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UPDATE – Outback Outdoors Bow Giveaway Winner – REALLY Scores!

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Here is an update from our 1st Quarter Bow Giveaway for 2011 winner Andrew Basabe. He scored this fall with his new Hoyt bow he won on Outback Outdoors 1st Quarter Giveaway… Congrats again Andrew… Here is the story!
When I received my residency in Montana, all I could think about was how exciting the upcoming archery season was going to be. Little did I know, the season was going to consist of an endless stream of unfortunate events. I honestly do not know how I kept my composure and continued to strive toward success. The combination of inconsistent wind currents, wolves, bears, high temperatures, an abundant number of other hunters, and limited time to hunt created a perfect recipe for failure.

I eventually ended up relocating to a different area in attempt to find some unpressured elk. After my son’s football game I was able to put in a good afternoon hunt. Once I arrived to my new “honey hole” Tthe temperature was starting drop and the conditions were shaping up in a hurry. The elk were close so I decided to hang tight and wait for a bugle in order to play the wind and make a move. Within minutes, a deep screaming bugle echoed a few hundred yards away with two other bugles following. I rushed to the edge of a clearing and quickly set up. I then moved about thirty yards toward the action. I blew a few soft cow calls from my temptress in the opposite direction and waited patiently. The bulls were going crazy, the wind was in my favor, and this was my chance! It was no more than thirty seconds before a bull came crashing off the hillside. He quickly let out a scream and scanned the clearing, looking for cows. The bull saw my decoy, started to lick his lips, and quickly closed the distance. I could tell he was a respectable bull and there was no doubt in my mind that I would take him if an opportunity was provided. He was coming in on a string; I drew back and waited for the bull to walk by broadside. “Meeeeww,” the bull hit the brakes and looked in the dark timber behind me. I settled my 30-yard pin in his armpit and watched my arrow punch its way through his vitals. My Hoyt Rampage Xt that I received for OO performed flawlessly. The bull crashed through the timber and quickly stopped. I made several more cow calls, attempting to ease his emotions. The bull slowly walked through the timber and disappeared.


Another long thirty minutes passed before I found myself on the huge and always reassuring blood trail. After 100 yards of tracking, the blood trail was tapering out. It was now down to pin drops and I was starting to second guess my shot. I found a fresh broken limb lying on the ground and beyond that some small, thick pines. I analyzed the small pine needles and found some dried blood that had been brushed off the bull. I looked up and there he was, piled up in the middle of the thick pines. I rushed over to lay my hands upon my trophy. A respectable 6×6 with a small sticker between his fourth and fifth points. I found myself lying on the ground overwhelmed with emotions of joy. I finally got my break! After all of the discouraging events, I never would have thought I was going to make that telephone call seeking help to pack out my elk. I could not have been happier with my first public land harvest in Montana. This had been a long time coming . . .

We had a very late spring this year and a late summer followed! I assume this is the reason for the late rut. In reference to Adam Wells, he is spot on with his “herd shadowing” tactics. Every bedded bull that I pursued situated himself in an area that was cool, heavily timbered, and had swirling winds. Adam’s advice was very helpful. I was fortunate Adam was able to harvest his bull before I did, therefore he was able to provide the useful information. Thank you once again Trevon and the rest of the OO team for the bow as well as the useful tips and tactics on the site.

Keep the wind in your face

Andrew Basabe

Outback Outdoors’ Hoyt Bow Winner is Ready to Rock!

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Just got a message and this picture from Outback Outdoors’ 1st Quarter Gear Giveaway winner Andrew Basabe with his new Hoyt Rampage XT….

“If you watched the video when I received the call from Trevon Stoltzfus at Outback Outdoors last May it was obvious I was shocked and in awe of the exciting news I was informed. I just received the new 2011 Hoyt rampage XT last Tuesday. When I pulled the bow out of the box I was very impressed with its appearance. I quickly ran into my garage and set it up. The next day I went to the local pro shop and compared the Rampage XT with the CRX 32 since a cast magnesium riser is the only feature that differentiates the two. I couldn’t believe the similarities and the outcome both bows performed. Long story short, I love the bow! The upcoming 3D shoots will be a blast with the Rampage XT in hand. My biggest passion is pursuing the elusive Wapiti and I am confident this bow won’t disappoint me.

Thank you Trevon and the rest of the OO crew for the opportunity and you can always count on me, as well as my friends and family, to stay tuned for more exciting webisodes.

Keep the wind in your face…”

Andrew Basabe

On the Comeback Trail

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Any hardcore Bowhunter knows that there is really no “off season” but after having had my shoulder surgery, I was forced to be placed on “injury reserve.” The down time of not being able to shoot my bow and workout as I normally have in the past has done damage to not only my cardio, overall strength, and stamina; but also to my mental state (which any athlete knows is a huge part of any sport).

I am delighted to share that my spirits are up and I am seeing daily progress…. A  ton of this has to do with those that have supported me through this ordeal over the past 8 months. The first, which almost is a given, is of course my family and close friends in the tight nit bowhunting community, but second is the companies that have stepped up and supported and encouraged me (and still are) through my recovery.

The first I want to thank and mention is Wilderness Athlete ( Chris Denham and Jerod Fink have been there to spur me on and supply me with the needed fuel and supplements to increase my stamina and strength as I work to regain my “fighting form!”

Second is the Bow Trainer. The guys at Bow Trainer ( are avid archers and have designed the perfect shoulder rehab (actually it is the perfect anytime archery exercise tool) product. My doctor is blown away at how quickly I am recovering and my strength is returning.

Third and certainly not last is Train to ( Dan Staton and Kenton Clairmont are a continually motivating factor in my recovery. Although I am not able to all the exercises in their program, just getting on their website and reading their blogs are encouraging and helping maintain my intensity.   Thanks all of you!!

I am starting to run, bike, and swim and continuing to build my range of motion and strength and have even entered a Triathlon in Tuscon over the 4th of July, seeking to give me a short term goal to focus on. I can’t wait to here the thwap of a well placed arrow downrange but until I can do that I can assure you I am feeling better and “ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL!”


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Bowhunting Gear Giveaway – 1st Quarter winner is announced

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Bowhunting Gear Giveaway – Outback Outdoors’ 1st Quarter bowhunting gear giveaway (new Hoyt Maxxis) was a smashing success! We had tons of entries with representation from 32 states, 2 Canadian provinces, Mexico, and Spain. Ryan and I videoed the actual drawing where my daughter Avery drew one lucky winner of a new Hoyt Bow. ….. Drum Roll……..

and the winner is….

Oh, by the way you can watch the drawing semi-live on Outback Outdoors’ website right now if you want the complete drama…..

and the winner is….

Oh, and there is also some pretty funny comments between Ryan and I as we went through the entries….

and the winner is….

Casey Gobel from Augusta, KS.. Congrats Casey!!

I have already gotten his specs for his new Hoyt and his bow is ordered and he should be getting it soon (make sure to get us some pics Casey with your new bow set up!)

Now for our second Quarter Bowhunting Gear Giveaway….. you can register to win free Nikon Monarch 10X42 binoculars, just like what the outback Outdoors Team uses! Remember you have to register to win!!


Trev and Team Outback Outdoors

Win a free Hoyt bow – Entries End Soon

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Win a free Hoyt bow…. The 1st quarter Outback Outdoors Bowhunting Gear Giveaway ends soon  (March 31st) so make sure you enter for a chance to win a new Hoyt bow. We will take entires until the end of March and it is easy to win just send an email to with your:

  • name
  • address
  • telephone number
  • a brief paragraph on what you like about Outback Outdoors.

It’s that simple, don’t miss your chance to win and make sure you check out the great hunting videos from Team OO and be a part of the growing Outback Outdoors family!

Bowhunting Gear – Ripcord Arrow Rest’s Code Red

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

Bowhunting gear, just like anything else in the modern-day-world we live in, changes dramatically from year to year. This year I have found a couple of products that stand out which I will blog about in the near future, one being Ripcord arrow rests new Code Red drop away rest.

They changed a few things that make this a huge improvement over an already good rest. You will initially notice the color changes but they also incorporated a “mole skin” like material in the rest itself which quiets the rest when drawing an arrow (most archers  just put mole skin on their original one for the same effect). The most important change is the brake that is incorporated into the design that engages upon release so that their will be NO snap back and fletching contact. I have one on both of my Hoyt bows and have been VERY pleased.

Bowhunting Gear – New Hoyt Bow – Maxxis 31

Sunday, January 31st, 2010

Bowhunting Gear is always fun to talk about, review, and more importantly use!

This year Team OO (Outback Outdoors) is shooting the new Hoyt Maxxis 31.  This 3.9 lb beauty is a little speed demon with a bit of a kick. I had the pleasure of getting mine a little early and last November I took a whitetail and turkey in Kansas with the new bow. It is definitely a great new offering and after a little “getting to know me” time I have grown to like this bow more and more.

The problem I have is I still LOVE my Alpha Max 32! Oh well, I guess that is a good problem to have, both the Alpha Max and Maxxis 31 are shooting identical speeds coming in at 291 fps at 28″ draw and around 70 lb draw weight. With 3D season just around the corner and turkey season not far off, the difficult decision will be which one to shoot….. I guess I’ll just shoot them both.

Rivers West Promo Clip

Saturday, January 30th, 2010


Rivers West Promotional clip.

Just like most of you we at Outback Outdoors have gone through the trial and error with our equipment and have been fortunate enough to partner up with some of the Manufacturers that made it through are hardcore in-the-field-tests. Rivers West gear is one company that came through the testing with flying colors. Here is a clip that I videoed on my Eastern CO mule deer hunt. The stuff ROCKS!!

The Art of Layering

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

In cold weather layering is essential, and in this video clip I explain my method of layering in Kansas on a whitetail hunt that had some really cold and windy conditions. While everyone is a little different, I think you will like relate with this if you have ever been in a treestand shivering and unsure if you can even draw your bow back when the moment of truth (or a bomber buck) comes in.

This “tongue in cheek” clip also gives you a glimpse of the goofiness and fun Team OO has in camp and on every hunting trip!

Bowhunting Gear Giveaway – Win a new Hoyt Bow

Monday, January 18th, 2010

The Bowhunting Gear Giveaway from Outback Outdoors for the 1st quarter of 2010 is a new Hoyt Bow.

Our Sponsors make some of the best bowhunting gear, rifle hunting gear and everything outdoors, so we are proud to be able to share some of that equipment with the fans and viewers of Outback Outdoors! The entry is simple, just send an email to with your:

* name
* address
* telephone number
* a brief paragraph on what you like about Outback Outdoors.

Winners will be drawn quarterly from our pool of emails. It’s that simple! Watch bowhunting videos and win free gear!