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K.C. Smith

K.C. Smith

K.C. is known for taste testing everything and being impulsive. He is the co-founder of The Element, co-host The Element Podcast, co-host of Buck Truck, and co-host of Rut Fresh Radio

K.C. is an East Texas family man, gardener, adventure seeker, fig enthusiast, Christian Youth Leader, and a half-decent Scratch Cook. He learned how to hunt and fish from his dad and granddad.

K.C.'s Gear

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Men's Solitude Insulated Jacket
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First Lite
$300.00
The Solitude kit combines all the performance characteristics of our proven whitetail styles into an integrated system ideal for mid-season sits.
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Razor HD 27-60x85mm Angled Spotting Scope
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Vortex Optics
$1599.99
One of the finest spotting scopes on the market.
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Origin Hoody
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First Lite
$160.00
A lightweight, quiet mid-layer designed to be utilized as both an outerwear piece as well as a layering option as temperatures drop.
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Men's Wick LS Crew
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First Lite
$85.00
A next-to-skin base layer for high output hunts in hot weather.
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onX Premium 1 Year Membership
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onX Maps
$29.99
onX Hunt empowers hunters by displaying detailed information, land boundaries, access opportunities, ownership info, trails, personalized markups, and much more. This will allow you to plan hunts in the comfort of your own home all before even lacing up your boots. This premium membership will give you 1-year access to the state of your choosing. "Use onX. It's going to be the critical glue that gets your plan together." - Steven Rinella *Note...
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Transfer Pack
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First Lite
$325.00
The Transfer Pack is the Whitetail hunter’s workhorse. Purposefully engineered to efficiently pack and unpack every piece of gear you’ll need in the woods, including a tree stand, climbing sticks, and your bow. The Transfer Pack's versatility is perfect for anyone hunting out of a saddle or a tree stand, as its bucket-style design and multiple hanging configurations allow the hunter complete access to extra stowed gear and accessories throughout...
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Men's Corrugate Guide Pant
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$145.00
These pants are comfortable, with plenty of stretch and breathability, but stand up to tough hunting and wet brush.
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Whitetail Nalgene
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MeatEater Store
$17.00
America's favorite and most chased big game species, the Whitetail Deer. Wherever and however you hunt to get yours, stay hydrated. Original artwork by our own Hunter Spencer. Made from 50% recycled content.  BPA/BPS and phthalate-free bottles. Volume: 32 ounce / 1000 mL
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Men's Chamberlin Down Jacket
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$350.00
Packs light and small and provides an incredible amount of insulation and warmth in cold mountain weather.
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Source Jacket
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First Lite
$210.00
The Source Jacket is an insulated puffy specifically made for the whitetail hunter. But unlike traditional compressible jackets, this piece is both durable and silent. It is ready to shrug off brambles on the way to your stand and it won't swish when you draw back on your target buck. The Source functions as an outer layer jacket in the first half of the season and transitions to an insulating mid-layer worn under our windproof outerwear as temps...
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MeatEater Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener
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Work Sharp
$35.00
A complete sharpening solution for field, home or shop use.
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Dirtbag Duffle - Large
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First Lite
$200.00
Whether you toss it in the back of a pickup, strap it to an ATV, pack it in a floatplane, or carry it through an airport, the First Lite Dirtbag Duffle is your new favorite travel companion. The rugged rip-stop and double-sided TPU bag construction paired with the ballistic grade nylon bottom ensures your gear stays safe and dry. Regardless of what you, or the baggage handlers, throw at it this bag, it is designed to withstand the test of time...
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Talus Fingerless Merino Glove
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First Lite
$25.00
Simple, seamless, fingerless gloves made from Merino Wool for all of your pursuits.
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AeroHead Sport
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Lacrosse
$190.00
Hunt whitetail like never before in the AeroHead® Sport First Lite Specter™. Combining LaCrosse's game-changing AeroForm hunting boot technology with our innovative Specter camo pattern designed exclusively for whitetail regions, you'll stay warm, dry, and undetected — the rest is up to you. The AeroHead® Sport's naturally insulating and lightweight AeroForm Shell wraps your entire foot in cushioned comfort and warmth, and won’t crack, tear or...
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The Hog Book
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The Wild Hog Project
$50.00
The Hog Book breaks down hogs into a simple set of categories based on size and sex. There are tips on locating hogs and hunting hogs, diagrams for building a simple hog trap, illustrations of shot placement, different methods of skinning and gutting hogs, and four highly-detailed butchery sequences based on these categories. Interspersed throughout are stories of actual hog hunts. Recipes include an exhaustive exploration of methods to make the...
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Razor UHD Binoculars 10x42
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Vortex Optics
$1699.99
The Razor UHD 10x42s are Steve's go-to binoculars. The Ultra High Definition optical design features an improved optical prescription and unparalleled image resolution. Whether you need to pick apart a densely packed hillside or observe the finest details at insanely close distances, the Razor UHD can do it all.
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Recent Posts

E269: Hill Country Axis Bow Hunting (History of Exotics, Axis Deer Strategy, High Fences vs. Low Fences, Native vs. Non-Native)

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E269: Hill Country Axis Bow Hunting (History of Exotics, Axis Deer Strategy, High Fences vs. Low Fences, Native vs. Non-Native)

In this Episode hosts Tyler Jones And K.C. Smith are heading back from an Axis hunt in the hill country of Texas. K.C. is getting over a bug and struggles with coughing but we discuss the history of exotics and talk about high fences in Texas. We talk native vs. non-native and the strategy we used...
Tyler Jones Jan 30, 2023
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E268: Q&A (Buck Truck, Buck Boat, Stand & Arrow Setups, And Much More!)

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E268: Q&A (Buck Truck, Buck Boat, Stand & Arrow Setups, And Much More!)

In this Episode hosts Tyler Jones And K.C. Smith are answering everybody's submitted questions. Covering a wide array of questions in rapid succession including hunting setups, the guys favorite new way to access public hunting pieces, future series featured on the MeatEater YouTube page and a ton...
Tyler Jones Jan 27, 2023
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E267: Cruzr Saddles..."It's Like This"

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E267: Cruzr Saddles..."It's Like This"

Tyler Jones And K.C. Smith host Chad Rice from CRUZR Saddles to talk decoys and hunting. Also gear talk and saddle setup!   Wade Fishing - Catch, Clean and Cook   Would You Pass This Buck On Texas Public Land?   It just doesn't get any better than these two hunts:   Tyler's KANSAS Giant 18 pt! K.C...
Tyler Jones Jan 19, 2023
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E266: Circus Dogs and Blue Bulls (South Texas Deer and Nilgai Hunting, Fishing For Redfish and Trout, Archery Shots From The Ground, Spot and Stalk Strategy)

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E266: Circus Dogs and Blue Bulls (South Texas Deer and Nilgai Hunting, Fishing For Redfish and Trout, Archery Shots From The Ground, Spot and Stalk Strategy)

We spent the week Joe Rogan style, hunting Nilgai in the tropics of South Texas. We also chased some whitetails, as well as all the gulf fish species. In this podcast we talk about the tactics of hunting from the ground, our best recipes for wild game and fish, dream hunts, and shot placement on...
Tyler Jones Jan 12, 2023
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