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Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

I am excited to let you know that I just joined the new charity platform Chideo (charity+video). It is a new way to raise awareness and donations for Rancho 3M (Mexico Multiple Mission, Inc.), a cause that I am very passionate about. Check it out here: Charity + Video = Chideo

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I am in incredible company with many of your favorite actors, athletes, musicians, and tastemakers and am grateful to be able to help support 3M’s Christian Orphanage and School in Mexico. Join us on Chideo and together we’ll watch things change.


2013 George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductions

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

Last month, I was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame. I received the George Tragos award for being “an exceptionally competitive wrestler who adapted his wrestling skills and competitive nature to excel in Mixed Martial Arts.”

Here is a photo of me with Dan Gable:

Matt and Dan Gable

Me and Larry Hennig:

Matt and Larry Hennig

And a couple of other photos:

Also, I’ll be appearing at the Central Illiana Outdoor Expo on August 17th and 18th. Here is the poster for the event and you can go to for more information:

CIOE Flyer

Finally, my buddy Marcus is coming out with his movie based on his best-selling book, Lone Survivor. Here is the trailer for the film:

The Bible verse for this week:
“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him.” (James 1:12)


Lucky Brand Performance Protein

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Here’s a new project I’m working on. The commercial was just completed so I wanted to share it with you:

You can buy Lucky Brand Jerky products can be found at the following links:

The Bible verse for this week:

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1-2)


America’s Hunters

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Someone sent me this email and I thought it was worth sharing with everybody:


The world’s largest army…America’s hunters!
I had never thought about this…


A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion:


There were over 600,000 hunters this season in the state of Wisconsin.
Allow me to restate that number:

Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world.


More men under arms than in Iran.

More than France and Germany combined.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state, Wisconsin, to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.


That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home safely. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world. And then add in the total number of hunters in the other 46 states. It’s millions more.

The point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of home-grown firepower.

Hunting… it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security.


That’s why all enemies, foreign and domestic, want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought, when next we consider gun control.

Overall it’s true, so if we disregard some assumptions that hunters don’t possess the same skills as soldiers, the question would still remain…
What army of 2 million would want to face 30, 40, 50 million armed citizens???



For the sake of our freedom, don’t ever allow gun control or confiscation of guns.

God Made A Farmer

Monday, February 4th, 2013

I just wanted to share this video with everybody:

Also, here are a few farming-related Bible verses:

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. (John 12:24)

Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. (Hebrews 6:7)

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. (James 5:7-8)


Conservatism is Calling

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

Just a quick blog. A buddy of mine sent me this video and I really think everyone should check it out:

The Bible verse for this week:

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest — and poverty will come on you like a thief and scarcity like an armed man. (Proverbs 6:10-11)


Africa Photos

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

On July 4th, Joey and I left for Africa. We flew in to Johannesburg and then took a jumper flight to Port Elizabeth. All of our hunting was done in the country of South Africa. Joey and I had a great time, I got homesick, but Joey didn’t want to come home when the hunt ended. Here are the photos of the animals that we hunted.

My blue wildebeest:
Matt's blue wildebeest

My kudu:
Matt's kudu

Joey’s kudu, also called the Grey Ghost of Africa:
Joey's kudu

Joey’s trophy bushbuck:
Joey's bushbuck

Joey’s impala:
Joey's impala

My red hartebeest:
Matt's hartebeest

Joey’s gemsbok:
Joey's gemsbok

My gemsbok:
Matt's gemsbok

My eland (the biggest antelope on the planet):
Matt's eland

Joey’s zebra:
Joey's zebra

My black wildebeest:
Matt's black wildebeest

Me, Joey, and my cameraman Blake:
Matt Joey Blake

For my equipment, I used a Browning Medallion XBolt, chambered in .300 Win Mag. I shot a Barnes 180gr, all-copper bullet and I topped it with a Nikon 4-12 BDC reticle. Joey shot a Browning Micro Midas XBolt chambered in 7mm-08. He shot a Barnes 120gr, all-copper bullet and was topped with a Nikon 3-9 BDC reticle.

The Browning gun shot great, the Barnes bullets did their job well; but to be real honest I could not have done the trip without the BDC reticle. With those animals moving close and then sometimes running away, if my guide could get a range on them I could quickly look down and see what reticle to put on them.


This was the reticle as I looked through my scope, so between 100 and 534 yards I had a place to put my scope. Like I said before, I dont’ think my hunting trip would have been nearly as successful without Nikon’s BDC reticle. I shot trophy animals and to do that I had to use a little bit of range. Very few shots of mine were under 300 yards. Like everything else, I think confidence plays a big part in that. I’m very confident in my shooting and looking back I think I did great, but having the right equipment played the biggest part.

The Bible verse for this week:

Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9)


Back from Africa

Friday, July 27th, 2012

I’ve been saving these videos in my inbox to use for different blogs for a while now, but fell a bit far behind. So I’m just going to post all three of them in one blog for you to watch. The last “Penn & Teller” video features a lot of foul language and vulgarity, so I was originally hesitant to post it; but parental discretion is definitely advised when watching that video:

Obama’s Second Term Tax Plans! Dick Morris TV:

United States Budget Dilemma:

Penn & Teller – P.E.T.A.


I just got back last week from a big hunting trip and Joey and I took to Africa. I should have a bunch of pictures to share with you all here soon.

Here are the dates and times for Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting on the Outdoor Channel. Check with the times listed below and tune in if you can:

Tuesday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST
Friday at 1:30am EST / 12:30am CST
Saturday at 8pm EST / 7pm CST
(air times may vary, check local listings)

The show description for this week:

(Airs the week of July 23rd, 2012)
There’s always a story behind the hunt! More than just the pursuit of wild game, Trophy Hunters TV blends compelling storytelling with exciting hunting action in a documentary-style format. Be a part of the total outdoor experience.

The Bible verse for this week:

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law: rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. (Romans 3:20)


Some Interesting Reading

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Sorry about the delay, I’ve been helping Mark in the field and been traveling a lot as well. I got a couple of interesting emails that I wanted to share with everyone.

The first article is one that really hits close to home for me:
Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores

I wouldn’t be the person I am without working on the farm and I think it’s totally ridiculous that the federal government would try to do this. I think kids need to learn the value of hard work as early in life as possible and this kind of law would just encourage the entitlement mentality that many young people are taking with them into adulthood. The attitude that we deserve to have everything handed to us for free without working for it is one of the reasons that I believe this country is going downhill so fast. Fortunately, the proposal was withdrawn because of public outrage; but that doesn’t mean that this administration isn’t going to try again.

This next email is just a cool story. Even though I have no idea if this really happened or not, I still think it’s an excellent illustration of the real consequences of socialism:

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had recently failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades will be averaged and everyone will receive the same grade so no one will fail and no one will receive an A…. (substituting grades for dollars – something closer to home and more readily understood by all).

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a B. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy. As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride too so they studied little..

The second test average was a D! No one was happy. When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an F. As the tests proceeded, the scores never increased as bickering, blame and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else. To their great surprise, ALL FAILED and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed. It could not be any simpler than that.

Remember, there IS a test coming up. The 2012 elections.

These are possibly the 5 best sentences you’ll ever read and all applicable to this experiment:
1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.
2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.
3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it!
5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.

Here are the dates and times for Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting on the Outdoor Channel. Check with the times listed below and tune in if you can:

Tuesday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST
Friday at 1:30am EST / 12:30am CST
Saturday at 8pm EST / 7pm CST

The show description for this week:

(Airs the week of June 4, 2012)
Tom Snyder of Trinity Oaks teams up with Marine Outdoor Adventures to pay tribute to our Wounded Heroes by taking them on a spot and stalk hunt for nilgai they’ll never forget.

The Bible verse for this week:

The LORD is faithful to all His promises and loving toward all He has made. (Psalm 145:13b)


Ammo To Go Commercial

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Sorry for the late blog, but I just wanted to post the new commercial that I did for Ammo To Go:

If the video above doesn’t work, click here to watch it on YouTube.

Also, I found this Sports Illustrated article about Mike Powell: an outgoing and hard-working college wrestling coach who found himself diagnosed with a rare disease that attacks the muscle tissue in the body. His story is pretty interesting, so I recommend everybody read it:
Man In Full

Here are the dates and times for Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting on the Outdoor Channel. Check with the times listed below and tune in if you can:

Tuesday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST
Friday at 1:30am EST / 12:30am CST
Saturday at 8pm EST / 7pm CST

The show description for this week:

(Airs the week of April 23, 2012)
Hal Gahm and Mark Cuddeback take an amazing journey to the frozen tundra of Alaska in search of brown bear.

The Bible verse for this week:

As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a shield to all those that trust in him. (Psalm 18:30)