On The Horizon Podcast Episodes

Founder of Horizon Firearms Derrick Ratliff gathers guests to share and discuss outdoor industry expertise and memorable hunting adventures. Favorite topics include long-range shooting, custom rifles, 22 Creedmoor, outdoor experiences, and from time to time some family talk and life lessons.
Jonathan Lusk On The Horizon Podcast

Episode 30: How to Book Hunts with the “AirBNB” for Ranches and Hunters

Occasionally, an entrepreneur at heart will stumble upon a concept that they can’t believe doesn’t yet exist. So they create it. With a team of investors and co-founders, Jonathan Lusk created an “AirBNB for ranches and hunting experiences” concept. Through his company, BirdDog Adventures, h...

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Andrew McKean On The Horizon

Episode 29: Outdoor Life’s Hunting Editor Andrew McKean Tells His Story

We all decided on this side of the podcast that we need to be real life friends with Andrew McKean. Andrew conveyed a curious spirit and kind approach - a true journalist heart. He has traveled the world and had once-in-a-lifetime experiences while serving as Hunting and Conservation Editor for Outd...

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West Texas Big Bobcat Contest

Episode 28: West Texas Big Bobcat Contest – Paid Out Over $3,000,000!

Derrick Ratliff interviews the hosts of the highest paying predator contest in the country (over $3,000,000 to date!) that attracts over 700 teams per contest. Occurring three times per year in January, February, and March, the 23 hour contest attracts hunters from all over Texas. Jeremy Harrison an...

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Stiller Wombat Action

Episode 27: Derrick Announces Stiller’s New 22-Ounce Wombat Action

Derrick flies solo this podcast to announce Stiller’s new 22-ounce action completely redesigned by Horizon Firearms for Stiller. He spends a little bit of time reviewing the current product offerings of Stiller and the history of the company, including its sister company relationship to Horizon Fi...

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Aaron Watson On The Horizon

Episode 26: Texas Music Star Aaron Watson & Derrick Talk Music and Hunting

Texas Music singer/songwriter, Aaron Watson, joins Derrick Ratliff in the studio for an interesting and inspiring music and hunting-focused conversation. Aaron talks about grit and perseverance and how, even after recording over 1,000 songs, he’s just as motivated and hungry in his career as he’...

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22 Creedmoor Hornady Announcement SAAMI approval

Episode 25: Hornady Announces 22 Creedmoor Factory Ammo & Exclusive Partnership with Horizon Firearms

The time has come! First heard from On The Horizon podcast, Seth Swerczek and Jadyn Quinlan from Hornady announce that the 22 Creedmoor is becoming a SAAMI-approved round! Hornady will be manufacturing 22 Creedmoor ammunition and has partnered with Horizon Firearms (and sister company Texas Ammuni...

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Episode 24: Kat Interviews Derrick about Evolution of 22 Creedmoor Relationship with Hornady

The script is flipped today and Katherine Rice interviews Derrick Ratliff as part of a multi-part series about the 22 Creedmoor caliber. They discuss why it’s considered a “fringe” caliber in regards to stability factors related to temperature, altitude and barrel twist and the versatility of ...

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Episode 23: Derrick with 22 Creed Data and First Come First Serve 22 Creedmoor Vandal Rifle Special

Included is a first come, first serve offer on the new Horizon Firearms Vandal and VandalX rifles that is exclusive to this podcast episode. A free box of 22 Creedmoor factory ammo for the first 50 folks to call in to Horizon Firearms (979.229.4664) and order one of the new Vandal series rifles fr...

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Episode 22: Musician and YeeYee Founder Granger Smith and his New Book: Like a River

Granger Smith, platinum-selling country music singer-songwriter and founder of YeeYee Nation, joins Derrick to discuss his new book, Like a River: Finding the Faith and Strength to Move Forward After Loss and Heartache. In addition to his career in music, Derrick has also known Granger since 2005 as...

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Austin Damoth On The Horizon

Episode 21: Supply/Demand Imbalance of Rifle Magazines & the 2nd Amendment

Austin Damoth is the President of Amend2, a family owned company based in Idaho that builds polymer magazines for bolt action rifles and AR platforms. Austin discusses the owners’ fierce support of the second amendment (hence the business name Amend2) and how the company developed from the supply/...

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Episode 20: Rifle Scopes 101 and Extending Your Effective Yardage as a Shooter

Bob Dana is the South Texas Territory Manager for Leupold Optics and is a walking encyclopedia in regards to optics, CDS reticles, parallax, scope anatomy and bullet trajectory and velocity. Bob and Derrick discuss extending your effective yardage as a hunter or competitive shooter and how important...

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Episode 19: Gauging the Wind for Extreme Long Range Shooting and Carters Country History

Billy Carter co-owns the legendary Carter Country retail stores in the Houston, Texas, area and is known for a world record 2 mile shot as an ELR (extreme long range) enthusiast. Derrick and Billy talk about the nuances of the wind when shooting extreme distances as well as Billy’s favorite rifle ...

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Episode 18: 22 Questions about the 22 Creedmoor

Derrick Ratliff, founder of Horizon Firearms and host of On The Horizon podcast, answers 22 questions about the 22 Creedmoor that he has regularly encountered over the last decade of building 22 Creedmoor caliber rifles. What is the best twist rate? Small rifle primers versus large magnum prime...

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Rhyder Ratliff On The Horizon Aoudad

Episode 17: How Does a 22 Creedmoor Do on Aoudad Sized Game?

Derrick Ratliff brings his favorite hunting buddy, 10-year-old son Rhyder, into the studio to discuss their latest aoudad and hog hunting adventure in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. Rhyder gets to show off his bruise from the hail storm that snuck up on them on the mountain while running for she...

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Danny Farris on the Horizon

Episode 16: Do Hunting Decoys Work? Archery Hunter and Rifle Hunter Nuances

Danny Farris, bowhunter influencer and extraordinaire, and Derrick Ratliff, rifle hunter influencer and extraordinaire, cross over to each other’s worlds for a lively talk about their commonalities and love for the hunting industry. Danny hosts the Hoyt Bowhunter Podcast, owns Ultimate Predator Ge...

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Jimmy Mauric On The Horizon Podcast

Episode 15: What Does Shiner Beer and Horizon Firearms Have in Common?

Jimmy Mauric, brewmaster of Shiner Beers at Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, joins Derrick Ratliff, founder of Horizon Firearms. Horizon Firearms is a subsidiary of Kaspar Companies (125 years old), which is located right across the street from the Spoetzl Brewery (114 years old). Jimmy and Derrick...

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Clint Salisbury RMEF On The Horizon

Episode 14: What Not To Do on a First Elk Hunt! and Why is the RMEF Important?

Clint Salisbury, regional director for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in Michigan, joins Derrick to talk all things elk hunting. Clint and Derrick swap hilarious first time elk hunting stories and discuss the role that Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation plays in preserving the opportunities for future gen...

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Kat Rice On The Horizon YouTube

Episode 13: Is the 22 Creedmoor Fur Friendly? and Who Harvested the First Blacktail Deer with a 22 Creedmoor?

Katherine Rice, founder and owner of Wildcat Marketing joins Derrick Ratliff to discuss dancing goats (briefly!), whether or not the 22 Creedmoor is fur friendly, how the explosion of social media has transformed marketing, and how Kat is probably the first person to harvest a blacktail deer with a ...

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Austin Ratliff engineer On The Horizon

Episode 12: What Happened to Stiller? and What Can an Engineer Do in the Outdoor Industry?

Director of Engineering for Kaspar Outdoors (and Derrick’s youngest brother), Austin Ratliff, reminisce about the entrepreneurial old school days of Horizon Firearms. Austin was Derrick’s first “college kid helper” in Derrick’s home garage during the founding days. Derrick and Austin discu...

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James Hard On The Horizon

Episode 11: How Do You Train a Gun Dog? and Derrick’s German Shorthaired Pointer

James Hard, founder of Hard Retrievers, shares his training expertise in the gun dog world as he operates training programs from basic obedience to competition retriever. Hard Retrievers has had Derrick’s German Shorthaired Pointer pup, Duke, for the last two months starting him on gun dog basics....

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David Stroud On The Horizon YouTube

Episode 10: How Did the 22 Creedmoor Get It’s Start?

David Stroud is officially Horizon Firearms’ first customer dating back to 2012, and he has been a helpful and loyal friend and customer ever since. We sure are grateful as we don’t know any human who has shot more rounds or killed more coyotes in his life so he has all kinds of valuable feedbac...

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Aaron Dusek On The Horizon

Episode 9: How Do Product Reps Help Companies in the Outdoor Industry Grow?

The sales process within the hunting industry may be more complex than you thought. The items on Cabela’s shelves and Academy’s floor don't just appear from the manufacturer. A lot of business and several companies are involved before they get there. Aaron is a well known player in the product r...

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