Falling in Love with Handguns for Whitetails and Follow Your Compass –

(wind howling) (intense dramatic music) (upbeat jungle beats) (camera shutters) (intense music) (camera shutters) – [Narrator] Yamaha presents: The Whitetail Diaries Chronicle in hunting adventures of the most plentiful and intelligent big game animal in North America Join top whitetail hunters nationwide, embark on the amazing adventure that is hunting the whitetail dear (intense dramatic music) Welcome to this season of the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries Well, last season Wade accepted a new challenge, hunting with a hand gun Let’s take a look back at two of Wade’s hunts First up, a pop up blind that looked promising – We’ve decided to get into that pop up in very low light, dark conditions Basically, you get in there an hour before daylight And get settled in and see what would work along that creek again You know, we’d had a shooter in there that had skirted us and moved out But in my mind I kept playing through the scenario, these deer would wanna be in the shady brush line alongside this creek And eventually we would have an opportunity to get one just crossing back and forth The deer were moving this morning I mean it was really setting up the way that I like to see a set up go down (dramatic beat) You know as I’m sitting there and I’m trying to get a shot This deer kinda slides in at, literally, about 15 yards and he cuts across, going from right to left And then he kinda cuts across and I mean I’m on him But he’s quartered away, really really hard Really hard, a shot that I just would not take You know, in any situation (dramatic beat) Good (gun bangs) Think I missed (he huffs) (sighs) I think I missed that shot (groans) Daggum (sighs) I don’t know I really think I pulled that shot That was pretty intense, had two shooters out there all over me Oh gosh (exhales) Mm, man we had these two grade A points come in right there They milled around, milled around, milled around Got ’em out there in piles, I don’t know probably 35-40 yards This is all about trigger control I spent a ton of time practicing on the range and I really honestly think I pulled that shot It just did not feel good to me In my mind I missed and I saw the reaction of the deer and thought man I missed And we went back and looked at the footage and there’s one brief point there where we thought maybe, you know, that I had hit this deer back But you couldn’t see it, you just could not define what you were seeing and there was no hair, there was no blood, there was nothing and you know if you asked around camp if there was 10 people in there nine and a half out of 10 would say that was a miss, you whiffed We don’t where you missed, we don’t even know where you hit, but it’s a miss But that’s not the way that we like to do it and what we want to do So we started, you know, a pretty thorough search Scot was going down the creek and I was going off this direction and some of the other team members were over here and we heard him whistling And we, you know, he whistled Well, that’s the win let way of alerting each

of the other two brothers that I got something over here And lo and behold, on the other side of that tree, he’d spot a dead deer Yeah, this is a testament to having friends to come help you find a deer When I took that shot, the first thing that popped into my mind was, you know, I totally, totally missed that deer But when we got back and looked this is, this right here is where I got him at And the thing about it is, there’s no blood I mean we never found blood We’re, I don’t know five, six hundred yards away And to find this deer, it was a total team effort of people getting out and helping and walking around and looking And I mean, you look at the character of this buck and you know, when you look at him out there standing in that cut with the brow tines and the big tines I mean that hunt couldn’t have come together absolutely any better We’ll pose him up, take some awesome pictures here and we’ll probably tell that story quite a few times – [Narrator] Congrats to Wade on taking that buck with the Performance Setter Model 629 Stealth Hunter in .44 mag Now up next, we’ll look at another exciting handgun hunt, when we return The Yamaha Whitetail Diaries is brought to you and part by: Yamaha, ATVs and side-by-sides Real world tough Cabela’s, it’s in your nature Garmin Rhino Seven Series, wherever you hunt, make it rhino country Welcome back to the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries, with Wade Middleton Hey, we’re taking a look back on Wade’s handgun hunts from last season We started off with him harvesting a solid nine point with his Performance Setter Model 629 Stealth Hunter Now he’s headed out into another pop up blind But this time, with a brand new handgun – What I’m gonna be hunting with is something new from the Smith and Wesson Performance Center This is a .460 Smith and Wesson Magnum now They’ve had one of these 460s out for a long time With a bigger barrel but this has got a lot of new features built into it And it’s something that I can’t wait to get out and field test Something that’s gonna perfect for the situation that we’re hunting in – [Narrator] Smith and Wesson’s model 460 XVR has the highest muzzle velocity of any production revolver on Earth The model 460 XVR is so revolutionary

that it required an entirely new designation XVR extreme velocity revolver, some of the features include: a high-vis fiber optic front sight, integral scope base, a muzzle break, performance setter tuned action, and unfluted cylinder And all backed by Smith and Wesson’s lifetime service policy (gun fires) Hey, let’s rejoin Wade back out in the field (mellow music) (dramatic music) (gun clicks) (gun fires) – Got ’em Got him Got him Smoked that guy (whistles breathy, laughs) that’s what I’m talking about right there. Did you see him come running across that, come running across that field there? (laughs) He came in, there was two or three other deer, milling around I mean I guess they like this little shade here there I’m definitely a little shook up (laughs) You see the gun shaking a little bit right there That’s a giant. Did you see all those tines? I mean he’s got One sides got an extra tine coming out here, he curves in, he’s got brow tines going that way That’s what I’m talking about from the Performance Center right there (sighs happily) smoked that dear (exhales) Ga Lee. Oh it’s so fun, you know I have really taken to this handgun hunting and getting involved in it And spending time down on the range and shooting They just perform so well in the field, I mean, when you can, you know, get out there and practice and take the time I mean you can just do some phenomenal shooting with it I’ve been practicing all distances, all ranges with several different calibers So, that was pretty cool right there (chuckles) Give me a second then we’ll go, go take a look (laughs) It’s right there buddy, right there (laughs) He’s right there in the broomweed (laughs) yeah Look at that, oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Look at this buck right here That’s gonna be the exit wound right there, wow Wow, look at that You talk about character on a deer This deer has all kinds of character I mean look at this, it’s like a channel with an extra tine right here (exhales) I mean You got it, I mean right here, another one curves in up here, goes out here Look at this brow tine hooking this way, this brow tine’s going this way I mean, what a stud, I mean this an old timer too That is a phenomenal buck And I mean talk about sinner punching one, we sinner punched that one, thanks to the Performance Center 460 You know that’s a new model that they’ve got and it just has been a blast to shoot What a buck (chuckles) Love the character of this deer here (piano music) – [Narrator] Congrats Wade on another hand gun entry into the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries – Thank you buddy – [Narrator] Well coming up next, Thompson Center’s Danielle Sanville comes to hunt at the Whitetail Dairies Deer Camp The Yamaha Whitetail Dairies is brought to you and part by:

Smith and Wesson Performance Center, performance when it matters most Thompson Center, America’s master gunmaker Hi Viz Shooting Systems, see what you’ve been missing Bradley Smoker, clean smoking made easy Welcome back to the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries, with Wade Middleton We have Danielle Sanville in camp today Danielle is the brand manager for Thompson Center firearms Let’s hear it from Wade on the conditions and what’s to be expected on her upcoming hunt – You know when Danielle was coming in weather conditions were kinda really mixed We had some more rain coming in, we had storms on the horizon, we had winds changing, we had cloudy conditions We were gonna get a little cooler than it had been which we were excited about but it was kind of leaving me with a lot of questions on where to go We were, we literally spent the morning before she arrived checking a lot of scouting cameras Actually setting in some stands and just trying to get a gage for what we thought the deer would be doing And we had a good idea that, you know, a couple of these locations were gonna have a lot of dear But the question was gonna be: would a mature deer show up? You know when you climb up in a stand in this part of the world, chances are you’re gonna encounter a lot of game It’s just an area that just has a lot of wild game So when we go out to, you know, our first stand There wasn’t any doubt in my mind we could see between 20 and 30 deer There’s a big water source off to the left We’ve got some food sources in that area And it’s just a game rich environment

but based on past experience I kind of felt like we were really only looking for a couple of deer But because of the conditions that was probably gonna be the same anywhere we sit So when we settled in we were, in my mind, it was kind of a needle in a haystack The whole time our mind was swirling on where to go You know, we’ve been fortunate to have Danielle down a couple times in camp and it’s always an adventure first off It seems like we gotta move around a lot when Danielle comes in which is fun for me I love to cover a lot of ground But it’s always interesting because Danielle is like a sponge, she’s always looking to learn more about what’s going on and why we’re doing certain things And asking questions, not only about the wild game, but about what we think about the products at TC and how we use them Because that type of feedback is invaluable when it comes to product development Not only for, tweaks for what we might shooting now, but you know future products (rock guitar chord) – [Narrator] Now one of the newest products that Thompson Center has develop due to field testing is the all new TC Compass Which Danielle has chosen to take into the field with her on this trip – So I have here the Thompson Center Compass Rifle This is the bolt action rifle by Thompson Center Comes in 11 different calibers from .204 ruger all the way up to .300 win mag Some great features about this gun, each one of these guns comes with a threaded muzzle Also comes with thread protector on here So if you choose not to put anything on here, you just keep this thread protector on But it has standard threads to allow for muzzle breaks and also suppressors if you choose to (gun bangs) So this comes with a three position safety So you have the fire position, we all know what that is So when the gun is actually loaded and you’re ready to shoot, you actually just make sure this is in fire and you can pull the trigger So you have the center position which is actually your safe position This allows you to be able to manipulate the bolt but you actually can’t pull the trigger In addition to that we have the bolt lock position Bolt lock position on this gun is a great feature, I really like it because when you’re in fit conditions and you’re hunting You actually make sure that you don’t manipulate that bolt So you can see, the bolt is locked so if you’ve got oak bush or if you’ve got some thick trees around you You will always make sure that that bolt is in the downward position Really help with accuracy So for additional information about the Thompson Center Compass, go to TCArms.com – [Narrator] When we return, Danielle spots a mature deer on one of her final hunts Will this be the one? Ah Find out, when the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries returns The Yamaha Whitetail Diaries is brought to you and part by: ConQuest scents, hunting scents and dog training scents Do All Outdoors, Stealth Cam Digital Scouting Cameras Welcome back to the Yamaha Whitetail Diaries,

with Wade Middleton – So it’s about 5:15 in the morning We are gonna go out today and drop Wade off in the Viking so he can do some scouting He’s seen a lot of unsure deer on different parts of the ranch And we’re gonna go out to a different tree stand that I haven’t been at yet and hopefully one of those big deers walks out in front of me this morning So, I’ve got my TC Compass and we are ready to go (intense music) (dramatic music) (gun fires) (laughs) he’s down (laughs) – [Wade] Gimme this (she laughs) – Wow Yeah, this (she exhales) – [Wade] Amazing, you dropped him right in his tracks – He didn’t even move Yes, I can see him, he is right there (she laughs) Wow We saw, two really big 10 pointers but they’re only like two and half, three years old And then this old guy came out and he was perfect for me So, this is great This is so great – The setting in the stand and seeing a lot of deer is what I love about this part of Texas You may at home be sitting there going, “Wow! How can they pass that deer?” Well, it’s looking to the future While this season is probably going to be one of our toughest and most challenge ones to find those five and six year old deer I’m already thinking ahead because the conditions right now are better then I’ve ever seen them The deer, when you look at ’em you can just tell the difference in now and three years ago, four years ago Even when we were in the heart of that drought and how they look and it’s just gonna be an amazing stretch ahead and so when we have a chance to get out with people like Danielle and others that share that vision they can pass on those two and a half year old deer And think about their future trips and what we’re all gonna be able to encounter It makes it even more exciting when I back up and I see her smile and I see that big ol’ mature eight point laying there on the ground with all that character It’s got the tines coming off of it’s backwoods main beam It’s got velvet hanging off of him and I know that’s the right deer We’d seen probably a hundred and fifty plus deer in the other hunts before she got that one

But that one was an old bruiser He’s teeth were worn down and I know she’s happy with it and I’m even happier because I know that’s the right deer that we shot And one of those younger guys is gonna be living to grace somebody’s wall in the near future – [Narrator] Thanks for joining us Join us next week, won’t you? For another exciting entry in the Yamaha Whitetail Dairies (guitar strum) (record scratches) (waves crashing)