Kinion Bankston is the founder of Southern Boyz Outdoors, a group of outdoor enthusiasts from Southeast Louisiana that document their adventures on their TV show. Vanguard is proud to be Southern Boyz Outdoor's exclusive partner in sporting optics. Check out this lightning round of questions, along with some candid photos of Kinion at home in Louisiana.
How long have you been hunting?
I’ve been hunting and fishing since I can remember. The first hunting experience I remember was with my stepdad Frank, hog hunting and squirrel hunting.
How did you learn how to hunt?
My dad taught me to fish in an old pond behind my Grandma’s house, where my business is today.
What’s your favorite hunting season and why?
It used to be squirrel hunting as a kid. Then as the population of deer grew in the late 70's and early 80's, my love for deer hunting grew. Now I just love the outdoors: fishing, hunting or spending time in the swamp.
Your biggest trophy?
I don’t like to brag, and I’m not a trophy hunter. Southern Boyz Outdoors is where people want to connect with other REAL PEOPLE. I'm happy to be myself. I don’t collect fans—I’m a friend to my followers.
I have killed some nice deer, though. My most memorable hunt was my son’s first deer. I also killed a nice 150 class with my bow – filmed it myself, too. I also jugged a 6 1/2 ft 180lbs alligator once.
Your favorite recipe?
Boiled crabs and crawfish.
What gear do you like to use?
Depends on what I'm doing. I love Vanguard Endeavor ED ll Binoculars—I use them all the time looking at game from the blind, scouting alligator or spotting birds diving over fish. We scout for big alligators every day we're on the river or in the swamp. Gator season goes from the end of August to the end of September. You’ve got to know where your Big Gators hang out. You don't want to go swimming there… Lol.
I also love my Vanguard Endeavor RS scope, especially for hog hunting.
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