Trophy Hunters TV

Africa Photos

   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

   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

   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

   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)


Ammo To Go

   March 13th, 2012

I’m just headed back from Texas. I’ve been down with Texas Trophy Hunters filming a commercial for a new sponsor called Ammo To Go. This is an ammunition company where you order off of the internet and it will be shipped directly to your door. The shoot was a lot of fun as I generally have a good time with all the TTHA folk. Here is a picture that was snapped during some of the filming:

A couple of weekends ago I went over to the Arnold Classic and sat at the Lone Star Distribution booth. The Arnold Classic was very busy, I sat for 4 hours on Friday and another 4 hours on Saturday for Lone Star and I never saw the end of the line. The good thing about going to a place like that is that you get to see a lot of “pretty” people. Male or female you could just tell that people took good care of themselves and I’m a fan of people being healthy.

Sharon is a lady from Lone Star that I dealt with, she also does some writing and wrote this up. I found it a pretty interesting article so I wanted to post it.

Matt Hughes: Raw. Determined. Real.

I had a great time with Lone Star and actually with all of the people at the Arnold. A 4-hour signing can be pretty brutal, but all in all I met some great people and I had a lot of fun.

My boy Joey and I are on this week’s show for Trophy Hunters TV on the Outdoor Channel. It airs Wednesday at 7 AM. So, Wednesday morning at 7 AM, Joey and I are always watching TV with a bowl of cereal in front of us. If you get the Outdoor Channel, tune in tomorrow morning or Saturday night.

Tuesday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST
Wednesday at 8am EST / 7am CST
Saturday at 8pm EST / 7pm CST

The show description for this week:

(Airs the week of March 12, 2012)
In this two-part episode, we head to north Texas, where we visit Rio Rojo Rancho in search of trophy whitetails. Then we travel 200 miles west where we find Matt Hughes and son Joey, hunting the elusive feral hog and whitetail.

The Bible verse for this week:

Jesus gave His life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live. (Galatians 1:4)


NJCAA Hall of Fame

   March 1st, 2012

Right now I’m headed to Columbus, Ohio to make an appearance for Lone Star Distribution at the Arnold Classic. I’ll be there tomorrow and Saturday at the Lone Star booth. Come see me.

There’s been quite a few matches here recently that have been close with some disagreement on who really won the fight (Edgar/Henderson, Diaz/Condit). The only thing I have to say about close decisions is that you should never let it go to the judges because you never know what is going to happen. When time expires and nobody has won, sometimes it’s like flipping a coin.

Last weekend, I was inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame. I travelled to Rochester, Minnesota to receive the award and watch the matches. Had a great time, saw a lot of old friends, watched some very good matches, and probably the best thing about the trip was the time I got to spend with Dave Klemm. We rode up and back together and just got to catch up. For those who don’t know, Dave was my wrestling coach at Lincoln College. The Linx had several place winners, one national champion and ended up taking third as a team.

NJCAA Hall of Fame 2012

Been working out a bit and my body’s feeling pretty good. Kind of getting that itch to compete a little bit.

This Saturday night is a new episode of Trophy Hunters TV on the Outdoor Channel. It has me going to a gym and doing some work there. Check with the times listed below and tune in if you can:

Tuesday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST
Wednesday at 8am EST / 7am CST
Saturday at 8pm EST / 7pm CST

The show description for this week:

(Airs the week of February 27, 2012)
While hunting for whitetail in south Texas, Matt Hughes visits a local MMA gym to meet fellow combatants weeks before an upcoming fight. And he still has time to kill a south Texas trophy whitetail.

The Bible verse for this week:

Lazy people want much but get little, but those who work hard will prosper. (Proverbs 13:4)


Chicago UFC on FOX

   January 26th, 2012

Been getting a lot of questions about my predictions for the fights coming up this weekend, so here they are:

I actually think this is going to be a pretty close fight. Bisping is one of those guys that you can never bet against. He just always seems to find a way to win. I definitely believe Chael has the ability to win, but he never seems to win the matches that he should. So, all in all, the fight is too close for me to call.

This is actually another close fight to me. I do think Rashad will be a slight favorite. He’s been in a lot more big fights than Davis and I think Rashad will also have a slight stand up advantage. This will be an interesting fight. Davis and I get along well and I enjoy his company and I do give him the advantage with the wrestling. But I still have to give Rashad a slight advantage in the fight.

Sorry about the predictions, since they are both close calls; but it should be an interesting night of fights.

Here are the airtimes for this seasons’ episodes of Trophy Hunters TV, which I’m hosting on the Outdoor Channel:

Tuesday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST
Wednesday at 8am EST / 7am CST
Saturday at 8pm EST / 7pm CST

The show description for this week:

(Airs the week of January 23, 2011)
A double brown bear hunt in Alaska. Trophy Hunters TV spends 12 days in the Alaskan bush hunting brown bear.

The Bible verse for this week:

The Godly are directed by honesty, the wicked fall beneath their load of sin. (Proverbs 11:5)


Texas Trophy Hunters 2012

   December 30th, 2011

There is an end of the year UFC tonight and I think the main event is going to be pretty exciting. I think Brock will win it in the second or third round. I would say that the only way Overeem can win is by a KO/referee stoppage in the first round; but I think Brock’s takedowns will play a huge part and I would say that he could get on top of him, wear him out and win the fight.

Trophy Hunters TV starts a new season and will have new episodes for the next three months. A new season also means new airtimes and here is what they are:

Tuesday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST
Wednesday at 8am EST / 7am CST
Saturday at 8pm EST / 7pm CST

They’ve done a few things different for the new season and I like what they’ve done. So watch it and let me know what you think.

The show description for this week:

1 Critter, 2 Critter, 3 Critter Boom!
(Airs the week of December 26, 2011)
Matt Hughes hunts for big whitetail bucks at Agarita Ranch in South Texas, with ranch manager, Tye Green.

I hope everybody had a great Christmas, I know I did and I also wish everybody a great start to the New Year.

The Bible verse for this week:

And she will have a Son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)


Merry Christmas!

   December 25th, 2011

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone out there and to thank our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for giving us the greatest gift we will ever receive and for making the ultimate sacrifice for our salvation. I hope everyone has a great day and please don’t forget our troops who are still out there defending our freedom. God bless.


Just Checking In

   December 14th, 2011

Doing a lot of hunting and on the road a lot, so it’s been a little while since I’ve been here for a blog. When I get home, I’ve always got the “honey do” list to catch up on as well as reacquainting myself with the kids. I love to hunt, but man has this hunting season been dragging on. I’ve been able to kill quite a few animals this year and if you’re interested in what they are, follow me on Twitter (matthughes9x) and I’ll usually post a picture of my most recent kill.

The last two UFC events have been great. I was very interested in the Machida/Jones match up and it went kind of like I was hoping. I wanted Jones to get tested a little bit and then, as I figured he would, he eventually won. I read somewhere that two judges gave the first round to Jones. I’m very surprised at this as I really thought that Machida won the first round. That’s the one and only thing that I’ve always had a complaint with in this sport is the judging. I was also interested in the Noguiera/Mir match up as I wanted to see some groundwork. I saw the key-lock coming and was a little surprised Noguiera didn’t. Overall, I’m sure the UFC has been pretty happy with the last couple of events.

With only 11 days until Christmas, I hope everybody can take some time out from buying gifts and being busy and just enjoy what you have. I hope everybody has a safe and happy Christmas.

Here are the air times for this week’s episode of Trophy Hunters TV that I’m hosting, on the Outdoor Channel:

Air Dates & Times for 2011
Beginning August 15, 2011
Wednesday, 10:00 AM EST / 9:00 AM CST
Thursdays, 2:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM CST
Thursdays, 12:30 AM EST / 11:30 AM CST
Saturdays, 8:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM CST

The show description for this week:

(Airs the week of December 12th, 2011)
A seasoned bowhunter goes all out to take a Rocky Mountain elk bull and two businessmen from Pennsylvania escape to Texas for a crossbow hunt only to find the heat was more than they bargained for.

The Bible verse for this week:

Put on the full armor of God so you can make your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:13)