The members of Hoo-rag’s Pro-Staff, or the “Hooligans” as we like to call them, are captains, hunters, snowboarders, anglers, hikers and all around outdoor enthusiasts. They help us to field test new product, follow trends in their industry and spread the good Hoo word. These men and women represent the best of the best and we’re proud to have them rockin’ the rag. We thought you all might like to get to know them a little better so we’ve decided to start a blog segment called “Meet our Hooligans” where we will periodically introduce you to another awesome member of our team. And for all of you who have inquired about becoming pro-staff, this is a great place to look and find out the kind of Hooligans we are looking for!
Our first Hooligan is a two for one dynamo team: Tag N’ Brag. If you guys follow them on Instagram @teamtagnbrag you already know this team, consisting of brothers Dean and David Giarrizzo, started off as a notebook of ideas and has grown into a network where hunters and fishermen could connect and share their experiences.
Q&A with Tag N’ Brag
What’s your favorite weapon?
David: My Elite Synergy. It’s a bow. I call her bae. I would be ok hunting with her the rest of my life.
What’s your favorite animal to harvest?
David: Whitetail deer.
Dean: Whitetail with a bow for sure.
What’s your favorite wild game recipe?
David: Cutlets. Have you had chicken cutlets? We make venison the same way. Cut the back straps in slices about 1/2 inch thick. Tenderize them with a mallet so they become almost paper thing. Soak this egg and fresh parsley. Then dip them in italian bread crumbs mixed with a little Parmesan cheese. Flash fry them until golden brown on each side. Squeeze a little lemon over the top with a drizzle of Parmesan cheese. Damn, that’s good stuff!
What’s your dream hunt?
Dean: I would have to say putting a stalk on a giant Muley with my bow.
What’s the funniest thing that has even happened to you on a hunt?
Dean: I’m normally not one for taking care of my “business” in the woods. But sometimes nature calls and nature calls NOW. So anytime you have to cut off your under britches with your hunting knife because the TP just ain’t available, usually makes for a good laugh.
What kind of camo gear do you wear?
David and Dean: Badlands
What’s your essential hunting gear?
David: I am all about the skivvies. Whether it is warm or cold outside, your comfort level in the woods starts with your skivvies. So, what I am saying is…Get you some good skivvies.
Dean: 1. Binoculars. If you don’t have them you feel like you are completely out of the game. 2. My range finder. I HAVE to know my exact distances. 3. Nose Jammer. I need every advantage when it comes to scent control. I really think Nose Jammer works and no they do not sponsor us. (laughs)
What’s your favorite Hoo-rag?
David: People will probably laugh at me a little bit when I say this but I am a huge fan of the Purple People Reaper. I wear it a lot when I am sitting in the blind where my background is black and when I put that thing on I feel fierce, like I want to growl at someone. It is a weird feeling. Sometimes I think I scare myself a little when I put it on. As a hunter, you need that confidence though you know? Like you are a lion about to tackle a gazelle! Rawrrr!
Dean: I love rockin’ the Old Glory Hoo. It is definitely one of my favorites outside of hunting. We do a lot of ground blind or red neck blind hunting, so in that case I love The Gunslinger. The face on it has impressive stash. I’m all about it.
What’s your hunting goal for 2016?
David: To promote the sport of hunting and connect as many people as possible. i know that seem slike a “Miss America” answer… I feel like I have been given a voice (even though it is on a smaller scale now, it is growing) within the outdoor industry. I want to use that voice to promote the sport and share the values that hunting has brought me with others.
Dean: I was to harvest a 4+ year old buck. I don’t care what it scores. I just want that 4+ year old with my bow.
We’ve got full faith that both David and Dean will reach those goals this year!
Check out Team Tag N’ Brag and watch them in action at http://www.tag-n-brag.tv/.