Mossberg Flex 22 Photo Contest

Congrats to our September Photo of the Month Winner. We are now accepting October entries for this month's contest. October winner gets the Mossberg Flex 22 Semi Auto Rifle. ALSO- Remember our 2014 Grand Prize winner joins me on a trophy Axis or Blackbuck hunt at Koon's Canyon Ranch.

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Fearless Quail Forecast, Choosing the Right Crankbait, Introducing Foreverlast & Coastal Fishing Report

Episode 246

Texas Parks And Wildlife Upland Game Bird Program Leader Robert Perez stops in to break down his department’s quail surveys and what they mean for the upcoming season. Much of the state received timely rainfall during the spring and summer. Will that translate into huntable quail numbers of both bobwhite and blue quail in their perspective ranges? Don’t miss Robert’s 2014-2015 Fearless Forecast!

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We then shift gears and talk some bass fishing with FLW Bass Magazine Contributor Sean Ostruska. One of the most overwhelming things for an angler can be walking into a sporting goods store and being inundated with a 1,000 different styles and colors of crankbaits. So how should we educate ourselves so that we know which crankbaits to purchase? Sean’s recent article “Cranking Down The Choices- 18 Ways To Pick The Best Crankbait” tackles this issue in detail.

Sean interviewed countless pros on the subject and we find out what they said about crankbaits. Pretty packaging a nice paint job and a $20 price tag doesn’t necessarily mean that bait is better than the $5 bait on the shelf next to it. Sean breaks down some very specific tips for the angler to consider when selecting the right crankbait. Early fall is one of the best times of the year to chunk ‘em as those big females have followed bait fish back into the shallows and are gorging themselves on everything in sight!

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Next up, Foreverlast Founder and President Billy Gerke drops by to talk a little bit of everything. From whitetail deer hunting to wading the Texas coast for specks and redfish. Billy and his family live hunting and fishing and that lead to the creation of Foreverlast over 17 years ago.

Today they offer a wide variety of both hunting and fishing related products that today can be found in just about every major retailer out there. We are thrilled to welcome Billy and the Foreverlast team to our show and are looking forward to a great relationship with this Texas based family owned and operated company.

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We wrap up this week’s show when our good buddy and the always affable Captain Len Girard joins us live from the Upper Laguna Madre for our coastal fishing report. The big bull reds are stacking up in the shallows as they get ready for their December spawn. Black drum and flounder are also showing up in good numbers. Captain Len tells us where to find ‘em and how to catch ‘em.

Lastly we discuss the side affects of the new 5 fish trout limit that went into affect this fall. Has Captain Len noticed any change in anglers heading to the coast? How is it affecting guides and other folks who depend on the fishing industry? You might be surprised by his answer.

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In Depth Look at Red Snapper Fishery, ‘Texas Triple Shot’ & Deer Surveys as A Management Tool

Episode 245

We start things off by talking some big game hunting with Texas Trophy Hunter Association’s VP Of Operations Josh Kinser. You might have seen Josh on Trophy Hunter’s TV which airs on Outdoor Channel. But today we discuss in detail the awesome ‘Texas Triple Shot’ TTHA Membership Drive. Renew your membership or become a member now until October 31st for a chance to win one of 3 fantastic Texas hunting trips!!! Josh tells us all about the mule deer, aoudad and whitetail packages that are up for grabs. Winners will be drawn on November 1st. And remember…3 hunts, 3 winners.

Even better than that though, TTHA has given us a one year membership and a free shot at the Texas Triple Shot to give away on this weekend’s show. Tune in for a trivia question Josh will come up with when we put him on the spot! We also want to thank Josh for his service. Wounded in Iraq multiple times – Staff Sgt. Josh Kinser received a Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts and two Presidential Unit Citations for his service. We appreciate it Josh.

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Next up tackle the Red Snapper issue like never before. This time we check in with Pam Anderson from Captain Anderson’s Marina in Panama City, Florida. This is a topic we covered with everyone from Governor Perry, to our TPWD Coastal Fisheries Director Robin Reichers and various other captains and biologists. But, Pam has been covering this topic and attending the Gulf Coast Fisheries Management Council meetings for 7 years. Appointed by the Florida Governor, Pam has some very disturbing news regarding NOAA Fisheries which oversees all of the fisheries in the United States.

There is a very real threat that the Red Snapper fishery will be privitized. If NOAA has it’s way, that will indeed happen. This means recreational anglers will be cut out of the fishery all together and if they do want to catch snapper they will have to purchase ‘Snapper Tags’. This type of ‘Catch Share’ system is unnecessary as the fishery is healthier than it’s ever been. Pam has science based charts and numbers to prove it. The upcoming Gulf Coast Fisheries Management Council meeting on October 22nd will determine the fate of the recreational angler when it comes to snapper. Visit the Gulf Coast Fisheries Management Council website to leave public feedback or comment before that day! We need every sportsman and woman to stand up for a fishery that belongs to us!!!

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We round out the show by talking whitetails with renown whitetail biologist Jason Shipman. His name is synonymous with growing and managing big whitetails in the Lone Star State. Today we talk about the importance of deer surveys as a management tool. Helicopter, spotlight and trail camera’s are all viable options for deer surveys and Jason prefers a combination of at least two of them.

Jason adds years of expertise to the conversation. Bottom line though is that by knowing how many deer you have, you can come up with the right harvest goals for that property. It also can help you with MLD Permit applications with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Lastly, it’s good land stewardship to not carry X number of deer over your carrying capacity. Jason breaks it all down for us. Here is a nice buck he photographed while running a spot light survey.

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The Real Wolf, Bowfishing The Texas Coast and ‘Fighting To Survive’

Episode 244

Ya’ll said you wanted more bowfishing talk, we were more than happy to oblige and so this week we let some arrows fly with Captain Craig Carter of Outlaw Guide Service. Only there’s a twist, Captain Craig bowfishes the saltwater bays and flats of the Texas coast. So instead of the usual carp, buffalo and gar we get into flounder, black drum, sheepshead and stingrays like the one Captain Craig is holding in the photo below.

He tells us where to find fish shallow enough for bowfishing as well as his favorite times of the year to bowfish the coast. Also, tune in to find out about a unique combo package that is unique to Outlaw Guide Service. It honestly sounds like so much fun it might should be illegal!

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Next a very special in studio treat when highly successful trial attorney, former Texas State Senator, renown conservationist and now author Ted Lyon drops in. Winner of the a multitude of conservation awards such as the ’2012 Teddy Roosevelt Conservationist of the Year” as named by Big Game Forever, Ted has long been involved with writing and sponsoring pro conservation bills on both state and national levels.

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A lifelong Texan, Ted spends a month of every hunting season chasing upland birds, mule deer, elk and other game near his property outside of Bozeman, Montana. It was on those hunts, sitting around a campfire with other hunters that Ted first became aware of the serious issue wolf reintroduction was causing for Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. Since the mid 90′s he has researched the facts and gathered as much info as possible. All of which has been compiled into his new book “The Real Wolf- The Science, Politics and Economics of Co-Existing With Wolves in Modern Times.” We dive into this fact based piece and discuss what American sportsmen can do in the future. Also, you might be surprised to find out whether or not Ted feels wolves will make their way onto the Texas landscape.

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We then wrap things up when lifelong outdoorsman and currently is U.S. Paraclimbing National Champion. In 2002, while climbing high up in the Colorado Rockies, Craig fell 100 feet and ended up with a litany of severe injuries. His right leg was eventually amputated. As you can see, it hasn’t slow him down much. Craig seemed like an ideal fit for Outdoor Channel’s new show ‘Fight To Survive’ which premieres this weekend.

Craig hosts the show and each week they are joined by another outdoorsman or woman who has overcome a serious accident or tragedy that occured in the Great Outdoors. Craig and his guest travel back to the place where the guest’s incident occurred. In some cases, friends were killed, another guest survived for 73 days while floating on a life raft in the middle of the ocean. The show is one of hope, recovery and perseverance and we are excited to have Craig with us today.

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An All Time Texas Whitetail, Fall Bass Patterns with Charles Whited & The Importance of Quality Optics

Episode 243

The buck is named “King” for a reason, and this week we have the exclusive interview with hunter Mark Lee who harvested the 31 point Houston County monster on Opening Day of the 2013 Texas whitetail season. Mark and his son Cullen hunted this dandy of a whitetail for 2 years before King finally hit the ground for good. We get the history of how they pursued this animal together and how they were finally able to kill him. King even disappeared completely for a 3 month stretch in the 2012 season.

Grossing 278 5/8 inches, the buck is the largest ever taken by a hunter in Texas. (The Brady Buck of 1892 and the McCulloch Buck of 1925 both grossed higher but details of who killed them and how they were killed are still a mystery). Mark’s deer is #1 all time for the Texas Big Game Awards and is one of the finest whitetails ever killed in North America. We are thrilled to have Mark share his story with us this on this weekend’s broadcast.

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Next we talk big bass with Barefoot Fishing Tours owner and guide Charles Whited. His name has become synonymous with big, Central and South Texas bass. With countless Angler of the Year titles and tournament wins on circuits such as Bass Champs to his credit, Charles has a knack for finding lunker quality largemouths. And I am not kidding when I say lunkers, in 2012 Charles caught Texas Parks and Wildlife Toyota Sharelunker #534- a 13.59 toad out of Lake Austin. Then, last year his client caught a 13.00 lb lake record Toyota Sharelunker on Lady Bird. Not many guides can say that two sharelunkers have been caught on their boat total, much less in the past two years! Charles talks fall patterns, what to look for when fishing a new lake and he gives us his favorite baits for this time of year. Charles with his Toyota Sharelunker:

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We round out the broadcast by checking in with our friend Mark Boardman- Marketing Director of Vortex Optics. Mark talks about the Vortex line and what separates them from other optics companies. I have to thank our friends Steven Rinella and Sean Callahan for turning us onto Vortex Optics. Those of you who know me or have hunted with me know I am pretty abusive towards my gear. Binos get dropped, scopes and guns are banged around in ATVs and trucks and range finders are tossed carelessly into a hunting pack without a second thought. So to find a brand that takes the abuse and keeps on performing has been refreshing.

Mark talks about the Vortex warranty and we discuss the importance of having quality optics. Whether you choose Vortex like us, or another brand- good glass is more important than any modern rifle it’s mounted on. Mark and I also discuss our upcoming November 2014 Photo Contest sponsored by Vortex Optics. Tune in to find out what awesome Vortex product we’ll be giving away! Mark with a West Texas aoudad:

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Whitetails Facing A Serious Threat, Find the Heron & Find the Fish, How The Lumenok Revolutionized Bowhunting

Episode 242

This week we start things off by checking in with our good friend and whitetail authority Dr. James Kroll – AKA “Dr. Deer”. After record whitetail populations during the late 90′s to early 2000′s, we are seeing a concerning downward trend in population and harvest numbers across the board. Even more alarming is the fact that Texas is not exempt from this trend as we’ve had a drop in harvest numbers each of the past 5 seasons. Dr. Deer talks about his recent 9 page press release on why this trend is occurring. Is it mismanagement or does most of it has to do with Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD). Every one of these public land bucks died of EHD in a matter of weeks:

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Then we change it up with Dr. Deer and focus on the use of scented deer attractants. A long time detractor of using such scents, Dr. Deer recently changed his tune. What happened to make him change his stance? Extensive research conducted by Dr. Deer and his team resulted in a new theory that you can indeed create a ‘Staging Area’ for whitetail deer. These areas occur naturally in the wild and it’s a place where alot of fraternization occurs between bucks and does. So what if you could create this type of area using an attractant and then hunt the travel corridors that lead to it? Dr. Deer breaks it down for us.

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Next up we talk some fishing and more specifically we talk non game birds with Texas Parks & Wildlife Ornithologist Cliff Shackleford. Cliff oversees our state’s non game birds and joins us to talk about how blue herons and other wading birds can help us become better anglers. Herons often are looked upon with disdain by anglers since they do eat fish. BUT, by paying attention to where these birds hang out and when, one can put more fish in the boat. Herons relate to bait fish and game fish such as bass, crappie, catfish etc. relate to those bait fish as well. So, find the heron- find the fish.

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We wrap up the show when Burt Coyote and Lumenok’s Marketing Director Jim Crane drops in to talk some archery. No single product has revolutionized the way we track arrowed animals or the way we view archery shots on TV like the Lumenok has. Jim gives us the history of how the Lumenok came into existence. 17 prototypes later…the archery community would embrace the lighted nock. Practice, tuning your bow, tracking wounded game, arrow recovery and bowhunting videography would never be the same.

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Muzzleloading W/ Chad Schearer, Biobor Army Bass Anglers Update and Antelope Hunting With Pope Brothers Guide Service and Outfitting

Episode 241

We start off this week’s show by talking muzzle loading with CVA Muzzleloader’s Chad Schearer. Also. the host of “Shoot Straight TV” on Pursuit channel, we discuss the appeal of muzzleloader hunting and how it can lengthen the number of days one can spend in the field. Chad talks about some recent big game hunts he has been on and we get into our September 2014 Photo of the Month Contest- sponsored by CVA Muzzleloaders!!! Tune in to find out how to win a Wolf .50 Caliber muzzleloader from CVA.

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Next we check in with our longtime friend and Army Bass Anglers founder and president- Cody Roberson for our Biobor ABA Bass Fishing Segment. Recently retired after 22 years of active service, Lt. Colonel (Ret) Roberson gives us the latest updates from Army Bass Anglers. We dive into the Army Bass Angler teams that will be fishing the Bass Champs State Championship and the Berkley Big Bass tournaments in the coming weeks.

Also, Cody has some exciting news to share regarding a new country song ABA is involved with. The tune “Welcome Home” was recorded by Nash & Fair and it’s sole purpose is the raise awareness for the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder situation that many of our returning heroes face after serving overseas. All proceeds raised from the song (including ITunes downloads) go to help fight PTSD. So check it out when you get a chance.

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We then round out the show by checking in with longtime Texas hunting guide Clay Pope of Pope Brothers Guide Service and Outfitters. With two decades of experience, Clay has a solid track record of putting his clients on trophy animals. Whether you are looking for whitetails, exotics, mountain lion or antelope, Pope Brothers offers it all.

This week, however, we go in depth on Texas antelope hunting. Myself and our good friend Glynn Underwood from Koon’s Canyon Ranch will be joining Clay and Pope Brothers on a Texas Panhandle antelope hunt in October. We find out what to expect as far as style of hunting, recommended speed goat caliber and bullet and much more! Can’t wait for our first ever speed goat hunt!

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Trout Conservation and History, Shotgunning Tips and Opening Up the Audio Vault With Jeff Foxworthy, Phil Robertson and Governor Perry

Episode 240

Dove season is finally here…and with the 2014-2015 hunting season officially underway I thought we’d talk some shotgunning tips this week. Of course, I’m no Tom Knapp so we’ll visit the Lone Star Outdoors Show archives and check in with Outdoor Life contributing writer Brad Fitzpatrick. His article “Shotgunning’s 7 Deadly Sins” outlines some quality tips on what to do and not do with your scattergun this season. Afterall, I think every wingshooter out there would prefer to increase their shots fired to birds killed ratio- I know I would.

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Next up we are joined by longtime outdoor writer and Field and Stream Conservation Editor Hal Herring. A jack of all trades, Hal writes for many publications and his recent feature in Trout Unlimited Magazine really offered some fascinating insight onto the debate of using Rotenone poison to wipe out introduced species of trout along certain stretches of rivers and streams.

Why would anybody want to poison and remove established populations of brown, rainbow and even brook trout? Well, the answer stems from the native Cutthroat trout that has been wiped out of many stretches of it’s native habitat by these aggressive and highly adaptable other species. Brook Trout are native to New York, Rainbow trout to California and Brown trout hail from Germany! Yet we find these species all over much of the country, in areas that once belonged to the cutthroat. At the heart of the issue, biodiversity and conservation are tied together and are things that every one of us should be concerned with.

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Then we go back in time and hear some of the most outrageous hunting related stories ever told on the Lone Star Outdoors Show. Guest’s like Jeff Foxworthy, Phil Robertson and Texas Governor Rick Perry cover everything from funny deer camp pranks, coyote killing adventures and reflecting on the birth of their children. You don’t want to miss this visit to the audio vault!

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Elk Hunting W/ Randy Newberg, Roger Creager Stops By and FLW Forrest Wood Cup Champion Anthony Gagliardi

Episode 239

$500,000 is the richest pay day in professional bass fishing and Anthony Gagliardi took home the winning check by claiming the FLW Forrest Wood Cup Championship in August. The 2006 FLW Angler of the Year got off to rough start this season, even being disqualified from the first FLW Tour event of the year. He was in danger of missing the tournament completely before turning things around.

Good thing he did. Anthony was a popular pick to win the Forrest Wood Cup on his home lake in South Carolina- Lake Murray. He talks about the ups and downs of the tournament as well as the patterns and baits that produced his 4 day weight of 51 lbs 2 ounces which ultimately edged out Scott Canterbury by one ounce!

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Next, we talk some big game hunting with the master of public, unguided hunting- Randy Newberg. Longtime friend of the show and host of “Federal Premium’s Fresh Tracks With Randy Newberg” on Sportsman Channel, Randy lives and breaths public land hunting. And since we drew a New Mexico archery bull elk tag, naturally my first inclination was to call Randy to pick his brain.

This is our first elk hunt and we are doing it the same way Randy does, on public land and without a guide. Randy talks about the importance of internet scouting prior the hunt. He also talks about the resources he uses most when it comes topographic maps. What about locating, calling and or coming up with a plan to ambush a big bull? We get into all that and a whole lot more when Randy stops by to talk bugles and big bulls.

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Last but certainly not least we are joined by one of the stalwarts on the Texas Music scene when Roger Creager makes his much anticipated return to the show. We take a listen to the latest single ‘River Song’ off the newly released record ‘Road Show’- Roger’s 7th studio album. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas – Roger has salt water running through his veins. An avid off shore fisherman who runs his own boat for tuna, snapper, amberjack and a variety of other sport fish. We find out how this summer stacked to others with blue water anglers facing record short snapper and AJ seasons.

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Nearly Killed By A Mountain Lion- One Hunter’s Journey Comes Full Circle, 2014 Dove Forecast & Trout Bite Still Good on Texas Coast

Episode 238

It’s that time of year friends! Lead shot will soon be flying all over the Lone Star State. And if our aim is true then little feathered rockets should start falling from the sky on the September 1st Dove Opener! With the season just days away, we start the show off by checking in with Shaun Oldenburger- Texas Parks & Wildlife Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Program Leader.

He is the man with his finger squarely on the pulse of our state’s dove population, recruitment and overall numbers of both mourning and white winged dove. We discuss the continued phenomenon of white wing expansion northwards. How much of the country’s dove harvest is Texas responsible? All that and much more as we get Shaun’s fearless forecast for the upcoming season.

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Next we hear a remarkable tale of how one Texas hunter’s life came full circle. David Vaught of Llano was vacationing with his family at Big Bend National Park in west Texas on a fateful August day in 1984. That is where his life was forever altered when a male mountain lion attacked him on a popular hiking trail. Luckily, David’s step father was able to fight the lion off David. He did, however, sustain major injuries that would result in over a dozen surgeries as the lion basically removed David’s scalp from his head.

Fast forward 30 years later and David answered his lifelong calling to once again come face to face with this apex predator. This time though the result would be far different as the West Texas lion would leave on David’s back. We talk about dry ground lion hunting with hounds and go into great detail on David’s successful lion hunt near Sheffield, Texas. What went through his mind when David first put his hands on the lion he harvested? David tells all as we cover this incredible journey that lasted nearly 3 decades. (David walking back to camp with his lion)

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We wrap up this week’s show on a lighter note when Captain Len Girard joins us live from the Upper Laguna Madre. Myself and a couple friends hit the coast with Captain Len last weekend and we hammered the trout. Captain Len tells his secrets of where to find nice specs on really hot days. I witnessed first hand how many other anglers and guides were struggling with the wind and temps but Captain Len put us on ‘em!

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Granger Smith & Earl Dibbles Jr. , Late Summer Crappie Haunts & One Bowhunter Overcomes All Odds

Episode 237

Its monster crappie right out of the gate this week when our good friend and 6 time Crappie Anglers of Texas Angler of the Year Paul O’Bier drops in!Paul gives us the latest news from the Crappie Anglers of Texas Tournament Trail and their upcoming state championship on Lake Palestine. Of course we also get Paul to tell us where he is finding good numbers of big crappie. What depth, are they relating to structure, what type of structure, is the morning or evening bite better and what bait is he using??? Paul tells all. So get ready for some slab daddy insight from the Lone Star State’s best.

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Next a very special in studio treat when one of my favorite country musicians joins us in studio! Granger Smith will be here to talk about his love for growing big whitetails, predator hunting, big bass, catfish and much more. We also discuss his latest record “Dirt Road Driveway” which has done extremely well both in his home state of Texas as well as on the national scene. We also take a listen to a couple tracks off the record including the latest single “If Money Didn’t Matter.”

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Of course, if Granger Smith is here then that means the dip spittin’, stick whittlin’, frog giggin’ Earl Dibbles Jr. is right here with him. Granger talks about how the Earl Dibbles Jr. phenomenon came about. You might be surprised to learn that Earl is a pretty close representation of a couple of Granger’s uncles from central Texas! So pull up a stool and get ready to crack a few cold ones with Earl Dibbles Jr. Yee Yee!

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We then round out the show with another in studio guest when Phillip Morris swings by the studio. Phillip is on the pro/field staff of quite a few well know companies in the archery industry. He is a seasoned bowhunter and competitive shooter, and he has accomplished all of this while being born deaf. Speaking through his friend Donny who is translating for us, Phillip talks about tackling that challenge head on, in life and as a hunter. His love for the outdoors and archery is matched only by his desire to be an example for other deaf individuals whom he hopes to inspire to pick up that bow or rifle and join in this outdoor lifestyle we all love.

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