Number One and Number Two in the Whitetail Woods, Country Artist and Avid Hunter Mo Pitney & Bobwhite Quail Update with Jay Stine
We kick things off by discussing an usual topic, but one that every hunter faces on a pretty regular basis. Where to go the bathroom in the whitetail woods? We’ve all been sitting in our blind or stand when an unfortunate case of bubble gut takes us by surprise. So…where to do the deed? Our old friend Dr. James Kroll (aka Dr. Deer) jumps on to talk about the 1’s and 2’s of the whitetail woods. Do deer know the difference between human waste vs a coyote or even livestock? What about #1? Dr. Deer has some interesting insight on the topic.
Then we spend a couple segments with one of my favorite new country artists when Mo Pitney stops by. The Illinois native sings some of the most authentic and well written songs I’ve heard in recent memory. So, when I found out Mo was a huge bowhunter and even raises his own Brittany’s, I knew we had to get him on the show. Tear Jerker Warning though- we take a listen to his tune “It’s Just A Dog” and you’ll probably end up with a tear in your beer.
Mo and ‘Duke’ chasing roosters in South Dakota:
We wrap up this broadcast with Quail Coalition Executive Director Jay Stine. Quail coveys appear to be down this season despite decent range conditions across much of the state. Jay gives us some things to think about from a parasite standpoint as well as predators. Interestingly, he even admits that there’s one predator that might even be helping quail numbers. Always great talking bobwhites with our good friend.
Texas to Allow Air Bows and Air Rifles For Deer Hunting, Dry and Wet Aging Venison With Hank Shaw and Trophy Winter Blue Cats
It’s no surprise that Crossman Corp filed a petition with Texas Parks and Wildlife to try and get their Air Bow and Big Bore Air Rifles allowed as legal means of take during deer season. Afterall, they are the largest manufacturer of both on the planet. Somewhat surprisingly, TPWD decided to entertain the idea and do their own study on the lethality of these weapons. We discuss their findings with TPWD Whitetail Deer Program Leader Alan Cain. We discuss how effective at killing these weapons are and what season they would be allowed in. Also, does Alan and TPWD share my sentiment that the Air Bow is actually a gun that shoots a spear and not actually archery equipment? We find out.
Then we spend a couple segments talking venison with our old buddy and renown wild game chef Hank Shaw. If you’ve ever ordered a dry aged steak at a fancy restaurant then you know how tasty that process can make a cut of meat. It can do the same for specific cuts of venison. Hank tells us what cuts to dry age and how to do it. Turns out all you really need is a beer fridge lol. We don’t skip over wet aging either, a process that takes a lot less time and very little effort on your part.
We wrap up the show by going deep for winter blue cats with guide and North Carolina state record blue catfish hold Zakk Royce. He tells us where to find them, what water temps to look for and how to rig up to try and land a trophy blue cat. (Zakk with a recent 83 lber)
Shooting a Bedded Buck? The New 6.5 PRC Caliber With Horizon Firearms, The Rut Brings out Ghosts and Sportsman’s Box Founder Adam Whitehead
We start off the broadcast by checking in with our old friend Derrick Ratliff- President of Horizon Firearms and iota Outdoors. We discuss his recent Wyoming mule deer/pronghorn hunt. How easy is it to draw a tag in Wyoming? Then we get into the meat of the discussion when it comes to the ethics of when or when not to shoot an animal? Eating, Fighting, Bedded or Breeding? When shouldn’t you or should you always take the shot if it leads to a clean kill? I think Derrick and I are on the same page here.
Next, we discuss the newest caliber to hit the hunting/shooting industry. The 6.5 PRC (released by Hornady at Shot Show 2017) is essentially a 6.5 Creedmoor on steroids. Derrick talks about it’s performance capabilities and how it stacks up balistically against other comparable calibers. Horizon Firearms is one of the first gun makers in to be building rifles in the 6.5 PRC caliber. Looking forward to the discussion with our good bud.
Then, I recount my recent trip to Oklahoma and the rutting activity that I experienced. More specifically, the rut always seems to bring out monster bucks that we never knew existed. They avoid feeders and trail cameras like the plague but you can catch them slipping during the rut. The 9 point I took showed up on camera one time on November 16th. This old warrior below never has been caught on camera or seen in person in 3 years on our place. Man I love the rut!
We wrap up today’s broadcast by welcoming Sportsman’s Box founder Adam Whitehead to the show. The North Carolina native is a lifelong hunter and angler. We discuss Sportsman’s Box – the first outdoor centered monthly subscription box of it’s kind. What kind of hunting/outdoor products can you expect in the monthly box? Adam talks about some of the practical gear you can expect and some of the companies that Sportsman’s Box works with. Use the promo code ‘TisTheSeason’ for holiday savings when you check out on their website!