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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. 

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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!

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.

Why Should A Church Host A Wildgame Dinner?

Brad Clay

We don’t have to tell you that men’s ministry is tough.  On any given Sunday in America there are 13 million more adult women than men in attendance in our churches.  Men don’t like to admit they are wrong or ask for help.  To come into a relationship with Jesus we have to admit we are sinners (we are wrong) and that we need Jesus (help).  So, creating events like a Wildgame Dinner is a great way to get men into the doors of the church, in a non-threatening environment and present them with the gospel.  There are nearly 14 million hunters in the USA and using the common ground of the outdoors to reach those men is quickly becoming a very effective way to draw men into the church.  However, this isn’t just about the man.  When a man comes to faith in Christ the rest of the family follows 93% of the time.

Our Church Doesn’t Have A Mens Ministry Budget, How Can We Pull It Off?

I do realize that many churches don’t have much money set aside for men’s ministry.  I do believe that this can be a huge outreach and you should figure out a way to make it happen.  

You should want to try and keep the event free if possible but many churches do charge to come to the event.  There are benefits to charging outside of the actual money coming to help cover costs.  You sell tickets and you have an idea on how many to expect, you can cap the event based on space and food if needed.  This is all based on where your church is along the lines of funds to put on this event.

 

We Have Never Done One, Where Do We Start?

We realize that many churches have never hosted such an event and have no idea where to start.  I have spoken at over 200 such events and have seen them done well and I have seen them done very poorly.  Here is what you need to pull it off:

Food: Don’t be scared by the name “Wildgame”.  You can do several things here.  One, ask men in the church to bring homemade wild game dishes, another great way to involve men in the church.  You should also have other food available.  Many churches will do chili, fried fish, or smoked meats.  (Actually had several churches bring a whole smoked hog, people loved it.  Apple in the mouth in all!).  You want to make sure that you have plenty of food and fish and chili seem to go along way.  Tea, water, and simple desserts keep all men happy, happy, happy!

Date: We recommend doing the event between January-March or September-October.  This is right before and right after the hunting season.  Many churches choose Saturday or Friday evenings. However, you need to look at your church, your area, and decide what works best for you.

Speaker: You can dream as big or as small as you want here.  You want Phil Robertson?  If you can afford him, do it!  There are several outdoor TV personalities that speak at such events like myself.  Jeff Danker of Major League Bowhunter, Jimmy Houston, Daniel McVay and Buddy Groom of Buckventures, Alex Rutledge of Bloodline TV, Jimmy Sites and many more (sorry if I left you off!)  You don't have to have a TV guy by any means.  Maybe it is someone in your church but you want someone who can clearly...clearly present the Gospel.

Promotion: Many of these events succeed and fail by the amount of effort put into it through promotion.  Don't make it all for not!  Start with the men in your church and work out.  Get them on board and bringing buddies.  Then hang up flyers at local gun shops, bow shops, ranges, sport stores, etc.  Run ads in the paper, USE SOCIAL MEDIA!!! Get the word out and get those guys in the door!

Door Prizes: One of the best way to get guys in the door is by promoting the event and mentioning some amazing door prizes. Contact your local sporting good store, taxidermist, gun shop, bow shop, feed store, etc and ask for a tax deductible donation. Set aside some budget to also provide great prizes.  Just an FYI...giving away guns means background checks and FFL transfers.  To avoid embarrassment and the hassle we recommend giving away a muzzleloader as it doesn't require a background check or an FFL transfer.

Plan Well: Men have a tendency to miss details.  You can't. Plan out the schedule and hold to it, respect the folks that comes time the best you can.  Plan to have food prepared and served.  For door prizes, have runners take prizes to folks, this process can drag on forever if you don't speed it up.  Plan for men to make decisions and follow up to be done.  If men come accept Christ make sure proper follow up is done! Don't just say, they stood up, filled out a card, or raised there hand, good enough!  Make sure you have there information.  (I recommend having a card you do the drawing from with contact info and at the bottom have a response area for follow up afterwards).

Pray: Last but for sure not least!  There are so many lost men in your community that need Jesus, many of them love the outdoors.  Pray that this event would appeal to them and that they would come and hear about Jesus.  That is the end result.  Bring men together to be challenged by the truth of the Gospel.

If you have any questions about Wildgame Dinners please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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