Houston Astros GM Reid Ryan, A Central Texas ‘Cactus Buck’, Patterning Feral Hogs and A Duck Hunting Legend Drops In
A fully velvet racked Central Texas buck taken in mid November? Yes indeed! Deer hunter Tye Cooney joins the show to talk about his epic hunt for this 153 inch ‘Cactus Buck’ he took on his family ranch in Coryell County. The buck had previously busted Tye drawing his bow on a prior hunt. What changed on November 18th so that Tye could seal the deal? What did Texas Parks and Wildlife have to say regarding the cause for this rare condition? We get all the details.
Next we talk feral hog hunting with our friend and longtime outfitter Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. An invasive species that many Texans take for granted, Greg has hunters from all over the U.S. come hunt feral hogs on his 1,600 acre ranch near Seymour, TX. We discuss feral hog movements and Greg gives some interesting insight into how much these animals move everyday. Greg takes pride in putting his hunters in position to ambush trophy hogs on well used game trails.
The Ryan family is synonymous with baseball and the Great Outdoors in the Lone Star State. Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan’s son Reid is the President and GM of the Houston Astros. He talks about building a young Astros team that this past season won the AL Wild Card en route to their first playoff appearance since 2005. We also discuss the role that hunting had in the Ryan household during Reid’s upbringing. A former hunting show host, Reid is all about big bucks and he prefers to rattle ’em in!
We wrap thing up when our old friend and living waterfowl relic ‘Duck G’ of G&H Decoys stops by. Nearly 82 years old, Duck is the 3rd generation owner of G&H which was founded by his dad and grandfather in 1934. Still American made and American proud, G&H makes the most durable waterfowl decoy on the market. Always, the innovator, Duck discusses the changes he’s witnessed in the decoy industry and waterfowling in general. We discuss the brand new for this season Navigator motorized swimming decoy. We will also give a Navigator away during our visit!
Quail On the Mend, Tips for Trailing a Wounded Deer, Go Big for Winter Blues & Suppressors and Trusts with Coyote Rifle Works
We start things off by talking quail and pheasant with our Texas Parks and Wildlife Upland Game Bird Program Leader -Robert Perez. What did the spring rains mean for nesting success? How did the Texas Parks and Wildlife survey numbers look this fall? Robert gives us his fearless forecast for the 2015 season.
Then we talk winter time catfish with longtime catfish guide and outdoor writer Chad Ferguson of North Texas Catfish Guide Service. With the first significant cold front of the fall pushing through, it means the blue cat bite will start to heat up. Chad breaks down where to find good numbers, what bait to use and how important the correct hook selection is when it comes to increasing your percentage of successful hook ups.
Next, we are joined by Eric from Coyote Rifle Works. We discuss suppressors and other Class 3 NFA Weapons. It is legal to hunt with suppressed firearms in 37 states and legal to own them in 41 states. Eric explains how to go about setting up a trust that will allow you and other individuals in the trust to possess these items. Suppressors have gained widespread popularity among the hunting/shooting community because they reduce recoil, trigger flinch and muzzle blast. Be sure to use the promo code “LONESTAR” when you go to www.coyoterifleworks.com to set up your trust- great discount opportunity exclusive to our listeners.
We round out the broadcast when outdoor writer Ryan Lisson stops in to discuss some tips for effectively trailing a wounded deer. Anyone who hunts enough has been in the situation where a marginal shot was made and no significant blood trail exists. But if you follow some specific steps, a full recovery of the animal is often possible.
Our friend and custom gun builder Derrick Ratliff of Horizon Firearms drops in to discuss the validity of the brand new .28 Nosler round that took has really shaken things up within the hunting community in 2015. Is it a viable long range hunting round? What implications does this round have for other popular big game rounds? Derrick breaks down the pros and cons of the all new .28 Nosler.
Then one of our oldest friends makes his return to the broadcast when renown professional hunter and conservationist Jim Shockey drops in. We discuss his favorite hunt of 2015, unrest in the Middle East and it’s affect on big game hunters and how Jim stays in top hunting shape at 57 years young. Plus, he gives us his thoughts on wolves and the all new Jim Shockey Signature Series ‘Titan’ knife from Havalon.
We wrap things up by hitting the salt flats with Captain Len Girard who joins us live from the Texas coast. Redfish are on fire right now! Captain Len talks about this late arriving winter and how it’s affecting/altering normal patterns. Trout and black drum are also in the bays in good numbers. Captain Len tells us where to find ’em and what he’s catching ’em on.