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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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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: 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: 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.

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.

 

 

Letting a 160" Walk

Brad Clay

Seems crazy doesn't it?  For most of us, a 160" whitetail is a buck of a lifetime.  Then to do it with a bow, that's even more incredible.  In 2013, Final Descent Outdoors pro staffer Adam Nicholas was hunting northwest Kansas with Homerun Outfitters.  We have had lots of success with Homerun Outfitters in the past.  After a slow start to the week, as it happens so many times, overnight everything changed for Adam on Halloween night.  

Adam was perched 20ft up in a cottonwood over a creek (in northwest Kansas trees are a rarity and when you find one, it's a cottonwood).  A great buck steps out down stream and begins making a scrape and a rub.  This buck is a poster child for Kansas bruisers.  Long main beams, tall tines, and a big body.  He didn't have a lot of mass but you can't let a buck like this walk...right?  Adam begins to evaluate the buck and though he has impressive head gear he doesn't think he is more than 3 1/2 and not yet mature.  

Filming this great buck Adam's estimation of the buck is confirmed, at least on being mature.  An old warrior begins to step out across the creek.  He looks like an old gladiator coming in for yet another battle.  Ears laid back, posturing the bigger racked buck.  First thing you notice is this buck has great mass and like many great warriors he is broken up.  His G2 on his right side is gone from a previous run in with a buck it would seem.  

Adam is anticipating a fight between these two bucks.  However, no fight occurs.  The bigger racked buck wants nothing to do with the old bruiser and quietly leaves his scrape and moves on.  The older buck goes to the new scrape and covers it with his scent solidifying himself as the dominate of the two bucks.  

A few minutes later Adam is able to arrow that big Kansas bruiser at 54yds.  So the moral of the story is this.  Not everyone has the privilege to hunt Kansas, or Ohio, or Kentucky, or another state known for producing giants.  Not everyone is A TV show host shooting big bucks across the country for a living.  In fact, most guys are weekend warriors.  They work hard so they can play hard.  With limited time in the field, it's hard to let those bucks grow, I get it.  So the trophy is in the eye of the beholder.  We encourage hunters to let young bucks grow but we don't want to ever put anyone down for taking a deer, this is suppose to be fun.  

Watch Adam Choose The Mature Buck!

As a faith based program so many lessons can be drawn from this this hunt, but what sticks out most to me spiritually speaking is my desire to seek maturity.  I would rather have a tree with deep roots than broad branches.  Colossians 2:7 says "Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him.  Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness."  It's easy to choose broad branches in life.  They look impressive many times but maturity should be our desire in the woods and in life.

Out Of State Hunter Gives His Kidney to Kansas Landowner

Brad Clay

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You heard me right.  I had the privilege to meet Rob Robinson, a firefighter from Starkville, Mississippi on September 24th at a men's retreat I was speaking at.  Rob is a typical Mississippi boy.  He hates Alabama football and loves turkey hunting.  Rob began heading to Olathe, Kansas to hunt many years ago.  His sister moved there and he was able to stumble into some incredible deer hunting.  Like many of us, he saw the amount of turkeys in Kansas and decided to take up hunting Kansas turkeys as well.  Early success allowed Rob to actually take largest typical bird in Kansas history.  A score of 88 4/8 is still the record to this day.

Rob decided to head towards Northwest Kansas in search of rios.  He didn't know anyone in the area, just loaded up, drove out, and started knocking on doors.  By chance...nah, by God's appointment Rob knocked on the door of Kansas landowner Gil Alexander.  Gil allowed Rob to hunt and after a week he was able to get a bird down.  A few years later Rob headed back out and knocked on Gil's door once again.  This time Rob asked if he could pitch a tent in Gil's yard (in the past he had slept in his car).  Gil instead insisted that Rob sleep in the house, true country hospitality.  

 Gil and Rob together after the surgery.

Gil and Rob together after the surgery.

Rob noticed that Gil was on dialyses.  Gil informed Rob that he was in need of a kidney transplant and his life was in jeopardy.  After the hunt Rob made the long drive back home and the Lord began to work on his heart.  Rob decided to be tested to see if he was a match for Gil, just a landowner he knew from Kansas who lived nearly 1,000 miles away.  Turns out Rob's kidney was a perfect match.  Rob informed Gil that he wanted to give him his kidney.  "It blew my doors off," said Gil, who appropriately named his new kidney Mississippi.  "I did a glory, hallelujah fit.  I stated crying and praising God and crying and praising God.  I didn't know what to think."
 

On November 26th of 2012 the transplant was performed and was a success.  Both men would say it was the best Thanksgiving they have ever had.  "I gave a gift to Gil, but I feel like I've been given a gift too," said Rob.  "It wasn't random at all.  God had a plan, it seems random, and in a sense it was, but it was meant to be."  Rob has since founded Forever Outdoors with the goal to promote organ donation.  You can follow Rob through Forever Outdoors on Facebook.

Link to Forever Outdoors Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/Forever-Outdoors-733804983319141/timeline/