PINE FOREST – With the Pine Forest Community Center parking lot full of 4-wheel drive trucks in February, it could only mean one thing – the start of the second annual Texas Big Nasty Hog Contest.
“Over 50 teams have signed up so far,” said Jared Brumley, co-founder of the Bluecollar Bowhunter and sponsor of the TBNH Contest. Doubling the number of competing teams, the contest continues to grow in success.
This archery only contest – compound, recurve, and longbows – is currently underway, but this year the BCB team has extended the registration date an extra week to accommodate the growing number of teams interested in competing. Registration has officially ended.
The BCB have stirred quite an interest in the bowhunting sport from all outlets of the media. They are currently participating in a weekly Saturday morning outdoor talk radio show that airs on 99.7 The Rebel from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. They have also attracted the interest of ABC television along with ESPN.
The BCB have footage compiled into a DVD from last year’s TBNH Contest for sale on their website at www.bluecollarbowhunters.com A video clip from this DVD can also be found on www.mySSnews.com, just click on the Hunting Tales tab located under the mySSlife selection (on the previous story).
Many other sponsors were on hand for the opening ceremonies this past Saturday as well as fun sporting contests for prizes. Some sponsors available were Flatline Outdoors, Great Adventures Outdoors, i-Kam X-treme 3.0, Wildleaf Design and several others.
One interesting guest speaker at the opening ceremonies was Ken Strahan founder of Great Adventures Outdoors Ministries. His company introduces disadvantaged boys (and girls alike) ages eight to 18 to hunting and fishing adventures.
“We are like boys scouts on steroids,” Strahan said his son refers jokingly. Coming from the same background as these boys, Strahan was compelled to start this ministry even downsizing his fulltime work to provide for these youth.
“We are trying to grow and expand to accommodate the various corners of Texas,” Strahan said. “My wife has gotten involved as well with her camp, ‘Chicks in the Sticks’ to accompany the boys’ camp, ‘Youth in the Wild’. We feel it is our life calling.” GAO has an upcoming fishing camp set for Lake Fork on April 23-25.
TBNH Contestants were also given chances to participate in bowhunting target shooting for prizes. A wild pig target was set up at 38 yards, cheetah at 47, bear at 52 and deer at 85. Those that hit the balloon attached to the target had their names put into a drawing for prizes.
According to the BCB team the TBNH contest is 100 percent payout. Last year almost $10,000 worth of hunting trips and prizes was given away.
To find out more on the Texas Big Nasty Hog Contest visit online at www.TexasBigNastyHogContest.com.
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