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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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Hunting for The Next Generation

Brad Clay

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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. 

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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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

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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. 

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   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. 

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   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.

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   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. 

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  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.    


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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: https://www.wildlifedepartment.com/olap. 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) jeff.tibbits@odwc.ok.gov, 405-535-7382 or Kasie Joyner, Wildlife Technician (OLAP) kasie.joyner@odwc.ok.gov, 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!  

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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.

 

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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!

Whitetail Management: Food Plots Are Not a Luxury But a Necessity

Brad Clay

The practice of planting food plots has become an increasingly popular method to attract whitetail deer for hunting purposes.  With television shows and even equipment dedicated to the food-plot market, one would think that the only way to harvest a deer would be to plant food plots.  Let's be clear...we are not saying that!  Lots of hunters kill deer without them.   Planning and using food plots should only be done as a supplemental food source.  The decision to devote time and money to food plots begins with the basics.  Food for all living things is essential, but so is water, cover, and ample amount of territory.  The arrangement of all these should be a key factor in creating a supplemental site.  However, planting food plots not only add additional nutrition to your property they also will draw in deer from neighboring properties when done correctly aiding to the overall deer numbers and health of the deer in your area.

Let's discuss three major topics to consider from an equipment stand point.  Clearing the site, preparing the soil, and planting the seeds are all done with the added elements of some sort of equipment.  Everyone has their preferences as to how they execute these tasks.

1) Clearing the Food Plot

So what is the best way to create a lush patch of an attractive supplemental food in the middle of a think patch of brush?  In a perfect world one might start by spraying the growth with Glyphosate allowing it to die and rot over a long period of time.  In addition, clearing a path to the site and the site itself may require the use of a chainsaw for bigger trees or a brush mower mounted on a skid steer for smaller growth.  Preparing a level site and creating access to it could possibly be the biggest task.  Again, if time is not a factor, a constant mowing schedule with a brush cutter will make the final steps much easier.  In reality creating a food plot might be limited to August and September.  In this case a skid steer like the Kubota SVL would come in handy.  One could doze and cut large amounts of brush quickly to prepare for the next step.

2) Soil Preparation

Soil preparation begins with understanding what your soil needs to be productive.  Performing soil tests is a must to determine what and how much fertilizer should be applied.  Physically preparing the ground for seed has various avenues.   Tractor horsepower should be a starting point if one is pulling various implements to prepare soil.  Planting food plots can be done with smaller machines such as ATV’s or utility vehicles, but to create a quality food plot of sustaining size, a tractor paired with appropriate implements will be the most effective solution.  Food plot size is a factor when considering the probability of overgrazing and time seems to be an issue for those creating the site.  It never pays to try to get a job done with the wrong tools.  If something is worth doing, it is worth doing right.  Breaking ground can be approached in various ways.  One might choose a five foot disc or a five foot tiller.  Both work well at disturbing the soil and allowing moisture, if there is any, to breach the surface.  A disc is a good implement to do this if the ground is rough.  A disc will handle harder ground but will probably take several passes to get the ground ready for seeding.  If the soil and ground condition are in good shape, one might use a tiller.  Using say, a five foot tiller to plow the ground may only take one run, but this may only work if the ground allows.

3) Planting The Seed

The soil is prepared and ready for seed.  The perfect site has been chosen and a minimum size food plot has been arranged.  If possible shape the plot to be narrow which will allow cover to be closer on all sides.  After deciding what to plant and how much to plant based on herd population, it is type to set the seed.  There are different tools to broadcast seed.  After seed has been broadcasted, it is best to use a drag to make sure necessary soil contact has been made.  Like most products on the market there are usually ones that save time by encompassing all functions needed to perform a certain task.  Implements are no exception as in the case like a no till drill.  By using a no till drill to create a food plot one could leave out most of step two which is preparing the soil. The ground would still need to be leveled and cleared, but there would be no need to till or disc along with skipping the broadcasting of seed and dragging it for contact.  Personally, there does not seem to enough time to get away to go hunting let alone to create a succulent green patch in the middle of the woods.

 Planting food plots can be a successful way to harvest deer.  They provide an opportunity for the hunter to see large amounts of deer while offering the deer themselves added nutritional supplements.  In many ways they are just pleasing to the eye.  The vibrant green is an extreme contrast to the burnt orange of October’s rust.  When thinking of plotting against the hardy whitetail, think of the tools needed to create a time-efficient food plot so more time can be spent scouting and understanding the local deer herd rather than changing out implements.

Locally in our home state of Oklahoma we use equipment from Great Plains Kubota through the sales and rental department.  learn more at www.gpkubota.com

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 God...it'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.

 

 

20 signs It’s Huntin’ season (from a wife’s perspective)

Brad Clay

April Clay, the wife of Final Descent Outdoors host Brad Clay has put together 20 signs that it's huntin' season!  April and Brad have been married for nearly 13yrs and coming from a non-hunting family all of this took a bit of adjusting.  So ladies...here are 20 signs it's hunting season!

1. Your Husband’s idea of quality time or date is checking the trail cameras together or a trip to the gun range.

2.Your laundry has been put on hold because because all camo must be washed and ready. Unfortunately it makes your washer and dryer smell like dirt, old socks, and a hint of deer urine because your husband needs to be one with nature..and scent free.

3. The baby is crying over the monitor at 4:55am and your husband is snoring. 5:00am his alarm goes off and he springs out of bed with a grin on his face, layers in camo, and (loudly) sneaks out of the house to go hunt.

4. You build your backyard landscape around styrofoam targets and life-size animal decoys.

5. You pull out the camo bikini in an attempt to get noticed.

6. Your mailbox is filled daily with Cabela’s magazines, the sportsman’s guide, and Bass Pro catalogs.

7. Your husband leaves a trail of shell casings, animal calls, trail cam memory cards, giant boots, muddy camo and long johns when he comes back home.

8. One of your vehicles is a truck that is constantly covered in mud/grass...inside and out.

9. You had to make sure your life insurance policy included falling from a treestand.

10. Your husband can’t leave the house without his “man make-up” and “scent free”deodorant on.

11. There isn’t enough room on the DVR to record “The Voice” because it has been overtaken by “Pig Man”, “Buck Commander” and some blonde chick named Tiffany. (and hopefully Final Descent Outdoors!!!)


12. The seasons are not marked by climate change...they are organized by animal...Deer Season, Duck Season, Turkey Season...repeat.
 

13. You fear texting or calling your husband just in case he forgot to turn his phone on silent.


14.You anxiously await a text of a dead animal...only during hunting season is this normal.
 

15. Your kids get excited about getting new camo to wear so they can go huntin’ with daddy or play dress up and use their nerf gun rifle and daddy’s duck calls. Your poor dog (Remington or other hunting dog appropriate name) doesn’t like it when they pretend he is a big buck.

16. Speaking of names: You might have a child named: Bo, Hunter, Drake, Gage, Bear, Gunner, etc... But make sure your due date doesn’t fall during hunting season if you can...

17. Your begin clearing wall space for another “trophy”. The Laundry room crosses your mind. Antlers could make a great bra-drying “rack”...

18. Your pinterest board fills up with recipes to cook the meat your husband brings home.

19. Your husband spends more time talking to his friends than you talk to yours. Everything from food plots, to the clever names they have given animals they are chasing, trail cam pics, and consoling one another because they came home empty handed again.

20. A shopping trip consists of Dicks Sporting Goods, Cabelas, Bass Pro, or the shady pawn shop that sells ammunition.

Ladies, do you have others to ad to the list?  Let us know what other signs are out there that it is huntin' season!

 

5 Things You Need To Know About Hog Hunting

Brad Clay

Every time we do a hog hunting episode we get tons of feedback from folks asking “Where can I go to do a hog hunt?” A wild hog is a bucket list hunt!” Being from Oklahoma we are blessed and cursed with this evasive species.  The first pigs are believed to have been brought into Florida in 1539 by explorer Hernando de Soto.  They brought pigs with them as a traveling food source.  As they traveled throughout the southeastern part of the United States and as far west as Texas the hogs got loose from time to time and the numbers slowly grew.  Today we have an estimated 5.5 million hogs in the continental US.  With 36 states having an established wild hog problem today and more and more hogs moving north the problem means more hunting opportunities for outdoorsman.  So, if hunting hogs is on your list, here are 5 things you need to know.

 

1) THEY ARE SMART: Hogs are as smart as a dog.  Matter of fact Purdue University did a study showing pigs could do the same cognitive tasks that chimpanzees could do.  So that means that hogs don’t handle hunting pressure, they remember well, and learn fast.  When they feel pressured they either move on or worse, become nocturnal.  It’s not an easy hunt, they are smart, they are quick to learn, and are one of the best survivors on the planet.

 

2) ALWAYS ON THE MOVE: When hogs are on their feet, they are moving.  It’s just who they are.  When feeding in a field or standing at a feeder they are always moving.  When they are grouped up many times they are also making lots of noise.  A hunting property I used to hunt had lots of hogs.  When I sat in my deer stand along the creek it was a pattern, just after first light the hogs would begin squealing as they fed which made the turkeys roosted above them gobble.  It happened literally every time!  With that being said when a hog gives you a shot, be ready to take it because more than likely they won’t be in that position long.

 

3) NEVER FOOL THE NOSE: Hogs don’t have the best eye sight, that is why you see lots of spot and stalk kills.  They do have solid hearing but the best defense a hog has is the nose.  99.9999999% of the time you will not fool the nose of a hog.  If the wind is wrong, it’s not going to happen.  According to researchers at Texas A&M hogs can sense some odors from as far away as 5-7 miles and detect odors underground as far as 25ft.  You can fool the eyes, but rarely the nose!

 

4) BOARS vs. SOWS: Boars and sows have many differences besides sex.  For instance, when you see a hog alone 9 times of of 10 it’s a boar.  Unlike whitetail or other game animals, hogs don’t have a “rut”.  A sow can reach sexual maturity as young as 6 months and cycle all year long.  That means hogs are breeding 24/7/365.  Because of the constant rut boars are fighting for breeding rights all year long.  When a boar is alone it means he is either looking for new sows or has been whooped off and is searching for new sows to breed.  Boars typically develop larger teeth or “cutters” that they use to fight for breeding rights.  The larger boars develop an “armor plate” made up of fat and scar tissue along the shoulders.  The scar tissue develops from the boars fighting.  This armor can also be an issue for hunters who need to make sure they are using proper equipment that is capable of penetrating the shoulder.  The sows stay in small family groups and spend most of the time pregnant and raising piglets.  The sows do have cutters but rarely are they as large as the male counterparts.  

 

5) HUNT THE WEATHER: Hogs do not have sweat glands which means that they have to take measures to keep cool in heat.  Many dog hunters know that hunting hogs in the heat leads to the hogs dying in the process as they can’t handle the stress and heat.  When it’s hot, hogs tend to stay along water in the thickest cover possible.  They lay and cover themselves in mud and tend to move at last light or only at night when the temperatures drop.  The best times to hunt hogs is in the colder months.  They are not spending near the amount of effort to stay cool.  They move more frequent during the day and the cover is less since the leaves are gone.    

 

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Watch A Spot & Stalk Hog Hunt Here!

Behind the Scenes of Episode 3 of Season 5

Brad Clay

Hunting an alligator wasn't something that i would say was on my bucket list but when our friend Brett Will with Swivelimb Treestands asked if we wanted to tag along on a gator hunt in Louisiana with Hunting' Cajun Enterprises I wasn't about to say no.  I was joined by staffer Daniel Arms, Brett, Kieth Wendt, as well as Steve Quisenberry and Tyler Tate with Born To Kill Bowfishing.  Normally on trips, I am the point man, I wasn't on this one.  I had never spoken to the guide, I was just along for the ride.  Now, I travel and speak at Wildgame Dinners and other events around the country and get comments on my "Okie" accent.  When we met our guide Reggie aka Gator Reggie I had no clue what he said for the first 15 minutes of our conversation.  I just smiled and tried my best to read his body language as to know what to say or do in response.  No doubt Reggie is from the swamp.  

We met Reggie on the first day of the hunt and headed out armed with cameras and a rusty old .22 rifle.  The first line we came to had a gator and the action started!  The kill zone on a gator is small and the reason for the small caliber is to save as much hide and meat as possible.  If you miss that small kill zone the gator will only be stunned and he might just wake back up and he won't be happy.  We learned this lesson from experience.  Nothing will make a 270lb man move quicker than a 6ft gator you thought was dead spinning around hissing at you.  A follow up shot did the trick and we moved on.  All in all, the hunt with Gator Reggie was incredible.  The deep swamps of south central Louisiana are breathtaking.  The hunting was incredible.  We were able to tag 16 gators in two days and make unbelievable memories none of us will ever forget.

Beside the hunt we also went to Scientific Testing Labs in Baton Rouge, an TMA (Treestands Manufacturers Association) certified testing facility and we got to see how they test the treestands and safety harnesses we hunt from.  Pretty amazing how it all works and the measures taken to assure products work properly.  All I can say is, if a stand isn't TMA certified, don't buy it!  It's just not worth it.

The devotion for the episode related to the fact that the gators are dangerous because they lay and wait for there prey.  Romans 6:23 reminds us that sin is also deadly.  We must be aware of the danger of sin and avoid falling for it's temptations.  The only thing that can save us from our sins is Jesus Christ.  If you don't know him today, we hope you will seek Him out!

If you misses episode 3, here is the full episode!

 

 

Hunter Uses Atlatl to Kill Buck

Brad Clay

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And you thought a recurve was hard?  It appears that Paul Gragg used an atlatl in St. Charles County Missouri to harvest a giant 15pt buck.  Gregg stated that it was the first time he had actually thrown it at a deer.  Maybe you are like a lot of folks and you are not aware of what an atlatl is exactly.  The atlatl (pronounced "at-uhl at-uhl") was used to throw spears or darts prior to the appearance of the bow and arrow. The spear thrower's arm is essentially lengthened and with a spring like action can add a much great force than just throwing with your hand.  The darts ranged from 4ft-5ft in length. The atlatl was used by many Native American tribes for hunting deer, elk, bison and other wild game.  It was also used by Natives in the Arctic for hunting seals and even whales.  Pretty cool!  Congrats Paul Gragg on an awesome buck taken in a very unique way!