fish put up such and awesome fight. Fast forward a couple years and several more trips to Florida. By this time my wife had been on several fishing trips and had caught many saltwater species including amber jack, trigger fish, red snapper, mahi mahi, bonito, spanish mackerel, and even a black tip shark.


   In August of 2017 Brad Clay of Final Descent Outdoors invited DeJay and I on an alligator hunting trip in central Florida. He needed an extra person or two to run camera for himself and famed huntress Kendall Jones. The trip was going to include more than just alligator hunting. We would also have a night of bowfishing for stingrays. There was no way Dejay was going to turn down the opportunity to spend time in Florida. She knew that we would be spending time on the coast which meant that we might be able to squeeze in a fishing trip. Alligator hunting didn’t necessarily excite her but she was intrigued by the idea of bowfishing for stingrays. Once the magical night finally arrived DeJay was a little unsure of her ability to actually shoot a fish with a archery equipment. After many misses and a few very close calls DeJay finally connected with her first stingray. She let out a big scream of excitement and did a little dance on the deck of the boat. She was hooked instantly. She spent the rest of the night arrowing fish after fish and the excitement never left. I was beside myself that my wife was having so much fun. I knew instantly that this would forever be an activity that my wife and I could spend many hours enjoying together in the outdoors. 


  I know that my wife might not ever understand “buck fever” and what it does to me in the fall. She might night ever be interested in spending eight hours on a bass boat only to catch four or five bass, but I do know that I found something that makes her tick. You can bet that I will be spending some of my hard earned money on her a bowfishing rig so we can spend those valuable hours together on the water. These are the thing thats can make a good marriage a great marriage. I shouldn’t expect her to spend so many hours doing things with me just to make me happy. Marriage is about coming together and finding things that we can enjoy together.    


Daniel Arms is a pro staffer for Final Descent Outdoors.  Daniel is happily married and a father of three (Weston, EmmaLee, and Houston).  Daniel is an Oklahoma Highway Patrolman and active in his local church in Sulphur, OK.  Daniel is an avid outdoorsman and when he isn't working, spending time with his family, or hunting he is making Youtube videos and gardening.

New Opportunities For Oklahoma Hunters and Landowners

Brad Clay

Mark Twain quoted, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” The phrase rings true for thousands of sportsmen across Oklahoma who will take afield this fall. With the average household income of an Oklahoma family being around $43,000 a year, a substantial land purchase or expensive lease is entirely out of the question. With abundant state public lands spread out across the state, it may not be feasible for the average hunter to travel long distances each weekend to bag a bird or buck. While hunters have multiple avenues of searching out places to hunt—websites, social media, public land, and knocking on doors, it does not deny the fact it is a challenge to find a decent place to hunt in the red dirt state.  That all may change very soon.

Beginning 1 September 2017, the Oklahoma Land Access Program (OLAP) will provide additional resources for hunters and landowners alike. Hunters will gain foot access to new properties—some of which have never been hunted. Each landowner participating in the OLAP (minimum 40 acre parcel) will be compensated to the tune of $2-$15 per acre depending on the acreage size, activities permitted, and duration of access. The premise of this program is to reward conservation-minded hunters and landowners by providing every law-abiding citizen an opportunity to hunt and fish. From a landowner’s perspective, you may be concerned about people on your property. Rest assured there are rules and regulations governing your land as well as signage identifying walk in access area type, open dates, method of hunting permitted, or fishing only. Hunters are reminded that the future of this program depends on their behavior and conservation of these areas. 

Now before you have a migraine thinking of worst case scenarios, keep in mind the OLAP will be heavily regulated by Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Game Wardens. A full list of regulations regarding the OLAP can be found on the ODWC’s website: There you can find the Introduction to the program, Rules & Regulations, Maps (released on August 5, 2017), and Landowner information with links to an online and printable landowner application. Additionally, landowners enrolled in the program have limited liability in accordance with state laws as described on the ODWC website. 

In 2015, I personally took advantage of the Walk in Hunting Areas in Kansas. I had booked a hunt with a Kansas outfitter that quickly went south. Sitting in the hotel room planning my next move, I pulled up the Kansas Department of Wildlife website on my smartphone and clicked on the complete online map of Fall WIHA atlas. I noticed there were several farms in the area that were open to walk in hunting. After a quick review of satellite images, I put a game plan together and hit the road. I drove to the areas that looked best on the map and stopped at my first location. The heavy worn trail crossing the county dirt road signaled this was the farm. One hour later I had my stand hung and made the ten-minute walk back to my truck where I had parked on the side of the county road. The next morning’s hunt had my adrenaline pumping. Buck after buck filtered down the trail to jump the fence and cross the county road heading from a green field back to their bedding area. It seemed each new buck that appeared was bigger than the last. I went home empty handed that trip but my experience was rewarding. I had adapted to my situation and enjoyed my trip all thanks to the Kansas WIHA Program. 

My hope is that this program will be successful like my experience in Kansas. The land was left clean and I could bet no one even knew I had been there. Landowner participation will alleviate hunting pressure that otherwise is distributed to only what is available now on public land. The potential of this program is vast considering the state’s population of feral hogs. Landowners who could not manage the wildlife residing on their acreages can now take full advantage of the OLAP. Ultimately, the success of this program will depend on hunters to be responsible, respectful, and pick up after themselves.  Additional OLAP information can be located by contacting Jeff Tibbits, Wildlife Biologist (OLAP), 405-535-7382 or Kasie Joyner, Wildlife Technician (OLAP), 405-535-5681.

Author of this blog is staffer Adam Nicholas.  Adam has been filming for Final Descent Outdoors since 2012.  Adam and his wife Ashley reside in Choctaw, Oklahoma and are expecting their first child this November.

THE HARVEST: Divine Appointment

Brad Clay

It was a cold and snowy February night in Washington, Iowa.  I remember it well because I didn't pack for the weather and I remember being disappointed in myself.  It was a packed house at Faith Baptist Church's Wildgame Dinner.  We had a great meal and great fellowship downstairs and we all headed upstairs to the sanctuary where I was to share.  The spirit moved in a mighty way and we had 36 men indicate they made a decision to follow Christ.  

During the invitation men were moving and praying for one another and a gentleman in his early 70's made his way down the aisle to me.  He had a long white ponytail and ear rings (I honestly thought Willie Nelson was walking down the aisle for a second).  When he got to me he was crying and he said "I gave my life to Jesus tonight."  I said, "that's awesome man!"  He looked at me with a confused look and said "The thing is, I'm not suppose to be here.  You see, I live about 40 miles from here.  My wife has been sick and hasn't been able to work so I have been hauling fire wood to make some extra money and I was bring a brick to a man tonight and my truck broke down right outside that window" Turning and pointing to the stained glass window on the side of the sanctuary.  "I saw the lights on in the church so I walked up the stairs looking for some help.  I walked up to a man and told him my situation and asked if he knew a mechanic.  He said, well I'm a mechanic!  He told me about the wild game dinner and said give me your keys and I will look at your truck, go make a plate and then head upstairs to the sanctuary.  I did just that and now I'm standing in front of you and you can see that I'm not suppose to be here."

 I looked him right in the eyes and said "I'm sorry sir but you were suppose to be here, matter of fact tonight was a divine appointment. God has been chasing you and pursuing you my friend and that chase ends tonight."  I was able to pray over him and encourage him and it was a moment in ministry that I will never forget!      

 If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  


Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.


THE HARVEST: Marriage Saved

Brad Clay

Isaiah 55:11 tells us that God's word never goes and and returns void.  As you probably already know, we end every show with a devotion where we challenge our viewers with a truth from God's Word.  I never know how God is going to use our show but we are constantly amazed by His work and use of Final Descent Outdoors.

This addition of The Harvest comes to us from Karen.  Karen emailed us just before Christmas.  Karen and Rick have been married for nearly 20 years.  Karen has been a faithful church member but Rick rarely went, mainly on Easter and Christmas.  They have three kids with the oldest being in jr high.  Every Sunday since the kids were born Karen and the kids would go to church and leave Rick at home to watch football, hunting shows, or to go hunting during season.  As the kids got older, they began to want to stay at home with dad.  That's where things begin to really get difficult for Karen.

How was she to respond to the kids?  They were saying, if dad doesn't have to go, we don't want to go either!  Karen was heart broke and started going to church for the first time without her kids.  She asked her Sunday School class to pray about the situation.  One of the men in the class, knowing Rick was a big hunter, asked Karen if Rick has ever watched Final Descent Outdoors.  He told her what channel and what FDO was all about and after church she went home and set it to record.  The show aired that evening and Rick watched the FDO guys hunt hogs with the Benghazi Heroes in Texas.  He loved it and over the next couple weeks continued to watch.  

A few Sundays later Karen was getting ready for church when Rick came out of the bedroom dressed and ready for church.  Karen was shocked!  For the first time ever, outside of a holiday Karen's family went to church...together.  Karen emailed us this incredible story and to say thank you for our ministry adding, "it might just have saved our marriage."  

Wow!  Talk about being blown away!  I'm so thankful that God's Word is alive and active and we are thankful God gives us the common ground of hunting to tell others about Him.  If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  TO DONATE CLICK HERE


Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

The Harvest: Press On

Brad Clay

Life is tough.  I recently heard Tony Evans at the ReWired Men's Conference and he said that all of us in life are either coming into a storm, currently in a storm, or we are fixing to be in one.  I have to admit it, he's right.  Not all storms are huge, some are small but some are big.  It's just apart of life and we are to lean on one another through the storms of life.

Today's The Harvest comes to us from Darrell who has been in the midst of a horrid storm.  "I am 58 heard old life long hunter who until this morning had never seen your show on TV. I have been Christian most of my life and have trusted God to take care of me and my family. On April 12th my mother passed away, on May 24th my dad took his own life in a grief stricken state. At the same time my mother in law was admitted to a nursing home and my best friend and my father in law found out that he had cancer. On June 27 he took her life and then his. There are no words to describe the feeling of devastation in my family. Through it all God has been our rock. Thanks for the words of encouragement I saw this morning on your show. I am headed to Colorado this week to bowhunt elk and mule deer. This will be the first year in many that my father in law has not been with me and I will truly miss him. Please pray that God will fill the emptiness in our families hearts and minds as we approach this season of holidays and hunting. We have decided never to question God on all the tragedy we have experienced lately, but use these things to make us closer to our Father. Please pray for our family and God Bless. Ps your words of encouragement this morning truly blessed me. Thanks"

I'm trying my best to put myself in Darrell and his families shoes...and I can't.  I hate when people say, I understand what you are going through when they don't.  Sometimes all we can do is listen, encourage, and pray.  This is such a case.  I'm glad that the Holy Spirit used Final Descent Outdoors to encourage and provide strength to a man who has weathered a brutal storm in life.  We are all brothers and sisters and need one another to be lifted up.

If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  TO DONATE CLICK HERE

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

Are the Anti Hunters Winning?

Brad Clay

I've been blessed to get to know Kendall Jones, the famed huntress who was thrust into the spotlight for her hunts in Africa. She recently broke one million followers on Facebook. I've been able to help her with some media needs, build a new website, photos, videos, etc. Through that relationship I've gotten to know her and I've realized she didn't ask for this fame, it just happened. If you follow her on social media you see the amount of hatred directed at her from anti hunters. Not just mild dislike but full blown death threats, wish of bodily harm, and other sickening comments.  Celebrities like Miley Cyrus and others have called her out by name bringing even more hate her direction.

it honestly seems like our rights as hunters are being infringed upon daily. As a God fearing hunter it's seems more and more like I'm in the minority in this country. So, how do we fight the good fight for our rights, conservation, and for our heritage?

Be Above Reproach: This is first and foremost.  We are under a microscope more than ever and those who hate the idea of hunting are looking for anything to use against us. We must be conscious of how we portray our love for hunting. By doing this we can limit the ammunition of the other side. 

Respect The Game: I saw a video a few months back of a young hunter riding on the back of a deer that he had spine shot and was still alive. Even in times where the scrutiny was less this wouldn't be remotely acceptable. We must depict hunting in a light that in no way gives anti hunters a reason to speak against us.  From videos, pictures, and speech.

Choose Your Words Wisely: This is tough for me, ask my wife. It's tough to bite you tongue, especially on social media where we can be like them and hide behind a keyboard.  We must choose our words wisely because our end goal is to educate and inform. I appreciate this about Kendall, despite all the hatred rarely if ever have I seen her lash out no matter how warranted it may be.  The high road is tough, it's narrow and few today follow it, especially when those on the other side are spitting fury our direction.

Educate: Reading the anti hunters comments and even some of the emails and messages we have gotten over the years through our tv show Final Descent Outdoors. We have seen some comments that are just mind blowing. We received one from a lady wanting to know why we didn't just buy our meat from the store where they make it.  As the poet Ted Nugent has said, every piece of meat you have eaten, somewhere along the way their was a gut pile.  I've realized that because I've grown up in a hunting culture their are a lot of things I take for granted when it comes to understanding how this all works and that we are not a bunch of blood thirsty barbarians.

We have to do our best to tactfully educate those who didn't grow up in and around the things we did.  For instance, how does killing an animal help save the species? If you don't understand where the money for tags go, how conservation groups work, then you might not be able to understand how killing an animal is actually saving it.  We must take the high road and educate!

 I realize it can be like beating your head against the wall but remember the best way to share our passion for the outdoors is not just through words but through actions. Let those we encounter in all areas of life see our passion, our heritage, as what it is, a God given right that should not be taken by those who don't understand it.

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

The Harvest: The Fatherless

Brad Clay

I grew up the majority of my childhood without a dad.  My dad didn't walk out on me, he lost his battle with leukemia. No little boy should have to grow up without his dad.  I joke that I didn't have a dad to teach me to shave so I have this gnarly beard.  All joking aside it was tough.  I think the toughest was going to my little league baseball games and watching the other kids warm up with their dads while I didn't have a dad to play catch with.  It wasn't fair, it wasn't my choice, it wasn't right, but that's how it was.

This story from The Harvest comes to us from a teenage boy from Kentucky.  "Hello my name is Shawn I am 18 years old and I love hunting more then I can express, I have seen your shows a couple times now as I am an avid hunter and always watch the hunting channel because I love the sport and love to learn and watch new things.  My dad left about 9 yrs ago and I don't have anyone to show me how to hunt.  I really like your show not just because its good hunting but mainly because you guys talk about God. One day when the time comes I'll believe he will look at you guys and say "well done my good and faithful servants"!  I'm so glad I found your show and I have someone not only to learn from but also to look up to spiritually as well.  I hope I can meet you guys someday.  You have no idea how you guys have effected my life."

I relate so much to Shawn.  I didn't realize it as a young man but growing up fatherless made me a sponge for manhood.  I didn't know what it looked like.  I'm thankful God put men in my life to show me the way.  I am also thankful God allows us to be even a small influence in the life of Shawn, even if it's through his TV for thirty minutes a week.  Every bit of positive influence helps.

If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  We would love for you to consider donating to our ministry and helping us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus.  TO DONATE CLICK HERE

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

The Harvest: No Where Else To Turn

Brad Clay

I learned through my years as a vocational minister that ministry is messy.  Like, nasty, gross, heartbreakingly messy.  I've sat on the couch for two hours with a young man who was holding a loaded shotgun who wanted end his life.  I've stood behind a highway patrolman as he told a family that their father had been killed.  I've walked with students through rape, incest, substance abuse, and much more.  It's never easy but a minister's job is to be an open door, to pour God's truth into whatever situations walks through the door.

Well, just because I'm not on staff at church doesn't mean that ministry isn't messy.  This weeks The Harvest story comes from a young married man in Maryland.  "First off I love the show!  You guys were shooting those hogs out of that helicopter and it was incredible.  I have to figure out a way to do that some day!  At the end you talked about how sin can start out small and then grow into something big, kinda like how the hogs have done in Oklahoma.  Well, God really spoke to me about that.  I don't really go to church and I really don't know who to turn to about this so I just thought I would email you and ask if you would pray for me.  I'm married and I love my wife but I have a problem with pornography.  My wife knows about it and it's ruining my marriage.  Man, I need prayers. I also need advise on what to do.  Can you help me?

Messy right? What followed was lots of emails and eventually phone calls on how to begin to replace the need for pornography and replace it with a need for Jesus.  A full blown Gospel presentation and the young man's life was changed!  God is in the business of taking bad situations and making beauty from ashes.  This guy had grown up in church but fallen away.  He used an episode about eradicating hogs to stir his heart to eradicate the sin of pornography from his life.  It's amazing how God works.  We through it out and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.  So thankful to be used by God and that our show could help this young man overcome this sin and help save his marriage.

If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  We would love for you to consider donating to our ministry and helping us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus.  TO DONATE CLICK HERE

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

The Harvest: Not By Chance

Brad Clay

Because of fact Final Descent Outdoors is in 40 million homes across the US we get lots of emails about speaking at wild game dinners and other men's events.  This is a huge part of our ministry and a huge part of our livelihood.  You see, lots of people think that because you are on tv you must be rich...not true.  Matter of a fact we have to pay the network to air our show and it ain't cheap, like six figures ain't cheap.  God has been faithful to continue to provide ways for us to air our program despite the cost.  As you can imagine, lots of companies that we would consider to partner with as a sponsor are a little leery of a Gospel preaching tv show.  So speaking engagements at churches help us fund our cause.

I spoke in Washington, Iowa at Faith Baptist Church's Wildgame Dinner.  The men in the small town really showed out despite the driving snow that night.  The room was packed as I took the stage.  It was just one of those nights where the Holy Spirit moved and we had 36 men accept Christ that night.  Afterwards a man (who looked just like Willie Nelson by the way) walked down the aisle.  Tears running down both cheeks.  He said "Excuse me young man, I just wanted to tell you that I gave my life to Jesus tonight." I responded "Praise Jesus Brother!" He answered "But you see, I'm not suppose to be here, matter of fact I live about 50 miles away and because my wife is sick I've been trying to make some extra money so I have been hauled fire wood.  As I was driving through town in the snow my truck broke down....right outside that window (as he turns and points and the large stain glass window in the church).  I came inside and walked up to the first man I saw and said I needed a mechanic.  He said "Well, we only have one mechanic that I know of and you are talking to him." He told me to go and make a plate and then head into the sanctuary and we would have a service and then giveaway some prizes and he would go and look at my church.  I did what he said and God spoke to me tonight and I surrendered my life to Him!"

My response was this, "Brother, it was no accident that you are here tonight.  This was a divine appointment.  God has been chasing you, pursuing you because He loves you.  He finally caught up with you tonight."

None of this would have happened if we didn't pursue the calling to do Final Descent Outdoors.  Rick and Jim and the guys at Faith Washington would have never seen our show.  Never emailed me to come and speak, and I would still to this day have never stepped foot in Washington, Iowa. I'm so glad I did and I'm so thankful for God's plan through broken down pick up trucks.

If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  We would love for you to consider donating to our ministry and helping us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus.  TO DONATE CLICK HERE

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

The Harvest: Satan's Lies

Brad Clay

For 12yrs I served as a vocational minister.  I had the chance to speak to thousands of teenagers as a youth pastor as well as adults over that time frame.  When God called me out on this CRAZY adventure to do outdoor ministry full time it was scary.  The unknown of financial stability is scary but I knew what God was calling me to do.  Every week we average nearly 100,000 viewers.  In my 12yrs of doing ministry I wasn't able to reach anywhere close to that amount of people.  It's an honor but also a huge responsibility to properly share the Gospel the best we possibly can.  

In this installment of The Harvest we are looking at an email from a young man from Florida for happened to catch Final Descent Outdoors on the Pursuit Channel on a Thursday afternoon.

"My name is Darren and I came across your show for the first time today and felt like emailing you about what I saw.  Here is the back story.  I committed a white collar crime and went to jail over it for a short time.  Through this mess my wife left me and has full custody of our kids.  I've struggled to find another job and have been forced to move back home with my parents.  My life has literally crumbled within the last year.  I've been battling depression and it's been bad, really bad.  So bad that earlier this week I wrote a suicide note.  But I happened to catch your show today and at the end you talked about how God has a plan for each and every one of us and that no matter how bad it gets God is still in control and that he still has a plan.  I realized God is not done with me.  Life is tough right now but I'm ready to get back on my feet and keep fighting.  Thank you for doing what you do, it literally saved my life.

Wait, what?  God said all of that through a hunting show?  You see, God allows us to step into the home of hundreds of thousands of men and open His Word and allow the Holy Spirit to work on the hearts of men.  Crying I emailed him back and encouraging him and reminding him his children need a daddy.  You see, he had forgot his need for his Heavenly Father.  I'm honored our program could bring him back to the Lord, save his life, and allow his children to continue to have a father.

If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!    TO DONATE CLICK HERE

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

Does "Fanning" Turkey's Really Work?

Brad Clay

I'm a skeptic at heart. Always have been and probably always will be.  I need to see it and experience it first hand for it to be true for me.  I've seen these YouTube videos of guys crawling out using a fan to hunt turkeys.  I've seen it but I was still skeptical.  Our friends at Montana Decoy came out with the "The Fanatic" which is a realistic 3D fan perfect for crawling out at a tom.  It even has a mesh see through area to help you stay concealed.

 Using a fan to crawl at a longbeard with Kiowa Creek Outfitters.

Using a fan to crawl at a longbeard with Kiowa Creek Outfitters.

I recently hunted with my good friend Bryan Ballard at Kiowa Creek Outfitters in Oklahoma as Bryan attempted to take his first ever rio.  The guys at Kiowa Creek are experts at fanning and I was truly blown away as I saw it in person for the first time.  I was running camera the first time the fan was brought out.  The picture show the guys literally crawling down a fence line right at a big bird.  In a day and a half we were able to kill four turkeys all with the help of a fan.  

 Staffer Paul Powers and friend Wes Ashworth crawling within 25yds of five longboards using the Fanatic from Montana decoy.

Staffer Paul Powers and friend Wes Ashworth crawling within 25yds of five longboards using the Fanatic from Montana decoy.

I recently witnessed it work again when some birds hung up and wouldn't walk through some tall grass.  Staffer Paul Powers broke out the Fanatic and helped our buddy Wes Ashworth take his first ever bird at 25yds.  How in the world can two grown men crawl within 25yds of 5 longbeards in the wide open?

"I think the sight of a strutting tom coming at them is just more than a dominate long beard can stand. It really is amazing how well it works." said CJ Davis, president of Montana Decoy.   "Fanning or reaping turkeys, when done safely in an area you know no other hunters are present, can be an amazing tool to take a tom that won't respond to calling or normal decoy tactics."

"Our Fanatic is the perfect tool for reaping or fanning as you can carry it with you all the time without any trouble since it folds down so small but doesn't sacrifice any realism. The view thru screen and special handle/leg pole makes using it a breeze." Davis went on to say.  I'm sold as I have seen it first hand.  To order your "Fanatic" from Montana Decoy CLICK HERE.  

The Harvest: Responsibilities

Brad Clay

I truly believe that the Lord is using the common ground of the outdoors to reach outdoorsman for the Lord.  Churches are reaching thousands of men across the country with Sportsman's Banquets, clay shoots, archery shoots, etc.  Godly hunters are using the time alone in the woods and on the water with lost friends to share about Jesus.  God is also using our ministry and we must do a better job sharing those stories.  So our blog series "The Harvest" will look at individuals that have either spoke with us in person, emailed, or messaged us via social media to tell us what God has spoken to them through our show.  We get 60-150 messages a week during the season, some are just "at a boy" type messages but some are truly incredible movements of God and we want to share those with you.

So this installment of The Harvest is a story of a man from Indiana.  He watched Final Descent Outdoors for the first time and had this to say following the devotion at the end of the episode.

"I stumbled onto your show today on the Pursuit Channel.  I really enjoyed it but at the end you shared about God and specifically about going to church.  I wasn't expecting that at all.  Never really seen anything like that but it really spoke to me.  I've been married to my wife for 17 years and have three great kids.  They go to church every Sunday but I don't go with them except on holidays.  I wanted to write you and let you know that this Sunday I am going to go to church with my family outside of a holiday for the first time in eight years.  Thank you for your show.  We need more shows like this."

I am a big hairy man but I cry like an emotional pregnant woman and this was one of those moments.  It's not easy producing TV.  Our goal has always been to create great content to then tie it all together with a Gospel centered devotion at the end of every episode.  We have not wavered on that in 6 years.  These emails are why we do this, these messages are The Harvest.


If you would like to support our mission by donating to our ministry please do so today!  Help us to continue to reach outdoorsman for Jesus!  TO DONATE CLICK HERE


Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

Stand & Blind Placement: 5 Tips on Where and Why!

Brad Clay

I recently was talking with our friend Scott Schultz of Scentblocker who has hunted our home state of Oklahoma a bunch of times, matter of fact his two largest bucks have come from the Sooner State.  He talked about a stand he hung in Oklahoma he called the "King Stand" which was 38ft to the bottom of the platform (yes we have a few trees that tall!).  From the nose bleed section Scott killed a booner.  The question each of us have to ask on a property is where will we hang our stands and blinds and why would we put them there.  No matter if you are hunting from a blind or a treestand here are some tips on choosing the best location.

1) Access

Lots of times we look at a tree or the perfect spot for a stand and we don't think about how we will actually access the stand.  You have heard it said that big bucks don't get to be big by being dumb.  Well, dumb mistakes by hunters keep those big bucks alive.  When choosing stand or blind placement we have to factor in where the deer will be when we are accessing the property.  Finding good access to the perfect setup might mean you have to walk an extra half a mile to keep the wind in your favor, to keep walking through a feeding area in the dark or a bedding area in the afternoon.  The perfect set can be ruined by imperfect access.

2) Wind and Thermals

Rarely can you fool the nose on a mature buck.  I understand what its like to get that trail camera pic of the buck you are after in the daylight.  You want to hit the stand or blind as soon as possible!  But if the wind is wrong you might be assuring that you never get a picture of that buck in the daylight ever again.  We recommend actually hanging multiple sets or blinds in an area to hunt it with different winds.  This way you are assuring yourself a chance to hunt without ruining your future chances at your buck!

3) Use Natural Cover

When we find the perfect stand or blind placement we need to use the natural cover around us to make sure we are not sticking out like a sore thumb.  With a treestand I like to have some cover around me, under and above to help break up our set in the tree.  Another factor is what is behind you.  You can't think about what the stand looks like from your perspective but from the deer's!  If you don't have good cover behind you then deer will easily make our your silhouette and the gig is up.  Having good back cover is huge in increasing your odds of going unnoticed.  For a ground blind, I like to use natural shad when possible.  Tuck under a tree or a cedar.  That's not always possibly but either way take the time to conceal the blind properly.  Don't get lazy!  You have come to far to let a cut branches keep you from being successful!

4) Use the Sun

The sun can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy.  No one likes to have to look directly into the sun.  Deer don't like it either!  Having the sun at your back keeps it from being in your eyes and puts it in the deer's eyes if he looks your way.  This can be a huge advantage for you as a hunter!  You are on top of the food chain, hunt like it!

5) Prepare for the Shot

Trim limbs, trim limbs, and trim limbs.  I'm not saying cut down the forest here but I've seen so many hunting shows where a buck came from a different area and no shooting lanes were cut.  The hunter watches a monster buck walk off without getting off a shot.  Look at every single scenario and then trim limbs, brush and grass in preparation for it.  I like to get into my stand and have a buddy walk around my tree from different directions giving me an idea of what I will be looking at if he was the buck I am after.  I then trim accordingly. 

For hanging stands and setting blinds we highly recommend you check out the Zippo Outdoor 4 in 1 Woodsman!  Check out the video below!

4 Bible Passages All Hunters Should Know

Brad Clay

With our show Final Descent Outdoors being a faith based hunting tv show we get the occasional email saying "How can you be a Christian and kill God's creation."  I kindly email back using God's word as a reference and rarely get a second response.  Here is the deal, hunting is God ordained.  That's not my opinion, that's not just my view, it's clearly stated in God's word and every Christian Outdoorsman needs to not only understand that but also know where to find passages in the Bible on hunting.

1) "God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” -Genesis 1:25-26

God created everything, spoke it into existence.  In doing so He also new that order had to be put into place and in this passage God gives man dominion over all of His creation from fish, to birds, to wild game, and domesticated animals.  What an incredible God given honor, it truly is.  God placed man in charge of the animals.  This was man's first God given responsibility and one that today, hunters as conservationists must never take for granted.  But in Genesis 1 animals were not viewed as food....but it's coming.  

2) "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything." -Genesis 9:3

In Genesis 9 we find Noah getting off of the ark.  God tells Noah and he sons to be fruitful and multiply (have babies and repopulate the world) and that you now can view the animals as food.  Fire up the grill baby!  It's time for some baby back ribs, a perfectly seasoned ribeye, how about some backstrap fajitas, I could keep going but I haven't had lunch yet!  The point is, God told Noah, animals are now food, enjoy!  However, he is still held to the responsibility and honor from Genesis 1:25-26.  

 Photo credit Kirk Turner

Photo credit Kirk Turner

3) "In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp" Exodus 16:13  

When God led the Israelite's out of Egypt and into the desert he provided for them in the harsh conditions.  He provided manna (a honey type bread) and...wait for it...quail.  If my grandpa was on death row he would have quail, biscuits with honey, and mashed potatoes for his last meal.  Matter of fact, I might too!  If you have never had quail then you haven't experienced life to the fullest folks!  It's incredible!  But here is the deal, we are talking about God...He could have fed His people with anything.  Some nice vegan burgers, maybe some tofu or some delicious lentils.  He didn't do that, he chose wild game out of all the possibilities in the world to feed His people.  If it's good enough for's good enough for me!

4) "And there came a voice to him; "Rise, Peter; kill and eat," -Acts 10:13

In this passage Peter has a vision.  Though God had given dominion over the animals and said they are food the Jews still had many regulations and laws on what could be eaten, how it was to be prepared and so forth.  In this passage Peter realizes that the ancient laws of Moses were now abolished.  He is given the green light to kill and eat of all the creatures without distinction, which were represented to him in the sheet (Acts 10:11) and the reason for this was to show Peter, that both the distinction between clean and unclean creatures in the law was now removed and men could eat what they pleased.  You see once again, God confirms that killing and eating meat is not wrong, it's actually just the opposite of that.

So here is what we have learned.  We have a huge responsibility to oversee God's creation.  Hunters are true conservationists and we must never lose sight or abuse this power given to us by God.  We should never be ashamed for being hunters, God gave us the green light!  As long as we are not abusing the God given resources we are good to go!  Hunt, kill, eat!  Don't let someone ridicule you for being a hunter, remember Galatians 1: 10 says "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." 


Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.