Grey Wolves Continue Expansion, Hammer Time with One Lucky Angler, Summer Time Blues and Gulf Coast ‘Dead Zone’ Major Concern for Fishing Industry
We kick things off by talking with shark angler Tim McClellan of League City, Texas. Tim recently caught a new state record hammerhead shark that measured 14.5 inches and weighed 1033 lbs! The shark also took home first place honors at the legendary Tackle Time 50th Anniversary Tournament. We get the firsthand recount of this once in a lifetime catch that took 3 hours to reel in even while chasing the fish down in a 30 foot off shore boat!
Then we take a look at some concerning news coming out of Northern California and the conservation impact that it might have. Last week, the 2nd ever wolf pack was discovered in Northern California, the implications for deer and other cervid species could be huge as wolves continue their Southwestern expansion. It’s no secret that California has a sorry history of dealing with science based wildlife management – especially when it comes to predators. I give my take on the issue, plus read some of your replies you posted on Instagram when I asked if you prefer to have wolves residing in your home state or not.
Next we are joined by Dr. Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana State University. We’ll discuss the Dead Zone in the Gulf where life ceases to exist due to a lack of oxygen in the water. The area, void of sealife is the size of the state of Vermont this year, the largest Dead Zone on record. Dr Rabalais tells us what causes it and how humans can help prevent it going forward. You might be surprised to know that Midwestern Agricultural practices have a lot to do with the situation.
We wrap up the broadcast with some summertime blues with Greg Pavur of Pavur Outdoors. Greg is on the blue catfish bite as usual and he tells us where to find ’em and how to catch them. We also get him to give us a fresh, summertime catfish recipe.
Long Range Competitive Shooting, Judging Wind and Upcoming African Safari w/ Horizon Firearm’s Derrick Ratliff AND The German Shorthaired Pointer & Snake Breaking Your Hunting Dog With Gene Mosely
We talk about the ever increasingly popular sport of long range shooting with Horizon Firearms CEO Derrick Ratliff. Derrick recently shot in a North American Long Range Shooting Association event and advanced to the 2nd round shooting out to 700 yards. We talk about the new long range circuit which is run by the same folks who head up the Professional Bull Riding Circuit (PBR). Derrick discusses how to judge the wind at extreme distances and which calibers were the most prevalent at the shoot.
We then dive into our upcoming Africa Safaris and which calibers each of us are taking and some of the game we’ll be pursuing with each. Is the 6.5 Creedmoor enough gun to take down a giraffe? Derrick plans on finding out. We discuss shot placement and bullet selection as well.
Then we spend a couple segments with Gulf Coast German Pointer Shorthair Club President Gene Moseley. A lifelong bird dog trainer and upland hunter, Gene talks about the advantages of the GSP over other bird dog breeds in the field. We also look back at the history of this breed dating back to it’s roots in Germany where it was used for much more than upland birds.
Then we discuss the upcoming snake breaker clinic- a great idea for any hunting dog owner to enroll their dog in. If you hunt in the southern United States, it’s not a matter of if your dog will come into contact with a venomous snake – it’s a matter of when. Arming them with the knowledge to associate snakes with danger is the least we can do for our loyal hunting partners.
Homosexuals in the Hunting Community, Exotic Hunting A $500 Million Dollar Industry and Summer Striped Bass Bite On Fire
We start off by taking an inside look at a half a billion dollar a year industry in the form of exotic hunting. Longtime outfitter Clay Pope of Pope Brother Guide Service has been hunting exotics for over 2 decades and has seen how the market has changed as well as the number of species that are currently found on the Texas landscape, both behind fences and free ranging. What exotic species are the roughest on feeders and fences? Which ones rut the hardest and are most likely to kill each other during the breeding season? From Bongo to Transcaspian Urial, to axis, blackbuck and aoudad…Clay talks about each one in detail plus a whole lot more.
Then we check in with our old friend and longtime striper guide Jacob Orr of Limitless Outdoor Adventures. Jacob tells us where he is finding schools of big fish on one of North America’s most iconic striper fisheries. We also discuss his set up as far as rod/reel/line/hooks. Most importantly though, he tells us how to catch bait and how to keep them alive during the hot summer months. (Myself and Max Stalling after a recent trip with Jacob)
I recently read an article recounting one young hunter’s struggle. Luke Zoesch is gay. He gave up bowhunting the Wisconsin whitetail woods he grew up in as he struggled to find his identity. Would he be ostracized by his friends and family if they knew the truth? Would the gay community ostracize him because he loves flinging broadheads at big bucks or chasing ruffed grouse with a trusty 12 gauge?
I’m not here to tell you whether homosexuality is right or wrong. I am going to shed some light on the topic though because I don’t feel like anyone should ever have to quit hunting or fishing due to social stereotypes. Thrilled to have Luke come on the show and share his story this week. Every ethical hunter is welcome around my campfire. We are at a pivotal point in our existence as hunters in this country. We need all hands on deck to join our ranks and help fight the good fight. (Luke at home in the whitetail woods with a bow in hand)