551 Deer Hunting Shedding Light Outdoors – Travis Williams

Deer Hunting Shedding Light Outdoors - Travis Williams
Travis Williams

Travis and I were in the warm-up talking about, you know, how fun it is to have guests come back after, you know, a year or two. And Travis is with Shedding Light Outdoors. Travis hails from Southeast Ohio and they get some nice bucks in his neighborhood. Travis, it’s just a joy to have you back on the show, sir, and I look forward to our conversation over the next 45 minutes. So welcome to the show, and what’s new with Shedding Light Outdoors?

Hey. Thanks, Bruce. We had a good time being on it. None of the other guys were able to today. But, yeah, we’ve been doing really good. Last year was our best season since 2015, just the three of us. Well, four of us actually in our group. And I think on film we got eight deer down on film and one not on film, but it was a doe. And so it was just a really fun season. Got to go to some fairs, meet and talk to people, that’s kind of what it’s all about for us. And I’m not trying to make it big time, but we’re just average Joe’s having a good time enjoying the sport of hunting.

Deer Hunting Shedding Light Outdoors – Travis Williams

Yeah. Now Shedding Light, it has more than just, you know, talking about the outdoors, and so let’s just talk about, you know, what’s behind Shedding Light Outdoors.

Yeah. We started this… If anybody had listened to us before on the podcast, we kind of gave a little overview. I’ll be quick. It started in 2015, my buddy Travis, another Travis, Shirer, he was on the podcast before, we used to do these goofy hunting videos. We did like a squirrel video and we did a groundhog hunting video. And just we never killed anything, it was just parody, we were kind of making fun of hunting shows. And, but at one point he videoed me shooting a doe and, man, we were just pumped that we got that on film. We had a buddy from college that was doing like a Christian bow hunter blog, and so we said, “Let’s just kind of get together and let’s make something out of this.” We have a passion for hunting, but we also have a passion for the Lord and our faith, believe in Jesus and that he has the power to change your life, he’s changed my mine. And so we said, “Let’s just use this and film our hunts and see what happens.”

And so we started that in 2015, we’re in our third year. We added another member named Jim. And we just…our whole aim is to kind of just talk about, you know, there’s more going on behind the scenes when you’re out. I think you notice this when you’re in the tree stand and you look up and you see that sunrise, there’s just something there that’s just…it just didn’t happen by accident. And I think…I believe that God created that, and so our whole aim is to shed the light on that. That’s our little goofy tag line, we want to shed the light on those kind of things. You could shoot the biggest deer of your life, but whenever you die, that deer is going to end up at Cracker Barrel, or if you’re lucky maybe at Cabela’s, but the question is what happens to you. And so that’s kind of our message and what we do.

Hey, thanks for sharing that. And, folks, your choice, but sunrise and sunsets and special moments in the tree stand connect you with something, so figure it out.

Yeah. Yeah, I’d encourage you to.

Yeah, just figure it out. So, you know, let’s talk about your hunting experience last year, and then we’ll go into this year’s forecast. And also, folks, we’re going to talk about why we hunt, but first, Travis, share what happened last year and how things went.

 Well, being an average Joe’s, We don’t get all the time in the world to hunt.

I can’t take a whole week off or anything like that, it’s just kind of days here and there. And going into hunting season, my daughter has special needs, and so she’s had a lot of issues. And so she was coming up on a hip surgery and they planned that for November 5th. And so the rest of the world is like, “Okay, what’s the big deal?” But every hunter out there knows, “Wait a second, November 5th, that’s like…that’s rut.” Ohio rut is then. And so I’m like, “Oh no.” And so trying to figure that out I thought I’m just going to have to plan my days before and after and I’m not going to miss…you know, miss her surgery or any of that kind of thing.

So I had a buddy, long story short, I hunted a couple days early season, but my whole goal was to try and stay out until the rut, just because I’ve always gone in and messed things up early on. And so I had a buddy, he had a property where we had hung a stand last year, and he had…it had been undisturbed, we had never been in there and it was a really good spot. And so he’s like, “Why don’t you just come with me?”

So it was on October 26th. I honestly didn’t expect a whole lot, I had been sick that entire week, too, and I had just started to recover. And so we went in, he dropped me off at my stand at like…oh, it was probably about 2:00 in the afternoon. And I really didn’t expect anything to happen until, you know, later closer to nighttime, but it was like 4:00… Well, let me rewind. As I got up in the stand I realized it was…since it was October, there were still leaves on the trees. And I realized I didn’t have a whole lot of shooting lanes. In fact, I just kind of had the 20-yard area around tree stand. And I got to thinking, I was like, “If a buck comes up through here, he’s going to go up probably right up above me or he’s going to come right below me.”

And so I climbed back down out of the tree stand, I went over to this spot about 30 yards away, and I trimmed like a big whole, a big shooting lane in that spot. I thought, you know, I don’t like getting out of the tree stand once I’m in, but I thought I’ve got to have a shooting lane over there. So I went back up in the stand and it was about 4:00, I’m sitting there reading a book and all of a sudden I look up and I just see horns. This buck just came right over the path where we had walked and sure enough he goes right up that path and he’s walking right toward that opening.

So I get the video camera up, get it on and everything, I get ready to…I draw back because he’s just about to go through that hole and he stops. And so I’m sitting there at full draw for about a minute and five seconds, is what it amounted to. And he finally took just one more step, gave me a shot, and so I took it and he went…I mean it hit hard. It hit just a little low, but right…I mean right in the heart. He went down over the hill about 40 yards and crashed. And he was a seven-point and it was my first buck with a compound bow. I’ve killed them with a gun and with a crossbow, but nine years I’d been chasing a buck and I thought, “This deer is it.” He made me stand up, and that’s what I’d been waiting for.

So I was tickled. He didn’t score, he was 98 inches, but he was really…it was all one side. He really…the one side, if he had both sides. You know, he was actually a two-by-five. If he had both sides, he would have been…

Wow.

Wow, it’s a banner year

But he was just cool, he was a real neat-looking deer. He’s actually considered nontypical, and so I ended up getting him…got him mounted.

And so that was the…it was awesome because I got everything done before the surgery. And then later in the season, actually it was in December… I only own three acres that I hunt on. And in Ohio you’re allowed to put out some corn. And on my property there’s no deer really passing through unless I go ahead and put that out there. And so I thought, “I’ll put some corn out in the backyard,” and I did. I had some does coming in and I thought I could use the extra meat. So I got up in my daughter’s play set, I got up in the play set, you know, the swing set and all that, and I kind of hunkered down and this doe came, like, running into the backyard. And it was exciting, as exciting as the buck. But I got that on film, shooting a…I called it “Doe from the Play Set,” it’s on YouTube. And got that on film, as well.

And so that was my season and it was good. I had a couple other hunts here and there, but that was the two deer that I got.

Wow, it’s a banner year, I mean, you know, to go after whitetails and spend the time. What was…you know, let’s talk about lessons learned. What did you do differently last year that you hadn’t done the previous eight years?

Probably staying out. The previous eight years I got really excited about trail cams in the summer. I put up trail cameras and I have these giant bucks in July and August. And I mean I would just be…I’m like, “Man, I’m going to kill one of these things.” And I didn’t realize that that’s not their…their home range is going to shift in the fall, and I’m learning a lot of this stuff as I go. And I also realize that going in there so many times was throwing off the pattern. So many times I see bucks, like, looking right at my camera, maybe I don’t have it high enough or whatever, or something, and then they just disappear.

And so my realization, and actually all of the bucks that we killed, the three bucks that Shedding Light killed, all were on first sits, the first time in the stand, all three of them. And that just taught me that, man, you need to make the most of that first sit going in there, make sure you check the wind. And so that’s the main thing that I learned. And so this year I’m planning to do the exact same thing. I haven’t gone into my area a whole lot, I’m not putting out corn or anything like that, I think it’s just best just to stay out as much as possible, wait for the right conditions. I know the deer are there, I know historically when they show up, especially during the rut. So I’m just going to play my cards that way, but that was the main thing last year.

Oh, did I lose the sound there? Just a second, Bruce, I think I lost the sound on you.

11:59.

Oh, I can hear you right now. Okay.

Okay, okay. So, yeah, I’ll just put a thing, 11:59, I’ll just edit it out. Can you hear me now?

Yeah, I can hear you okay.

Okay. So just repeat what you were saying about first sits, you know, going in, not messing it up, and, you know, we’ll take up from there. Sorry for the technical difficulty, folks.

Oh, no problem. Yeah. So did you hear…

First sits.

first sits. So the first sit was the main thing that I took away from last season

Yeah, first sits. So the first sit was the main thing that I took away from last season. Just learned that that first time in the stand they don’t know you’re there. You know, you climb down out and you might think… You can spray up with all you want to spray up, but I think it’s just hard to trick their nose. And once you leave if a buck comes in that area, he knows. He’s going to…the next time he comes back, if he comes back, he’s going to be coming in downwind of that spot. And so you get…I think you have a lot more to your advantage if you can make the most of that first sit.

And so my main lesson from last year is I love hunting early season as much as I can, but it’s probably best if I don’t. It’s best if I can stay out, pick my hunts. And especially now that I’m a father of three kids.

Oh my goodness.

Yeah, I just had my third kid a month ago. And so in order for me to be a happily married man I know I’m going to have to pick the sits that make the most sense and not be in the woods all the time, my wife I don’t think would be a big fan of that.

Well, and, folks, you’ve heard it before from a lot of other guests, but the first three sits that you sit, now that could be morning, afternoon, that could be three all-day sits, that could be three afternoons, but three times in that stand and just think of it as three strikes you’re out if you’re hunting in an area with…and hunting a mature deer. Now you can get away, if you’re in the right place, on a food source, a transition area, and so you’re in a travel corridor or pinch point. Now I’m not talking about the rut, but, you know, the first three times you sit a stand are your best opportunities. And over 547 guests, you know, have echoed that.

So think about that when you’re rotating your stands and you’re setting your stands, because you want to cover the wind. So if you had four stands, then you got 12 sits. I know a guy in Wisconsin, hunts 40 acres, he and his daughter, they sit no more than three times and over the past 10 years they’ve take a buck, a mature buck, during that time. And that…and all the rest of the time they’re not doing any work, they go in after season and they look for changes on the ground when the snow comes and kind of tweak things as they need to. Yes, they go in in April, May, June, the food plots. And once they get that set, you know, they just don’t go in there. I mean they got their trail cameras, but they got a Wi-Fi setup, blah, blah, blah, everybody can’t have that. But, you know, so they’re nonexistent, they’re ghosts on their own land, and the deer know that.

And so they slip in, do what they need to do with the right wind and the right stand, and they’re very successful. And, you know, their neighbors know that there’s deer there, so on the fence line there’s…you know, there’s a lot of stands. And, you know, that’s the way it is. Because in Wisconsin you have archery hunt, then you have the gun hunt. But, you know, I’m just going to echo, you know, what Travis said.

So, Travis, you know, thinking about that. Okay, so first sits and you got, you know, three acres, but are you sitting on the Ohio River, or how do you have…are you in suburbia where you have a special permit? Talk to me about hunting…you know, hunting the gym set.

Yeah. Like I got three acres, and so I’m outside of a town. We live close to the Ohio River, but my hunting is not on the Ohio River. Yeah, hunting out of the backyard, all that was is I border about, I don’t know, there’s probably well over 300 to 400 acres around me that’s pretty well, you know, good, big timber. And there’s actually a spot right across my road where a factory company owns it and there’s about 500 to 700 acres over there, I think. And you can…you have to work there in order to hunt that. I’ve thought about, “Man, do I want to quit my job and go work in the factory so I can get into that place,” but I don’t think so.

But, so I know deer are coming and going through my backyard, I see them all the time. In fact, this morning I walked out and there was two does and some fawns. So they’re kind of crossing through there. But when you get into late season, you know, they’ve kind of…they’re starting to hide a good bit. So last year it was just using the food. I know some guys don’t like the whole corn thing, but it works, it gets deer in my freezer. And so I don’t typically do that. Where I actually normally hunt, there’s a guy at church that lets me hunt, he has 120 acres. And so that’s where I spend most of my time. I just thought last year, I was like, “You know what? I’m kind of pressed for time, I don’t have a ton of time left in the season, it’s cold, I know those deer want something to eat, so I know I might have a shot.” So I put some out and sure enough they came in and it worked out.

So that’s not my normal practice, it’s not the way I normally do it, but typically I’m hunting…a guy has a bunch of alfalfa fields. There’s not a lot of…in the area there’s plenty of corn and soybeans, but not on the farm where I hunt. So I have to kind of hunt…it’s really a good rut spot. Deer kind of coming in there, passing, going. I got a lot of does that stay and stick around, and so the bucks eventually show up. I’ve had some really big buck encounters, I missed one a couple years ago, and so just kind of I’ve learned the property. I can’t fathom guys out west like you that can figure out like giant properties, you know, and know how to… Like the idea of going into a place with thousands of acres, it just blows my mind. Because I’m hunting 100 acres and it’s taken me like five years to figure that property out and what the deer do and how they move and stuff. So it’s…maybe I’m just dumb and I need to learn more.

“Yeah, but you know how to hunt whitetails.

No, no, no. When I first started elk hunting out west, we paid a trespass fee. This is a long time ago. And, you know, somebody knew somebody and we paid the trespass fee and the guy says, “I love Wisconsin hunters.” And we all said, “Why?” He says, “Because you know how to hunt elk.” I go, “I’ve never hunted elk in my life.” He says, “Yeah, but you know how to hunt whitetails. Have you ever killed a whitetail with your bow or your rifle.” I go, “Yeah. I mean it’s not a big deal. You know, I’ve killed lots of deer. You know, not a lot of big deer, you know, but I’ve killed lots of deer.” And to me that’s the joy of hunting, is killing lots of deer.

But anyway, he said, you know, the thing about whitetail hunters is they understand, you know, where the deer come from, where they are going to, and then all you have to do is extrapolate that. Let’s just say you have 10,000 acres. At any one time those elk are only in 10% of that environment, that habitat, at any one point in time. Okay, so now you go, “Okay, so if I was an elk, where am I going to be early season? Where am I going to be during the rut? Where am I going to be, you know, and why am I going to be there?” You know, and once the guns go off, I mean, you’ve got an orange army out west in the Rockies. I mean, you know, you can see so far you go, “Oh my fright, there’s 50 people out there.” Well, you’re looking 5 miles, 10 miles.

I mean, you know, so it’s all different, but the biggest thing is that whitetail hunters understand their 40 acres really well. And so as you have found and spoken, to dissect, you know, 120 acres, it takes a lot of time. Because there’s so many subtleties that just because Uncle Jack killed a buck from the deuce of spades stand, you know, for 10 years in a row with his gun doesn’t mean it’s a good bow stand.

Right, exactly. And I think that’s the thing, you got to know where…you got to be a student. Just going in the woods and getting lucky, there’s a lot of people that do it and I think it’s probably because it’s on their first sit, actually. You hear that all the time, first time hunter going in the woods the first time. It’s probably more so the sit than the hunter, but I do think there’s something to being a student and to learn. I’m actually planning on going elk hunting next year and I’ve been learning as much… I went two years ago and I just didn’t study, I just kind of went and I was dependent upon the people I was going with rather than really just kind of taking the time to learn elk.

So I think any hunter, part of our job is to know what we’re chasing, know their habits, know things about them, know what they eat. That’s going to make you a better hunter, make you more successful, I’d say.

Yeah, and I’ll give a shout-out for Corey Jacobsen, he’s probably the best guy on…you know, on the Web with podcasting, Elk101 https://www.elk101.com/. Everybody, check that out. If you’re coming out west, two things. Corey Jacobsen, I think it’s $100 a year to be a member. And then gohunt.com, and they’re like $150 a year. Gohunt.com/insider has the best DIY research for 10 western states bar none, they’re better than anybody else in the industry. Why? Because I wrote a lot of the articles for Colorado myself for goHUNT. So I know something about, you know, what they look for, they were very demanding. And I’m fortunate I’ve lived in Colorado for…since 1985, so I’ve, you know, hunted a few places and shared that. But there’s a shout-out for Corey Jacobsen, Elk101, and gohunt.com/insider. And, folks, if you join Insider, use promo code “wr” for “Whitetail Rendezvous” and you’re going to get a $50 gift card from goHUNT gear shop.

So having said that, all that and more, why do we hunt? You know, why does Shedding Light hunt? What’s so magic about hunting? We know the spiritual side of Shedding Light Outdoors, but, you know, why do we get out there?

I think there’s a lot of different reasons people hunt. For me I’ll just start with, you know, there’s faith, friends, and my father. So I’ll just give it the three Fs. I’ll start with my dad. My dad is the one that kind of introduced me to hunting and he introduced me to a really fun type of hunting whenever I was a kid, and that was coon hunting. And growing up, I mean that was the first thing, I remember being five years old going coon hunting and going out in the woods and you hear these dogs barking way off in the distance. And I never understood, you know, what the difference was in the way that they bark, but once they hit that tree and they start sounding off and Dad would say, “All right, it’s time,” and then I would just take off running through the woods to try and get there as fast as I could.

You know, so that just…it was just time with my dad. That was the main part of it, got to go squirrel hunting with him, and then deer hunting. And so I think initially the reason I hunted was because it’s what we did together, it was kind of our thing. And so I think spending time with him, you fast-forward a few years and he and I are in a blind together. And we didn’t hunt a whole lot, you know, after I started bow hunting because he was still doing more gun hunting at that time.

But a funny story, we were in the hunting blind

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and I had a muzzleloader and we were sitting there waiting on a deer and this doe showed up right in front of us. And so I go to get the gun up and he’s got that netting in his blind and he says, “Now you got to get a little bit higher.” Because my gun, I’m looking through the scope, I can see the deer fine, but what I don’t realize is my barrel is not higher than the window. So I get a little bit higher and that doe looks right at me and he goes, “You got to get a little bit higher.” And so I got a little bit higher. And I didn’t ask because I’m like, “I got this deer that’s about to bolt,” and so I just shot. And the deer went about 40 yards, piled up, and he’s like, “Good job.” And he goes, “And you put a hole in my blind.” I look down and there’s this ring of fire in the… I didn’t get high enough and shot a hole in his blind.

So, you know, memories like that with my dad are…they’re just…they’re good. He passed away of cancer back in March, and so I look back at those things. And so why I hunt partly, part of it, it’s what he taught me. It’s the main…some of the main things I learned in life were on…you know, in the truck driving out to a spot with him and those kind of things. So I think that’s it.

I also…I think there’s something about, you know, hunting with friends, being out there with people. I like going by myself, I do enjoy it. But having my buddy in the tree stand with me, if I’m filming him or he’s filming me, that’s just…I’m actually a better hunter then because I know I shouldn’t be on my phone because he’s going to be making fun of me if I am. So, you know, I think hunting with friends and that camaraderie is another big part, a big part of hunting.

And, like you mentioned, I think faith. It’s something about being out there and just kind of disconnecting, putting this thing down, and just being out in nature. Yeah, we film our hunts, but really just kind of getting out and being in it and seeing what God created and the fact that he made it so that we could enjoy it, that to me is everything.

And so I’d say those three reasons. There are probably a lot more, but those are the ones that come to mind for me.

Yeah, and one thing that is prevalent, unfortunately, especially on social media, is we don’t get along, we don’t reach common ground sometimes. I’m not saying everybody, but so many times a person, you know, they shot their first doe, you know, with a gun, a muzzleloader, compound, crossbow, whatever, but they’re happy, they got meat in the freezer. I mean that’s one of the reasons we hunt, because we eat the meat. And all of a sudden someone will say, “Well, that’s great, congrats,” and then somebody will peep out, “Well, why did you shoot that doe?,” or, “Why did you shoot that spike buck?,” or, “Why did you do whatever?” Because it doesn’t…you know, it doesn’t match up with their… In their sandbox where they’re at they could be just, “Hey, I’m mature deer only, I’m QDMA, I’ve got a 10-year plan, I’ve got all this,” and his neighbor could care less. He’s got five kids to feed, he’s got two days to hunt, it’s brown and it’s down.

Yeah.

Both are fully, fully supported in the hunting community, but for some reason we just don’t do that. Why do you think we do that to ourselves?

Yeah, I mean you bring up…I guess you made me think of the fourth one, is food. I mean that’s probably the main one. That’s why we go out, is to get that on the table. I think it’s a pride thing. There’s a lot of ladies hunting, but I think there’s a lot of guys, probably primarily guys, that are out there and we like to beat our chest. There’s something special about shooting a big deer. And so growing up I saw these guys shooting big deer and I would just be…I’d be jealous because all the other guys are like, “Wow, look at you, you shot this deer.” And so you get recognition.

And so I think…so for the longest time it was big racks. You know, everything was big rack this, big rack that. And so it was all about, “He’s only a 130-incher, I’m going to let him pass until next year,” “He’s only 140.” And you see these guys passing on deer that would just be a trophy to probably 95% of the hunting community. But these guys are hunting in great states, in great locations, and good for them if that’s what they want to do. And now it’s kind of shifted, like you just said, to more so it’s shifting from racks to maturity, “Well, he’s only a three-year-old,” or, “He’s only a four-year-old.” I don’t know if you’ve ever ate a five or a six-year-old, but they don’t taste real good. The younger they are the better they taste.

And so to me it’s…and I’ve passed.

And so to me it’s…and I’ve passed… So get this. Been hunting for nine years now with a compound bow and I passed on probably a 110, 120-inch 10-point there two years ago. And he walked underneath my stand and I just…he didn’t make me stand up. And I don’t regret passing him, but I have to think that Facebook and what I’ve seen on TV was the reason I didn’t want to stand up. Why? If I’ve never killed a buck with my compound, why am I waiting for a giant deer to come by? Why not just cut my teeth on a smaller one? I mean he was a good deer, I got good footage of him.

So I think there’s something there, Bruce, that we hit on. Is that if you want to wait and you want to shoot mature or old bucks because it’s a challenge and it’s harder and you want to put a real big wall mounter on the wall, I’d say go for it. I’d say that’s a challenge. If you got the time that it takes to do that, and it does take some time. But if you’re the average Joe like me and like most of the people that hunt, we like seeing it on TV, we like to see big bucks, but our experience is we need to put meat in the freezer. It’s way cheaper than going to the store.

And so I just…I’m with you, I really hate whenever I see guys kind of dogging other guys online or whatever about, “Well, you got to let them grow. If you don’t let them grow”… Well, you know, it’s meat, and that’s the primary need.

And so I think part of the reason I hunt…I had to learn that last year. This buck that I shot last year, like I said, 98 inches. He’s not impressive to anybody else, but to me he meant the world because it was a buck that was before my daughter’s surgery, it was a buck that I was proud to put on my wall, he’s unique and kind of a freak on one side and just a cool story. And so to me I had no problem shelling out the cash to get him mounted just because he was meat in my freezer and he was my first compound buck. And if anybody wants to dog that, they’re welcome to. You can dog it, but I wish we’d be a little bit more supportive of each other.

Yeah, and it’s acceptance, I think, that we need to have. Because in discussions with a lot of guys and gals there’s about 80% of the people out there that are neither pro-hunting or anti-hunting, they’re just not hunters, flat out. You know, and that’s a lot of people. And so how we portray our sport, our passion, what we do is huge. And one way is simply invite some people over that never had venison to say, “Hey, come on over, we’re having a barbecue.” Or, you know, bring in some jerky or some, you know, barbecue. It doesn’t matter, you know, just bring them and just talk about it. And don’t say anything, just feed them the meal. Or summer sausage for the football games.

If you go to college or high school football games, bring some summer sausage, slice it up and put some cheese and say, “Hey, try this.” They go, “Man, this is good, what is it?” “Well, it’s venison. You know, I got it last year and I go to Joe’s, the processor’s, in town and he makes it up and share it.” And then the guy says, “That’s pretty good. Yeah, I’ve never hunted and, boy, but I like this. Can I get some more?” “Sure.” And then if he keeps…you develop that relationship, and then invite him along. Just say, you know, “If you ever want to come and sit, I got a double…you know, a double blind or I’ve got, you know, a tree stand, a ladder tree stand. You know, come along and just see. You know, let’s do it.”

And I would think, you know, in church, getting back to your driving, you know, passion is faith, you know, that’s a great way to, you know, get a person out there that is clueless to what God has planned for his life. And, you know, I have found that, you know, to be interesting. You have a lot of discussions around the campfire and most everybody to a man, they might not believe in God, but they know there’s something about it all.

Right.

I mean there’s something, I don’t know.

And I think I can invite somebody to come to church, and they might come to church. And I don’t think that’s a bad thing to do, but I think sometimes just, like I said, the friendship, going out and just forming friends with people and getting to know them. One, you get…for me I get a chance to talk to them about hunting and all that fun stuff, and then I also…usually faith comes up because it’s part of our life. I think everybody has a faith in something. Even if they’re atheists, they have a faith probably in themselves, I suppose. But, you know, I just look at that and I think, you know, it’s a great opportunity to form those relationships. I think that’s what… You know, your Facebook friends, there’s no connection there. I think the more and more we can get out.

It’s also, I think, one more thing, is taking a young person out. I really enjoy it, that’s one of my favorite things. Last year I got to take a young guy out and we had deer on top of us. We were, like, in this stand I’d never hunted and these deer are just coming right below us, so it made it really tricky to get shots. And he took a shot at this spike and there was just like one little tiny tree and his arrow stuck right in that tree. And so I got his first miss on video for him and he ended up…he loved it so much he went out by himself actually a couple weeks later and he killed a deer. And, I mean, just so pumped for that.

And so that to me is just what it’s all about, you know, being able to get out and spend that time with people.

Hey, how do people get in touch with you guys?

Deer Hunting Shedding Light Outdoors - Travis Williams Yeah, we’re on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sheddinglightoutdoors/?ref=br_rs, YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEM91LJlVbzSDEOmVKJBo_Q , and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/sheddinglightoutdoors/. You can just go to…or our website is sheddinglightoutdoors.com. Instagram, I think we’re Shedding Light OD on there. And we’re probably the most active on Instagram and Facebook, and then throughout the season we do things on YouTube. We’re not posting like every single week, but that would be the best way to get in contact with us, follow what we’re doing. And we try and put out good content and I’m getting better at my video editing and those kind of things, so hopefully it’s something that you enjoy watching and not just Goobers in the stand.

Oh, Travis. By the way, folks, Travis bought some Buck Wild Coffee a while back. How was that coffee?

Travis bought some Buck Wild Coffee a while back. How was that coffee?

It was delicious, I have no problem saying that at all. I like grinding my own beans, so I got the whole bean, ground it up, and I think I drank it probably about a week and a half.

Was it a dark roast? What kind of roast was it?

I think I got either the medium or the light roast, that’s usually more my style. And I can’t remember which it was, probably the light. And, yeah, I just love it. So I would highly…I give two thumbs up to the Buck Wild Coffee, it’s good stuff.

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That’s a great price.

Light, dark, or roast. So with that, folks, we’re going to wrap up our little talk. Travis has got to go meet a bus with his daughter coming off it in a little bit. So, Travis, it’s just a pleasure. And send me some pictures of what happens this fall and let’s make sure we connect after the season and find out what…how…”what,” find out how Shedding Light did during the fall season of 2018.

Absolutely. Well, thank you very much for having me, Bruce. I appreciate it, man.


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