Whitetails and Turkeys From Spring to Winter

Whitetails and Turkeys From Spring to Winter


– [Narrator] From Careco TV,
one of the longest running outdoor programs on
television today. Exploring the
country and the coast in search of adventures. From the mountains of
the great northwest to the shores of
the Atlantic ocean, this is American Outdoors. Presented by Garmin. This week, Americana
Outdoors brings you the hunts for two of North America’s
most sought after species, the whitetail deer and turkey. We’ll follow Yamaha ATV and side by side Steve Nessl in the field while he looks to harvest
a mature whitetail with this T/C Venture rifle. But let’s start with Rio
Grande wild turkey of Texas. We welcome our special
guests from HIVIZ sights, Trevor Young and Lanny
Barnes for turkey hunting down in Brackettville
and to show us why HIVIZ sights
received rave reviews from hunters around the country. – I’m a recreational
turkey hunter, you know, comin’ from the
west where we’re at, hunt all kinds of big
game, deer, elk, antelope, sheep, everything. You know, every other trip
I’ve been down here hunting, were always, there’s
turkeys around, they’re near ya or
on top of ya almost so it’s, it was a
pretty fun hunt, it was exceptional. – First things first,
when we got down here, we headed out to the
range and sighted in. Whenever you travel
it’s really important to check, make sure that
your zero’s still zeroed, your sights didn’t get
bumped or anything’s wrong with the firearm. You know, good to function
test before you head out into the woods. – So we have our TRIVIS
turkey sight mounted here on our shotgun. It’s a front and rear
sight, it’s fully adjustable for windage and elevation. This is a unique sight. It has a not conventional
sight picture. Instead of having a U notch with two dots in the rear
and a dot in the front, this one actually has
three triangle points and they’re super bright. The triangle gives you
a very fine point of aim so you align the top tip
of the front triangle right center with the two
triangles and the rear sight. One of the unique things
about this sight is you have a full
view of the target. Conventional sights
obscure the target from the top of the sight down and this gives you the ability to see around the entire
sight and see the target. The rear has a
windage adjustment. We have a windage screw
lock on the top here. And the two light
pipes move together as one unit to adjust
to your windage. And then the front
sight, we have a triangle and we’ll be changin’
these triangles out from taller to shorter
to adjust our elevation. – TRIVIZ sight, it’s
absolutely amazing. What I love the most
about it is it helps, helps you keep your
head down on the stock where it belongs
and helps you get a good sight alignment
with the turkey. It’s great,
especially for people that really struggle
with shotguns, ’cause a lotta people, you
know, they’ll get on a bird and they’ll pick their
head up to look at it and then they’ll
take a bad shot, so, a sight like the TRIVIS
really helps in keeping you, your head down in
the proper position so you can get a good shot. Let’s do this.
– I think we’re ready. (peaceful music) – [Narrator] Trevor
and Lanny split up and go to different
parts of the camp. Trevor is out hunting with Americana
Outdoors’ Jeff Reynolds. It was storming
the night before, around three in the morning. – We went out and
it looked good, called to the
turkeys, located ’em, you know, they answered back. We were just waitin’ for
’em to come off the roost and then another little
cell started movin’ in. And we just got under
some cover just in time to have a real boomer come
in and just dump on us, rain and hail for
probably 15, 20 minutes. – It’s showin’ that
it’s almost past us but like most weathermen I know, they’re not right
because as you can see, it’s becomin’ a flood. – So after about 20
minutes or so, it let off and we were able to
get back out there and get after it
but it was just, I don’t know if it
was the storm or that and just the wind, but just
couldn’t get ’em to come in. But we toughed it
out for a while. Went in for lunch and regrouped,
it cleared up a little bit. We went back out in the
afternoon, same spot. You know, we’re sittin’ there
for two, two and a half hours, finally get a little gobblin’. I mean, we knew the birds
were out there in the area but it was real windy so
once they finally came in, you know, well, we
were just wonderin’ if we were even
gonna get any of ’em. But then all of a sudden,
we’re covered up in toms. You gotta, you got
nothin’ happenin’ and then you got pretty
you got turkey all over ya and you got deer and you got
some audad walkin’ through and so again it
did not disappoint. The variety of game
you get to see. I don’t know if they were
just gettin’ excited or what but they picked up and
started trottin’ off and then the other tom behind
us, he takes off running. So, they looked like they were
all buggerin’ outta there. (tense music) (gunshot) You got it. We got him. Well, my first Rio and
it was an exciting hunt. Pretty nice beard, maybe, maybe nine inches,
eight nine inches. Nice heavy bird, nice fan. Probably 35 yard shot and
TRIVIS got no problem. I mean, you put
that thing up there, it just lights right up
and no problem gettin’ right on his head and awesome. That was an exciting hunt. – [Narrator] Well coming
up, three time Olympian, biathlete Lanny
Barnes is looking to get her first
Rio Grande turkey. Americana Outdoors,
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you’ve been missing. Welcome back to
Americana Outdoors. Our special guest
today is Lanny Barnes, a professional shooter and a
three time Olympian biathlete. – You know, I’m a
very patriotic person and when I hear the
national anthem, I usually end up cryin’, but
walkin’ in behind the flag with the whole stadium
erupting into chanting “USA”, I mean, it just gives
you such a sense of pride and, you know, being able
to compete for your country and for all your family
and friends back home. It’s hard to explain but there’s no better
feeling in the world. Well, I competed
in three olympics and retired after the 2014 games and from there I
jumped into three gun. A lot more shooting
and less running so it was, it was just, it
was kind of a natural fit, it was perfect, so much fun, a
lot of action in the shooting and I’ve been doin’
that ever since. When you compete at a
really high level in sport, you seek out the best possible
equipment you can find and, you know, I try
everything under the sun and I discovered HIVIZ
and instantly it helped me pick up on that
front sight better and I improved my
shooting tremendously. This is why I’ve been
using a HIVIZ sight on my shotgun all
along, because it works. It makes that big
of a difference. – [Narrator] In the same morning while Trevor was
looking out for Rio, Lanny was also out hunting. – We are here in south
Texas, getting ready to head out this morning
to chase some turkeys. We had a little
storm roll through, a lotta rain but it’s
kinda clearin’ up so we’re gonna head out
and see what we can find. (peaceful music) (tense music) (gunshot) Oh, he just wouldn’t
come outta the trees. This is my first Texas turkey. I’ve shot a ton of Merriam’s,
I’ve never hunted turkeys outside of the state of Colorado and got the opportunity
to come down here and this is awesome. The TRIVIZ HIVIZ sight
worked perfectly. I mean, we had a lotta
obstructions between him and the, our blind, and I
just waited ’til he came out and, that’s awesome. (uplifting music) – [Narrator] Check out
the latest HIVIZ products at hivizsights.com. And see what you’ve
been missing. Americana Outdoors
will be right back. (gunshots) – See what you’ve been missing. – [Narrator] Americana
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Americana Outdoors, Yamaha ATV and side
by side Steve Nessl has been hunting at our deer
camp every year since forever. He’s packing his gear
and loading it up on the Wolverine X2, ready for a whitetail
hunt this morning. – We’re actually, this is
my first morning in Texas, it’s December, and it’s
cool but not too cold. Rained all day
yesterday, got in, and actually got
a doe last night. But I’m excited for this hunt. It, we’re goin’ back to a spot that I’ve hunted before. It’s about the middle, startin’
on the downswing of the rut. Again, after a day of
rain, we’re hopin’ the deer are moving but we
don’t really even know what we’re gonna see, so. (upbeat music) We got in there that
morning, maybe a little late. The sun was comin’ up
as we were settlin’ in and before you know it, deer
were already in the set up. There’s two bucks and
one of ’em’s pretty good. He ended up bein’ not that big but at certain angles
in certain light, he looked huge, he looked huge. And I could put him
anywhere from two and half to eight and a half, depending on how much I wanted to
get the gun up any time. But he was a good lookin’
deer and he was fun to mull over and think
about and agonize over. He ended up walking a
doe, escorting a doe, out of the set up. She was walking out and
we was just flanking her. He was not gonna leave her. And if I haven’t mentioned,
it’s the rut in Texas right now, so he had things on his mind. And the doe and the
buck left the set up. (tense music) All of a sudden, there’s
a huge pig in front. I’m thinkin’, shoot the pig. We stil got time. Maybe if I do a good
job as a hunter, I’ll see where that pig goes and maybe the
deer’ll come back in. (tense music) (gunshot) Not too bad, he’s right there. So, a pig dead in front of us. No tracking, I love that. We were gonna be able to
go get him in the ice, too. There really wasn’t that
much movement after that. When I looked to go
down to the left again and magically there’s a
buck and it’s the same doe and it’s the same buck
that left the set up about half an hour,
45 minutes earlier. They’ve just been cruisin’. He’s just been followin’ her, lookin’ for his opportunity. For whatever reason, she bedded down ’bout
20 yards away from us. And I know she bedded down because I watched
the buck bed down. We were almost ready to
leave for the morning and we’re stuck. But it’s still such
a cool experience. To live the life
of a whitetail buck in the middle of the rut was
just fun to watch it happen. As we sat there in the stand,
eventually the doe got up and walked away, he
got up and walked away. We, Kevin and I
looked at each other and really counted it
as a great morning. (quiet guitar music) Not too bad, he’s
a pretty good size. Got a little, got a little
bullet hole right here. That’s a pretty good shot. He’s a good sized boy. One, two, three. – [Narrator] Coming
up, Steve goes back out in the field in the
afternoon to a box blind he hunted a couple of years ago where he saw a big buck but
never got a chance to shoot him. Americana Outdoors,
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Americana Outdoors. Well, after harvesting
a big hog to donate to Smith & Wesson’s
wild game dinner, Yamaha’s Steve Nessl
is going back out for the afternoon hunt. – I guess, lucky for me,
I have favorite places around here on
different properties and I know what I’m hunting with and we come up with
I’m gonna go to a pain in the you know what,
pain in the backside, pain in the arse,
it’s the pain stand because it’s hard to get to. It’s a fun place to sit, again, ’cause you can see a long
way but it is really a pain in the you know what to get to. It just, it just takes a while. Right, I’m hearin’ stories
about trucks gettin’ stuck, havin’ to get pulled
out with heavy equipment and we come up on a mud hole and we just breezed through it. And I love using the
Wolverine or even the Vikings or any of the
Yamaha UTVs out here when it comes to that kind of, those kind of situations,
’cause it makes getting to and from in adverse
conditions, easy. When you have to worry
about it with a truck or when the ride to and from in a truck is less
than comfortable. Sure, maybe you have
more cargo space, but you’re gonna take
longer, it’s gonna hurt more, you’re gonna beat
up your vehicle. So, we get in the X2 and we
got to the pain in the arse and back no worries. (peaceful music) And for a while it
was a little slow. We had a couple
small bucks come in. We had a couple of
does goin’ around. I get my binoculars
over and immediately, I notice that it’s
one of the deer, it’s the heavy horned eight. And eventually when he
walked out to the road to jump the fence to
go out in front of us, Jeff said, “Yep, that’s him.” And he’s old. He looks, he looks to be
probably at least five and I like to say he posed. He walked out and he said,
here, I’ll make it easy on ya. He didn’t look back at me
but he stayed there that way, broadside, for probably a
good three, four minutes. And I looked at Jeff and
Jeff, I think Jeff laughed at me in the moment, he’s like, “You don’t know
what to do, do ya?” I’m like, “No, I don’t
have any idea what to do. “That’s a good buck. “I like that deer. “He’s old, he’s cool,
he’s on the list.” I didn’t know what
to do at the time and so, the deer, he
stopped posin’ for me. He settles in, he starts
feedin’, you know, walkin’ the doe around. Jeff and I settled in. We’re waitin’ to see
if anything else comes. And there really
wasn’t a lot else, a lot of other action. So, wouldn’t ya
know, after a while, the deer moves out, he moves
away from the other deer, he stands broadside. The deer maybe could sense it ’cause he didn’t
wanna stop movin’, he was movin’ around,
gettin’ behind some brush, in front of other deer,
behind other deer. But, eventually he,
facing to our right. (tense music) (gunshot) – [Camera Man] He’s
layin’ right there. – Is he? I can’t see him. – [Camera Man] You smoked
him right in his tracks. – It felt like. I keep getting told, I
clear the gun too soon. (peaceful guitar music) I swear he’s got some
of the same genes of the deer I got last year. Just the same thing, kinda
comes forward up here with his twos. Bladed but just thick, massive. He’s got these like
five little stickers off his right base alone. This stuff’s so
much fun to look at. He’s awesome. He’s an old deer for sure. Big body. He looked old, he was
gettin’ all puffed up. He wasn’t pushin’
any deer around but you could tell nobody
wanted a piece of him. So much character, truer
cool lookin’ old buck. I have another buck tag. I don’t know what we have
planned, but I’m happy. I’ll shoot me some pigs. – [Narrator] And pig indeed. The next morning, Steve
goes on a wild hog hunt with his T/C Venture
Weather Shield 300 win mag. – Huge fan of the Thompson
Center Weather Shield line up of rifles because it’s built
to be able to withstand the harshest of
harsh conditions. When I look at it,
when you start lookin’ at the stock and the way
it’s molded and built to the way that the
barrel is dropped in there and the Weather
Shield aspect of it. Snow, wind, rain,
heat, doesn’t matter. It’s gonna handle all that and
perform in those conditions. So, if a guy’s tryin’
to climb up a mountain, gonna be in the snow
and the harsh conditions of Wyoming or
wherever it may be, you know you’ve got a platform
that’s designed for it. We shoot that platform
a lot in 300 win mag because I feel like if I’m in the harshest of
harsh conditions, a lotta times I’ll want
the biggest oomph and pow and power that I can find
and that caliber makes, whether we’re shootin’
whitetail, big pigs or whatever, it’s gonna knock ’em down. (gunshot) – [Camera Man] You
got two of ’em. – I know I did. I know I got two of ’em. I was tryin’ to get two of ’em. – [Narrator] Well, we’re
wrapping up Americana Outdoors this week on a high note. Steve Nessl just took out
two pigs with one bullet. Wow, what a shot. Maybe we should him
Two-Hog Steve instead of Two-Shot Steve from now on. You can find out more about
TC Venture bolt action rifles at Thompson Center
website at tcarms.com. Oh, hey, and don’t
forget to check out the full lineup of
HIVIZ shooting systems at basspro.com and cabelas.com. Well, thank you for watching and we’ll see ya next time
on Americana Outdoors. Americana Outdoors is
a Careco TV production.

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