Grip and Grins, The NRA and Nepal Blue Sheep Hunting with YETI’s Ben O’Brien & Illinois Public Land Bruisers and Accubow’s New Interactive Archery App with Matt Pell
We kick this week’s show off by visiting with YETI Cooler’s Ben O’Brien. Having worked for the NRA prior to YETI, Ben offers a different take than most on the YETI/NRA public dust up that occurred recently. It was a bad look for the hunting/2nd Amendment community and we discuss why. Then, we hit on Grip and Grin trophy photos. You know, the one where the hunter poses proudly behind a dead buck, strap of ducks, turkey or otherwise.
Is the Grip and Grin giving the opposition fuel in their fight to snuff out hunting altogether? I’m not sure, but it’s worth discussing. Personally, I am all smiles after a successful hunt and I don’t hide it. But some folks are starting to lean the other way, interesting topic no doubt.
Then we dive into big Midwest public land bucks with Accubow founder and CEO Matt Pell. Matt has been bowhunting big tracts of Illinois public land since his boyhood years and he isn’t shy about naming some great places to try and arrow a Midwestern bruiser. Of course we also get into the new interactive archery app that Accubow recenlty released, the first of it’s kind. Stay tuned for an awesome giveaway in the coming weeks!
Since I was in Montana bear hunting last week, I went through and found some audio from over the years that I figured you might enjoy. Many of you have probably heard some of this before, but for those who haven’t, enjoy! Gary P Nunn, Nolan Ryan, Dr. Deer and Takahiro Omori make up this week’s Texas Legends Edition of the show.
What’s in A Barrel? Instagram Targeting Pro Hunting and Second Amendment Pages & Catching Up with Vortex Optics at NRA Show 2018
If you’re like me, you purchase a rifle, add optics, take it to the range to zero and then go hunting. But there is alot that goes into the barrel of that rifle. Alot of which I had questions about but never had the answers until our bud Derrick Ratliff of Horizon Firearms jumped on this week to discuss everything that goes into making a rifle barrel and how that relates to it’s accuracy.
Derrick breaks down the 3 most common types of barrel compositions. We also discuss twist rate, barrel lenght, fluting, fouling your barrel, differences between custom and factory barrels and much more. (Custom barrel in the making by Horizon Firearms)
Next we dive into social media platforms attack on pro hunting and 2nd Amendment pages. Our friend Beno Khodabakshian recently had his 75,000 follower Instagram account @TrophyBoars deleted without warning and without explanation. Instagram hasn’t responded to his attempts to contact them. Beno and I discuss the reality that Instagram is out to get our community and attack our way of life. This type of censorship borders on absurdity since people have the right not to follow or look at certain images.
Beno also comes from a unique background, born in Armenia and relocated to Iran in his early years, Beno talk about wild boar hunting in Iran and offers insight as to why there are so many wild hogs in many Muslim countries. Beno has enjoyed hunting Texas hogs for the past few years after moving to the Houston, TX in 2014.
We round out the broadcast by talking optics with our old buddy Mark Boardman of Vortex Optics. I had the chance to sit down with Mark in the Vortex booth at the recent NRA National Convention in Dallas. We discuss the latest and greatest for 2018 and Mark shares some interesting stories from Vortex customers.