Big Deer with Broken Beam


I filmed this hunt with Willi Schmidt for Mike Hanback’s Big Deer TV show on the Sportsmens Channel. Willi is host of Pure Hunting (Sportsmen Channel) and also hunts for Mike’s Big Deer Hunt team, he is an excellent hunter and a pro with a compound bow.  I follow Mike’s blog and came across this photo from 2012, Willi shot the deer in 2011.  


Interestingly enough, I not only filmed the hunt but I also took this picture!  So cool to see some of my work found on legendary Mike Hanbacks blog!  Thanks Mike and Willi!  If this buck passed under my tree stand, you better believe I would draw my longbow and fling a double bladed Zwickey broad head down range.  Would you shoot this buck?


Another angle and a different hero shot of Willi, there is so many good photos of this old warrior its hard to choose which ones to post!  Nice job Willi, you really deserved this one.

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The link to Mike’s Blog Post: Mike Hanback


Photo Shoot 2012

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I was recently invited to be a part of an outdoor photo shoot posed as two hunters stalking through a beautiful river side cottonwood hunting area.


The photo shoot included host of Pure Hunting television program Willi Schmidt and free lance videographer and outdoor writer (me) Austin Manelick.


I had a blast with John Depalma the photographer as he effortlessly snapped perfectly apertured picture after picture.  “Keep the light to your back”, was the photography tip of the day.  (That tip applies to videography as well….)  He made the shoot so smooth and brought relentless energy to taking the perfect “sweet cherry pie shot.”  Thanks again guys for such a memorable and awesome outting in the field together.  Your friendship and camaraderie is what hunting and the great outdoors is made of, thanks again for everything guys.

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Show them your support!  Its an awesome series and a great place to see some of my work as Field Producer.  I worked on this series and can garentee once you turn it on you won’t leave the couch..
“Epic-hyper reality adventure television”  Pure Hunting is a must see!